Dog Behaviour

What is a dog behaviourist?


Dog behaviourists apply psychological principals to modify a dog’s behaviour for the benefit of both dog and owner. These principals include both behavioural and ethological approaches. Combined they help understand, diagnose and propose treatment problems from the dog's breed and life style perspectives. 


Why consult a dog behaviourist?


Typically people consult a dog psychologist for reasons which include:

Dog behaviour and modification

  • Excitability, leading to issues such as pulling on the lead and not coming back when called
  • Separation related, which can result in destructiveness and vocalisation issues
  • Aggressiveness, including behaviour directed at other dogs, people and even family members
  • General nervousness of triggers such as loud noises (i.e. fireworks, thunder), people and other dogs
  • Compulsive behaviour such as tail chasing, shadow chasing and self mutilation

At SmartPaws how can we help?


Training classes


  • Some behaviour related issues can be overcome by training and socialisation.Puppy socialisation at smartpaws
  • Our puppy and obedience classes can really help here. Introducing dogs to new environments as well as new doggy friends. All done within a fun and relaxing atmosphere which will leave both you and your dog looking forward to the next class!


Behaviour modification


For more deeper routed issues a full behaviour modification plan may be required. This will involve a home visit, consultation followed a tailored training plan for you, your family and dog to follow.

Dog behaviour modification

What's the difference?


Concentrates on the instigation of 'normal' behaviour, for example teaching a dog to come back (recall), sit or stay.

Behaviour modification

Border Collie behaviour modification

Deals with and attempts to modify abnormal or unacceptable behaviour.

Alan, a qualified canine psychologist, specialises in behaviour problems particularly associated with Border Collie / Working Sheepdog Dog (and their direct crosses).


What does this process look like?


1. An initial phone call lasting some 20 - 30 minutes understanding the issue and your dogs day to day activities

2. A written evaluation of the issue and an outline of diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plan.

3. A follow up visit, usually at your home, to gather more detail and explain the treatment plan.

4. Follow up phone call, email or home visit depending on your requirements and progress.

The initial consultation cost and first visit is £60 (this includes phone call, analysis, first visit and treatment plan). Subsequent follow up work will be at £30 per hour.

The consultation and treatment excludes travel costs at £0.45 / mile using B77 as a start / point.


Email me if you would like further advice on behavioural work.


Which ever path you think will be best for you and your dog, get in touch. We will be happy to listen to your concerns and needs and understand if we can help you get back to really enjoy being your dogs best friend again.

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