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Dog Behaviourist

Dogs are often referred to as man's best friend, and for good reason. They provide us with unconditional love, companionship, and endless joy. However, just like humans, dogs can also experience behavioural issues that may require professional intervention. Here at doggy Dorchester we are delighted to be working alongside Colin Spence who is a trained behaviourist and will be producing the best ENRICHMENT PLAN for dogs within our care. 

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So what is a dog Behaviourist?

A dog behaviourist is a trained professional who specialises in understanding and modifying canine behaviour. They work with dogs and their owners to address a wide range of behavioural problems, such as aggression, anxiety, fear, and excessive barking. Their goal is to help dogs become well-adjusted and happy members of their families and communities.


One of the key responsibilities of a dog behaviourist is to assess the root causes of a dog's behavioural issues. They take into account various factors, including the dog's breed, background, past experiences, and the environment in which they live. By understanding the underlying causes of the behaviour, the behaviourist can develop effective strategies to address and modify it.


Dog behaviourists use a combination of techniques and methods to modify a dog's behaviour. Positive reinforcement, which involves rewarding desired behaviours, is a commonly used approach. This helps to reinforce good behaviour and discourage undesirable ones. They may also employ desensitisation and counter-conditioning techniques to help dogs overcome their fears and anxieties.


In addition to working directly with dogs, dog behaviourists also play a crucial role in educating dog owners. They provide guidance and support to help owners understand their dog's behaviour and develop effective training techniques. By empowering owners with knowledge and skills, they enable them to create a positive and harmonious relationship with their dogs.


A dog behaviourist requires a deep understanding of canine psychology, behaviour, and learning theory. Requiring patience, empathy, and excellent communication skills. Every dog is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. A dog behaviourist must be able to tailor their approach to meet the specific needs of each dog and their owner. Being a dog behaviourist can be incredibly rewarding, it is not without its challenges. Working with dogs with severe behavioural issues can be emotionally and physically demanding. It requires a great deal of dedication, perseverance, and a genuine love for animals.


In conclusion, being a dog behaviourist is not just about training dogs; it is about understanding them and helping them overcome their behavioural challenges. It is about improving the lives of both dogs and their owners, and fostering a harmonious bond between them. 


This is a very exciting time here at Doggy Dorchester and with Colin working with us we are very much looking forward to a fantastic 2024. 


Our Professional, insured carers make sure your dog has a holiday as great as yours.!

Landline: 0208 5247171

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