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Why you should use a Pets in Practise behaviourist and trainer

What you can expect from a positive trainer /behaviourist

Terms such as “force free”, “positive” or “reward based” have been used interchangeably to describe trainers and behaviourists who primarily use rewards (technically known as positive reinforcement) and ignoring or preventing the inappropriate behaviour. Positive behaviourists or trainers refuse to use force, intimidation, scaring tactics or pain to make the animal do what the humans what it to do. The goal is to have a dog, cat, horse etc. that stops showing inappropriate behaviours or displays desirable behaviours because it WANTS to do so, and not because it HAS to (obviously training and behaviour therapy is much more complex than that and can frequently involve environmental manipulation or medication as well, but that’s the gist of positive behaviour modification or training).

But there is more to positive trainers/behaviourists than just being “nice” to the animals they are helping.

Reward based professionals, such as all of us here at Pets in Practise, also strive to be “nice” to the humans they work with.

What does it mean?

It means that we won’t tell you off if you haven’t done any training with your dog – we will try to understand why that was the case and move forward in order to help. If you used techniques that have likely caused the current behaviour problems your pet in displaying (and to be fair, this is not the case all that often) we won’t make you feel bad about it. If you find the behaviour modification programme difficult to implement, we will break it down for you so you can follow it easily and you and your pet benefit from it. We will help you fit it around your schedule so you will feel that you can actually do it.

The last thing a positive trainer or behaviourist wants is a client to feel judged by how they interact with their pet and what they have done in the past. But rest assured that a positive trainer won’t judge you and won’t make you feel silly about the things you’d done that you thought were going to help and just made the issue worse.

Whatever the problem, for however long it has been going on, and whatever the root cause of it – all we want is to help our clients and their pets to have a happy, harmonious relationship and we do all we can to help our clients achieve it. Because there is no better reward for a reward based behaviourist/trainer than the success of their clients and their pets.

Written by the team at Pets in Practise "where positivity, determination and kindness, works!"

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A huge debt of gratitude

08-02-2013 Hits:68450 Testimonials Super User

I first used Pets in Practise just over a year ago, when we needed to obtain high quality 'reward based' puppy training for the new addition to our family - Bo.   Bo is a Northern Inuit cross, whose role in our lives was primarily as a companion to our 5 year old son, Josh.  Josh had been diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome 6 months previously, and we had heard that dogs make very good companions for children on the autism spectrum.  Indeed, we discovered that Dogs for the Disabled...

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The ideal pet trainer

08-02-2013 Hits:67229 Testimonials Super User

At Sunninghill Veterinary Centre we like to ensure a pet’s general well-being is good.  This means not only diagnosing and treating illness, but making sure a pet fits in well with their human family and enjoys their daily activities. In Kris we have found the ideal pet trainer and behaviourist.  She is sympathetic and understanding of an owner’s needs, whilst having great empathy with the pets. Many of our clients have attended Kris’ training classes or had one to one...

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A competent and caring behaviourist

08-02-2013 Hits:64110 Testimonials Super User

‘We recommend Kris to clients with new puppies as well as rescue dogs as a first stop to get advice on training and socialisation. We find her caring, professional and thorough approach is appreciated by all. We also refer our problem dogs to Kris, and find her thorough and practical approach is very well received. The client reports are always tailored to the individual case – with consideration of both the dog as well as the individual owners. It reflects...

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Compassionate, gentle and very knowledga…

08-02-2013 Hits:61253 Testimonials Super User

Ted became part of our family around 18months ago with so many problems I wouldn’t know where to begin. One of the biggest problems was taking him out for walks.  He was utterly out of control. Dogs, people, children, vans, postmen, joggers, cyclists…….you get the picture.  Another was welcoming guests in to the home. Nightmare. I was recommended Kris Glover, by a local vet, as someone who could help me re train Ted and do so with compassion and kindness. Kris arrived...

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We have referred several behaviour cases…

08-02-2013 Hits:66078 Testimonials Super User

As a practice, we have referred several behaviour cases to Kris and have felt completely confident in her capability and professional knowledge. We receive full printed reports on her consultation with the client and also on the recommended treatment for the pet. We referred our first cases to Kris based on other veterinary recommendations but had not met her. However after meeting her we were even more certain we had chosen the right behaviourist! Her enthusiasm, extensive knowledge and total commitment...

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Kris has shown great dedication to her w…

28-01-2013 Hits:65825 Testimonials Super User

Kris has been working with us since September 2005. In appointing Kris as our Behaviour Consultant and Puppy Class Coordinator, we chose her over and above three other well qualified candidates. We needed to trust and be comfortable with her methods, her people skills and above all, her empathy with our patients. It continues to be important that we feel confidence in referring our clients to her.  We are happy to say that Kris has shown great dedication to her...

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Enthusiastic, sympathetic and helpful

28-01-2013 Hits:68134 Testimonials Super User

Kris Glover of Pets in Practise has been our approved behavioural therapist for some time now.  Kris is always enthusiastic, sympathetic and helpful.  She believes in compassionate management of behavioural disorders, which suits our own philosophy.  She provides an efficient service for clients and the practice, and achieves excellent results.  Her communication with client and practice is first class, ensuring that we are kept fully in the loop and involved in all aspects of the management when appropriate. Kris runs...

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Kristina Glover BA (Hons) in Animal Behaviour Management, MSc (CABC)
Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist
Member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors
Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers  
Animal Behaviour & Training Council (ABTC) Registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist
Animal Behaviour & Training Council (ABTC) Registered Animal Training Instructor
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