HELPING ANXIOUS, SCARED DOGS BECOME CALM, CONFIDENT CANINES

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So, what is the Happy Dog Project?

It is my passion, my mission, the ethos behind my life as a dog trainer. & behaviourist

I think dogs deserve to be happy and free from fear and anxiety. You want the same for your dog or you wouldn’t be reading this. Dogs don’t live long lives compared to us humans and their happiness whilst they are among us ultimately lies in the hands of their guardians (that’s you).

When dogs develop behavioural problems involving fear and anxiety, especially those who overflow and explode into aggression I understand that it is emotional for their owners too. They are upset and sad for their dog, frustrated by a behaviour they can’t control, embarrassed when it happens in public. They get angry with their dog, and often angry at the reactions of other people when it happens, then guilt for feeling angry with their dog. It is a rollercoaster of emotions on a daily basis.

I sometimes hear the frustrated words of owners; my dog is aggressive, vicious, embarrassing, hard work, behaving like a dick. They aren’t – often they are terrified, fearful, miserable and anxious with many dogs having to face their fears on a daily basis. Regardless of a dog’s thresholds, we often push them too far. From the dog who is fearful other dogs is walked past other dogs every day on the road to the park, a park that is also full of dogs. The dog who is scared of strangers because he wasn’t socialised as a puppy who is repeatedly approached and stroked by well-meaning strangers. The dog who has been abandoned at the shelter and rehomed multiple times who fears her owner won’t come home every day when they leave to go to work. To the dog who guards things that have been constantly taken from him because he is anxious, and it is the only control he has over anything in his environment.

People sometimes forget that dogs are dogs. Dogs are amazing animals who give us unconditional love. We expect too much of them; we expect them to behave like rational human beings with our gift of reason and forethought instead of what they are; dogs, instinctive animals who need our guidance and support to live in our world.

A stranger knocks on the door unexpectedly late at night and we are startled by it and are worried and suspicious, we get annoyed at people we don’t like and treat unwelcome visitors with hostility. Yet our dogs must not be startled, they must not express anything but calm welcoming behaviour to all visitors. Someone bumps into us on the street and knocks us flying, touches us out of turn (no, a slap on the bum is .no longer appropriate these days), or someone is rude to us and we get annoyed, angry, muttering or even shouting. Dogs, on the other hand are expected to accept greetings from any person or dog without being allowed to have feelings or opinions. They must love everyone, even strangers and everyone must be able to do anything to them even if that person’s body language makes them uncomfortable. They must be friendly to every dog, even if that dog is rude or unfriendly to them.

But this they must do to live in our world without judgement or repercussions and it is my job to help them.

My job is to help you to help your dog grow in confidence together, to teach you how to  change how your dog feels about the approach of a stranger, teach them not to be worried when a dog runs up to them when they are trapped on a lead and can’t escape, not to get angry when their human takes their prize off them and not to panic when their beloved guardian walks out of the door and leaves them alone.

Dogs are everything we’ve wanted them to be, and they do amazingly well in our human environment. Yet we still ask for more and expect them to be perfect despite frightening experiences they have had in the past or genetically inherited anxiety because they were born in a puppy farm to a scared frightened mum.

Building optimism, resilience, confidence and calmness in your dog’s life will help your dog deal with their daily struggles.

My job is to help you understand how your dog communicates their emotions, fears and frustrations and to teach you how to communicate with your dog in a way she understands so you can help her overcome them and teach her that everything isn’t as scary as it seems right now.

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Kerry did an amazing job with Princess, she does training with her for all our TV performances. She’s also helped our other pup Empress with her recall. Highly recommend!

Krystyna LennonObedience, recall & Trick Training

Just had one session so far and Kerry has shown me a lot of good techniques. For the first time in the last week I have a dog that is tired - mentally. Definitely recommend to anyone with a new dog - puppy or not.

Caroline `StewartMac - Obedience

Awsome Lady. Her advice was great and solved behaviour problem between my two dogs. Highly recommended

Magdalena BartosiakBehaviour problem

Just attended a 6 week course and found it excellent. I have a very timid pooch who would not be around anyone. The Fairydogmother is patient, knowledgeable, kind and fun. Wonderful display technique of 'how to do sit, stay, leave' etc ...

Marie-Claire HallPuppy Class

Absolutely awesome. Very knowledgeable so professional but easily approachable too. My dogs adored her. It's still early days but following her instructions, I can already see a difference. Cannot recommend highly enough. She's AWESOME

Jay NeeBehaviour problem

Attended a six week puppy course for my cocker spaniel and I loved it! Charlie had so much fun, Kerry was so patient and gave such good advice and training methods. Charlie is now a well socialised puppy, loves meeting people and new situations which is definitely down to these puppy classes! Such good value for money.

Amy BrookCharlie - puppy class

Had a home visit behaviour consultation as our new puppy is very low on confidence and was fab! Kerry is brilliant and I would recommend her to everybody. Took the time to teach my children how to handle our new pup and they are now following her methods.

Alex SheffieldHome puppy/children's training

My puppy and I loved attending Level 1 puppy class. Kerry is amazing with wealth of experience and knowledge. Looking forward to attend more classes with her. I would definitely recommend her for anyone who is looking for a good trainer.

Ehsan MotavasselPuppy Class

I’ve recently had a couple of one to one sessions with Kerry as my Cockapoo Bailey was petrified of other dogs, he would run in the complete opposite direction, I used to dread another dog coming as I knew that one day, Bailey would run off & id never find him. I honestly cant thank Kerry enough for everything she’s taught us, I feel like I’ve got a different dog, he’s absolutely amazing around other dogs now, loves them to bits, if anything, he’s the one going up to them, which I never imagined happening. I’m so happy I can now walk him off lead & enjoy it! Thanks again Kerry!

Sophie HaffendenDog reactivity

Hi Kerry, We’re doing fabulously! The interventions you showed us have worked
amazingly. The food stealing has stopped (unless we do something
really stupid like leaving something within reach) and the recall is better and he’s much more
focussed on us on a walk now we’re using flirt poles and balls and less interested in other dogs.
We splashed out on a cave bed for our living area which he really likes.
He’s gradually turned into a much better behaved dog!
Thanks for all your help!

Rachel Morrison