Do you dream of:
A relaxed and happy dog
You have a dog that you absolutely love, but it is not always easy. Do you find yourself wondering why your dog is scared of so many things, maybe even things that shouldn’t be scary at all? Is she easily stressed or over-stimulated? Or can you not leave him alone for more than five minutes, or even only one?
By the time you read this, you have probably tried everything. You’ve bought tons of books, watched heaps of YouTube videos, tried supplements, essential oils and relaxing massages. Maybe you’ve even visited a veterinarian, a dog trainer or behaviourist. But so far, nothing has worked. Your dog is still stressed and scared.
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The best part is that you can do all of this without using aversive or punitive approaches, which may appear to work in the short term but are more likely to make the problem worse in the long run.
Therefore, I only use animal welfare friendly methods. Your dog is stressed enough already, so let’s not add more pressure by punishing or ‘correcting’ them. However, it is always a good idea to set limits and boundaries for your dog.
A red thread through my approach is the focus on creating a predictable and controllable environment for your dog, which helps to reduce stress and anxiety. The wellbeing of your dog is my absolute top priority!
Empowering you to make positive changes in your life.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some answers to the questions we receive the most about our services.
If we missed anything, please do not hesitate to contact us. We’ll be happy to help.
You need a dog behaviourist when the quality of your daily life (and that of your dog) is reduced. This is when your dog can no longer behave like a ‘normal’ dog. For example, they cannot be alone, are excessively anxious and stressed, or show aggressive behaviour. It is important to look for help as early as possible, so that the problem can be prevented from getting worse. Anxiety problems are complex, and it is difficult to solve them without expert help. In some cases, the wrong approach can actually make the problem worse. And the longer you wait, the longer it often takes before the problem is solved.
I have been to a dog trainer or behavioural therapist before and it did not help. What do you do differently?
One of the biggest problems is that the dog world is unregulated, so anyone can call themselves a dog trainer, behaviourist, coach or specialist. Most dog training courses are (part-time) courses of a few years, or even just a few weeks. In addition, there are many dog trainers and behavioural therapists who themselves train other therapists and provide them with ‘certification’. All those stamps look nice on the website, but unfortunately there is no independent control over the quality of the education or the knowledge of the therapists.
In the worst case, the behavioural therapist has no formal education at all but has had a problematic dog that they ‘cured’ themselves and now they want to help everyone else. Of course, these are nice stories, but it really doesn’t work like that. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to behavioural problems. Just as you would not send your child to someone who has cured her own child of depression, you should not do the same with your dog.
A good dog trainer is worth their weight in gold, and excellent for helping with puppy training, obedience training, agility training, and more. They are also good at teaching your dog not to pull on the lead and to come when you call them.
But can a dog trainer help you solve your dog’s fears?
That is the same as expecting your child’s school teacher to solve your child’s depression and anxiety. Is a teacher valuable and good at what he does? Yes, absolutely. But learning to read and write is a very different skill from treating a behavioural problem.
Fear and anxiety problems are complex and need a specialist approach. A behavioural therapist needs a lot of modern knowledge in the field of ethology (the study of animal behaviour), emotions, cognition, endocrine and stress physiology. So make sure that the behavioural therapist has received formal and recognised education and has sufficient knowledge.
So how can I help you? I am an Associate Professor in animal welfare, and a specialist in the field of ethology (animal behaviour), animal emotions (including fear and anxiety, but also positive emotions) and phyiology. I have completed eight years of (full-time) scientific education at recognized universities. As a scientist with a PhD degree, I also lead scientific research in this field, so you will get updated knowledge directly from the source. I keep up to date with the latest scientific development and translate this for you, so that you can best help your dog.
No, there are no quick fixes. Run from anyone who promises that they can solve stress, fear or anxiety with a few simple tricks, in only 10 min a day or by next week.
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