Hi, my name is Hannah and I am the trainer and behaviourist for Fox N Fables Dog Training & Behaviour. I describe myself as fear free, aversive free and reward based. I use treats to train my dogs and I encourage guardians to use whatever motivates their dog. I also like to give back more choices, control and empowerment to our dog. I do not use aversive tools, nor do I use corrections with dogs.
A little to think about before going into this programme;
Please don’t think that completing this programme will mean that this will ‘fix’ your dog. I use the word fix sparingly though as the dog is never broken in the first place. You will need to put in consistent training and management over a long period of time to get the results you require, but please bear in mind that you may not get the exact results, this depends on your dog. This programme is designed to help you understand your dog more in terms of why they’re behaving this way and what we can do to help them, as well as understanding your dog better in terms of needs and choices. If you do not feel that you at present have the time to put the work in, then I'd reconsider getting in contact with me again another time.
Behaviour problems can be extremely complex so going into these sessions I always say to have low expectations because we will be working at your dog’s pace and your dog’s limitations. Changing how a dog feels towards something will not take weeks; it will take months and perhaps longer dependent on the dog. Some dogs will never be fully how you would like them to be, that isn’t the fault of you or the behaviourist, it is respecting what the dog is capable of and not pushing them beyond that. Guardians especially with reactive dogs are recommended to have bolt-on sessions once the programme has finished.
There is a massive link between behaviour problems and pain in dogs. If your dog has had a sudden change in their behaviour then it is highly recommended then you speak with your vet regarding blood tests to ensure your dogs liver, kidneys, thyroid etc are all okay. Your dog may otherwise be in pain due to muscle or joint problems so it’s also recommended to ask your vet about seeing a professional in those areas. If your dog hasn’t had a sudden change in behaviour and you haven’t seen a vet previously then it is recommended to speak with one. If the reason behind your dog’s behaviour is primarily pain related, then training alone won’t help them. They would also need pain management. Sometimes our dogs also need further support to help with their behaviour modification, so don’t be discouraged if your behaviourist asks you to speak with your vet regarding medication to support your dog further. Like with humans, dogs can need that extra help.