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.