I am a qualified and fully insured dog psychologist, behaviourist and trainer, based in Farnham, Surrey. My aim is to help facilatite ballanced and rewarding relationships between dogs and owners.
I’m dedicated to making dogs and their owners happy. It is very rewarding to me both personally and professionally to to work with both dogs and owners and create a positive change in their behaviour. More importantly, is seeing the new understanding the owner has towards their dog.
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I would never have thought that 10 years ago I would be where I am today; due to the fact my husband swayed me from getting a cat! I thought what hard work it would be getting a puppy when cats are so easy.
In preparation I read books about Rhodesian ridgebacks on holiday knowing that when we got back we were collecting him. I was really excited even though the book mentioned that this breed is very stubborn and it needs a firm, confident, consistent pack leader who can provide rules the dog must follow and limits to what it can and cannot do.
Meek and/or passive owners, or owners who treat the dog like a human rather than a canine will have a hard time controlling this breed, and may also cause them to become combative with other dogs. Ridgebacks react best to an extremely consistent and firm but calm approach to training. They are intelligent and learn quickly, but will be stubborn and wilful if they are stronger-minded than the humans.
I thought no problem, I can do this!
My children were then pretty much self-sufficient, I thought how much hard work can a puppy be compared to raising two boys… well I was in for a shock. Puppies are hard work! The first couple of months he must of thought his name was “no”!
Anyway Tembu is now my perfect companion and I am so pleased I went through the hard work to reap the rewards of a well behaved dog.
Now I am an avid dog lover, this is why I decided to study dog psychology and training. So I can help people see that having a dog is a pleasure, and not hard work, but a lifelong companion, and minor or major problems can be rectified no matter what age.
Tembu is not only my perfect loyal companion he helps me out with my doggie clients. His calm but powerful and balanced energy puts other dogs at ease and makes training and altering their behaviour in a positive way a much easier job.