Frequently Asked Questions

Games typically take anywhere between one minute to say, five minutes, to play. Training should be a fun time not a long time. These games can be played in the time it takes the kettle to boil! Slotting them in to a hectic lifestyle is very easy and there are even games that we call 'NET games' (No Extra Time) because they happen as part of your every day life without it being a contrived training situation, such as teaching the concept of calmness. While you are sitting watching television in the evening perhaps, you can be rewarding your dog for sitting calmly on the boundary. Easy!

However, there is a caveat, and that is that this training is just as much about you as it is about your dog. After all, there are two ends to the lead! You will find, during the course of this training, that we work on our humans too - giving you the skills, the confidence, and the tools you need to help you and your dog to the best of your ability. Sometimes this might push you out of your comfort zone, but it's all good - it's all growing in the right direction. Come with an open mind and a warm heart, be positive and be a can-do type of person. Only then will you get the best out of this training.

Nope! You are urged to be creative and use what you have around the house - plant pots, empty juice bottles, sticks, umbrellas, bubble wrap, empty boxes all can be used in place of any kind of specialist equipment which is absolutely not needed. Our bodies and our voices are used, so you don't even need a clicker! Although if you'd like to learn how to do an emergency whistle recall, you'll need a dog whistle.

Double-clip harnesses and a two-ended leash are highly recommended however. This is to enable you to better guide your dog during training and because it is the kindest method of walking dogs.  But whether you choose to use a harness or a collar, it has to be trained for positively before being used. Changing from collar to harness can be very stressful for some dogs and it may need some work before they can accept the change.

No.  I only work specifically with private clients whose dogs have behaviour issues. 

No refunds are available on Behaviour Support packages. 

The short answer is no. I can share with you the tools you need, but your dog's progress will ultimately be influenced by his lifestyle, his health and wellbeing, and the amount of time and effort you are able to devote to the training.

In addition, I work as part of a multi-disciplinary team so if I find that your dog's issue is beyond the scope of my skills, I may well suggest a referral to someone else, such as veterinarian, a behaviourist, or other appropriately qualified specialist.

Whilst the principles of games-based dog training apply to ALL breeds, and I want to help every single one of you achieve your dog-owning dream, insurance laws here in France do not permit the training or giving of advice (either in person or online) to guardians of dogs deemed to be classed as dangerous dogs.

In the UK, the dangerous breeds are:
Pit Bull Terriers
Japanese Tosas
Dogo Argentinos
Fila Brazilieros

In France, there are two categories:  
Category 1:
American Staffordshire Terrier type (previously Staffordshire Terrier) - also known as Pit-Bulls
Mastiff type - also known as Boerbulls
Tosa type

Category 2 (pure-breeds):
American Staffordshire Terriers (previously Staffordshire Terriers)
Rottweiler type

Unfortunately, my insurance does not cover me to offer advice to citizens of the US or Canada. If you are searching for a Pro Dog Trainer, a Concept Trainer, or a Games-Based Dog Trainer in the US or Canada, please do get in touch and I will put you in touch with appropriate colleagues.

This all depends upon your dog's issues and your personal circumstances. This is something we would discuss when we formulate our plan of action. However, the shortest time that you are likely to see any difference in your dog's behaviour is one month. For some issues, such as dog-dog interactions, it can take much longer.

You can contact me (Hazel) directly using the form HERE.