Inappropriate Barking

Darcie is an Australian Labradoodle.  Through a full behaviour consultation I felt that Darcie was suffering from low serotonin levels.  By increasing her baseline serotonin and introducing some coping strategies, as well as adjusting other activities, Darcie was able to relax and be the dog she used to be.  

'We have been absolutely thrilled with the difference in Darcie in such a short period of time. When we originally rang Ainsley for some help, Darcie was stressed, miserable and had suffered with a few seizures in the previous months which we were unable to find the cause of. Since working with Ainsley, we now have a different dog.

Darcie now understands that she doesn't has to worry about every noise she hears and every person who walks past the house, she's also learnt that the postman is actually quite friendly! On Ainsley's suggestion we've made some basic changes to the way we walk both dogs and they now spend their time in the fields self regulating the exercise they have and doing doggy things like digging and investigating, rather than the obsessive ball and rabbit chasers they were before.

We have also changed to a different brand of dog food (designed to raise serotonin levels) rather than the more commercial product we were using before. This has been really popular with both dogs, who weren't particularly big eaters before.

Most crucially, Darcie has now not had a seizure in some months, which leads us to believe that they may have been due to her anxiety levels as we first suspected. We are so pleased with the results with Darcie, she had a real concoction of issues, most of which were easily sorted within a few days and I'd definitely recommend Ainsley to anyone wanting to help their furry family members overcome a variety of problems. We couldn't be more thrilled that our lovely girl is back to her old self! Thank you so much, Zac, Fliss & Darcie'.

Reg is a Border Collie who's barking was hard to manage in the house, at the pub and when walking past dogs on the street.  In addition, Reg's owners were expecting a baby and concerns were escalating about how they would manage once the baby arrived.  I put together a comprehensive treatment plan to manage the barking with a variety of tools and techniques to be implemented.  Catherine and Ray did a great job of taking it all on board and worked hard in between sessions.  Visitors were able to arrive without excessive barking, drinks could be had in the garden in peace and quiet.  Post arrival of the baby, Catherine contacted me with the following:

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I've been meaning to drop you an email for awhile now to let you know about the arrival of our daughter.  This is also the perfect opportunity to say a huge thank you for all the advice, ideas, support and homework you gave us to help get Reg ready for the baby - it has all paid off so much better than we could have hoped for.  Reg remains very curious about Eliza, he will sniff her occasionally but mostly he leaves her alone.  Reg does not really like it when she cries for any length of time but with the use of the command "settle" and rewards he is able to not bark.  It's helped us to feel more in control of him rather than the other way around!  We still have more work to do, we must get back onto the outdoor practice when we meet people or when we manage a sneaky pint (more likely to be a coffee these days!)  Catherine, Ray & Reg

George (a young Westie) liked to bark at everyone and everything that passed the back gate and would not come into the house when called, with owners Vanessa and Andrew resorting to having to try and catch him to bring him in.  Vanessa was also nervous when walking George and him meeting other dogs due to a few negative encounters with dogs near them.

After working with them, for 6 sessions on both the barking and walking/greeting other dogs Vanessa reports: George still barks at the back gate and the front door when people walk past, however he does listen to the inside command that we worked on during our sessions. . His recall is still good and I'm feeling more confident when George greets other dogs.