FAQs

There are lots of trainers, why Karen's DOGS?

It's a bit of a minefield with regards to finding a suitable trainer and making the wrong decision isn't just a waste of money, it's also potentially damaging to your dog and can cause you (and your dog) significant problems in the long-run.

Karen has numerous academic qualifications, along with approval from Victoria Stilwell and Karen Pryor, to ensure you and your dog are in safe hands. 

To view her qualifications, experience and recommendations please read our About page. 

What is positive reinforcement training?

Our training involves setting your dog up for success! We use treats, toys, praise and anything else your dog loves to reward their desirable behaviours. When we reward a behaviour we like, it is more likely going to occur again in the future - perfect!

We will teach you everything you need to know about training your dog in all our 1-2-1 training and behavioural sessions. 

If you would like to read about the training technique in-depth please click here

What is the difference between a training and behavioural session?

Training sessions are undertaken to train a dog a new behaviour. Maybe you want to train your dog recall, loose lead walking or to leave litter alone!

 

Behavioural sessions are more in-depth and work on changing your dog's emotional response to a trigger. For example, if your dog is reactive towards other dogs, we work on changing your dog's emotional response to other dogs (the trigger) - rather than worry, fear and/or frustration we work on linking calm emotions onto the trigger. If a dog is calm, they don't react!

What happens in a 1-2-1 session?

In our session we will sit down, have a chat about everything and come up with a plan! I will talk you through why your dog is acting the way he/she is and what training we can put in place to help.

We will then undertake the training in the environment you need the training to work in! We might go out for a dog walk or stay and work in your home/garden. 

The sessions are completely tailored to you and your dog's needs.

Can you guarantee that you can solve the problem?

Quite simply, no. Nobody can guarantee anything when it comes to a dog's behaviour because they are not machines that we can simply re-programme. For that reason, you should be very wary of anyone who guarantees anything of the sort!

The successful outcome of the situation depends on a number of factors: our assessment of the situation and advice, your own involvement and active participation in the progress and your dog's response. 

What we can guarantee you is that we will use our skill and expertise to determine the issues and develop a personalised plan based on sound, scientific understanding, using ethical and kind strategies to help you to achieve the outcome that you want.