At Calm it Canine we aim to help both dog and their owner in restoring tranquillity and balance through safe, positive and reward focused behaviour modification techniques and dietary advice where appropriate . We do not use an off the peg approach, every case is different, every dog and owner are individuals and so each scenario has a detailed programme devised that is tailored to their unique needs. We work alongside vet Amy Woodhouse BVetMed MRCVS who is happy to give your dog the once over to rule out a physical cause for the behavioural issue so if you need a vet and wish to contact Amy please use the contact form and we will pass your enquiry on to her.
We use and teach both respondent and operant techniques to achieve success whilst appreciating the importance of physically and psychologically fulfilling specific breed needs using a positive and ‘can do’ attitude to both dog and owner. We aim to strike a common sense balance between the rather out dated, harsh and unnecessary dominance methods of the past and the fashionable, but at times ineffective, purely reward only techniques although this is always our first port of call (it should be appreciated that a direct stare or a firm no are aversive techniques before anyone yells at me, your dog will never be harmed or scared :)) Our primary aim is always to do what is right for the dog which will improve everyones lives, with the owner often having to also make adjustments to accommodate this, so be prepared!
Finally, dog rehabilitation can take weeks or months and can be hard work. The end result will be more than worth it but bear in mind that there is sometimes no quick fix and that commitment, patience and consistency will be required from the owner to promote a successful outcome to last a lifetime.
Stephen helps with setting up safe situations to aid behaviour modification. He is an experienced and competent dog handler who takes on many roles such as cyclist, runner, visitor etc. to enable me to assess what triggers problem behaviour in the individual dog and then to work to rehabilitate and restore balance alongside the owner.
My name is Charlotte and I am a qualified canine behaviour practioner and holistic nutritionist in the South West of England. I am fully insured with Petplan and have been working with dogs of all shapes and sizes for nearly 20 years. I have my own pack of rescue dogs and specialise in adopting a holistic approach to regaining canine balance (this doesnt involve hugging trees or such like). It involves looking at the dog as a whole, examining diet and lifestyle as well as the unwanted or problem behaviour and its cause.
The Calm it Canine dog team
When required I use my own dogs as stooges to help those dogs that struggle with dog to dog interactions.
I have both male and female dogs who act as confidence givers and role models, communicating with dogs using their own language.