The Dogworks Dogwalking and Training

Behaviour Consultations

Sometimes our dog’s behaviour can be difficult to manage and understand. At The Dogworks, we know that dog behaviour problems can be worrying and confusing, and can sometimes lead to a breakdown in the relationship between you and your dog.​​
Our dog behaviour consultations aim to restore this relationship so that you can both enjoy life together.
Some problems are not suitable for treatment in a class environment, and some dogs need help before they can cope in classes.
For example, if your dog is aggressive or reactive to other dogs then we need to help your dog cope around other dogs before putting them into a class. Alternatively your dog may guard their food or bed from the family at home, home sessions are more useful for this.


We take a holistic approach to working with your dog. Most animals only display unwanted or troublesome behaviours when something is not right in their life, and the dog is trying to make things better!
Our job is to look at the problem behaviour in detail, assess the rest of the dog's life and establish a treatment plan, also called a behaviour modification plan. We are interested in why the dog is behaving as they do – behaviours happen for a reason, and continue because they 'work' in some sense. We teach the dog how to cope in a more relaxed manner, and reward them for these new behaviours.
We base our assessments, diagnosis and treatment on the most up to date evidence about how our animals think, react and learn. This means avoiding complicated concepts such as dominance which are often used in error. We see little place for aversives (unpleasant experiences) as this fails to teach our dog what we did want them to do, and merely punishes them for getting it wrong. 

Available for clients with dogs that display behaviour issues including:



  • Aggression towards people 
  • Aggression towards other dogs or cats
  • Separation anxiety
  • Fears and phobias (such as fear of loud noises, fireworks etc)
  • Guarding food, toys, people or places
  • Excessive barking
  • Chasing livestock, joggers, cyclist
  • Car travel
  • Destructive behaviour
  • Multi-dog household problems
  • Repetitive or compulsive behaviour




Our Behaviour consultation is usually divided into a 3 session programme*. Before we even begin the consultation process, you will be asked to complete a detailed online questionnaire about you and your dog to give us some basic, but important information.  Then we will arrange with you the best time to have the first session, and this will usually take place in your own home.

The first session lasts 1½-2 hours. During this time a history of your dog’s behaviour is taken and the details of the problems being displayed are discussed in more detail. Initial recommendations for your treatment programme will then be provided.

A second session (1 hour) is arranged for approximately 2-4 weeks later, during which further work will be implemented and practical exercises will be introduced.

The final session is conducted a further 2-4 weeks later (1 hour). At this point progress will be assessed and recommendations for future work will be made. Throughout the treatment programme you will receive written worksheets to aid your training at home, and telephone and email support as you work through the treatment programme. Further training sessions can then be arranged if required.   

*we may require a referral from your vet to rule out any medical issues before commencing on any behaviour modification programme
ONE-TO-ONE BEHAVIOURAL CONSULTATION TARIFF

One-To-One Behaviour Programme (3 sessions)           £175.00*
Further One-To-One Training Sessions                  £45.00 per hour

*A £75 deposit is required prior to the initial consultation
All one-to-one training sessions are subject to a small mileage charge
£0.40 per mile if you live outside the KA13 area

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FAQ

Following the first session, how long before I see improvements?

This will be dependent on a variety of factors including the extent and duration of the problem and how much time you are able to spend working with your dog. We are there to advise and assist as much as is required but you are your dog’s primary role model and teacher. It is often the consistency of the owners that is the best predictor of the rate of improvement.
Many owners will see initial improvements relatively quickly (within a few weeks). However, due to the complexity of many behaviour problems, working on the treatment programme is likely to span months rather than weeks. In some cases full resolution of the problem is not possible although dog and owner can often live happily with the improvements and management systems put in place during the treatment programme.


Where does the training take place?


The first session is always conducted in your own home allowing us to see your dog in the environment he/she is most comfortable in. This also enables us to discuss in detail the dogs history and the problems you are having, whilst being able to assess the dog's general disposition and relations with the household members.
Subequent sessions will be arranged to suit the requirments of your behaviour modification programme - we can continue working with your dog at home, or at The Dogworks Training Academy or in another relevant environment in order to practice with "real-life" distractions and stimulants.

How long will I have to wait for a Consultation?

On average, most bookings are confirmed within 48 hours of receiving your completed initial questionnaire and consultations arranged within 4 weeks

How do I pay?

You are required to pay a £75 deposit in advance.  You will receive an invoice with payment details along with your initial questionnaire. Payment must then be made within 7 days or your booking will be cancelled.  The remainder is due on or before the date of second consultation.  The deposit is non-refundable.

If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. Please use our booking form through the link above to arrange a consultation with our trainers.