The Dogworks - Clever Dog Training Solutions

Behaviour Modification Programs

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 behaviour programs 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 dogs think, react and learn. 
When preparing your report, we'll go right into the finer details and look at every aspect of your dog's life right down to diet, routine, lifestyle and give you a plan that is individual to you and that will change your dog's behaviour for good.
We designed 3 Programs for you to choose from depending on the nature of your issues. If you need help deciding, just give us a call and we can talk to you about your individual requirements.

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




There are 5 key elements to the process:

  • The Pre Consultation – To gather essential information about you and your dog. (via email)
  • The Consultation – To work directly with you and your dog. (At your home/relevant area)
  • The Report – To give you a concise written reference guide to everything that we have covered. (Via email)
  • The Follow Up Visit – To ensure that progress is being made and give further advice as required.
  • Ongoing Support – (Via phone/email)


FAQs

Can you solve the problem over the phone?

We need to carry out a full assessment to understand the reasons why your dog is showing the behaviour problems. This usually means meeting your dog in person either at your home, out on a walk, or in a neutral venue. We cannot safely give advice without first assessing your dog.


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 much time will I need to spend working with my dog?

Your plan is broken down into easy stages with achievable goals (we know it’s hard to change behaviour for humans and dogs!). Each stage will probably ask you to spend 10-15 minutes per day training your dog, plus some time to think about good management and prevention strategies.


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 for consultations in in advance.  Once your booking is confirmed, 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.  

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.