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Puppies and dogs can develop excitable, or anxious, or stressed behaviour at any stage of their lives and our Life Skills Foundation Session will help you develop the core skills to work through this phase. 

This session is useful for puppies/dogs who are showing:

  • Anxiety on walks

  • Over excitement, such as jumping-up, overly boisterous play and inability to settle calmly with visitors

  • Stress and/or anxiety when leaving the house

  • Fear of traffic

  • Anxiety travelling in the car

  • Mild separation anxiety

  • Fear of fireworks/noise anxiety

  • Anxiety being handled (including vet/groomers)

  • Discomfort with walking equipment


This Foundation Session offers a 1:1 experience at Brattleby, Aisthorpe and Scampton Village Hall.


Fern teaches you training exercises and practical management solutions to help your puppy/dog become calm and confident in all situations. 

The session lasts 60 minutes, allowing time for a brief discussion of your puppy/dog’s issues before moving onto practical work where you will learn: 

  • Foundation exercises for creating calm in all situations

  • Foundation exercises for building focus and responsiveness in all situations

If you would like specific work on recall, loose lead walking or other practical skills, these would be covered in further follow-up sessions.


The Foundation session is very practical and deals with one issue. 

If your puppy/dog has two or more of the above issues, please ask for information about our Thinking Dog Behaviour Programme which looks at the reasons behind your puppy/dog's behaviour, teaches you strategies to manage the behaviour and gives explanations about how these strategies will help overcome any issues. 

The Life Skills Foundation Session is not suitable for puppies/dogs with the following: 

  • Bite history towards people

  • Bite history towards dogs (including resident dogs)

  • Severe anxiety levels

  • Barking at other dogs on walks from anxiety or 'aggression'

  • Barking at people on walks from anxiety or 'aggression'. 

  • Lunging at other dogs or people from anxiety or 'aggression'

  • Lunging and/or barking at visitors to the home from anxiety or 'aggression'. 

  • Guarding food/toys/locations/people if over 20 weeks old at time of appointment

If your puppy/dog has any of these issues, please ask for information about our Thinking-Dog Behaviour Programme so that we can give you and your puppy/dog more in-depth support. 


Initial Session:

£75 per 60 minute session

£18.75 per 15 minutes if the initial hour is exceeded

Follow up sessions:

£37.50 per 30 minute session

£18.75 per 15 minutes if the initial 30 minutes is exceeded

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