from reactive to adaptive

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There is no greater journey than the one we undertake with dogs who struggle to cope in the modern world. I’m here to support you at every step.

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Nothing is more important than a secure base to ignite hope and optimism in our companions

Everything I do is designed to make sure dogs have as much choice as possible as we foster germinating seeds of curiosity, understanding and positivity. It’s the goal to make sure the world makes sense to our companion animals and that they feel safe.

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For anxious or fearful dogs, the world can be a stressful place. While we can ensure their safety, only the dog decides that they feel safe. There are many things we can do, however, to facilitate and smooth that journey as the world opens up with potential before them

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Dog training is evolving

What we know about learning and memory has evolved from the days of Pavlov and Skinner. We need to make sure we are doing the same.

When our methods are ineffective, we make it harder for dogs to overcome their fears. We also adds months or years to their recovery. We owe our dogs the best.

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Lighten Up Dog Training is very much an interspecies team effort. My pedagogy is built on our interconnectedness and our interdependence as we journey together. The dogs teach me and I share their insights. Interspecies learning is where it’s at these days.

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Our blog is where we share our work. Each week, you’ll get first-class content that explains how to implement specific behaviour modification protocols. You’ll find step-by-step guides to help you deal with common behaviour problems. You’ll also find our stories as we make the journey from reactive to adaptive. Sign up to get emails to your inbox.

The 3 most important things you need to know about your frustrated dog

Do you have a dog who barks and lunges on lead but seems much better when they’re allowed to run up and greet others? If so, this article will help[…]

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STOP WASTING TIME AND START UNDERSTANDING YOUR IMPULSIVE DOG

This article is the third in a series to help you understand your reactive dog. So far, we have looked at: Anxiety in reactive dogs Fearfulness in reactive dogs It[…]

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3 PROACTIVE SOLUTIONS TO HELP YOUR FEARFUL DOG

There are three ways we can really start to help our fearful dogs. Understanding what fear is, what it looks like and which strategies are likely to help can make[…]

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