Training Methods

Motivational, Reward Based Training, using Kind, Effective Techniques to ensure a rewarding relationship with your dog.

These methods are easy and simple to follow as long as you want to reward good behaviour, are consistent, have a little bit of time each day for training and are ready to communicate with your dog. Once you understand how dogs think and why they do things its easy to teach or to change unwanted behaviour.

Lisa is passionate about using positive reinforcement training as it enhances a dogs ability to learn whilst increasing confidence. The results are a healthy well adjusted dog who enjoys training. Lisa is firmly against the use of forceful, punishment or dominance based training techniques which often result in a "quick fix" but ultimately cause harm and can result in other unwanted behaviours occurring.

Lisa is also a qualified clicker trainer and would be happy to demonstrate to you the benefits of this method and how this simple device can help with training, resolve problems or simply teaching your dog fun tricks. 

Clickers: A clicker is a small device that makes a clicking sound when pressed. When associated with a reward it allows you to mark the precise moment the desired behaviour has happened and informs the dog that he has succeeded in winning a treat. Ever wondered how people teach Killer Whales to jump ...... well its by using positive reward based clicker training and not by punishing or shouting verbal abuse at the whale.

There is no quick fix, hidden switches or clever gadgets to stop selective deafness, bin raiding, lead pulling etc. however, Lisa does have some answers to why your dog does these things and how YOU can change them for a happier life with your dog.


HOW CAN IT HELP YOUR DOG:- Improves a wide variety of behavioral and health problems.

  • Reduces Pain
  • Aids Healing of Injuries and Illnesses
  • Reduces Fears and/or Reactiveness towards People or other Dogs
  • Improves Focus, Concentration, Performance,
  • Coordination and Wellbeing
  • Increases Levels of Self Control, Confidence and Self-Awareness


Dislike of Contact:- Vets, Grooming, Hand Shy, Reluctance to being touched

Noise Sensitivity:- Fear of Thunder / Fireworks, Gun Shy, Household Noises

Lack of Balance:- Improves Movement, Pulling of the Lead, Stiffness, Gait Irregularity’s, Improves Performance e.g. Agility, showing or working dogs.

Hyperactivity / Restlessness:- Jumping up, Excessive Chewing, Excitability, Spinning, Excessive Panting, Pacing, Lack of Sleep, Barking, Destructive Behaviours

Nervousness:- Fear Biting, Timidity, Lack of Confidence, Jealousy, Separation Anxiety, Reluctance to Socialize

Travel Issues:- Excitability and Barking, Travel Sickness, Reluctance to Get in the Car

What is TTouch

Tellington TTouch is a unique, effective and forward thinking approach to handling, training and rehabilitation of all animals. TTouch is currently being used by animal owners, trainers, breeders, veterinarians, and shelter workers in over 30 countries worldwide. The work was developed by internationally known animal expert, Linda Tellington-Jones. Ttouch is based on compassion and respect for our animal friends and utilizes kind and respectful ways of interacting with animals without using dominance, fear, pain and/or force. These techniques promote optimal health and behaviour by building confidence and eliminating fearful or inappropriate responses.

Ttouch recongnises an inextricable link between posture and behavior and this gentle method is easy to learn and often produces significant changes even with the most difficult behaviour problems. A combination of non-invasive touches, lifts, and strokes are used to induce a state of relaxation, release tensions, promotes a feeling of calm, and increased body awareness. Ground work exercises assist the animal to be more focused, offers alternative posture behaviours and improves balance. This in turn helps animals develop self-confidence, self control and enables them to move beyond their instinctive and often fearful responses.

A dog that suffers from noise sensitivity or noise phobia for example is likely to carry tension through the hindquarters and tail and may dislike contact on or around his paws. His lower legs, tail and ears may also feel cold. The non-invasive body movements (TTouches) can be used to improve circulation thus warming up cold extremities, relax tight muscles and release habitual patterns of bracing. They can also induce calm and change the dog’s expectation of what contact around his paws may mean. Stroking the ears using Ear Slides helps to lower heart rate and respiration and putting a body wrap, or T-Shirt on the dog can help to give a noise sensitive dog a sense of security, often reducing his need to den. As behaviours are usually linked, dogs with this pattern of tension through the body may also be nervous in new situations, be wary of strangers and find car travel difficult. TTouch can help them to become more confident in all areas of their life without the need to address the individual concerns.

Contrary to out dated beliefs, handling a fearful, defensive or reactive animal in a positive, mindful, calm way does not reward, and therefore reinforce, that behaviour. It can change it. The Tellington TTouch has a profound and potent effect on the nervous system and has a powerful influence on responses and mood. Even well established patterns of behaviour often alter within a very short space of time and the

Tellington TTouch has even saved the lives of many animals whose behaviour has been deemed to be out of control.

Observations are an important part of the TTouch work. Paying attention to the animal’s responses to stimuli, the posture, balance, movement and muscle development, heart rate and respiration, the texture and appearance of the coat and so on. Feeling for temperature changes, coarse or dry hair, tension in the tail, ears, legs and the mobility of the skin. We watch closely for the animals responses to contact on the body and his ability to negotiate the groundwork exercises and adapt the sessions accordingly. The focus is always on what the animal can achieve rather than what he can’t achieve and the aim is to work below the threshold at which the animal has to react, particularly when handling animals that are nervous and/or defensive.