Behavioural and Training Consultations
This is where nearly all my behavioural and training consultations are held. I always start any one to one behavioural work at the home. Then move to area when the behaviour happens the most. I work with both the dog and the owner so you are able to do what I do.
The reason for starting at home is your relationship and the mutual respect with your dog is created there. To change any behavioural or training problems, we need to start initially where the dog lives. Then move to the places where the problems normally occurs.
I currently have four dogs who work in my practice. These dogs are specially trained and extremely effective when working with inter-dog aggression, as they will not aggress back. This allows me to come close to my dogs with your dog under control. I can then assess the type of aggression your dog may have. This allows me to put the best method of treatment in place. See Different Types of Aggression.
I find it difficult to understand why any trainer or behaviourist would hold a clinic in a veterinary surgery or office. Dogs act totally different when outside their own environment. Working somewhere strange or unknown, often subdues their natural inclinations. Masking the very behaviour I need to observe to treat your dog successfully.
Are you aware that the people that claim they are "Clinical Behaviourists" are nothing more than behaviourists that see your dog in a clinic? I believe they may be falsely trying to impart that they are someone with clinical knowledge. Unless they are veterinary trained this would be totally incorrect. I believe this could be construed as misrepresentation.
What I believe to be vitally important, is that I am very hands on with your dogs. I work with the dogs and the owners very closely and demonstrate with their dogs what they need to do. I am not an impartial observer that tells them through a 50 page report what they have to do, yet appears unable or unwilling so show and demonstrate what they advise. How could I expect the owners to achieve the changes requires without my ability to show the work they are required to follow.
I am intrinsically against residential training. I believe it is open to abuse. I have seen and heard of cases of quite serious abuse, whilst dogs are in some of these so called training establishments. The problem with residential training is it simply does not work at the level that is required to change psychological or behavioural problems. Most aberrant behaviour is about owner/dog relationships. Not pack, alpha behaviour or rank reductions programs. Owners are often reinforcing, (by accident) bad behaviour or even causing fear, timidity and aggression by rewarding certain actions. Therefore how could a residential course possibly sort these problems out?
I specialise in all forms of behavioural and training problems. I am an acknowledged expert in dog aggression both inter-dog and inter-human, fear based behaviour, and the rearing and critical periods of puppies. With the right guidance the early weeks of your puppies life will lead to a pleasant well rounded adult. And will allow them to grow into adulthood as a pleasure rather than a liability. My unique methods generally mean that you normally only ever have to see me once. Over 98% of all my clients only need one behavioural counseling and training visit. See my articles, The Alpha Myth and Killing with Kindness
All my clients have access to me either by phone or e mail for the rest of the dogs life. That includes any problems that may arise later in life. That problem may have nothing to do with the original problems and concerns. It does not mean I come to see you. It means I will either verbally, or by e mail, offer you a solution.
See Contact for details of my phone numbers and e-mail.
Quote: "If you think it's expensive to hire a professional, then wait until you hire an amateur"
Doesn't your dog deserve the best?
Next Class Monday 31st March 2014
My classes normally fill up very quickly therefore it is important to book up as early if possible.
See main Puppy Class page
Socialisation early in your puppies life cycle is critical to the well being and behaviour of your dog in later life. This type of socialisation has been shown to be so beneficial, that it should be the most important and overriding factor in your pups life between 8 and 18 weeks of age.
I have held these classes now for over 13 years and they are based on my extensive knowledge of the critical periods in a puppies life. See Critical Period.
Classes are held in Hampton and have only 8 to 10 puppies at any one time. this allows the trainers and staff to spend some individual time with each pup and owner.
We encourage children to come along if they are over 5 years of age so the pups can get used to being handled and around both adults and young children Classes cost £99.00 and are held in the Methodist Church Hall, Percy Road, Hampton Middlesex/Surrey border.
One of the exercises is pass the puppy, where everybody gets to handle all the other puppies in a kind and positive way. This builds up the pups confidence with strangers and children at a crucial age of learning.
I see many dogs that have a problem with children or adults later in life. My intention is that all the pups in my classes will not suffer these problems. I always try to have children there so they are being handled by adults and children in a kind and positive manner. We also let them play with the other puppies (closely supervised) for ten minutes each class, so the pups learn how to meet, greet and play nicely.
I hear of many classes that do not this. I have no idea why not as this is how pups learn the all important body language communication. They do not learn this from adult dogs.
As long as the puppies have had their first injections and are over 8 weeks of age, then they are fine to come to these classes. see:
critical periods in your puppies psychological growth and fear and timidity, which explains just how important these classes are to the future behaviour of your dog.
We have little competitions on a weekly basis, such as the best sit, the best down, and the sit stay, walking to heel, down stay. And prizes are awarded weekly. Which culminates in week six with the puppy that has learned the best trick. and a prize for which puppy has improved the most during the classes.
It is all a bit of fun, however it does have a practical side. Owners tend to put more effort in if there is an enjoyable but slightly competitive element. The winners get a bag of treats or special goodbye bones, (for the dogs of course not the humans). See more information Classes
Puppy Assessments at Your Home
I believe that this is a must for new puppy owners who are rearing puppies for the first time or even experienced owners who want to get it absolutely right for this dog.
This is a full personality test at your own home. It includes an appraisal to indicate your dog's character and possible behaviour in later life; it also indicates the dog’s ability to learn and points to the methods that should work best for your individual dog.
allowing you to tailor your training to your dog's individual temperament, aptitude, and ability. I believe this to be extremely important and should be considered for all new puppies, but is almost a necessity for first time dog or puppy owners.
You may have this dog for upwards of 15 years and in some cases longer. What you do and how you train and develop your dog at this age is so vitally important, that is shapes the behaviour of your puppy for the remainder of his or her life.
The assessment also covers sleeping arrangements, feeding, toileting, initial training schedules, training expectations, crate training and some important articles personally written.
These include “The Art of Communication” which explains how to communicate with your pet, what commands to give, when to praise and when not to praise. plus a checklist for socialising your pup and articles on first aid, basic obedience, and overcoming Nipping and Biting, Jumping up, and how to start your dog on lead work and especially Recall. Done correctly at an early age, you should have no problems later when your matures and may get the wander lust.
Expert Witness Assessments/ Legal Cases
The Dangerous Dogs Act of 1991 and the Dogs Act 1871 are minefields for unsuspecting dog owners. I regularly work in the area of banned breeds section 1 of the the DDA. as well as section 3 dangerously out of control in a public place.
This includes assessing the current breeds that are banned under section 1. They include:
The America Pit Bull Terrier
the Japanese Tosa,
the Dogo Argentino,
the Fila Brasileiro
As an expert witness in court cases under these acts, part of my work is to assess dogs, that may have been seized by the police and held in isolation in secure kennels.
The police do not always get it right. Sometimes the dogs I assess, are clearly not one of the above banned breeds. I then put my report and assessment into the solicitors and the case is debated in court. The outcome can rest on the length of a leg, or the distance from the nose to the stop, or a head to shoulder ratio, or even the stifle in the back legs.
It is important to note that, in the UK, dangerous dogs are classified by “type”, not by “breed label”. This means that whether a dog is considered dangerous, and therefore prohibited will depend on a judgment about its physical characteristics, and whether they match the description of a prohibited 'type'.
A little known fact was that the 1991 Act was amended by the Dangerous Dogs (Amendment) Act 1997. The 1997 Act removed the mandatory destruction order provisions of the 1991 Act by giving the courts discretion on sentencing, and re-opened the Index of Exempted Dogs for those prohibited dogs which the courts consider would not pose a risk to the public. Only courts can direct that a dog can be placed on the list of exempted dogs.
Another part of the act is section 3. These are dogs that are deemed to be dangerously out of control in a public place. Any dog is deemed to be dangerously out of control if:
• it injures a person, or it behaves in a way that makes a person worried that it might injure them.
This is dogs that are deemed to be out of control when in a public place like a street, park, bus shelter or the common parts of a block of flats (like the entrance or stairs) or in a private place where the dog isn't allowed to be.
Your dog does not have to bite someone to be deemed to have committed an offence. They may have frightened or made anxious a person or persons that believe that your dog might injure them.This could include jumping up lunging barking or growling.
The maximum penalty for allowing a dog you own or are in charge of to be dangerously out of control is two years’ imprisonment, or a fine, or both. And you will have a criminal conviction on your record.
If your dog injures another person’s animal, or an owner of an animal reasonably believes that they could be injured, if they intervened to protect their animal from your dog. Then an offence may be committed. If you do not keep your dog under control, your dog could be destroyed and you could be banned from keeping a dog.Or you might be ordered to keep your dog muzzled when walking, neutered, chipped, and placed on the dangerous dogs register.
I have dealt with numerous cases in both categories. I have assessed many dogs for being of a banned type, and in some cases have successfully argued that the dog does not conform to the standard used to identify a banned breed.
I have also assessed and defended the independent assessment in court with a high rate of positive outcomes. Having said that I think it is important to state that I must remain impartial and independent. That means that if you dog is dangerous or a banned breed then my report will reflect this.
The Dangerous Dogs Act of 1991 is currently under review and looks certain to be amended regarding the law pertaining to dangerously out of control will be extended to your home or any private place rather than just in a public place.
If you have a dogs that could be deemed out of control, either in or outside. Then I strongly suggest you get a trainer or behaviourist widely experienced in this area, to work with your dog. BEFORE you fall foul of the law. Please remember, your dog could be destroyed if found guilty of a breach of this Act, and you will get a criminal conviction and a very hefty fine if found guilty.
The picture above shows a dog I assessed a few years ago. This old boy had been in Solitary confinement/protective custody for over 18 months. He looks a real handful with a ear missing and teeth broken. In reality he was a pussycat and loved people and dogs. He had been seized as a pit-bull terrier. In reality he was a Staffie Mastiff Bulldog cross.
After my assessment and report plus a court case, he is now back with his owners. Having said that, the majority of cases I assess are of pit bull type. Fortunately I also assess for temperament. The courts now take that into consideration when deciding the fate of the dog.
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Shows and Talks
Would you like me to appear at your event? Call or E mail me if you would like me to come to your club or show and do practical demonstrations with dogs from the audience, plus a fun and exciting talk on everything from critical periods to the origin of the dog, how dogs learn, and how to understand canine body language. I will stop dogs who I have never met before from jumping up, will get them walking to heel, sit, stay, stop barking, lunging, and some aggressive behaviour's.
- If it is a large show I will need a hands free microphone and PA system.
- If it is a hall I have all my own projectors and power-point presentation equipment.
I also talk at breed and dog club meetings. I can offer a variety of subjects including Aggression, Fear based behaviour, Dominance, History of The Dog, The Pushy Dog, Attention Seeking, Toilet Problems, Breeder Advice and how to socialise a dog from birth to 16 weeks. This is the most critical period in a dogs life and the breeders and owners have a enormous impact on how the dogs will turn out.
Please ring me to discuss your requirements with Stan Rawlinson Contact me HERE