behavioural work

Are you feeling worried or scared by your dog’s behaviour?

Sharing our lives with a dog should be pleasurable and relaxing, but sometimes it can feel like a never ending challenge! Whether it’s the hot-faced embarrassment when your dog rushes off barking across the field, or the gut-wrench when your dog cowers and hides from thunder yet again – we know how it feels, and we know it doesn’t have to be this way. Even when you’re having problems, your dog is still a family member, and you want to help them feel happier and safer.

what we can help you with

  • aggression/reactivity towards humans or dogs
  • fearful behaviour
  • noise sensitivity and phobia
  • resource guarding (beds, food, people)
  • handling problems
  • territorial guarding
  • separation distress
  • prey drive problems (e.g. chasing sheep, rabbits, cats)
  • and much more…

how we can help you

When dogs display these kind of problems, it’s about more than just training manners and obedience. Your dog is probably feeling scared, anxious or frustrated. We can help change these emotions with our behaviour support packages. We need to assess your dog carefully to make sure we understand why the problem is happening – we don’t offer standard treatment plans because all dogs are unique.

Starting with a phone consultation, our experienced behaviour team talks through the problems in detail and helps you with immediate management strategies. We create a personalised behaviour modification plan for your dog that includes practical skills sessions and plenty of support via Skype, email and phone calls.

Our behaviour support packages are designed to help change your dog’s behaviour for good.

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Frequently asked questions

Can you solve the problem over the phone?

We need to carry out a full assessment to understand the reasons why your dog is showing the behaviour problems. This usually means meeting your dog in person either at your home, out on a walk, or in a neutral venue. Occasionally we can work via Skype if you have extensive video footage of the problem but this tends to be in special circumstances. We cannot safely give advice without first assessing your dog.

Will my dog get better without your help?

The honest answer to this question is probably not. By the time someone is thinking about getting help from a professional behaviourist the problem is usually quite severe. Our clinical experience and the research suggests that things rarely get better on their own, and usually get worse. For example: this could mean your dog goes from growling at strangers to nipping or biting them.

How much time will I need to spend working with my dog?

Your plan is broken down into easy stages with achievable goals (we know it’s hard to change behaviour for humans and dogs!). Each stage will probably ask you to spend 10-15 minutes per day training your dog, plus some time to think about good management and prevention strategies.

How quickly will I see results?

The treatment plan we create for you can have a positive effect pretty quickly, but we often work with owners over several months to get the best lasting results. Always remember that your dog’s current problems may have developed over a long period of time.  Generally speaking, we’d expect to be able to make a difference for you within a couple of weeks but it will take longer to make sure these changes stick. You’ll get better results by following all of our advice, and making sure everyone in the family is consistent too.

What does the behaviour support package include?

Every situation is a bit different so we tailor the treatment plan to suit your dog and their problems. Most packages include an initial assessment (at home or a neutral location), several practical skills training sessions plus regular phone or Skype calls to check on your progress and set new goals. We often ask for videos so we can see what happens when we’re not there, and we use online file sharing to work more effectively with you.

Why do I need a referral from my vet?

Professional behaviourists work on referral to ensure that your dog has no medical issues contributing to a behaviour problem. We don’t want you to waste your time trying to change a behaviour problem that has a medical cause. Medical issues which can contribute to behaviour issues range from abscesses, joint pain, thyroid imbalances, skin problems and neurological issues. We may also teach you to use massage or other bodywork with your dog for relaxation, and this needs veterinary permission.

Will my insurance company cover the cost?

Our fees are fully or partly covered by some insurance policies. Make sure you check with your insurance provider before your consultation.

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testimonials

A refreshing approach to dog training and behavioural problems, I would recommend Morag's approach to anyone.

Incredibly understanding and patient, I dont think anyone has shown the same level of interest or care when working with me and Zak - my sensitive German Shepherd we found both the TTouch courses and Confidence courses incredibly insightful and helpful.

Emma Coldwell from Leeds

I've been along to a number of the Well Connected Canine classes, both as an observer and with my own dogs, and have been impressed with all the sessions I've attended. The classes are well run and enjoyable for all, and Morag is a great teacher - she's just as kind, fair and effective with the people in her classes as she is with the dogs! I would recommend the classes to anyone wanting to improve their relationship with their dog and develop their training skills in a fun and supportive environment.

Ali Wood from Malton
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