behaviour assistance and training

The Canine Behaviourist is here to help.

Does your dog find it hard to mix with other dogs? Is it scared? Aggressive? Or destructive?

a little about mike

Mike Wright is The Canine Behaviourist.  He has been around dogs for most of his life, except for his time spent in the Royal Navy Medical Service.

After his last rescued dog passed, he decided to look at other ways to help dogs and their owners

Mike has helped many dogs over the years, without formal qualifications (just experience and, of course, unpaid). However, he has studied Canine Behaviour to a high level and is now a fully qualified canine behaviourist (ADipCBM). Subjects studied:

How dogs learn | Genetics & evolution of dog behaviour | The effect of brain biochemistry on canine behaviour | Pharmacology | The effect of internal & external factors on dog behaviour | Intelligent | Behavioural diagnostics | Professional conduct | Application of theory | Law | Case studies

Mike also provides first aid training for dog owners (yes, you can help your dog in an emergency).

Mike holds public liability and professional indemnity insurance.

rescued dogs

Although Mike is keen to help any dog and their owners, he is, particularly interested in helping rescued dogs who, often pose unique problems requiring understanding and a careful approach to any issues they may have.

Any behaviour help or training is underpinned by a strong research based approach.

Mike’s aim is to help you build a strong, lasting partnership with your dog based upon mutual trust, respect and understanding.

approach

Any behaviour / training program is based on kindness and positive reinforcement (using praise, treats, toys). 

Mike does not use any aggressive or physical punishment to deter unwanted behaviour. Mike uses interruption, distraction or re-direction techniques.  

Mike does not use choke or check chains, shock collars, force, intimidation or dominance methods.

Mike firmly believes that, to be able to train a dog successfully, it is essential that any training is supported by an in-depth knowledge of dog behaviour.

After all, how can you expect to train a dog without understanding the reasons behind the behaviour that you are trying to change?

paw support

There are thousands of dogs waiting to be re-homed throughout the UK.  There is no doubt in Mike’s mind that dogs can help a veteran suffering with mental health problems.

Paw support aims to help veterans find the right rescue dog for them. Both will benefit from the new partnership.

Mike will offer help in finding and assessing rescue dogs that suit each veteran wanting a dog. He will run short courses for veterans wanting to learn about having a dog.  If a suitable match is found, Mike will put together a behavioural and training programme to help both the veteran and the dog develop their relationship.

Visit The Walnut Tree Project for more information.

 

 

assessment

Each case involves a careful assessment and consideration of any medical issue the dog may have (without input from the dog’s vet – Mike will not take on the case).

Following a successful outcome, Mike will follow up with the owners to assess whether the recommended course of action is still working and, to offer any further assistance if needed.

Filling in the form online will save you time before Mike visits you to discuss how he can help.  Any information is treated in the strictest confidence.

Please be as honest as possible (he will not be judging you, but trying to help you and your pooch). The more information, the better chance there is of Mike being able to help.

When the form is complete, just hit the button at the bottom of the form and Mike will be in touch, promptly. Please click on the link below for the form.

Pre-Assessment Questionnaire (this helps Mike to review a case before visiting)

Aggression assessment form (only fill this in if mike asks you to)

 

our team

happy dogs!

Doing the right things with our dogs, helps them to live full, happy lives.

These pictures show well-balanced and socialised dogs behaving as they should.

 

contact the canine behaviourist

t.  01953 459922

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testimonials

  • Autumn

    Autumn

    I contacted Mike as I was having real problems getting my 9 month old Labrador puppy into the car. Mike came to visit us at home. He spent time asking us questions and observing Autumn in the house and around the car. He gave us lots of advice and some help sheets.

    We followed his advice and within a short space of time she started hopping into the back of the car quite happily.

    This has made such a huge difference to us as we love to take her to lots of different places for walks. She has enjoyed a visit to the beach recently which she loved.

    Nicola

  • Rosie

    Rosie

    I first met Mike by accident while out walking my rescue dog Rosie a few months ago – she was snapping, lunging, growling and attempting to nip anyone or anything that came near. Within minutes she had calmed down and was taking food out of his hand and was coming closer for more!

    What I had misunderstood and taken for aggression, Mike explained was fearfulness and uncertainty. From there, Mike has given me guidance, tools and training protocols and a confidence in Rosie that in just a few short weeks has made a world of difference and Rosie has progressed so much already that she is able to not only be in the proximity of other dogs, but can walk and be off lead with them too!

    We honestly could not thank Mike enough for everything he has helped us with – highly recommended.

    Lisa

    Note from Mike – In the picture Rosie is wearing a muzzle for her, and other dogs protection, while she is adjusting.

 

dog first aid courses

We will furnish you with the skills needed to deal with a canine emergency.

With some knowledge of simple techniques and a calm head you may be able to make a difference.

Canine First Aid training can help you save a dog’s life.

    • Assessing situations
    • Airway Breathing Circulation
    • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
    • Wounds & bleeding
    • Burns
    • Shock
    • Heat stroke
    • Hypothermia
    • Miscellaneous conditions

Courses will be 4 hours in duration,  including hands on practical exercises (with tea and cake included – if you’re lucky).

Courses will normally be held in the Attleborough area.  Groups of 6 people will make up each course.

Cost:   £40.00 per person