Kevin Wrigley BSc. Dip.CABC, our behavioural trainer, has many years of experience in dealing with many types of behaviour
problems displayed by dogs, and has the following qualifications on the subject: -
Post Graduate Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling; University of Southampton.
Certificate in Canine Behaviour and Training; Northern
Centre for Animal Behaviour.
Certificate in Advanced
Pet Behaviour Therapy; Centre of Applied Pet Ethology.
We carry out behavioural consultations for problems that cannot be dealt with in the normal class environment. These problems
include aggression to other dogs and people, excessive barking in many different situations, destructive behaviour such as
chewing the furniture and other separation related problems, over excited behaviour with visitors and virtually any other
abnormal or excessive canine behaviour that you can think of.
A. We always like to carry out behavioural consultations at the owner's
home. This gives us a chance to see the dog behaving in his normal environment, and to get a much better picture of the type
of life the dog leads. Being in the owner's own home creates a more relaxed atmosphere where the owner feels more at ease
and questions can be better answered.
A. The home visit for a behavioural problem lasts approximately two hours. We strongly
believe that in order to help with canine behavioural problems we need to look at as much of the dog's lifestyle as possible
rather than just concentrating on the aspects of the problem that are obvious. This dramatically improves the likelihood of
achieving worthwhile results. So to aid this gathering of information, during the visit Kevin will ask a series of questions
designed to obtain as much information as possible about the dog's day-to-day life and about the problem itself. He will
then give his professional opinion as to how the problem developed, and design a program of training and lifestyle changes
for the owner to carry out in order to improve the dog's behaviour. If appropriate to the problem and the situation the
behavioural trainer will show you how to begin the training program with the dog, this may also involve going out with you
and the dog for a short time.
A. Most home visits are followed by a 45-minute training session
at a later date. During the follow-on session we can work on any aspects of the problem you need more help with. Telephone
back up is always available for any questions related to your dog. Further training sessions can also be booked by the
hour at any time following the initial visit. If suitable we are also able to integrate your dog into general training classes
should you wish.