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Training & Behavioural Sessions

I see all dogs as individuals who deserve the very best. That is why personalised, private training and behavioural sessions can be a wonderful approach to help you and your dog.

Let me help you gain a reliable, responsive, relaxed dog who you can enjoy indoor and outdoor life with. 

Training classes can be great, but often skills taught only work in a class environment. I will work with you and your dog wherever you need the training to work - in your home, in the garden and/or out on dog walks.

We can cover training like loose lead walking, recall, distraction training, an emergency stop, drop, leave, settle, impulse control. And/or we can cover behavioural issues like reactivity towards particular triggers, separation anxiety, handling/grooming issues. Really, anything you need help with!

Who is this service for?

  • If you want to enjoy outdoor and indoor life with your dog stress-free.

  • You understand that your dog needs help, support, guidance and patience throughout their training programme.

  • You want a dedicated, knowledgeable, caring person to support you and your dog (trust me, I will be your biggest cheerleader!)

  • You desire a tailored made plan to suit your dog (and special family member).

  • You are ready to commit to a training plan to help your dog. Please do not worry, I will make sure the training plan fits into your everyday life.

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What does the training look like?

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The training is all positive reinforcement-based, force-free methods. 

When working on behavioural issues we will work on changing your dog's emotional response to a trigger (i.e. anxiety/fear/frustration to calm/positive feelings). If your dog feels better when they see a trigger reactions reduce and stop!

We can also cover training additional cues to help guide your dog out of a tricky situation. This helps them to build confidence in you and helps you set them up for success!

I will demonstrate the training to you with your dog (if appropriate) and then I will support and guide you while you practice. 

"Obama was extremely reactive to dogs. After working on building his confidence he greets and plays with dogs with no problems and I can easily call him away from dogs he seems wary of. 

It's honestly like having a new dog."

Rosie with Obama the Chihuahua

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How it works

Karen's DOGS offers in-person training and behavioural solution packages, rather than one-off sessions. I find this more effective because - 
 

  • I can support you throughout your dog's training journey.

  • I can tailor-make the training to your and your dog's needs.

  • We can progress the training at each visit and ensure we are on track.

  • You know what commitment is needed to ensure you have all the tools you need to help your dog.

Sessions can take place Monday to Saturday; with morning, afternoon and evening* sessions available.

*Evening sessions throughout winter are available for initial zoom calls only. It is always best to train in the daylight.

An update about me

Dated 09 August 2022

As the only person behind Karen's DOGS I always like to be transparent with my clients. After all, you are trusting me to help you with precious family members, so I always feel this is the least I can do. You need to know about me and sometimes this means knowing about my personal life. I want you to be able to make an informed decision before booking in with me.

Since March this year I have been struggling with a bulging disc in my back. Unfortunately things took a big turn for the worse and I had to be admitted to hospital on the 30th of July to receive an emergency operation due to complications my back was causing.

I am now back home, recovering well, getting stronger every day.

Firstly, I am still here to support all my clients. We can chat over email and/or Zoom calls so I can continue to support you and your dog(s).

Secondly,
 I  am taking on new clients but working in person needs to be put on hold until I am able. Therefore I have made a new online package below to help in the meantime. Included in this package is a 20% discount off your first in-person session when this service can be offered again. Realistically (and for transparency) I hope to work in person again from the end of September.

Online training and behaviour help can be VERY EFFECTIVE. I have previously worked with clients in Skye to Los Angeles who have manged to work through their dog's behavioural issues successfully. There are many ways we can assess and change your dog's behaviour without seeing each other in person.

If you would prefer an 
in-person session package that is still available to book now so you can get dates in the diary for as soon as I return to work.


If you have any questions please get in touch.

Karen x​

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 Online Behaviour Package
£150

Availability - able to start within 1 week.

What is included - 

  • Gathering details on your dog and training goals so I can plan for our time together.

  • Veterinary referral and liaison, as required.

  • 90-minute Zoom consultation with Karen.

We will talk about the issues you are having, your goals, why your dog behaving the way they are. With behavioural cases we will work through how to reduce your dog's stress (and yours!) and how to set your dog up for success before we start training.

  • A written summary sent to you to help you implement changes.

  • 60-minute follow-up Zoom consultation with Karen.

We will have a catch-up, talk through what is working well and if/what changes need to be put in place. We will develop your dog's training stages further to help you achieve your goals. If appropriate I can demonstrate training with my dog, you can copy while I give you feedback. 

  • A written summary sent to you to help aid your training.

  • Immediate and unlimited access to an online course most suited to what you would like to work on with your dog or a course of your choice.

  • Email/phone support for 3 months after our initial meeting.

  • A 20% discount off the price of your first in-person session when this service is available (hopefully from the end of September onwards).

 In-person Behaviour Package
£350

Availability - able to book the Zoom call within 1 week, in-person sessions available from 29th of September onwards.

What is included - 

  • Gathering details on your dog and training goals so I can plan for our time together.

  • Veterinary referral and liaison, as required.

  • 90-minute Zoom consultation with Karen.

We will talk about the issues you are having, your goals, why your dog behaving the way they are. With behavioural cases we will work through how to reduce your dog's stress (and yours!) and how to set your dog up for success before we start training.

  • A written summary sent to you to help you implement changes.

  • 2 hour in-person session with Karen on one of your regular dog walks, in your home and/or in your garden - where ever you need the help. 

  • A written summary sent to you to help aid your training.

  • All travel expenses and time included To Edinburgh and West Lothian (other areas may include an extra cost for travel expenses, please get in touch for an accurate quote).

  • Immediate and unlimited access to an online course most suited to what you would like to work on with your dog or a course of your choice.

  • Email/phone support for 3 months after our initial meeting.

Follow-Up Sessions

During the initial package I aim to provide you with all the information and techniques required to work on your dog's training/overcome their behavioural issue. Most clients find the initial package, and follow-up support via email all that is required. However, follow-up sessions are available if you wish continued in person support.

Further 1-hour sessions can be added to your package if/when you feel they are needed. Please
email Karen directly to book. Follow up sessions are charged at a discounted rate.


Remote session (1hr) - £50
In-person session (1hr) - £60 (excluding travel expenses)
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Four, 1 hour sessions - £200 (excluding travel expenses)*



* after session notes and support (for one month after your session) is included. I aim to provide in-person sessions again from the end of Septembers onwards.