My philosophy

I aim to get the very best out of the relationship you can have with your dog by helping you to understand and communicate with your dog effectively.

Sarah and Bliss

Looking deeper into a dog's emotional state and considering its emotions helps us to understand why a behavioural problem occurs and where the roots of it lie. The old saying 'never judge a book by its cover' applies well when we begin to look at behaviour in depth, since it is generally what lays beneath the presenting behaviour that is the root cause of a problem. The roots of aggression may lie in fear, whilst separation anxiety can be linked to insecurity and so on.

Communication between the human and canine species can fall apart particularly for those who find difficulty in understanding each other. This may not mean either of you are handling things badly; it may simply mean there is a lack of communication between you - a language barrier. Learning to read your dog and interpret its behaviour is a very useful tool for any dog owner and will enable you to live a more agreeable way together.

If you are considering getting a dog, then one of the most important things to consider is breed characteristics. Choosing a dog or breed that suits your lifestyle will mean you are best placed to meet your dog's needs and therefore well matched, rather than choosing a dog because it has a cute look or you feel sorry for it.

In training, finding methods to use that improve motivation in both people and dogs increases pleasure which accelerates learning. From this we can create a positive outcome where success breeds success leading to an ever increasing upward trend.