South East London primarily, although we do have regular clients in East London, Essex, and North Kent. ‘Out of Area’ clients will still be seen as long as they are happy to pay for additional travel time and expenses.
No, unfortunately. Class sizes are limited to 6 dogs each so pre-registration for each term is required.
You can either call us or come along to the New Charlton Community Centre (217 Maryon Road, Charlton, London SE7 8DB) on a Thursday evening for a booking form. You will need to fill in the booking form and return it along with your payment to us. Once we receive it, you will be sent a confirmation letter including joining information.
The next term begins on:
Thursday 29th May 2014
You will need to speak to Simone to organise a convenient day and time as well as to have an informal chat about the problems you are experiencing. For certain types of problems you may be asked to see your veterinarian first to rule out an underlying medical cause for your dog’s behaviour. You will be advised over the phone if this is the case.
This really depends on current caseloads and your own availability. Weekday as well as weekend appointments are available, but they are popular because so many people work Monday to Friday. Waiting times can be up to 3 or 4 weeks if your availability is limited and it’s a busy period, but usually much less than that, especially if you can be more flexible or can take a cancellation at short notice.
That is fine as long as you give at least 24 hours notice so that we can offer your appointment time to someone else who is waiting. Appointments cancelled within 24 hours of your appointment time will be subject to a cancellation fee equal to the session fee.
Simone Day holds a Master’s Degree with distinction in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling from the University of Southampton. In addition to this, she was a regular instructor at The Dog Owners Club run by Robert Alleyne in New Cross, London from 2000 to 2008. Simone has been working with clients on a one-to-one basis for nearly 15 years giving owners a wide variety of advice and support including pre-puppy advice, puppy training & socialisation, adult dog training, carrying out behavioural assessments and treatment of behavioural issues, has experience working with deaf dogs, owners with disabilities, and has worked closely with several rescue organisations. In March 2006 she secured a venue in Charlton and went on to set up Pawsitive’s Dog School which has been running successfully ever since.
Still, how do I know if you’re any good? A friend of mine paid a lot of money for someone to come and sort their dog out but it didn’t make any difference.
In any profession, there are always people who are very good at what they do and others who are not as good. Bear in mind, the most expensive are not always the best. Ideally, anyone offering training and behavioural services should have an academic qualification (preferably degree level) as well as verifiable practical experience of training dogs and resolving behaviour problems. References, particularly from other professionals such as vets, nurses or other behaviourists can be a good indicator, as can affiliation with a recognised professional body such as the UKRCB or the APBC. Speaking to others who have used a particular person may also be helpful. Then speak to the person yourself. If you have to book up through a call centre or if you don’t like the person’s manner over the phone, then don’t use them. Remember, you will be paying good money for what is effectively, a bespoke service. And, you will be inviting this person into your home so it is important that you are comfortable with them. On the other hand, it is also worth mentioning that in order for any training or behavioural advice to be effective, the owner must follow that advice and put in regular practice in order to see positive changes in their dog’s behaviour. If you’re given the best advice in the world, but do not follow it, your dog’s problems are not going to improve no matter how much money you’ve spent.
I offer a residential training programme called Canine Lifestyle Coaching. It is a bespoke training service where I work with a dog individually and incorporate their training and practice throughout each day in my own home. I re-train your dog based on specific requirements that we agree and the length of the stay will depend on a number of factors such as areas/level of training you would like me to cover and the dog’s age, developmental stage, temperament and previous training history. As this type of coaching is very consistent and focussed I can typically progress dogs very quickly compared to other training programmes/formats.
However the most important part of the programme is spending time with you to integrate the learning into your relationship with your dog and in your environment to maintain these ‘new and improved’ behaviours that have been established. I normally spend 3-4 hours with owners at the end of a programme demonstrating what your dog can do and then making sure that your dog is responding to you in the same way.
Please contact me for further details.