The natdogs ethos

My aim as a behaviourist and trainer is to provide my clients with the understanding, knowledge and practical skills to confidently identify, manage and reinforce behaviours in order to have a safe and happy life with their dog.

I believe that by focussing on the dog/human relationship and encouraging effective and appropriate communication, we can live with our dogs more successfully. 

training Methods i use

  • Gathering accurate information before we start any behaviour modification.
  • Listening, learning, being empathetic and realistic about achievable goals. 
  • Identifying your dog's wants, likes and needs so that we can use them to reward and reinforce desired behaviours. 
  • Play, fun & choice. 

training Methods I don't Use

  • Making my clients feel judged, ashamed or useless.
  • Deliberate physical/verbal intimidation or force in order to stop or reduce behaviours. 
  • Equipment that causes pain or fear; shock collars, spray collars, prong collars. 
  • Putting you or your dog in situations that you have not been given the skills to cope with.

nat's knowledge & skills

In order to give my clients the best experience and to be able to pass on the most recent developments in positive reinforcement training and behaviour modification, I regularly attend workshops, talks and seminars to expand my knowledge and skill set. You can find out more about my academic qualifications and courses that I have attended here. 

the legal stuff

  • I hold full public liability and professional indemnity insurance.
  • I have a full DBS check .
  • I am both a qualified human and canine first aider.
  • Depending on your policy, you can claim my fees back from your insurance company.
  • All fees are payable in advance of the training or behaviour session. Fees are non-refundable except under extenuating circumstances. Please give 48-hours’ notice if you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment. Appointments can only be rescheduled once before the full charge will apply. 
  • As a client of Natdogs, you will be asked to refrain from using equipment, methods or behaviour deemed aversive and inappropriate. Failure to do so may result in the client/behaviourist relationship being terminated and you may be asked to leave.