Dog Behaviourist


Correcting Unwanted Dog Behaviours with Lasting Effects

Your dog can also suffer through no fault of its own. Your dog’s behavioural or obedience problems are unlikely to resolve themselves and, if simply ignored, these can become more acute over time, with potentially serious consequences for both you and your pet.

Dog Harmony’s canine behaviourist services are available in Liverpool, Ormskirk, St Helens, Formby, Skelmersdale, Preston, Wigan and Southport. 

As a dog behaviourist with over twenty years’ experience and a specialist in understanding and correcting dog behavioural problems

I’m confident that I can help you if you’re having difficulty controlling your dog’s behaviour generally or in specific situations.

– The Help You and Your Dog Need to Enjoy a Smooth Friendship – 
Having a pet is one of the most rewarding friendships you can enjoy. However, there are times when your dog’s behaviour problems may cloud this experience and cause frustration. 
  • Is your dog displaying an aggressive behaviour?
  • Are you unable to leave him/her alone at home because they wreak havoc while unsupervised?
  • Is the training advice found on the Internet or received from other dog owners ineffective?
Being the owner of a dog that becomes aggressive, barks excessively or has other threatening or unacceptable behavioural traits can not only cause you a great deal of personal stress and anxiety, it can also affect your relationships with family, friends, neighbours, and other dog owners. 

Don’t worry – Dog Harmony is here to help you and your pet move forward in the right direction to resolving your problems. As a qualified, experienced dog behaviourist and trainer, I know that each pet-owner relationship is unique and, therefore, treat every single case from an individual perspective. I will devise the most suitable dog behaviour training plan for you and your canine friend to find your way back to living a harmonious life together. 

For the cost of a consultation it is £165 for a 3 hour session here it is very much hands on and you will get a road map to ensure that you are on track to resolve your dogs behaviour issues. You can call me any time for further advice and also arrange a further visit to ensure you are on track. Any further visits are charged at £40 . Peter provides Dog Behaviour consultations up to 50 miles from Skelmersdale at no additional travelling costs.
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Does Your Dog Exhibit Any Of The Following Difficult Behaviours?
The most frequent disorders disrupting your companion’s behaviour and which I can solve:

Whenever you leave your dog home alone, do you come home to
  • ripped-up cushions, scratched doors, pee and poop on the floor?
  • neighbours complaining about howling and barking?
  • pets that have hurt themselves while you were out?
Then, your canine friend is suffering from separation anxiety. The good news is that it is very treatable. It takes time and patience, but treatment is simple and will restore your peace of mind and help your dog to cope with or even enjoy being home alone. In other words, it is well-worth the cost and effort as it will make both you and your dog happier.

What Is Separation Anxiety and What Causes It?

It is a behavioural disorder that is manifested in varying ways – some dogs rip things or hurt themselves, while others simply whine and bark.

What you need to understand is that your dog is not spiteful or angry, but terrified by the idea of remaining alone and their reactions are only ways of coping with this.

Separation anxiety can be triggered by rehoming, moving, illness or a traumatic event that your canine friend experienced when alone. Some dogs are more prone to it due to temperament, personality or genetics.

Left untreated, separation anxiety gets worse and getting a second dog rarely helps in making things better.

Signs of true separation anxiety include:
  • Dog becomes anxious when the owner prepares to leave
  • Misbehaviour occurs in the first 15-45 minutes after the owner leaves
  • Dog wants to follow the owner around constantly
  • Dog tries to touch the owner whenever possible
True separation anxiety requires dedicated training, behaviour modification and desensitisation exercises. Medication may be recommended in extreme cases, but this should be a last resort.

Teaching Your Dog How to Be Alone Peacefully I offer you professional help in significantly reducing and even eliminating separation anxiety through specialised training and behaviour modifications.
  1. Start by calling me for a free consultation so I can get an idea of your problem.
  2. I pay a visit to meet you, your family and your dog – this way, I get a full understanding of the situation and find out what triggers your dog’s behaviour.
  3. I create a comprehensive dog behaviour programme detailing what causes your pet to behave the way they do and what you can do in this respect.
  4. We discuss all appropriate dog training protocols required to solve your dog’s separation anxiety.
Every dog behaviour programme I devise is bespoke and tailored to your individual situation. Once put in place, it will allow:
  • You to leave your canine friend alone without feeling guilty
  • Your dog to become relaxed and happy when alone
  • Getting your life back together (no damaged furniture, no emergency run to the vet because your pet hurt themselves while you were out).
Dog aggression is exhibited by growling, snarling, showing teeth, lunging and biting. It is important to know that any dog has the potential to become aggressive, regardless of breed or history.
However, dogs with violent or abusive histories and those bred from dogs with aggressive tendencies are much more likely to exhibit aggressive behaviour towards people or other dogs.
Reasons for aggression are basically the same as the reasons a dog will bite or snap, but overall canine aggression is a much more serious problem.
  • Having trouble walking your dog off the lead because you’re worried they are going to attack another dog?
  • Does your canine friend snap when you take their food or toys away?
  • Is your dog aggressive towards your visitors, the vet or the groomer?
  • Does your dog bark excessively, chase cars, bicycles and joggers?
Why Does It Happen?

Although it is scary, stressful and embarrassing, your dog’s aggression is not a sign of viciousness, but of fear. Their aggressive behaviour is a way of coping with something or someone of whom they are frightened.

It can happen because of several causes such as:
  • The dog has had a bad experience that frightened them
  • He/she is being badly socialised
  • They find the world a scary place.
Specialised Help to Stop Dog Aggression

Using force-free training and behaviour modification methods, Dog Harmony helps your dog see the world differently, better copy with their fears and no longer be aggressive.
  1. Simply call me for a free consultation so I can get an idea of your problem.
  2. I pay a visit to meet you, your family and your dog – this way, I get a full understanding of the situation and find out what triggers your dog’s behaviour.
  3. I create a comprehensive programme detailing what causes your dog to behave the way they do and what you can do in this respect.
  4. We discuss all appropriate training protocols required to solve your dog’s aggression.
Let me help you and your dog live together harmoniously.
Most dogs bark, howl and whine to some degree. Excessive barking is considered a behaviour problem. Before you can correct barking, determine why your dog is vocalising in the first place. Among the most frequent causes:
  • Warning or alert
  • Playfulness/Excitement
  • Attention-seeking
  • Anxiety
  • Boredom
  • Responding to other dogs
Chewing is a natural action for all dogs – it’s just a part of the way they are wired. However, chewing can quickly become a behaviour problem if your dog causes destruction.

The most common reasons dogs chew are as follows:
  • Puppy teething
  • Boredom/Excess energy
  • Anxiety
  • Curiosity (especially puppies)
If given the chance, most dogs will do some amount of digging – it’s a matter of instinct. Certain breeds, like Terriers, are more prone to digging because of their hunting histories.

In general, most dogs dig for these reasons:
  • Boredom or excess energy
  • Anxiety or fear
  • Hunting instinct
  • Comfort-seeking (such as nesting or cooling off)
  • Hiding possessions (like bones or toys)
Inappropriate urination and pooing are among the most frustrating dog behaviours. They can damage areas of your home and make your dog unwelcome in public places or at the homes of others. It is most important that you discuss this behaviour with your veterinarian first to rule out health problems.

If no medical cause is found, try to determine the reason for the behaviour, which can come down to one of the following:
  • Submissive/Excitement urination
  • Territorial marking
  • Anxiety
  • Attention-seeking
  • Lack of proper housebreaking
Dogs bite for reasons that can be traced back to instinct and pack mentality. Puppies bite and nip on other dogs and people as a means for exploring their environment and learning their place in the pack. Owners must show their puppies that mouthing and biting are not acceptable by teaching bite inhibition.

Beyond puppy behaviour, the motivation to bite or snap typically comes from the following:
  • Fear or defensiveness
  • Protection of property
  • Pain or sickness
  • Dominance assertion
  • Predatory instinct
Resource guarding is when dogs control access to food, objects, people and locations that are important to them through defensive body language or displaying aggressive motions. This is a relatively common canine behaviour and is influenced by a number of environmental and situational stimuli, including a dog’s natural instinct to survive.

Resource guarding is usually a manifestation of the dog’s deep-rooted insecurity and inability to cope well in a social situation, even with people and other dogs it knows.
  • An insecure dog can see anyone as a potential threat to a resource whether that resource is food, toys, space, a mate or access to a person.
  • A resource guarder will not tolerate competition and will guard the resource to maintain priority access.
  • The threat of losing the resource and the good feeling that the resource provides make a dog more vigilant, angry and irritable

£165 For a 1-Day Session

Plus Ongoing Telephone Support

I’ll do whatever it takes to achieve a satisfactory outcome for you and your dog, and will provide ongoing support by telephone or email for free, if you need help at any stage in the future.
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How Long Does This Take? 

It depends on the dog and the complexity of the behaviour, but one or two counselling and training sessions of between two to four hours each has worked for over 98% of clients already. 

How It Works 

You, Your Dog and Me – and Sometimes My Dog Too!

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I like to carry out my initial behavioural and training consultation with you and your dog in your home. 

The reason for this is simple

The reason for this is simple: the home is where the fundamentals of your relationship with your dog are created and reinforced, so it’s important to start by observing where the dog lives and spends most of his or her time. 

Dogs usually behave differently when they are put in a new environment, which is why I’m against this kind of training being carried out at a different location such as a clinic or local veterinary practice, where the dog’s behaviour may be masked or subdued. 

Once I’ve seen your dog in its own environment, behaving as it normally does when interacting with you and responding (or not) to commands, I can move to the place(s) or situations where the problematic behaviour usually occurs.
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I take a very hands-on approach, working closely with the dog and its owner. 

I also have a specially trained dog

Who can be highly effective at helping to resolve inter-dog aggression, especially in instances where this is the main behavioural problem. 

My dog is trained not to be aggressive back and this assists me in understanding what type of aggression your dog has and the specific situations that trigger this kind of behaviour. 

Having worked with all kinds of dogs including gundogs, sniffer dogs, military mine detection and protection dogs and hundreds of family pets over many years, I’ve observed every type of canine behavioural problem and come to know what makes dogs tick. 

I also have a lifelong passion and love for dogs, and take immense satisfaction in improving dog/owner relationships.
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A Blueprint for Better Behaviour

Advice on How to Maintain the Effects of the Dog Training

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My method

Involves providing you with the strategies and techniques you need to correct your dog’s behaviour.

Working through this on a step-by-step basis, while remaining both calm and assertive at all times, you’ll learn to handle your dog in a more constructive way and bring about the desired behavioural changes. The owner/dog relationship is at the heart of most behavioural problems and you may be reinforcing or even encouraging disobedience or bad behaviour without being aware of it. Working together, I’ll devise a bespoke programme that is tailored to deal with fear, timidity, or aggression in your dog and give you the skills you need so you know what to do going forward.

All my advice is based on experience of having worked with thousands of dogs, and involves simple, easy-to-follow exercises and routines that you can use to ensure a more rewarding and harmonious relationship with your dog. You’ll be amazed at how much more confident you’ll feel, which will be reflected in your dog’s behaviour. Friends and family will also feel more comfortable being around your dog in future, so it’s a win-win situation, all around!
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