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A Word of Warning

There are very many good and experienced dog trainers in the area and if you are looking for opportunities to improve your dog's general obedience, recall, lead walking etc, then there is probably a good trainer near you.

Most good trainers understand the difference between training and behavioural modification and will advise you to seek help from a qualified behaviourist if your dog is not responding to straightforward training approaches.

If you need help with a behaviour problem, be very wary of people who offer "help with behaviour cases other than aggression". Although often well meaning, these are usually people who have not been sufficiently trained to understand that inappropriate behaviours are symptoms of a whole collection of different (often invisible)causes, and aggression is simply one of these symptoms. Quite often, attempting to deal with the symptom alone without diagnosing the underlying cause will do more harm than good.

For example, if you have poor eyesight, you may develop a persistent headache. Or you may not have a headache at all, but feel very tired all the time. Imagine the medical profession saying - we can treat people with headaches but not those of you who feel tired all the time!

One of the cardinal rules of the world of behavioural modification is - rule out clinical causes first. If you are not asked to provide a vet referral before your dog is treated for a behaviour issue, then you are on unsafe ground.

The main reason that some trainers exclude aggression from their repertoire is that they are not insured for behavioural cases and dogs that may bite can lead to high liability claims.