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Our dogs and puppies can often have changes in their lives that can leave them feeling confused and uncertain. Often they can react to these feelings by becoming overly-excited or anxious. Our Life Skills Foundation Session teaches you the core skills to start helping them through these feelings.


A Life Skills Foundation Session works on one of the following:

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

  • Stress and/or anxiety when leaving the house and on walks (this can look like reluctance to move forward and rushing to get home or back to the car)

  • Over-excitement around people and/or dogsAnxiety travelling in the car (where your puppy/dog seems reluctant to get in the car, and/or trembles in the car, and/or has motion sickness)

  • Mild to moderate separation anxiety

  • Fear of fireworks/noise anxiety

  • Puppy nipping and chewing

  • Toilet training

  • Basic training skills, such as recall and loose lead walking



Skills: practical solutions to help your dog or puppy become calm and confident in all situations.

  • Foundation exercises for calmness and self-control 

  • Foundation exercises for building focus and responsiveness 


Duration: 60 minute face-to-face 1-1 session with Fern

Venue: Brattleby, Aisthorpe and Scampton Village Hall or Dunholme Old School Community Centre 

Fee: £75 per 60 minute session


The Foundation session is very practical and teaches skills to deal with one issue in the 60 minutes available. If your dog or puppy has more of the above issues, we can support you with follow-up sessions two to three weeks after your Life Skills Foundation session. Please ask to arrange a follow-up session at the time of booking.


​If your puppy or dog  has more complex issues (several of the above, or more serious issues, such as: biting/growling/barking at other people or dogs), we can support you on our Thinking-Dog Behaviour Programme (dogs aged 6 months and above) or our Intensive Puppy Training Course (puppies aged up to 6 months old).

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 

  • Barking at people on walks 

  • Persistent barking and inability to settle with visitors to the home 

  • Guarding food/toys/locations/people 







Foundation 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 sessionst

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

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