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Dog Harmony Services

Professional Dog Behaviourist in North West of England

My Dog Behaviour Therapy Consists of One-to-One Sessions Focused on Adjusting Your Dog’s Unwanted Behaviour. 

Dog Harmony offer a host of dog training services either at the residential dog boarding facility or at your own home. 


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For expert dog obedience training, behaviourist and boarding services in Liverpool, Formby, Ormskirk, Skelmersdale, St Helens, Preston, Southport and Wigan, you can count on Dog Harmony.

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Here are the services Dog Harmony offer

For training your dog or puppy

Click on each one to find more in-depth descriptions of what each service involves.

Peter admits that puppy training is one of his favourite dog training services on offer

One-on-One Dog Training In North West of England

Dog Harmony is known for providing expert one-on-one dog training, even for those who may seem hard to train at first. Discover how Peter works with your dog, no matter how old, on a one-on-one basis to provide the best results.

One-on-one dog training can be the most efficient and effective way to positively train your dog and to ensure they relearn bad behaviour. Peter Hargreaves has won multiple awards for the dogs he’d trained to championship level, and he believes that positivity should always be at the core of any dog training technique.

Unique Pets Deserve Bespoke Dog Training

Peter takes time to get to know your family pet before embarking on a bespoke dog training strategy that is completely unique to your life, your home and your dog. As Peter wants to understand your pet’s behaviour as it is every day, he will initially visit your dog in his or her home, where they feel the most comfortable.

Peter will then take your dog on a walk, on a lead, to familiarise himself with your dog’s behaviour and any sticking points. On his return, he will ask questions, and find out about your needs and discuss any concerns you may have and any results you would like to achieve.

Peter uses a variety of techniques to train your dog in various disciplines. Each technique is chosen depending on your dog’s characteristics. You know your dog has their own personality and so does Peter Hargreaves. He strongly believes that every dog is different, which is why the one-size-fits-all approach rarely works.

An Easier Life Awaits with Expert One-on-One Dog Training

From just a few hours of specialist one-on-one dog training with Dog Harmony, you could enjoy the life you envisaged when buying or rescuing your dog. As a result, your pet will be happier as any confusion will be removed and they will know what is expected, while enjoying the predictability through the training they crave.

Book now your first one-on-one dog training session anywhere in North West of England with Dog Harmony and make the first step to a happier, healthier, relaxed pet, and you!

Unique Pets Deserve a Bespoke Approach to Dog Training Peter takes time to get to know your family pet

Before embarking on a bespoke dog training strategy that is completely unique to your life, your home and your dog. As Peter wants to understand your pet’s behaviour as it is every day, he will initially visit your dog in his or her home, where they feel the most comfortable. Peter will then take your dog on a walk, on a lead, to familiarise himself with your dog’s behaviour and any sticking points. On his return, he will ask questions, and find out about your needs and discuss any concerns you may have and any results you would like to achieve. Peter uses a variety of techniques to train your dog in various disciplines. Each technique is chosen depending on your dog’s characteristics. You know your dog has their own personality and so does Peter Hargreaves. He strongly believes that every dog is different, which is why the one-size-fits-all approach rarely works. Book your first one-on-one dog training session anywhere in North West of England with Dog Harmony now and make the first step to a happier, healthier, relaxed pet, and you!

How Dog Harmony’ Behaviour Counselling Services Differ from Dog Obedience Training

If your family pet has one or more bad habits you would like to break, then Peter’s experience as a dog behaviourist consultant can surely help. Working with you, as a family, along with your dog, Peter will discover the best ways to break those bad habits for good.

Dog behaviour counselling addresses canine behaviour problems which require a deeper understanding than it would normally be required for basic training. A few such examples include:

  • Anxiety caused by separation or noises
  • Aggression manifested towards people or other dogs/animals through excessive and aggressive barking, snapping, biting, growling, nipping
  • Self-mutilation (chewing or excessively linking paws or other body parts)
  • Recall issues accompanied by predatory chase (when your dog doesn’t come when called, but instead chases livestock, bikes, people etc.)
  • Shadow chasing (snapping at the air, chasing reflections)
  • Excessive barking (fearful/territorial or caused by separation)
  • Attention seeking
  • Various phobias such as neophobia (fear of new things), agoraphobia (fear of outdoors), fear of vet/groomer

Whereas the issues listed above are dealt through dog behaviourist sessions, training would be used to cover the following aspects:

  • Basic obedience for commands like sit, down, stay, leave, recall (when learning, not when already a problem, see above)
  • Good manners such as meeting and greeting, not jumping up
  • Toilet training
  • Walking nicely on the lead

What to Expect from a Dog Behaviour Consultation with Dog Harmony

I will carry out the consultation at your home as this is the place where your dog can be observed in a relaxed state and its behavioural changes identified more easily.

Assessing the behaviour of a dog in a vet surgery, for instance, usually places the pet under stress and affects the way it acts. This can hinder the diagnosis process.

Typically, a behaviour consultation lasts for at least 2 hours during which I will try to see what behaviour may be normally displayed in a given situation such as:

  • going out on a walk with you and your dog or to a dog training class
  • arranging for someone towards whom your dog demnstrates that behaviour to come to your house

After assessing the behaviour problem, I will explain what causes it and then set a clear written plan of activities to help you through the problem you are having with your dog. Then, you will enjoy four weeks’ support (via Skype, phone or e-mail) included in the cost of your consultation.

Positive Reinforcement to Encourage Good Behaviours

Some dogs seem to enjoy acting out and demonstrating behaviours you’re not happy with, such as chewing furniture, chasing farm animals or being aggressive to the neighbours. The fact is, few dogs actually enjoy misbehaving, as this most loyal species enjoy nothing more than making you happy.

The bad behaviour can stem from multiple sources; confusion is often at the root of the problem, through an owner’s intent to shower the dog with love and praise. Of course, every aspect of dog training should be positive, the dog needs to feel secure, loved and protected, but they also need consistency, predictability and a clear understanding of what is expected.

Expert Dog Training Can Change Your Life

Dog obedience training is best carried out as early as possible, such as with puppy training, but older dogs are not unsolvable. The older the dog, and the more ingrained the behaviour, the more important it is to choose a recognised, expert dog trainer who will use methods specifically tailored to your dog.

Training You to Train Your Dog Seeing that not all dogs respond well in a class setting and some dog owners have working schedules that prevent them from attending all sessions on a course, Dog Harmony offer you one-to-one training sessions as a solution for such instances.

This way, you will learn the skills to train your dog by yourself after your consultation with me has ended.
For you to take the relationship with your dog forward, I will help you make the difference between basic training and behaviour correction aspects.
Book your first dog training session now, or contact me to book an appointment to discuss the needs of your dog and your life.

Residential dog training is one of the most popular services provided by Dog Harmony as it allows Peter to concentrate fully on your dog from morning until night. This can fast-track many aspects of the training.

The Owner’s Attitude Influences the Dog’s Behaviour

You, as most dog owners, very likely treat your pet as a family member without being aware that your doting attitude may spoil them and affect their behaviour. Furthermore, some dogs are also more challenging than others, which makes it even more difficult for you to correct the ‘spoiled’ behaviour.

How serious the problem is depends on the age of your four-legged friend. The younger it is, the easier it will be to unlearn those behaviours.

The process of learned behaviour for puppies starts with them learning from their mother and continues through the different stages of puppyhood. When reaching six months, your puppy is either on a route of improving or digressing daily based on the learned behaviour record.

So the best solution for raising a happy and well-behaved dog is to starts early at our residential dog training facility, where your canine friend will receive several training sessions per day. Older dogs are equally welcome.

Consistent Care Offered with an Outstanding Record of Success

In our residential dog training centre:

  • We control the ‘motivators’ that interest your dog and strategically use them in order to achieve the desired effect
  • For dogs with challenges, we offer consistent messages all day for their entire stay in order to instill the desired behaviour
  • Each guest gets dedicated attention based on their individual development needs.

Residential dog training can be the perfect solution for those who would like to enjoy a well-behaved dog in the shortest amount of time. Our intensive dog training ensures you are greeted with a dog you’ll barely recognise

A Perfect Place to Learn and Play

Situated adjacent to an open nature reserve, your pet will receive the ideal exercise for a dog of his breed, age and fitness levels. With your permission, your dog will also learn to interact with other dogs, in the form of Peter’s pet, who is fully trained to show absolutely no signs of aggression.

You’ll be greeted with a dog that will have obviously missed your presence, but who will be more sociable, receptive, relaxed and obedient. The training will not stop there, as Peter will continue to work with you to ensure all the training carries on into your own home, and to make sure your dog doesn’t return to former behaviour.

Places are booked quickly with residential dog training and I only like to take a few dogs at a time so they can receive our undivided attention. You can book your residential dog training online today to ensure you don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy training for your dog, while your dog enjoys a pampering stay.

Book online now or contact me today, you can even combine your pet’s stay with your own holiday, removing the need to find dog boarding in Lancashire while you’re away.

Luxury facilities on offer for your pet at Dog Harmony

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All of these dog training services in the North West of England are carried out with the care and attention to detail you’d expect from a dog trainer with my reputation

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 General Frequently Asked Questions

When Is the Best Time to Train My Dog/Puppy? +

You will be training your dog/puppy from the moment you bring it home and start to house train. Puppies start learning from birth and good breeders begin handling and socialisation right away. Some training can begin as soon as the dog/puppy can open its eyes and walk. Young puppies have short attention spans but you can expect them to begin to learn simple obedience commands such as “sit,” “down,” and “stay,” as young as 7 to 8 weeks of age.

Formal dog training has traditionally been delayed until 6 months of age. Actually, this juvenile stage is a very poor time to start. The dog is learning from every experience and delaying training means missed opportunities for the dog to learn how you would like him to behave. During the juvenile stage, the dog is beginning to solidify adult behavioural patterns and progresses through fear periods. Behaviours learned in dog/puppyhood may need to be changed. In addition, anything that has already been learned or trained incorrectly will need to be undone and re-taught. Puppies are capable of learning much from an early age.

When training is started at 7 to 8 weeks of age, use methods that rely on positive reinforcement and gentle teaching. Puppies have short attention spans, so training sessions should be brief, but should occur daily. Puppies can be taught to “sit,” “down,” and “stand” using a method called food-lure training. We use food treats to entice the dog to follow its nose into the proper positions for “sit,” “down,” “stand,” and “stay”.

How do I get started using food lure training? +

Small pieces of food or a favoured toy can be used to motivate your dog/puppy to perform most tasks. Provided the reward is sufficiently appealing, the dog/puppy can be prompted to give the desired response by showing the dog/puppy the reward, giving a command, and moving the reward to get the desired response. For example, food held up over the dog/puppy's nose and moved slowly backwards should get a 'sit' response; food drawn down to the floor should get a 'down' response; food brought back up should get a 'stand' response; food held out at a distance should get a 'come' response; and food held at your thigh as you walk should get the dog/puppy to 'heel or 'follow'. By pairing a command phrase or word with each action, and giving the reward for each appropriate response, the dog/puppy should soon learn the meaning of each command.

How often should I give the command? +

Ideally you should give the command phrase once and then use your food to move the dog/puppy into positions. Once the dog/puppy has performed the task, add in verbal praise and an affectionate pat, which are known as secondary reinforcers (see below). If the dog/puppy does not immediately obey on the first command, then you are likely proceeding a little too quickly. If you keep repeating the command, the dog/puppy will learn that several repetitions are acceptable before it needs to obey. Keeping a leash attached can help to gain an immediate response if the dog/puppy does not obey.

"If you keep repeating the command, the dog/puppy will learn that several repetitions are acceptable before it needs to obey."

Remember that, early in training, your dog/puppy does not know the meaning of the word. Therefore you could just as easily teach your dog/puppy to sit with the word bananas (or sit in any other language) as you could with the word sit. The key is to associate the word, in this case “sit,” with the action of placing the hind end on the floor.

Are Your Dog Training Prices Competitive? +

Yes, I have over 30 years of experience of working with dogs and this amounts to vast amount of knowledge. I have seen most dog behaviours so there is not much I cannot resolve

Where are you situated? +

I provide dog training, dog boarding and dog behaviourist in Southport, Skelmersdale, Ormskirk, St Helens, Wigan, Chorley and throughout the North West of England

What Are Your Prices? +

Please refer to the pricing page .

How Can I Book and Pay for Dog Training? +

By BAC’s or Cash

Can You Train an Old Dog? +

In principle, training older dogs is exactly the same as training young puppies.

The only difference is that you will need an extra helping of patience because more mature pups and adult dogs may take a little longer to pick up new behaviors and learn new skills.

That's because dogs are creatures of habit and the longer they've spent with 'bad' habits the more ingrained they're going to be.

This means you need to allow Fido a bit of extra time to UN-learn those old/bad habits (such as peeing on the rug or jumping on visitors) as well as learning the new, more acceptable behavior.

BUT the good news is that he's perfectly capable of learning just about anything you want him to.

Good potty habits, obeying basic obedience commands, and having nice manners are the most important things to work on at first.

Let's start with crate training, because living with an adult dog who isn't housebroken makes life a real challenge.

What Age Can a Dog Begin Training with Dog Harmony? +

Dog Harmony accepts students as young as 12 to 14 weeks of age.

Do You Accept More than One Dog for Residential Dog Training? +

Yes, we do offer residential multi-dog training. If you have more than one dog and want them trained with us at the same time, we will offer you a discount. Please contact Dog harmony to discuss your specific requirements and prices.

My Dog Is Obedient at Home, but Ignores Me When Distracted. What Should Be Done? +

This happens because your dog listens only when there is nothing better to do and makes no difference between knowing “how” to do something (for instance, coming when called) and that they “must” listen when given a command. Dog Harmony’s training programme is focused on teaching your dog that obedience is not optional.

Can You Train Dogs Who Display Aggressive Behaviour towards Other Dogs during Walks? +

Yes, we can help with most cases as this is not an uncommon behavioural issue.

Do You Have a Refund Policy? What Does It Involve? +

Dog Harmony offers a 100% money back guarantee only to people who complete our training programme. No refunds are issued outside this policy.

Is It True That Certain Breeds Cannot Be Trained to Be Reliable Off-Lead? +

No, this is not true. It’s true that certain dogs require more time for training in order to achieve the desired behaviour, but Dog Harmony has the experience and knowledge to successfully train any breed.

Why Do Your Prices Vary from Other Behaviourists and Dog Trainers’ Fees? +

There are many individuals that set up a business as dog behaviourists, but not all of them have the relevant accreditations and experience to offer the training and assistance your dog needs. Whenever you contact such professional, ask them to demonstrate their methods, because they might be able to offer only advice (counsel) and not the proper training required to fix the behavioural problem at hand.

In general, the more experienced and knowledgeable the dog behaviourist is, the higher the costs.

To Start My Dog’s Training, Do I Come to You or Is a Home Visit Necessary? +

Seeing that most dog behavioural problems are manifested in or around their home, a home visit would be recommended because it allows me to analyse their environment, which may influence the unwanted behaviour. It is likely for me to take the dog on its usual walk as well to better observe any issue in real terms.

How Long Does a Home Visit Last and How Many of Them Are Necessary? +

Usually, a home visit will take approximately an hour and a half to two hours, during which I can thoroughly analyse the problems to be dealt with. It is during this first visit that I also teach you my techniques so you can confidently continue the remedial work, if necessary. I can usually solve most dog problems in just one visit, however there are cases when the problem is more deep-seated and requires an additional session, which usually takes one hour.

After the Home Visit, Do You Provide Additional Support? +

Yes, after the visit, I will give you further information and advice in written, along with a workable programme that will

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