What is dog listening?

Dog Listening is a method of communicating with dogs in a way that they understand. The approach is based on understanding a dog’s behaviour and uses positive safe and easy to understand training methods so that your dog gets the right message.

The method is kind and safe, no gadgets are used and it can be done by you.

So why might I need a dog listener?

A dog is a pack animal descended from wolves whilst retaining a strong pack instinct. A dog instinctively understands that a pack has to have a leader. If your dog perceives that you are not up the job of ‘leader of the pack’ it will take on the role itself but in a world that it doesn’t understand and this is when problems arise.

A Dog Listener will help you to become the leader of your domestic pack by showing you how to communicate with your dog in a way that it understands. Your dog may develop behaviours that humans view as unacceptable as a consequence of the dog trying to be leader and protect its pack.

Some of these behaviours may include:

    • Pulling on the lead
    • Causing damage when left alone
    • Refusing to come when called
    • Barking/jumping up at visitors
    • Fussy with food
    • Fear of loud noises/traffic

Dog Listening is a method of communicating
with dogs in a way that they understand.

Method


The approach is based on understanding a dog’s behaviour and uses positive safe and easy to understand training methods so that your dog gets the right message.

1:1 Consultation


What happens?

The consultation will take place in your own home where both you and your dog(s) will feel more relaxed. It will last for 2-3 hours but more time will be given if needed. The most important thing to be aware of is that I can’t wave a magic wand and all will be well (I wish!). The method requires some behaviour changes (both human and canine) and rather than ‘training’ the dog(s) I work with you so that you understand why the dog is behaving in a particular way and what you can do to change that behaviour.

You will learn the four elements of the method:
• Feeding
• Separation and reuniting / establishing status
• Dealing with (perceived) danger
• Going for a walk

I will help you to learn how to communicate and work with your dog(s) so that you are able to establish yourself as leader of your domestic pack. This will result in a stress free, relaxed and well behaved dog because it will want to work with you of its own free will. When everything has been covered, I will recap the action you need to take and I will help you to note this in a way that works for you – your personal ‘Action Plan’. If further explanations are needed at this point I will take you through it again until you are happy and confident that you are able to implement the method yourself.

What will it cost?

The consultation fee is £180 plus mileage at 45p per mile and covers:
• The initial consultation
• A follow up phone call approximately 2 weeks after the consultation to review your progress
• A free back-up service by phone or email for life for any further problems or issues that you may encounter

This is particularly important as it will take time for both you and your dog to learn. There is no time limit – I will be there to support and guide you for as long as you need me to do so. Back up visits are not usually necessary but if you would like one there would be an additional cost of £30 per hour plus mileage at 45p per mile.


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The method is kind and safe, no gadgets are used and it can be done by you.

About

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I am a retired Chartered Physiotherapist and live with my husband and our dog Cassie. I had no intention of becoming a Dog Listener when I first attended Jan’s Foundation Course in January 2011. However, the course was so inspiring that it wasn’t enough for me and I wanted to learn more! I completed the Advanced Course and was invited onto the Graduate course to gain the required qualification to become a ‘Jan Fennell International Dog Listener’.

As well as advising dog owners privately and giving talks to small groups, I am one of a team of Dog Listeners at the ‘Mayflower Sanctuary’ in Bawtry near Doncaster. We give talks to prospective dog adopters about the language of the dog and how to best settle their new dogs into their new homes. This makes the transition between kennels and the new home easier for both the dog and the new owner and hopefully help minimise any problems they may encounter. We are also available to give advice if and when needed once the dog is re-homed.


“ Angie was able to explain in ways I understood why dogs behave the way they do and why they need to be treated as individuals. The advice she gave me definitely changed the way I trained my latest dog Jaf and meant that all the way through his puppyhood we grew closer. He is without a doubt my best friend. Thanks Angie.”

Janet Scott

“Seeing Lily now, it’s hard to believe how bad things were and how desperate I was when we asked for help. We’re really grateful that you set us on the road to having such a lovely pet.”

Sue Cooper

“Angie Chambers is a very helpful lady and is very knowledgeable in how to handle dogs. I would recommend her to anyone with a problem dog and it is for life the help on offer not a one off. ”

Mrs J Hamilton

“Angie was really helpful when I first got Oscar (aged 10 weeks old) and because of her help and support he is now turning into a really well behaved and respectful dog.”

Sue Eller

“I can’t thank you enough for all of your advice, hints and tips; we are already seeing a huge improvement in behaviour and a shift in the pack order.”

Anna Fenny

“Maisie’s a totally different dog to the scared and timid one we rescued just a few months ago. She’s really settled now and its been really nice to watch her personality come out. I just wanted to say thanks for your help in the early stages. It was hard at times but patience and perseverance has paid off.”

Amy Coggan & Andy Oades

“ (Mayflower Talk) Thank you for all the advice and tips it was all taken on board and put into practice.”

Liam Andrew

“ (Mayflower Talk) Thanks very much for the additional info and the talk yesterday. We found it really informative and useful – lots of things we wouldn’t have thought of but we can see it working already.”

Claire Woodward

“ (Mayflower Talk) Found the talk interesting and we have had dogs for 40 years! Lottie has settled superbly so far and we are very pleased.”

Sue Buchan

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I am a Highly Recommended Associate Dog Listener and take part in the strict Quality Control System required by all Jan Fennell International Dog Listeners.


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Testimonials

Janet Scott

Janet Scott

with Jaf

Angie was able to explain in ways I understood why dogs behave the way they do and why they need to be treated as individuals. The advice she gave me definitely changed the way I trained my latest dog Jaf and meant that all the way through his puppyhood we grew closer. He is without a doubt my best friend.

    Sue Cooper

    Sue Cooper

    with Lily

    Seeing Lily now, it's hard to believe how bad things were and how desperate I was when we asked for help. We're really grateful that you set us on the road to having such a lovely pet.

      Amy Coggan & Andy Oades

      Amy Coggan & Andy Oades

      with Maisie

      Maisie's a totally different dog to the scared and timid one we rescued just a few months ago. She's really settled now and it's been really nice to watch her personality come out. I just wanted to say thanks for your help in the early stages. It was hard at times but patience and perseverance has paid off.

        Sue Eller

        Sue Eller

        with Oscar

        Angie was really helpful when I first got Oscar (aged 10 weeks old) and because of her help and support he is now turning into a really well behaved and respectful dog.

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