Lola - Rescued Street Terrier Cross
We sought Ellen’s help with our 4 yr old “rescued street” terrier cross Lola who had become so sensitive to loud noises that she was too fearful to leave the house and was becoming quite withdrawn.
Initially Ellen visited us at home, taking time to gain Lola’s trust and carrying out a detailed assessment. She provided us with a clear explanation of her findings and what she recommended we do to help Lola. This included a range of tools and techniques initially starting with exercises using clicker training to improve Lola’s confidence levels. Ellen also liaised with our vet to discuss supportive medication. Over the following months Ellen assessed our progress each month and showed us how to introduce different exercises using positive behaviour strategies, all supported with handouts & videos that have continued to transform Lola into the happy, relaxed, animated, interactive dog that she is today. We greatly appreciated the positive feedback Ellen gave us about our commitment to practicing the training techniques with Lola and we would stress that it is important to do the “homework” between sessions. Not surprisingly for a “rescued street dog” Lola’s training will continue to be an ongoing process but thanks to Ellen helping us to understand her better we now have a stronger bond that makes further training possible.
We would happily recommend Ellen to anyone, she is an extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic and dedicated professional whose friendly and approachable manner makes it a pleasure to work with her.
Cooper - Reactive Dog
Our dog Cooper was reactive to most things before we met Ellen – cars, bikes, dogs & mainly people which meant every walk or visit was a nightmare. He would lunge, bark and growl and letting him off the lead was out of the question. We tried to overcome this ourselves and tried other behaviourists until we met Ellen who quite honestly has changed our life. With her help, Cooper is so much happier and so are we, knowing how to help him! Ellen has always been so helpful, only a phone/email away with any issues we had inbetween visits as well as sending us a review of each session & tips to work on going forward. Her advice has helped us see what triggers he has and also how to overcome them, without her help we don’t know where we would be. Now Cooper is off the lead most walks, his reactivity to cars is gone and he is now comfortable meeting most people even males which was a big trigger.
I would recommend Ellen to anyone – her professionalism & advice is second to none not to mention just an all round understanding and lovely lady.
Thank you for everything Ellen!
Stressed Border Collie
We got a one year old Border Collie to help me with exercise after an illness. He is a great dog and very eager to please but we soon realised that although he had been trained as an agility dog that he was not accustomed to walking on a lead and busy traffic. As we live in a busy residential housing estate this posed us a problem. He also was not used to being in a house so the whole experience was stressing him out.
On recommendation we called Ellen. She was delighted to help and visited us at home to see the problems for herself and offer advice. She employs only positive behaviour strategies and has endless patience with both dogs and owners. We worked initially on simple commands using clicker. He quickly picked up touch, leave and other commands. Ellen visited us on several occasions and sent helpful training leaflets to assist us with work. The walking in traffic took much longer as we took this slowly to avoid further stress. We used treats as advised but got him interested in a ball so that it then became the ultimate treat. He now walks without lunging at cars and bikes and sometimes will walk without a lead but that is being built up too as he has an avid interest in chasing cats. We will continue to work on this.
I can’t praise Ellen highly enough as she is absolutely a dedicated professional in her field.
A tiny word of warning; Ellen is fantastic but it also depends on the dedication of the owners to do the home work to ensure the behaviours embed. We can’t believe the difference in our dog; he is now a happy boy who is enjoying life.
Thank you Ellen.
I came to Ellen for help with my 2 small dogs about 6-7 months ago. Ellen came to my house the first time to assess them inside in and outside.
I was feeling quite desperate at this time, my dogs barking uncontrollably at any other dog and anything that was moving. I felt like I had tried everything and was feeling like a terrible dog owner.
Ellen was great, made me realise that we could work on this together, and get results. It hasn’t always been easy, but with continuity and persistence my dogs are different. They’re not so scared of everything that moves anymore. They don’t bark at everything that moves. Some days are better than others, but looking back 7 months ago my dogs are more confident, happy doggies, and I’m a more relaxed happy dog owner who loves my little monkeys.
Thank you Ellen.
Springer Spaniel - Aggressive Behaviour & Recall Issues
My springer spaniel was lovely at home and a nightmare to walk. He was showing aggressive behaviour towards any dog (and sometimes person) near or far/on or off lead when out for walks, it was getting very difficult to go anywhere without worrying about what was going to happen. The last straw came when he no longer listened to recall and he terrorised a lady out with her dog quite far away from me. I did not want to be that person who was known to have a scary dog.
After seeking the help of the internet and reading up on what kind of help I might need, I got in touch with Ellen. She had good reviews, actual proper qualifications and a passion for dogs. She came and took everything in. We sat down and she analysed everything, from food to daily dog routine and history. We went for walks to see him in action and we discovered that my dog was showing fear aggression due to his history.
Straight away Ellen implemented an action plan to follow. This involved using a click and treat method, where she showed me what to do when and where and other techniques to help my dog. My dog loves to work and really took to the clicker straight away, she made sure I understood what training was need and even gave me extensive notes to back up and read, which was most helpful. Over a period of 4 – 6 months, I really noticed a difference in my dog. He was calmer when out, recall good and he could look at other dogs without going crazy.
Now a year later we can walk right pass most other dogs and remain calm. Due to this confidence with my dog and myself we are working towards competing in agility at KC level, which we could not have done before. Ellen has been most helpful and understanding throughout this year. Her guidance works wonders and I can highly recommend her
Ellen allowed me to unlock the potential of my fearful rescue spaniel by taking a careful history, observing our interactions closely and providing me with a personalised, achievable plan of action to improve his psychological and physical health. Ellen’s experience, training and ongoing support has encouraged me to become far more attuned to my dog and to have confidence in my own ability to understand his needs, and he has become a dog full of joy with a huge zest for life. We have grown in our partnership so much that we have together helped another rescued spaniel to find his joyfulness in our family with great success.
Freddy - Coping Mechanisms
I was put in touch with Ellen to help me with some issues I was having with my young dog. Ellen was brilliant, initially she took time just sitting with Freddy letting him become comfortable in her presence& gaining his trust. Ellen went into a lot of detail explaining why Freddy reacts or behaves the way he does in certain situations. She gave us tools to ‘cope’ with the fear he shows. All Ellen’s methods were positive & reward based, Freddy was never pushed to beyond a point he wouldn’t be able to cope.
This summer we took our dogs on holiday to the Lakes, a lot of the coping mechanisms Ellen taught me meant Freddy coped well in & around busy situations with strangers & other dogs.
We’ve still work to do, but thanks Ellen…you’ve made such a difference to Freddy’s everyday life!