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Helping your
dog to feel at home

A training plan that is tailored to your needs

Packages are comprised of six 60 minute sessions. Starting out on Zoom, we will discuss discuss any issues that may have already developed and what goals you aim to achieve with your dog.

Rescued and rehomed dogs come from such a wide array of backgrounds and all carry their own unique, hidden past so there is no formula to follow or set blueprint to success. This training package is tailored to your specific aims whether that is to simply increase quality of life, to develop manners in the home and out on walks, or to be able to compete in dog sports such as scent work, tracking or obedience. 

For dogs who may be nervous or lose focus when a visitor is present in the home, a  split between Zoom and In person training is recommended; the number of each will vary depending on what skills you are hoping to develop. As a general rule, behaviours and problems in the home (e.g. counter surfing, mouthing, excessive barking) are best tackled via Zoom and behaviours out and about (recall, loose lead walking, fears or anxieties) will be tackled in person. Foundation skills are first taught in the home via Zoom where our dogs can learn in a low distraction environment to help maximise training success.

Examples of topics covered with rescue dogs include:

 

  • Foundation skills (for rescue puppies and dogs who are new to living indoors)

  • House manners including stay, settle, and separation

  • Recall

  • Reducing hyper-excitability

  • Unpicking problems such as resource guarding, noise sensitivities, and phobias

  • Confidence building


 We adopted a beautiful Romanian rescue dog, Max in September. He was only 4 months old when we got him and gorgeous, but quite a handful. He’s also a large breed and so I knew that we needed some expert help with training him.

Luckily, I found Hal and she has helped to make all our lives so much easier! She’s an expert in dog behaviour and closely observes your dog and then explains what makes him tick. We have worked with Hal at home and out in the park and after every session, our dog gets easier to manage and even more loveable.
 
One of the things I most like about Hal is her calm reassurance and continuous praise for both you and your dog! We have learnt so much about Max in just a few months and we have made so much progress with his behaviour and most of this is down to Hal.

Vicky and family

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Learning Goals

  • Identify your dog's needs and your wants

  • Teach foundational behaviours

  • Develop the human-dog bond and encourage engagement

  • Understand canine body language

  • Develop the skillset to tackle problems that may occur later in life
     

When should we start training?

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Dogs who are new to your home need time to decompress, there is a commonly quoted rule with rescues which is to allow three days for dogs to begin to stop feeling overwhelmed, three weeks to allow them to settle in and begin to feel comfortable, and three months to build trust and a relationship. Because of the uniqueness of each rescue dog case, these packages can be spread out over six weeks to several months as needed. Initially, it might be helpful to get some starting advice then, more practical training might be needed as dogs begin to feel more comfortable and behaviour problems start to arise.