LETTING DOGS BE DOGS.

AND LETTING YOU ENJOY THEM JUST AS THEY ARE

 

I set up R.A.W to give dogs the chance to just be the wonderful, life-affirming animals that they are. Dogs are great, and yet it’s becoming increasingly hard to enjoy them for fear of being shouted at or shamed in public.  Here we learn about normal canine behaviour, how our dogs learn best, and ways to handle things that us humans find culturally tough. 

I am currently studying for the Certificate in Training and Counselling at The Academy for Dog Trainers. 

   

Reactive Dogs

TIME, SPACE AND PATIENCE FOR DOGS WHO STRUGGLE

 

I specialise in working with what we tend to call ‘reactive’ dogs. To me, they’re all just normal dogs. Beings dogs.

My own four dogs – two border collies, a welsh sheepdog and a springer – are all ‘reactive’ (so react to stuff!) in different ways, and they’ve taught me such a lot about their own subtle cues, what to look out for, and how best to advocate for them. 

It’s really tough to find walkers and trainers for dogs that are perceived as ‘difficult’ or ‘aggressive’. The trend now is to muzzle them, leash them and curtail their innate canine instincts which will usually make any reactivity far worse. It’s risk averse to the dog’s detriment. Instead, we work from the dog’s perspective, and offer a calm, safe environment for them to learn that everything is OK and they CAN be themselves.

what i do 

Covering Cardiff and Caerphilly I offer dog parties, classes, group treks and 1:1s for dogs and their people. I am fully insured, DBS checked, a member of NarpsUK and the Pet Professional Network, and I hold a Dog First Aid certificate. 

I am certified through Canine Principles to work with reactive dogs, and to further my development I’m currently studying under Jean Donaldson through the internationally-recognised Academy for Dog Trainers. Jean is one of the best trainers in the world, and this two-year course is one of the most comprehensive, BSc-level courses available. 

R.A.W DOGGY PARTIES

Every Saturday at 10am, an opportunity to walk and relax for dogs and their humans, while putting up with running commentary about what’s happening in terms of the interactions and play!

From £5

 

r.a.w CLASSES

Covering a wide range of issues including animal learning theory, obedience and fear-based issues. 

PAYG – fun and relaxed!

R.A.W group treks

A chance for dogs to mingle, chat and play in a safe, managed and relaxed environment.

 

Dogs are chosen carefully depending on the issues that their humans would like to address. Essentially I train as I walk and we have lots of fun at the same time. 

From £15

ethos

Dogs enthral me, and they make me really happy! I feel very lucky to share my life with so many of them.

Ethics are very important to me. When I walk and train I will only use positive reinforcement methods and won’t employ any aversive techniques or dominance theory to modify behaviour. This is not only a moral choice, but an approach that’s irrefutably back up by science as the most effective and efficient way to train dogs. 

As mentioned above I have four dogs myself and they have taught me so much about the subtle behaviour traits of dogs. Through their teaching  I’ve learnt the importance of:

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Allowing the dog to have its space

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Pre-empting potential threats, such as other dogs, children, motorbikes or sudden noises

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Being a kind, confident and calm human

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Prioritising the dogs' perspective

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Engaging the dogs - talking to them and having fun

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Get in Touch By email or facebook

I would love to chat with you to discuss your dog and how I can help!

Email

anna@rawdogwalking.co.uk

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