The Integrative Canine Behaviour Counselling Programs focus on improving the physical, mental and emotional health of dogs and puppies to support their nervous system into balance and promote optimal biological function. It encompasses interwoven aspects of behaviourism, applied behaviour analysis, cognitive behavioural techniques, neuroscience, positive psychology, relationship psychology, energy sciences and mindfulness.
As an Integrative Canine Behaviour Counsellor, my approach is much different than a traditional dog trainer's methods. My work isn't trying to achieve obedience in dogs, but rather to improve the mental health of dogs and their families. Through our sessions, I help guardians learn to lead their dogs with love and become connected partners through understanding, listening, empathy, building trust, learning to communicate clearly, cooperation through play and meeting their dogs needs.
The behaviour of dogs is influenced by many factors from health, well-being, emotions, learning history, genetics and environment but at it's core, behaviour is really just the way a dog communicates with us. They can't speak to us, so they show us how they are feeling, what they need and what they like or dislike, through their behaviour. Beneath the surface, there are emotional and biological processes that occur within the body and if there is imbalance somewhere, it will be expressed through a dog's behaviour.
Integrated behaviour counselling is a guide to raising dogs, not training dogs. This approach is suitable for all dogs and puppies to support personal evolution, healthy development, build confidence, improve resilience and create a cooperative partnership. I specialize both in the development of puppies as well as working with emotional reactivity.
Often a dog’s behaviour mirrors what their guardian is experiencing in their internal state so an integrative canine behavioural counselling program includes aspects of personal evolution for the guardian and incorporates aspects of healing that include the discovery of the power of connection, thoughts, perspective, perception, awareness and synchronicity.
Changing a dog's behaviour often requires a shift in perspective and mindset of the guardian. My programs offer an extraordinary level of knowledge, experience and compassion to help you on your life journey with your dog. No matter what you are going through, I can support you.