My specialty is reactive dogs - or more to the point seemingly "over-reactive" dogs - those who bark/lunge or otherwise present aggressive behaviour presentations at the sight of other dogs, people or other triggers. Or those who react by running away from their fears.
I abide by the philosophy of relationship based training. This isn't just a training method, or even a behaviour modification technique, it's a whole lifestyle. Our bond with our dog is sometimes the only thing we have that keeps us going. They are constantly offering us unconditional love and warmth, it's really only fair we offer the same in return. The best way we can show unconditional love to our dogs is by understanding their emotional worlds, really starting to put ourselves in their paws and acknowledge how their life experiences differ from our own.
Are our sessions one and done?
Absolutely not. You can't mend or improve a relationship overnight. You can't adapt your whole lifestyle with the flick of a switch. We are changing the emotional world of your dog, one day at a time. That's why support outside of sessions plays such a huge role in the work that we do together. Our WhatsApp groups guide you through each day with as much help as you need.
Do we employ quick fixes?
No such thing, without harming your relationship with your dog. If you work with me we ask for a committed mindset with the full knowledge that the dog dictates the speed. And your ability to implement practice outside of session too. I don't crack the whip on your progress so why would I crack the whip on your dogs'? A beautiful working partnership is the journey to treasure, not just the end result.
Am I qualified for this particular specialty?
My level 6 advanced diploma covered everything but my particular interest has always been in these strong emotional demonstrations that we call "reactivity" or "aggression". So much so I completed a separate level 5 dog aggression diploma (2022-2023) to ensure my knowledge is entirely up to scratch with this role. Dealing with dog reactivity is not without risk. It's serious business. Dogs quickly labelled as "dangerous dogs" are at risk of being misunderstood by society with harsh repercussions. Especially when the aggression is human directed. Out of respect to the welfare of myself and my team of helpers I only put us in situations that I am qualified and experienced to deal with. That does include aggression but even then it will have its limits, usually based around the mentality of the other end of the lead. If our way of working doesn't fit the humans tolerances I will refer on.
I am passionate about what I do. It's tough to pull in a professional and ask for help; I do understand the hesitancy, the apprehension, the concern about what I will ask of you. My background in support work for adults gives me the skill set to be able to have some very deep, honest and valuable conversations. But only when you are ready to. IF you are ready to! We can deal with some very life restricting difficulties in session together. There's often a lot of emotion behind that and that emotion is welcome, in fact, it will help our progress a lot.
If you'd like a chat about how we could help you to get a feel for us before signing up to meet us, please drop me an email and we can arrange a time to talk. It's so important you are comfortable with the process, as well as your dog. We are approachable, friendly and empathetic people. We are here.
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Calvert Canines works with dogs and their owners, from around Calvert, Steeple Claydon, Winslow, Bicester, Buckingham, Aylesbury, Milton Keynes, Brackley, Banbury and every village or town in between.