Pet Behaviour - Phone Consultations

Behaviour Consultation

Whatever issues you are experiencing with your dog (or cat or horse), sometimes it's good to have a chat, and get advice of how to improve things. It's like talking to an Agony Aunt. Sarah will ask lots of questions, and will then help you to find solutions to your dog's issues. Following the consultation, you will be able to email Sarah for extra advice (available for 4 weeks after the initial conversation).

You will need to fill out and send back (via email or post) a behaviour consultation form before the session.

Dog Training Advice

These phone sessions are an ideal substitute for practical training if you live outside Sarah's normal working area, or if you cannot meet due to Covid. These sessions can be on Zoom if you wish to actively train your dog during the conversation.

All aspects of training are covered from aggression and anxiety, to compulsive behaviours and inattention. 

You will need to fill in a registration form (see below).

Pre-puppy/ new puppy Planning

If you are planning to get a puppy, or have a new puppy that is not fully vaccinated and you live outside Sarah's normal working area, then these phone consultations will give you the advice and peace of mind you're after.

If you already have your puppy, you will need to fill in the registration form, and email or post it to Sarah, before your consultation.

Cost and details

All phone consultations are payable by cheque in the post or by bank transfer, and are either:

1 hr at at cost of £40

30 minutes at a cost of £20

If your pet has had a sudden change in behaviour, or it involves aggression, please have a chat with your vet first to make sure there isn't an underlying health issue.

For more information, and to book your consultation, please contact Sarah.


Face-to-face Behaviour and Training Sessions

Behaviour consultations

Sessions are based on understanding why your pet is behaving the way they are, and finding solutions that work for both of you. 

Dog behaviour sessions will include practical training, depending on the issues presented. However, there is no practical training element for equine or feline behaviour sessions.

Please contact Sarah to find out how she can help you.

If there has been a sudden change of behaviour, or if it involves aggression, it is recommended that you get your pet checked by your vet first, to make sure there isn't an underlying medical issue.

Please note that Sarah's 'working area' is Tonbridge/ Hildenborough. If you live further away, meetings can take place at a suitable location in these areas (eg a park).

Cost: Behaviour consultations are 1 hour, and cost £60. (Payment is via bank transfer, or cash or cheque on the day).


One-to-one Dog Training

Please note that Sarah's 'working area' is Tonbridge/ Hildenborough. If you live further away, meetings can take place at a park in these areas (for puppies who are fully vaccinated and allowed out). Or you can book phone/Zoom training advice (see above).

These sessions can include: 

Puppies: Covering all the common puppy issues including toileting, biting, jumping up, chewing, sleeping at night, coping alone etc.

Adolescents: Covering everything from teenage tantrums and inattention to impulsivity and disobedience... plus dealing with any behaviour issues that have emerged.

Adult dogs: Basic obedience training, coping with distractions, and anything else you want to cover (eg anxiety, aggression, separation anxiety, attention seeking, destructive behaviour, lack of self-control, pulling on the lead, jumping up, biting).

Rescue dogs: Some need help settling in, and some need help to overcome specific problems. Contact Sarah for details.

Owner-taught helper dogs: If you would like your pet dog to become a helper for you or another family member, in an 'unofficial' capacity, these sessions will give you a head-start in your training. These sessions are also helpful if you would like your dog to become a Pets As Therapy (PAT) dog one day.

If your dog has a sudden change in behaviour, or it involves aggression, please get a check up with your vet first, to rule out underlying health issues.

Please fill out a registration form, and hand it to Sarah at the beginning of your session (or email it to her in advance).

Cost: Practical dog training sessions are 50 minutes long, and cost £50. (Payment is via bank transfer, or cash/ cheque on the day.)


Please contact Sarah for more information, and to book your appointment.



Dog Training Classes

Puppy Obedience Class

Leigh Village Hall*

Fridays, 10am-11am.

For fully vaccinated puppies and young dogs aged 3-8 months.

Covers: basic obedience, socialisation, common puppy problems, and some fun stuff too!

Classes are 1 hour, and cost £12 per class.

Please contact Sarah to book your place.

Things to bring: a completed registration form (below); a towel/ bed for your puppy to settle on during class; a non-squeaky chew toy; a short lead (i.e. not an extendable one); and a plentiful supply of small, tasty food treats.


All-age Obedience and Fun Tricks Class

Leigh village Hall*

Mondays, 10-11am.

For all ages of dog, from fully vaccinated puppies to oldies!

Covers: socialisation, obedience and fun tricks.

Classes are 1 hour, and cost £12 per class.

Please contact Sarah to book your place - there is now a waiting list for this class.

Things to bring: a completed registration form (below); a towel/ bed for your dog to settle on during class; a short lead (ie not an extendable one); and a plentiful supply of small, tasty food treats.



*(Leigh Village Hall is near Tonbridge. If using a sat nav use the postcode for the Fleur de Lis pub which is very close:TN11 8RL. Parking can be tricky, please park down side roads or around the green - give yourself enough time to walk to the hall, and for your dog to have a wee, before the class starts.)




Contact Sarah

You can email Sarah at:

reflectionsanimaltraining@gmail.com

or text, or leave a voicemail message on her phone:

07805 855069

Forms

Both PDF and Word versions are below. Printing off PDF works well if you are filling it out by hand, but if you're going to be emailing the form back to Sarah, you'll need to use the Word version. If you would prefer Sarah to send you the form via email or post, please contact her.

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Pet Training Information

Sarah has worked with many animals over the years from llamas to bearded dragons, and has trained dogs, cats, horses and some very talented chickens! She's been running her training and behaviour business for ten years.

Sarah's Books

'Help! My Dog Has Issues' is available on Amazon.co.uk as a paperback or eBook.

'How to Cope with your Puppy ' is available on Amazon as a paperback or eBook.


Sarah's Training philosophy

To help our pets, whether that's dogs, cats, horses or smaller pets, we first need to help ourselves. That's why training sometimes doesn't work on it's own. It's a frustrating aspect of life to realise that we have to change ourselves, in order to change those around us, whether that's people or animals.


Taking time to understand an animal's behaviour is very important, but that applies to your own behaviour as well. Your pet isn't able of tell you why they're acting the way they are: you have to do some detective work, and change some of the things you're doing. You can't force them to be perfect, in the same way that others cannot force you to be perfect. But if you can change, then you can cause your dog/ horse to change too. The key is discovering how to do that.


Sarah will help you discover the causes of your pet's behaviour, and guide you towards solutions that will make life easier (and hopefully more rewarding), for both you and your pet. Because all things in life are connected, Sarah may also take a more holistic approach, for example looking into diet and routines, and the relationship between you and your pet. This is why Sarah sometimes calls herself an 'animal behaviour life coach'.

DogTraining advice

You can find some 'quick guides' to dog training on the Help! My Dog Has Issues page, as well as the YouTube videos Sarah has made. More will be available soon!