Keep it fun, keep it simple

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SO WHO AM I

Because you need to know

That's me on the left & Ziggy, my right hand girl.

I previously owned Diamond Dogs Canine Creche.  I trained in Scotland to learn the necessary skills of creche management, including reading body language, pack dynamics and safely managing a group of dogs to enable the start of Diamond Dogs. During this time I continued to learn a huge amount about dog behaviour, good and bad. Understanding how dogs play and what is percieved as good play is a complex subject and not just a case of bung a few dogs in together and let them get on with it. Being able to identify when play is about to get out of hand, before it actually does is key in maintaining control. Intent on expanding my knowledge and keen to offer additional services to my valued customers I went into the walking and training business. My intention being to offer something just a bit different from the average walk. A standard walk involves so much more than just clipping on a lead, I incorporate basic skills and lots of fun in to these walks as well. Adventure Days are a full 2 hours of fun, games, exercise and training. I can also help if you need assistance with training your dog, whether it be loose leash work, good manners, recall, reactivity or anything else.  I hold a diploma in Complete Canine Care with the British College of Canine Studies (Distinction), I am a qualified 'Pro Dog Trainer' with Absolute Dogs and I hold a canine first aid certificate. The Absolute Dogs methodology takes reward based training to the next level and utilises games as the primary source of teaching.  I teach concepts rather than behaviours. So a dog that is reactive to other dogs is often described as aggressive, where as they are more likely frightened or anxious and they have limited means of communicating with us. So for this example we would play confidence building games, focus games so we can distract the dog from triggers that cause them to react and novelty games that reduce the reaction to things they haven't encountered before. The emphasis now is very much on training 'for the situation' rather than 'in the situation'. Knowing your dogs issues and potential triggers, but being armed with tactics to employ when things happen unexpectedly creates confidence in your dog but also in you as an owner. There's nothing worse than taking your dog for a walk and dreading the sight of another dog in the distance anticipating what might happen. The games not only resolve the vast majority of canine issues, they also build the bond between you and your dog and they are great fun as well. Now that's got to be worth a try.