I'm an accredited dog trainer with a passion for teaching owners how to effectively communicate and have fun with their dogs using positive reward based methods.
Reward based training is paying your dog for a job well done often called Positive Reinforcement (+R) it rewards correct behaviour so that unwanted behaviours are not rewarded and are then forgotten this avoids using punishment or aversive training methods.
Are your walks a nightmare? Do you dread seeing another dog / person / cat etc? Is your dog barking, growling, lunging on a lead? Then lets work together to overcome these issues and learn why these reactions are happening.
The main reason I got into dog training was to work with reactivity. It's my favourite part of dog training. Making a difference to owners lives and helping dogs to express how they're feeling. I love to watch the confidence of dogs and their owners grow.
I feel compelled to tell the world about Steve!
When Steve and I initially met I was at the end of my tether with my reactive dog Bruce. I was so overwhelmed and really didn't know what to do. Steve took time to get to know me and my dog and really helped me to understand Bruce. The techniques we worked through have really changed Bruce's perception of other dogs and people.
I can't get over how well behaved Steve's own dogs are. He used all of them as "stooge" dogs to help train my dogs reactivity. He asked them all to sit in different places and not one of them moved until he said they could. - Mind blowing!! But really shows how skilled Steve is. Steve has instilled confidence in myself and Bruce. Not only has Steve helped to train Bruce, he has completely changed my life. I can now walk Bruce without avoiding people and other dogs. I even now take Bruce to the cafe when I meet with friends.
Steve's knowledge and patience is admirable. I never once felt judged and Steve really has normalised the struggles of dog ownership for me. I honestly cannot thank you enough Steve.