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Woofs of Bournemouth
Professional Training, Behaviour & TTouch

Helping to build a trusting relationship between
you and your dog

My name is Karen, thank you for considering my services. I offer a professional, friendly and reliable training and behaviour service in and around Bournemouth. I am a fully accredited member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers and also a Tellington TTouch Practitioner and therefore possess up-to-date skills and knowledge of the most effective methods of training and behaviour modification. I hold a current animal first aid certificate, I am DBS checked and have business liability insurance.

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Training, Behaviour & TTouch Services

Are you getting a New Puppy or Rescue Dog? Do you need help with their training or behaviour? I can work with dogs and their owners to identify, understand and resolve behaviour and training issues using behaviour modification and management methods that do not use force, fear, pain or intimidation. I have extensive experience in canine body language, puppy foundations and socialisation, reactive dogs, generalised anxiety, separation anxiety, dog to dog aggression, resource guarding, scent work, nutrition, anatomy & movement, and noise phobias (especially fireworks).
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Frequently asked questions

What can I do to help my dog's fear of fireworks?

You can help your dog immensely by starting desensitisation and counter conditioning to the noises, smells and flashes of the often dreaded firework season. Many of my clients start this in January, so remember to get in touch early. Honestly, together we can help them to overcome, or better manage, their fears.

What does it mean when a dog is reactive?

“Reactivity” means, quite simply, that the dog reacts to another dog, a person, or an object. Essentially, something or someone triggers the dog to do things like bark, growl, and lunge — which can look like the dog is being aggressive. But that’s not always the case.

I can’t understand why my dog constantly barks?

Dogs barking is their form of communication like us talking, there are many accepted meanings of barks: it may be to express distress, tell you there’s someone outside like the postman, or to get your attention. It’s important to look at the context your dog is vocalising, which will tell you a lot about why their reasons for barking. If its for attention, i.e. I want a wee, I want to play, I want my dinner, stop responding as this only reinforces to the dog that the barking works. If for example its to go out to relive themselves, try to spot the signs earlier and like pacing and take them out before they need to ask. Punishing the dogs communication does not work!

If you’d like help with the above, or advice on another issue, please get in touch.

“Karen is extremely knowledgeable & experienced in understanding dog behaviour & changing it for the better. She helps you, to help your dog by breaking training down in to easy to understand achievable steps so that you can work with your dogs problems & feel more confident, leading to a happier more confident owner & happier dog. Best thing i did for my dog was to work with her.” Amanda Lawrence