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"I would have no hesitation in recommending Alison. Her knowledge, people skills and communication with all aspects has been brilliant."

Fiona Louise Wall BMVS BSC MRCVS

"As you know I was rather sceptical of your training methods when we first sought your help. I now understand that if we had pursued a different course of a more confrontational type of training, there would have been a serious risk of her behaviour getting worse, not better!  Tilly has now turned away from being a nervous rescue dog, to becoming a delightful family pet. Mr and Mrs Bradshaw". 

“We have had excellent feedback from our clients regarding Alison’s advice and care for their pets.  Her advice is practical, transparent and tailored to the individual animals welfare and client’s needs”. Catherine Meakin, BVSc MRCVS, Silverton Vets.

Behaviour Articles

September 17, 2016

I believe that one of the main reasons so many behaviour problems can develop on walks, is due to a lack of confidence from owners to let their puppies off the lead as soon as they can.   Puppies are often lacking in confidence when they arrive in their new home and so...

August 2, 2016

Jokes are often made about how much our lives can revolve around our dogs and in some cases maybe we do take it a little too far, but ultimately as owners, we all have an obligation to make sure that our dogs are happy and safe and that the people who come in to contac...

July 29, 2016

As most cat owners know, cats can be very sensitive to change, especially if it means that they are unable to gain access to their resources, or the locations that make them feel safe. When introducing a new dog, it is therefore essential to ensure that there is minima...

March 22, 2016

Coprophagia is the name given for the eating of faeces. Although it is a very common problem, especially in puppies, very few owners seek professional help. In many cases, the problem either resolves itself in adulthood, or the owners take measures to prevent their dog...

January 11, 2016

Lots of behavioural problems relate to a lack of self control. One of the ways you can help your dog to strengthen their self control, is to provide them with achievable tasks that they can perform.

In the sequence of pictures, treats have just been hidden around the ga...

December 16, 2014

Everyone will have their own personal opinion on whether muzzling a dog is a good or bad thing. Many people I speak to who do not like muzzles, often have a bad association with them. This may be due to an experience with their own dog who became very distressed when w...

October 14, 2014

Conflict over resources is a common reason for altercations between dogs in the household and for aggression towards family members.  Conflict may only arise at times when a particular resource is available, with no problems at any other time. 


Aggression maybe di...

August 26, 2014

Fear of Fireworks - With November fast approaching it is important to prepare our dogs for the firework season.


It is believed that as many as 40-50% of dogs have a sensitivity to sounds with thunderstorms, fireworks and gunshots the most recognised.  Some behavioural...

July 29, 2014

“Quiet, Gentle and Respectful handling is what we should all be aiming for” – Sarah Fisher, Tellington T-Touch.

This is my take home message from the recent practitioners T-Touch weekend I attended.  As always I learnt a huge amount about how we can help to develop an a...

July 5, 2014

Is Your Postman At Risk?


After hearing of yet another report of a local postman being bitten, I want to try and explain why this is so common and help suggest some simple measures that can be put into place to ensure that postman and delivery people are not at risk whe...

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