Announcement: It is time to make a change and after a year of reflection in 2015, I have decided to take a long Sabbatical from running Sandhills Canine Training & Behavioural Centre Ltd in order to concentrate more on campaign work and new things.

This web site will stay up but I will not be answering any emails or dog training/behaviour related enquiries. If Sandhills does start up again with new trainers and a behaviorist, I will post it on the web site and on face book.

Julia, Mouse, Badger and Weasel thank you all.

Behaviour Problems?

At Sandhills we recognize how difficult it can be for clients to broach a training or behavioural issue about their dogs - sometimes it can feel a bit like 'telling tales' but our aim is to help you to understand your dogs behaviour or training problems and to look at the best possible options for both the dog and the human family it lives with. We do our own behavioural / training assessments which can last depending on the problem from 30 minutes to two hours and for this we charge the same as for a 1-2-1 training session which is £30.00 an hour. This is not a full behavioural consult, at this stage the main objective is to see if we can identify the problem and come up with a behavioural training solution.

 

What is behavioural training? Training instructors come with different skill levels. If you wished to do a competition sport with your dog, then you need a canine sport trainer i.e. a training instructor that has not only competed with their dog in the sport but also has a good knowledge of potential sport injuries, canine physiology, along with the rules of competition entries. A behavioural training instructor is a trainer that has studied both training and behaviour, has a lot of experience training different breeds from puppy through to old age and will also have done academic studies in canine behaviour and human psychology to a certain level. This does not necessarily mean a degree in animal behaviour as behavioural training instructors mainly work with canines and humans.

What is Behavioural Assessment? A behavioural assessment is not as extensive as a full consult but can be ideal to assess your dog for suitability for classes, or for some behavioural problems. The assessment will ask for general background on your dog, sometimes a vet report on the dogs overall health to rule out any potential health issues that may be behind the cause of the behaviour in question, along with past training methods. Assessments generally take between one to two hours and a short report on your dog detailing how the behaviour occurred and how to work through a behaviour modification plan, will be sent to you within a couple of days of the assessment.

 

However a good behavioural training instructor will know their own limits of knowledge and / or experience when it comes to the more complex behaviours that some dogs can exhibit. If the behavior goes beyond what we feel we have the expertise to deal with; then, with the clients’ permission, we will contact a behaviorist that specializes in the behaviour concerned to come to the clinic or the clients’ home, or if the client is willing to travel, seek out the appropriate Behaviorist for them and their dog.

 

What is Behavioural Consult? A behavioural consult will look at every aspect of your dog from its diet to its everyday life with the family it lives with; it will also look at past history if known, its genetic history if known, a general health assessment from your vet along with a vet referral and sometimes blood tests may be required. Consults can last for three hours or more and often take place in the clients home with all the family members present. Once the consult is over advice will be given along with a detailed report of your dog. Some insurance companies cover this. Behavioural Consults do vary depending on the behavioural problem and the individual behaviourist - this is just a guide.

 

Rehabilitation Training: Once you have had a full consult, we then work to the behaviourists report and we do our own rehabilitation training in-house; this means that the client and the dog have a safe place in which to work through a Behavior Modification Program. Dogs that have aggression issues either with people or other dogs and animals need a safe environment to learn appropriate behaviour. Often the client requires a managed environment in which they can practice their own handling skills with their dog.


Dog to dog Aggression or not?

Food stealing or doggy birthday cake?

Separation Anxiety or just a bored dog?

 

Pleased to see you return or about to mob you?

Pulling on lead? Well, yeah!

Bull breed problem or just normal behaviour?

 

Old dog with new puppy arrival?

Herding, guarding about to chase?

Jumping up or just playing with the owner?