RESCUE DOG

We see it everywhere: #AdoptDontShop, give a shelter dog another chance. Whether a rescue dog is the right choice for you and your family will depend on a number of factors, such as the dog you choose and your capabilities to train them. 

 

We are made to believe that most dogs in shelters have been removed from abusive situations and have had a terrible life. While this is true in some cases, most are surrendered due to behavioural problems their previous owners were unable to work with and some end up in rescue through no fault of their own, due to the death of their owner, allergies, family break ups or moving home. 

Whether you rescue a puppy or adult dog, age, breed or background are no excuse for bad behaviour. Let me help you bridge the gap so your dog understands what is expected of them and help them become the much loved family dog they dream of being.

Finding the right rescue dog for you is key to a beautiful life together. Let’s find a dog with needs that fit your lifestyle and background to match your experience.

Rescue Starter Pack

Once you have decided on the dog for you, let’s get you started so you are prepared to begin training as soon as your dog sets the first paw through your door.

Find My Rescue

Rescue Dog Training

Taking your rescue dog’s individual needs into consideration, we aim to progress existing learning and fill in the gaps to help you have a well adjusted, happy dog.

Behavioural Consultation

Whatever your dog's past, it is no excuse for bad behaviour. With that in mind, let's help your dog understand which behaviours are absolutely unacceptable in their new home. 

Basic obedience lessons in a group environment to teach your dog to listen under distractions. 

FIND MY RESCUE

When you rescue a dog, you save two lives: that of the dog you are giving a new home to and that of the dog that can now take over the free kennel at the shelter. If you have decided that this is the route for you, let’s get you set up to find the right dog for you. From understanding different breed traits to fit your lifestyle, to understanding how different shelters operate and finding the organisation that is right for you, I want to do my best to ensure that the dog you are taking home will have a home for life. 

There is a kind of code that rescues use when describing the dogs, such as "needs a firm hand" when describing a headstrong dog, and I will help you understand this so you are prepared for the challenges you are likely to face with that dog. 

Two hour consultation includes:

  • What are you looking for in a dog? 

  • Breed traits and what they mean for you

  • Grooming - what you need to know

  • Lifestyle Analysis

  • What to look for in a rescue or shelter

Price - £150 

 

Group classes

RESCUE STARTER PACK

Preparing for your new dog starts before you even bring them home. Preparations should start as soon as you have decided on your dog to make sure your home is ready and you have a plan in place of where to start. Taking the dog’s past into consideration, I will help you get clear on what your dog needs to learn and get you prepared to teach it.

2 hour session prior to rescue dog's arrival:

  • Toilet training

  • Crate training

  • How to get your dog home

  • Your dog's first day / night

  • What to focus on in your dog's first week

  • Kids, dogs & safety

  • Your dog and the law

  • Toys and play

  • Grooming 

  • Handling

  • Preparing for Vet visits

  • Neutering considerations

  • What to expect from breed traits 

  • Diet

  • Socialisation and habituation

3 x One hour practical training sessions:

  • Toilet training

  • Settling

  • Crate training

  • Handling

  • Socialisation

  • Habituation

  • Stop biting, chewing, jumping

  • Loose lead

  • Leave

  • Recall

  • Play

  • What is appropriate behaviour?

  • Dog in public (transport, other people, public places)

5 hours package - £325 (£50 discount)

 

RESCUE DOG TRAINING

Ongoing one to one training for new and existing clients, either in person or virtually via video calls. Regular sessions to help you keep your dog on the right track in areas such as:

  • Loose lead walking

  • Recall

  • Leave

  • Not Jumping up

  • Stay

  • Handling 

  • Play

3 sessions: £200 - discount £25

5 sessions: £325 - discount £50

7 sessions: £450 - discount £75 

 

BEHAVIOURAL CONSULTATION

The majority of dogs in rescues ended up there because their owners were unable to control them. Behaviours that range from nuisances such as toileting indoors and pulling on the lead to more severe issues such as nipping at family members. Whatever the issue, if we were able to ask each dog why they are in the rescue, chances are they would not know because nobody ever taught the dog NOT to behave in a certain way. 

 

During the behavioural consultation we analyse where the breakdown in communication occurred or what the misunderstanding was in the dog's mind to help them understand what is expected and teach a better alternative. Issues we can address include:

Resource Guarding

When your dog guards resources that are valuable to them, such as food, toys or people, it may start off seeming innocent enough, but may lead to dangerous aggression if not addressed. 

Disobedience

"I just want my dog to have better recall" is what I often hear, but digging a little deeper it turns out there is a general issue of the dog not listening. How can we expect the dog to listen outside amongst all those distractions when they aren't listening at home?

Scavenging

Poo, chicken bones, leftovers, toys, socks and rubbish, eating things off the ground can be dangerous game that could cost thousands in vet bills and even your dog's life. 

Aggression

Whether your dog is barking and lunging at other dogs or unfriendly with strangers, we'll get to the source of the aggression and devise a plan to teach your dog a better way of coping.

Anxiety

Fireworks, heavy traffic, umbrellas - we live in a world with lots of scary things in it and it is our job to help our dogs to feel safe. 

Excessive Barking

Whether it is the postman, the doorbell or a way to get attention, excessive barking can be a nuisance and put you out of favour with the neighbours.

From £300 (includes handouts, personalised written report and free follow ups via phone or email for 3 month) 

 

GROUP CLASSES

Teach your dog important behaviours in a group class of up to four dogs per class. Group classes are a great way to teach your dog to stay calm and focused on you in a stimulating environment with other dogs around. * Practical areas we cover are:

  • Loose lead walking

  • Recall

  • Leave

  • Not jumping up

  • Stay

  • Play

  • Handling

  • Manners at the park

  • Dangerous Dogs Act & keeping your dog safe

Weekly handouts are included in every session.

* Group classes are not suitable for dogs who vocalise excessively. If your dog has shown signs of aggression, please contact me for a behavioural consult.