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Help your dog to relax by reducing stress and reactivity

Lower your dog's stress levels, reduce reactivity, and help them to feel more relaxed using animal friendly methods backed by science.
Dr Else and white dog

Fail-proof and dog friendly programs to help your dog overcome stress and reactivity and feel more relaxed.

Does your dog seem stressed or restless? Do they lunge and bark at everyone they meet, and do they find it hard to relax? Do you wonder why they behave like this, and how you can help them to feel a little more zen?

You’re not alone. Many dog guardians would like to help their dogs feel more calm and relaxed. 

Perhaps you’ve already tried to change your dog’s behaviour, but it wasn’t as easy as you’d expected. Have you tried to ‘correct’ your dog, be a better packleader, or tried a choke chain to keep your dog under control? Because you’re reading this now, I’m guessing that this didn’t feel right for you. Or perhaps you simply avoid anything that freaks out your dog. With the result that your world has become very small and you can’t take your dog anywhere. I hear your frustration.

Do you recognize this?
A stressed and anxious dog makes for a stressed and anxious owner!

What happens when your dog gets stressed? Stress changes your dog’s physiology, for example by producing stress hormones, reducing digestion and an increased heart rate. At the same time, the dog’s behaviour changes and your dog becomes more active. Your dog runs or runs away from the exciting situation, or, on the contrary approaches it while lunging and barking.

In this way, stress is functional because it helps dogs avoid or engage in dangerous situations. So your dog can avoid being bitten by another dog, run over by a car, or anything else painful or nasty happening to her. Stress is your dog’s natural protection system.

Therefore, the goal is not to avoid ALL stress, but to make sure your dog is not constantly stressed.

The problem is that if your dog regularly experiences intense stress, the stress can eventually become chronic. High levels of stress hormones over long periods of time are harmful to the body, and there is a ‘safety switch’ to slow down the stress system when it goes into overdrive. When this happens, the dog’s hormonal system becomes unbalanced and it becomes harder to respond to difficult situations in a healthy way.

When this happens, your dog sometimes seems hypersensitive, difficult to reach and is hard to calm down. Your dog is alert all the time and is on edge. Fortunately, you can definitely do something about this. My view is that problem behaviour always arises from a deeper need. A dog’s behaviour is often only noticed when it is unwanted, but the cause of the unwanted behaviour has actually started much earlier.

By learning to recognise your dog’s early signals, you can start intervening earlier and avoid too much stress. You can also teach your dog to cope better with stimuli, learn better stress coping skills and create calm through a predictable and safe environment. Often, unwanted behaviour also stems from the lack of basic emotional needs. When these are not met, a dog will start adapting its behavioural patterns to still feel as good and safe as possible.

I can help you understand your dog’s behavioural patterns and change them in a positive way.

Yes, helping your dog to feel more relaxed is possible. Imagine you could:

What's stopping you from taking action?

You tried to solve your dog’s stress or reactivity - perhaps more than once - but you have not made any real progress. You don’t believe there’s anything you can do and have simply accepted things the way they are. But secretly you wish that things were different.

You’ve already read every single piece of information about reactivity, but you feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start.

You don’t want to be in this alone, you need professional support so that you can make lasting positive changes in your dog’s behaviour and wellbeing.

I’m here to help you better understand your dog and create a step-by-step plan to reduce your dog’s stress levels. You’re not in this alone! Changing your dog’s behaviour for the better is a real possibility so that you will finally have a dog that’s comfortable to be alone.

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Why I can help you

I’m a scientist specialising in dog behaviour, cognition, stress, anxiety and the neuro-endocrinology that controls these processes. I have helped hundreds of animals overcome stress and anxiety over the last 15 years. 

My vision is that behavioural problems are only the surface of the real issue. We often only pay attention once our dog’s behaviour is undesirable, but the cause of the behaviour lies much deeper and started long before we first noticed it. 

In my unique approach to resolving stress and overstimulation, we will work on helping your dog to feel more calm and relaxed. We will achieve this  through meeting basic emotional needs, understanding the context of the dog’s behaviour and its consequences, and teaching better stress coping skills.

As a result, we will eventually start to balance your dog’s stress system.  So my approach focuses on addressing the causes of the behaviour and changing the emotions and behavioural patterns.

In recent years, I’ve also been studying about the gut-brain connection. We‘ve already seen good results with the use of pre- and probiotics to reduce stress and anxiety. If necessary, I will help you choose a good supplement for your dog.

Dr. Else Verbeek

What do you want to do next?

To really make a change?

How long have you been worried about your dog’s stress and anxiety? How long have you been longing for a change? How many times have you tried to help your dog to feel more chilled out, but without making any real progress?

If you continue down the same road, do you really expect to see a change? 

So why don’t we start helping your dog overcome their stress and reactivity? I help you to find out what is triggering your dog’s reactivity, make an individual step-by-step plan to follow, and support you during this process. 

You’re not in this alone! You will finally see that it is possible to have a dog that doesn’t react to every single thing. So you can finally start to enjoy going places together!

My unique approach

Every dog is an individual

In order to find the best solution for your dog, we first need to identify your dog’s triggers and the context in which your dog’s reactions occur, so that we can slowly work on changing behavioural patterns and the underlying emotional state. Anxiety treatment must be tailored specifically for each dog, because what works well for one dog may not work for another.

Tailored training plans

Once we have identified the root of the problem, I will tailor a training plan just for you and your dog. This plan combines several different techniques to help your dog cope with stress and teaches them to be calm.

Peace of mind

One of the major obstacles to overcome One of the major obstacles to overcome stress and anxiety is the time it takes to train your dog, to monitor their progress and adapt the training program correctly. Unfortunately, most people use the wrong approach, go too quickly or skip critical steps.

I will provide a roadmap for you, and teach you how to adjust your dog’s training. So that you can focus on getting results rather than worrying if you're doing it right.

The gut-brain connection

Stress and anxiety can live in a dog's gut. Using pro- and prebiotics we can help your dog to feel better. I can advise you on a suitable supplement for your dog.

Convenient

All consultations are offered remotely online. This is a very effective way to deal with anxiety. The advantage of remote consultations is that I can see your dog’s anxious behaviours in their normal environment. Introducing a new person (me) often distracts the dog, which means that it is more difficult to make an objective assessment. Saving time on commuting also means that I can spend more time on actually helping you.

This is not a miracle cure or a quick fix. Before enrolling in any of the programs, be prepared to:

Commit to your dog

Manage your dog’s environment during the training. This means you may have to temporarily remove the major triggers and find another solution.

Stick to the training plans

Commit to training several days a week, in short sessions.

Develop positive and sustainable habits and routines

Stressed and anxious dogs benefit from a predictable environment and safe routines. I will help you create one that fits your lifestyle.

Track progress

Follow my instructions and training plans step-by-step.
Keep track of every training session, and enter your dog’s behaviour in their training journal.

Be patient

Changing behavioural patterns can take several weeks or even months.

Choose the plan that's right for you.

There are different options for you to choose from. During all the programs we will work on teaching your dog to be calm, but they vary in the level of support you get and in the duration that I will support you. Of course, the longer the program, the more support and the better results. 

Happy dog light

2 weeks
325
3,375 kr
  • First assessment and consultation
  • Online education about dog body language and anxiety principles
  • Personalized training plan
  • 30 min WhatsApp and email support per week
  • 1 follow up consultation

Happy dog

4 weeks
475
4,975 kr
  • First assessment and consultation
  • Online education about dog body language and anxiety principles
  • Personalized training plans
  • 30 min WhatsApp and email support per week
  • 2 follow up consultations

Dream dog

6 weeks
655
6,725 kr
  • First assessment and consultation
  • Online education about dog body language and anxiety principles
  • Personalized training plans
  • 40 min WhatsApp and email support per week
  • 3 follow up consultations