Reactive Dog Workshops

When I first met Frank, his owner was distressed. She had succumbed to walking Frank very early morning when no one was around. If she spotted another dog, she was forced to hide behind bushes.

After just two sessions, Frank not only met my lab, Holly; but they played ball together off-lead.

Frank has since gone on to meeting, walking and playing ball with my GS, Cass; all off-lead.

It's amazing what can be achieved with a little patience and an owner who handles their dog calmly, offering support to them, when requested.

If you'd like to learn how develop your bond with your dog to reduce reactivity, please do get in touch.

1:1 Training Including Reactivity Workshops

Tailor-made training

So, you love your dog dearly but they're driving you nuts! Don't despair! We're here to help and can deliver 1:1 training for you and your dog to tackle a wide range of training/behaviour issues.

How it works;

Dependent on the nature of your issue, we either;

  • visit you at home
  • invite you to our outdoor venue in Tern Hill to provide bespoke training
  • work in an environment agreed with you, at the time of booking.
  •  We teach you the skills you'll need to successfully begin to tackle the issues you are experiencing and support you to develop the confidence and skills required to help your dog to overcome them.

'Maria and Steve have a deep understanding of canine behaviour and infinite patience in ensuring that each dog’s unique needs are met as well as stretching them to achieve good basic skills and behaviours. The premises at Tern Hill is a safe and calm working environment that allows dogs to relax and focus on their training. It is clear that this is a passion rather than a job and the results are a testimony to their commitment.' 

Stella Simkin & the gorgeous, Harley.


1:1 PRIVATE Training

Max, using sniffer work to help him overcome his over-excited greetings to other dogs.

1:1 training delivered to the whole family and your pet in a suitable location. 

We tackle a variety of behaviour and training issues. Please call anytime if you wish to discuss your needs further.

£35 for a 1hr visit or a flexible package can be delivered at special rates. 

New! Inside Out Package

All good training often begins indoors, in environments without distractions. Once these behaviours are being achieved consistently, then the training can be moved outdoors, external to your own environment. Therefore, we now offer this 2hr package with a 1:1 visit to demonstrate techniques, followed by a further 1 hr outside training session, a few weeks later, once you and your dog have mastered the techniques at home.

£60 for 2 x 1 hr sessions.

New! Sniffer/Reactive Dog Workshop

Harnessing the power of scentwork can help you to overcome a range of reactiveness issues whether your dog is nervous, fear aggressive, lead reactive or just totally over-excitable when it sees another dog. This two hour 1:1 workshop will teach you and your dog the basics of 'find it' games that you can use to help to calm them in times of stress. You will receive clear 1:1 instruction and then be taught how to successfully manage an appropriate approach to another dog.

£60 for a 2 hr session.

Reactive Dog Workshop

Working alongside Maria, we will identify the reason for your dog's reactivity; stress, fear, nervousness, excitability. You will then be shown effective techniques to successfully manage and improve your dog's reactions, utilising my stooge dog, Holly, who is totally non-reactive. You will be able to then take these techniques away to work with your dog in the real world.

£60 for a 2hr session

Examples of other issues we can help you to tackle:

  • Loose Lead Walking & Focus
  • Reliable Recalls
  •  Impulse/Frustration Control
  • Jumping up & over-excitability
  • Nervousness around people
  • Building confidence 
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Fear Desensitisation
  • Attention Barking

and a range of other issues.

Appointments are available evenings & weekends as well as throughout the day.

Another Success Story for a Reactive Dog

Lurcher Harley is very well trained but unfortunately highly reactive. He enrolled onto our Canine College Course but found being surrounded by 5 other dogs, far too overwhelming so we decided to deliver his course on a 1:1 instead.

He was gradually introduced to my Holly and here he is, after just 4 sessions, enjoying a walk with her.