As a dog behaviourist, Peter Hargreaves has been involved in dog and puppy training and the training of dogs for tasks involving scent for over twenty-five years; his passion is in changing a dog’s behaviour so they can fit perfectly into your family.
Beginning with Military IED detection dogs, Peter has seen active service while serving in the Royal Marines and it was here that he began working with military dogs for mine detection, IED detection and counter terrorist deterrent. He then trained working gun-dogs and participated in both competitive working trials and national gun-dog tests and trials and is still competing at the highest level. He has competed both nationally and internationally with his own line of working golden retrievers and still continues to do so. He has also judged working gundogs in both Europe and the UK. Seeking new challenges Peter is now competing in working trails and is also working towards his judging qualification in this sport. Peter is regularly invited to appear as a guest dog trainer by UK and European Dog clubs where he demonstrates by using scent work and problem-solving exercises that you visibly calm a dog down – a dog that is mentally stimulated will physically tire out more than a dog that carries out physical exercise. Peter believes that if you can fulfil the breed’s needs you will have a much better-behaved dog.
With this vast amount of practical knowledge Peter also has considerable academic knowledge with a range of qualifications in dog training, dog behaviour modification and scent work. Peter firmly believes that if pet owners interacted more with their dogs using nose work a lot of the undesirable behaviours would not exist
As the owner, you have the biggest part to play in reforming your pets’ behaviour, we can advise, teach, demonstrate and guide, but ultimately it is you that has to do what it takes to achieve your goals, which will inevitably mean much effort and resolve.
I use methods that are reward based learning. However, being a parent I know raising well adjusted children needs a balanced approach and the same is needed for dogs. Children and dogs require consequences for actions, both rewarding and non-rewarding.
Please do get in touch and see what’s available.