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THINKING-DOG BEHAVIOUR PROGRAMME

SUPPORTING PEOPLE AND DOGS 

 

Living with a dog who struggles with aspects of their daily lives can be a worry. We understand those feelings:  the dips in confidence, the embarrassment and the upsetting moments everyone goes through. We all want our dogs to be happy and confident, and we're here to support you and your dog by finding solutions together.

 

FREE FIRST CONTACT CALL

 

Fern is very happy to discuss our Behaviour Programmes in a free 15 minute phone call so that you can chat through any questions you may have. Please email Claire, our Admin Manager, at fern.ember.dog.behaviour@gmail.com and she will set up a call for you. 

 

THE PROCESS

Our work starts by identifying the causes of your dog's behaviour and teaches you management strategies so that we can build calm foundations in all areas of your dog's life. Each programme helps you read and understand your dog in new ways, leading to greater connection and responsiveness. 

 

Skills: our Thinking-Dog Behaviour Programmes cover how to manage your dog to minimise the behaviour that you're encountering, plus training exercises to calm your dog and to get focus and attention when needed.

Support: Each programme includes tailored notes, WhatsApp support, pdf booklets and videos to help you with training exercises. 

 

Venues: sessions are held our training centres in Aisthorpe or Dunholme, near Lincoln. In rare cases of limited mobility or travel anxiety, we can arrange a home visit. 

 

 

THINKING-DOG BEHAVIOUR PROGRAMMES

 

We have 4 programmes for you to choose from:

 

Programme 1 

Foundation

Programme 1 consists of one session and gives you foundation tools to start teaching your dog calmness and self-control in the situations that she or he finds difficult. 

Issues

This programme is for dogs who have one moderate issue:

  • Moderate Separation Anxiety,

  • Moderate guarding (where no bites have taken place)

  • Inability to settle with visitors

  • Travel anxiety

  • Barking excessively in the home and garden

  • Moderate noise phobia

Foundation Session

  • Understanding the causes behind your dog's behaviour

  • Focus and calming exercises

  • Training tools and strategies to manage your dog's behaviour

 

FEE: £170 

 

Programme 2 

Foundation and Progression 

 

Issues

This programme is for dogs who have one or more of the following issues:

  • Moderate reactivity towards people (where no bites have taken place, where reactions are at a greater distance and where your dog struggles to cope with most unfamiliar visitors to the home)

  • Reactivity towards dogs (where no bites have taken place, where reactions are at a greater distance and where your dog struggles to cope with many unfamiliar dogs)

  • Guarding where lunging, barking and snapping take place (but where no bites have taken place)

  • Barking, lunging and stress with visitors 

  • Grooming/handling issues

  • Severe separation anxiety

  • General anxiety

  • Anxiety around walking equipment (snapping and nipping when harness/lead are put on)

  • Severe noise phobia

Foundation Session

  • Understanding the causes behind your dog's behaviour

  • Focus and calming exercises

  • Training tools and strategies to manage your dog's behaviour

 

Progression Session

  • Building on foundation exercises to overcome your dog's issues

  • Managed exposure to the things that your dog finds difficult 

  • Consolidating training skills to manage your dog's behaviour

 

FEE: £245

 

Programme 3

Foundation Progression and Extension

 

Issues

Programme 3 is advisable for dogs who have a bite history and who have more extreme issues:

  • Severe generalised anxiety,

  • Biting unfamiliar people in the home

  • Resource guarding where biting has taken place

  • Lunging and barking at people on walks at distance and in the home and where your dog struggles to cope with most unfamiliar people

  • Lunging and barking at other dogs on walks at distance and where your dog struggles to cope with most unfamiliar dogs

  • Difficulty tolerating being handled by vets and other dog care professionals

  • Overseas rescues with have fear-based behaviours benefit from the in-depth support offered in Programme 3 

  • Dogs who have a range of issues.

 

Please see our Blended Option Programme 4 for dogs who lunge at and bite (or attempt to bite) people on walks

Foundation Session

  • Understanding the causes behind your dog's behaviour

  • Focus and calming exercises

  • Training tools and strategies to manage your dog's behaviour

 

Progression Session

  • Building on foundation exercises to overcome your dog's issues

  • Managed exposure to the things that your dog finds difficult 

  • Consolidating training skills to manage your dog's behaviour

Extension Session

  • Extending exposure to triggers and trigger situations

  • Extending training skills to manage your dog's behaviour

FEE: £275 

 

 

Programme 4 - Blended Option

Initial Consultation online via Zoom or WhatsApp Video

 

Issues 

We recommend this programme for dogs who lunge at and bite (or attempt to bite) people on walks or who bark at people persistently. If your dog barks at a level where you are unable to have a conversation with another person across a street, please select this programme. It allows Fern to assess your dog and to discuss issues and management strategies in a safe way that minimises stress for your dog. 

 

Programme Outline

The Foundation session takes place online via video call. This is then followed by Progression and Extension sessions at one of our training centres in Aisthorpe or Dunholme.

 

Foundation Session (online video call)

  • Understanding the causes behind your dog's behaviour

  • Focus and calming exercises

  • Training tools and strategies to manage your dog's behaviour

Progression Session (face-to-face)

  • Building on foundation exercises to overcome your dog's issues

  • Managed exposure to the things that your dog finds difficult 

  • Consolidating training skills to manage your dog's behaviour

Extension Session (face-to-face)

  • Extending exposure to triggers and trigger situations

  • Extending training skills to manage your dog's behaviour

 

FEE: £275

EXCESS FEES FOR MULTI-DOGS

Please note that sessions with multi-dogs extend beyond the time allocated and are charged as follows: 

Programme 1, 2 and 3: Foundation Session: please allow 2 hours for the session which is charged at: £207.50 (plus any further 15 mins if time goes beyond 2 hours). 

Programme 2 and 3: Progression Session: please allow 1 hour and 15 mins for this session, which is charged at: £93.75 (plus any further 15 mins if time goes beyond 1 hour 15 minutes).

Programme 3: Extension session: rarely exceeds 30 mins, but if it does, there is an excess charge of £18.75 per extra 15 mins.

If you have conflict between resident dogs and live within Fern’s travel distance, your progression and extension sessions may take place at home so that Fern can observe your dogs in their home environment. If this is not viable, Fern will ask you to send videos of your dogs' behaviour together. 

Please email fern.ember.dog.behaviour@gmail.com for further details.

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