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Services 2021

With the current restrictions I am limited in what I can offer. Here is a list of what will be available in time with a note for Zoom sessions which ARE currently available.

Botanical Self Healing (ZOOM) £100

A full History and intake, 2 hours zoom based guidance and coaching on how to offer and observe the selection choices. A resource kit for the session and some extra for continuing sessions. Full Back Up via media of choice

To find out more this lovely practice please have a look at this Blog

https://www.findadogtrainer.co.uk/blog/botanical-self-healing-aka-zoopharmacognosy

Kids Around Dogs (ZOOM) £75

Support for growing confidence in children with concerns around dogs – around 7 sessions mostly online with some practical support where appropriate. 30 min session. Interactive with fun tasks.

Puppy Power Programme (suitable for rescues too. ) £150 x 5 up to 90 minute sessions further sessions £30 x 1 hour.

Family Focussed where appropriate- in person when COVID safe – Taunton and District only.

A bespoke programme of 5 initial sessions with further ones as requested. Starting on or before arrival home . Before Vaccination is welcomed. Games and fun based. Looking at all areas of puppy (dog) wellbeing and learning needs .

Anxious dog support for reactive or anxious dogs, rescues or thoose with growing anxious behaviour .

Initial 2 hour session £75 follow ups £50 (Initial session can be online or in person when COVID secure)

Programme of Initial Session plus 4 bespoke follow ups £250

Understanding the whole dog, history, events, environment, health in order to work with their unique needs. All work is bespoke, no generic handouts etc. A suitable range of postive techniques, methods, games and activities. Not forgetting the human end of the lead, suppport and empathy for human needs and support for handling and providing the best options for the dog in front of us.

WAG WALK TALK Learning Walks £30 x 1 hour (In person – Taunton and District, in hte environment – COVID safe)

No Frills walk and chat. Understand more about YOUR dog, their communication, their needs, learn more about your human skills with coaching for handling and learning. Supplemented by some games specifically for the skills that arise

INSIDE – OUT 4x bespoke sessions with reports and a free Botanical Kit total around 8 hours £300

4 xsessions

  1. A Learning walk to chat and assess needs following a full Intake, look at canine communication and human handling skills.
  2. A full Botanical session in person or by zoom as appropriate, Full report and free resource kit
  3. A behaviour consultation including holistic and wellbeing support for specific needs, games and activities to work on together , Human end of the lead coaching and techniques.
  4. A Leanring Walk to put the programme into practice in an appropriate environement

Workshops (when Covid safe)

Wide range of topics available , please ask for details. Day Rate £250 or ticketed events

Popular topics

Botanical Self Healing , Kids and Dogs , Reactive Rascals (a DTC workshop) , Canine Body Language (A DTC workshop) , Anxious and Awesome (a look at the science of fear anxiety and reactivity and the toolbox to help) Enrichment (creating the best life for your dog) Be your Dogs Geek (understanding your dog Inside Out – Canine Body Language, common health and wellness topics including an introduction to nutrition choices, understanding canine emotions and behaviour and creating calm)

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Update – and some insight into my Continuing Professional Development

Well What a Strange Time this has been!!!

After a year into Lockdowns for 20/21 I htought it would be worth letting you all know what I have been up to.

Welcoming a new Puppy has taken up a lot of time and at 10m he has settled in and is of course the centre of our household!! He has given me so much learning, we never stop, and I have updated my puppy skills and I am keen to share them – watch this space a really exciting project is on the way!!

I undertook a few (Covid safe and Tier 2 approved)  1-1 Welcome Puppy Family Sessions which I loved and have been so welcomed and well recieved by the families. I am so committed to ensuring that everyone has the experience my own kids and grandchildren have with their family dogs. I am backing up my practical knowledge with Specialist Puppy Long and short webinars and courses with both Dog Training College and Canine Principles.

With that in mind I am now one of the first Approved KAD (Kids Around Dogs) Practitioner which I am thrilled about. Initially we are working with children who struggle with fears and worries around dogs limiting their access t o family and making life out and about fearful. As a parent and a Child Educator (Headteacher and Teacher for 0-9 years old) this is important to understand and have empathy for. this programme is online for the majority and in short fun active chunks suitable for 4 yoear and upwards.Watch out for Blogs and case studies. I am hoping this will develop and add some learning for those kids who have an overconfidence  or lack skills in understanding the needs and communication of dogs.When schools  and human interaction is safer (ideally next September) I am hoping to offer fun programmes for schools. SO many families have welcomed a dog in the past year and so many contact me for help.

My considerable studies have added an accredited  Diploma in Holistic Canine Behaviour with 100% pass. This was a challenging course with Canine Principles which I loved. The learning here was backed up by many short courses and webinars and longer courses from both Canine Principles and The Dog Training College as well as a wide range of internationally recognised providers across the globe.

I have widened my studies into other areas which consider a Holistic focus for Dogs wellbeing physical and emotional. This has included a look at Nutrition which we are beginning to understand has a huge impact upon behaviour and lifelong wellness. I undertook a really challenging scientifically Certificate in  Nutrition  course (USA Accredited)  with Dogs Naturally University presented by world renowned Nutrition expert Dana Scott. this has been backed up by a current longer Certificated Nutrition course presented by Butternut Box Nutritional Vet Ciara Clarke. As a Butternut Box Ambassador It is vital I have a great knowldge of the impact of nutrition on wellness. to try out this great complete fresh food formulated by Ciara the Vet here is a special code for you, 75% off the first box and 25% off the second. Butternut take into account the needs of your dog and set up the boxes for your needs.

butternutbox.com/PeacefulPaws

I have continued with and completed the studies and case studies for Botanical  Self Healing (Zoopharmacognosy) with My Animal Matters and submitted several case studies which have been totally approved. I love this practice and, as it is best with guardian coaching and support it works so well electronically,. So added to my service menu is Zoom Botanical Self Healing. there is a blog explaining more both here and on my Find a Dog Trainer link with The Dog Trauining College  

https://www.findadogtrainer.co.uk/blog/botanical-self-healing-aka-zoopharmacognosy 

This link will also lead to reviews on some of the many sessions I have undertaken.

SO I have been busy if not out and about and hands on!

Once we are allowed I am looking forward to getting to engage with people face to face, my favourite way to work.

I will be fine tuning the services over the next few months so watch out. However there will be :

In Person Taunton and District

Puppy Power – (Also suitable for Rescues) family friendly bespoke training package.

Holistic Wellness packages  reactivity and challenges,   first aid , Holistic bespoke packages which will be created together including where approriate Botanical support , Human End of the Lead help, and dog focussed  behaviour support. 

Kids Around Dogs – Supporting Families to enjoy their dog and their dog to be understood.

Kids around Dogs Workshops and School Clubs

Electronically – Zoom

Botanical Self Healing – guidance and coaching to understand more about your dogs wellness and how to help them to balance themselves. Includes a full Resource pack, in depth consultation, a 2 hour session online, back up with shared video where needed. 

Workshops In Taunton or By arrangement UK wide

Canine Body Language – a fascinating  look at the details of the tiny messages our dogs gie us and what they mean, this is an intrinsic part of the  Wag Walk Talk sessions.

Reactive Rascals. A new look at supporting our dogs with reactive behaviours.

Anxious and awesome – understanding the biology of fearful emotions and reactive behaviour and suport to develop resilience and confidence.

Canine enrichment – a fun practical session looking at ways to enrich our dogs lives. Whatever their need , or ours. A chance to enable every dog to “be more dog”

More to be announced.

Please share this website with friends and also the Facebook group.

There will be special offers as  soon as life is a little safer !!

All about us, Uncategorized, workshops

Update – and some insight into my Continuing Professional Developement

Well What a Strange Time this has been!!!

After a year into Lockdowns for 20/21 I htought it would be worth letting you all know what I have been up to.

Welcoming a new Puppy has taken up a lot of time and at 10m he has settled in and is of course the centre of our household!! He has given me so much learning, we never stop, and I have updated my puppy skills and I am keen to share them – watch this space a really exciting project is on the way!!

I undertook a few (Covid safe and Tier 2 approved)  1-1 Welcome Puppy Family Sessions which I loved and have been so welcomed and well recieved by the families. I am so committed to ensuring that everyone has the experience my own kids and grandchildren have with their family dogs. I am backing up my practical knowledge with Specialist Puppy Long and short webinars and courses with both Dog Training College and Canine Principles.

With that in mind I am now one of the first Approved KAD (Kids Around Dogs) Practitioner which I am thrilled about. Initially we are working with children who struggle with fears and worries around dogs limiting their access t o family and making life out and about fearful. As a parent and a Child Educator (Headteacher and Teacher for 0-9 years old) this is important to understand and have empathy for. this programme is online for the majority and in short fun active chunks suitable for 4 yoear and upwards.Watch out for Blogs and case studies. I am hoping this will develop and add some learning for those kids who have an overconfidence  or lack skills in understanding the needs and communication of dogs.When schools  and human interaction is safer (ideally next September) I am hoping to offer fun programmes for schools. SO many families have welcomed a dog in the past year and so many contact me for help.

My considerable studies have added an accredited  Diploma in Holistic Canine Behaviour with 100% pass. This was a challenging course with Canine Principles which I loved. The learning here was backed up by many short courses and webinars and longer courses from both Canine Principles and The Dog Training College as well as a wide range of internationally recognised providers across the globe.

I have widened my studies into other areas which consider a Holistic focus for Dogs wellbeing physical and emotional. This has included a look at Nutrition which we are beginning to understand has a huge impact upon behaviour and lifelong wellness. I undertook a really challenging scientifically Certificate in  Nutrition  course (USA Accredited)  with Dogs Naturally University presented by world renowned Nutrition expert Dana Scott. this has been backed up by a current longer Certificated Nutrition course presented by Butternut Box Nutritional Vet Ciara Clarke. As a Butternut Box Ambassador It is vital I have a great knowldge of the impact of nutrition on wellness. to try out this great complete fresh food formulated by Ciara the Vet here is a special code for you, 75% off the first box and 25% off the second. Butternut take into account the needs of your dog and set up the boxes for your needs.

butternutbox.com/PeacefulPaws

I have continued with and completed the studies and case studies for Botanical  Self Healing (Zoopharmacognosy) with My Animal Matters and submitted several case studies which have been totally approved. I love this practice and, as it is best with guardian coaching and support it works so well electronically,. So added to my service menu is Zoom Botanical Self Healing. there is a blog explaining more both here and on my Find a Dog Trainer link with The Dog Trauining College  

https://www.findadogtrainer.co.uk/blog/botanical-self-healing-aka-zoopharmacognosy 

This link will also lead to reviews on some of the many sessions I have undertaken.

SO I have been busy if not out and about and hands on!

Once we are allowed I am looking forward to getting to engage with people face to face, my favourite way to work.

I will be fine tuning the services over the next few months so watch out. However there will be :

In Person Taunton and District

Puppy Power – (Also suitable for Rescues) family friendly bespoke training package.

Holistic Wellness packages  reactivity and challenges,   first aid , Holistic bespoke packages which will be created together including where approriate Botanical support , Human End of the Lead help, and dog focussed  behaviour support. 

Kids Around Dogs – Supporting Families to enjoy their dog and their dog to be understood.

Kids around Dogs Workshops and School Clubs

Electronically – Zoom

Botanical Self Healing – guidance and coaching to understand more about your dogs wellness and how to help them to balance themselves. Includes a full Resource pack, in depth consultation, a 2 hour session online, back up with shared video where needed. 

Workshops In Taunton or By arrangement UK wide

Canine Body Language – a fascinating  look at the details of the tiny messages our dogs gie us and what they mean, this is an intrinsic part of the  Wag Walk Talk sessions.

Reactive Rascals. A new look at supporting our dogs with reactive behaviours.

Anxious and awesome – understanding the biology of fearful emotions and reactive behaviour and suport to develop resilience and confidence.

Canine enrichment – a fun practical session looking at ways to enrich our dogs lives. Whatever their need , or ours. A chance to enable every dog to “be more dog”

More to be announced.

Please share this website with friends and also the Facebook group.

There will be special offers as  soon as life is a little safer !!

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Covid statements loo k

In March 2020 Peaceful Paws stopped all face to face work and undertook voluntary support online. No virtual Work was undertaken via connection apps.

In July 2020 following requests Peaceful Paws Therapy and Training undertook face to face work again .

In order to follow industry guidance there are a range of documents to ensure safe practice.

  • Risk Assessment
  • Protocol for Clients
  • Health declarations

These are sent to clients on booking of a service.

Should anyone wish to see them please email for a copy

mandywilson94@hotmail.com

 

 

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Help! My dog is a Fearful Fido, Anxious Annie, Grumpy Genghis.

Actually my boy IS Grumpy Genghis! He is also a fearful Fido and Anxious Annie, all these apply to him at different times. He has been called REACTIVE or I label him with the term “Having reactive behaviours”. This is not really very useful, everyone has a different vision of what reactive means, looks like, why it occurs, what should be done to “stop it” .

His behaviour is actually an expression of an emotional state. An emotion in that moment, or linked to past emotional responses which build and have become anxiety and stress.

The why is less important than the how can we help him. It is however useful to know, as it can explain the nuances of his specific responses. His very strong fear of black dogs, of Labradors. This is likely to be the type of dog which he had a one off encounter with and which began his journey from happy friendly young dog, to a dog who is fearful of the world.

So how can we help dogs like Genghis who have struggled to come to terms with an event which made him fearful and anxious ? Who look from the outside aggressive, angry, dangerous.

Getting some professional help is key. As is finding like minded skilled and knowledgeable friends. Supporting a fearful dog  is isolating and emotionally draining. It is embarrassing being at the other end of a lead to a snarling, shouting, lunging dog or one who is cowering , too scared to move, or barking and backing away, as people TUT and suggest you muzzle or don’t go to places nice dogs go, who suggest you take control and show him who is boss. None of this is supportive or helpful, but luckily many of those comments are borne of the ignorance of what is actually happening, I was once that person.

What  does the term “Reactive Behaviour mean? It is simply a response to something that is out of proportion to the level of threat or excitement. This can include lunging barking growling snapping biting, it can include freezing or rolling over, it can include super excitement or frustration.

How can we help ? Help our own fearful anxious and grumpy, over responsive  dogs , but also help those who encounter us to understand the everyday struggles we have?

The Yellow Dog Scheme can get the message out, dogs wearing yellow ribbons or leads indicate a give me space. Space is the most important every dogs space need is different, so when asked to STOP or you see someone gently but quickly moving their dog away, please keep your dog away so we can keep ours emotionally safe.

For those of us supporting a grumpy  fearful, anxious dog  or their people, there are a huge range of ways to help.

  • Behaviour support from a knowledgeable skilled positive focused trainer or behaviour consultant. to assess your partnership and tweak some handling skills, offer ideas for helping the emotional response, offer you some emotional support too.
  • Learning about the biology of the emotional and physical responses. the neurology of reactive behaviours
  • Understanding THIS dog, Be your dogs GEEK.
  • Understand the nuances of Canine Communication and Body Language so you can hear rhe dogs messages but also, most importantly, read the communication of other dogs you encounter, to make that decision to move away fast or to ask for the owners support.
  • Advocate for the dog.
  • Offer masses of chances to have calmness (see the blog Calm Dogs are Happy Dogs) . Did you know it can take 72 hours for a dog to recover from an event? Us too!
  • Learn some games and activities at home , in a safe place, to play in tricky situations.
  • Offer alternatives to walks regularly, have fun at home, play games, do some fitness fun, have some forage and snuffle time, learn some scenting techniques, learn some more cues or tricks. 15 mins fun or sniffing or foraging is as tiring as an hours walk, add in some fitness activities and you will have a less worried and fit dog, without adding to their anxiety bucket.
  • Find your local Secure Field for safe off lead fun.
  • Find out and use some of the many holistic therapies and practices that can ease anxiety and tension, such as TTouch, K9 Massage, Herbal Support, Bach Flower remedies, Botanical Self Selection.

If you would like to know more and are local or can travel to Somerset I will be offering a whole day workshop to help you understand more about all I have summarised. This will be especially helpful for professionals in all dog services to learn more about Scaredy dogs so they can help them and their families to be safe.

Please contact me for more information.

If you would like specialist , experienced 1-1 support or just a chat  with someone who understands, about your dog or one you work with, then I offer face to face meetings or a skype or electronic session then have a look at the Services. I am happy to have an initial chat and offer some general help too.

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Firework and Seasonal Celebration Support


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My dog is scared of fireworks (and other noises) and help for other seasonal events

Why do some dogs feel firework fear?

  • For some the noise and also the concussivness of modern fireworks is scary, initiating a biological fear response.
  • This can happen any time with any dog, even if they have been ok before.
  • The “ noise” can physically cause discomfort as the dog is sensitive to the air waves, the ground conclusiveness as well as the sound . Dogs hear 4x the distance we do. They pick up higher frequencies than us and the pitch can be excruciating.
  • They are erratic and unpredictable, both within a specific display and between displays ( which now happen from October to January . They seem to stop and then start up .. often louder or a different sound . it is the unpredictability which is so scary.
  • Dogs who are easily sound spooked are more likely to become firework fearful.
  • Managed Exposure and a programme can help young dogs and puppies manage the range of novel sound better.
  • NEVER “flood” by forcing them to watch
  • The more confident the dog is in the first exposure or in subsequent ones the more “bombroof” they will be. This is true of subsequent events, the happier the dog is the easier they will cope.
  • Dogs who are generally anxious or fearful will cope less well with novel sounds.
  • Dogs with any pain or who are unwell will cope less well .
  • The emotional state in the household around this time also impacts, try to be calm and jolly, if others are responding to the noise fearfully or if there has been stress and anxiety generally could add to the anxiety.
  • What does fear look like ?
    A dogs trust survey found 72% of dogs were adversely affected with 10 % seriously impacted.

What does canine fear and anxiety ( stress) look like?

  •  Lip licking, yawning
  • Panting when no exercise or not over heated
  • Refusing food
  • Being “naughty” or “stubborn” (refusing to listen or obey)
  • Very flighty or over excited, easily goes “over the top”
  • Trembling , shaking or drooling
  • Barking whining howling
  • Clingy, or wanting to hide away
  • Seeking touch when usually not keen to be handled or refusing touch when usually snugly
  • Cowering
  • Being destructive
  • Urinating defecating or vomiting for no obvious cause

Learn to read what is usual for your dog. What is their normal behaviour or response to the environment, what is their default like? Learn to read body language .

How can we help?

You cannot reinforce fear by offering appropriate support, If your dog seeks comfort give it, if they seek solitude enable it with your support .

  • Make sure all health conditions are under control, both physical and emotional , pain can impact fear thresholds . Get a vet check , especially ears.
  • Make a Plan
  • Get the whole family and any friends and neighbours involved. Share the plan so everyone knows .
  • Check up on local displays and note the times and days. Local FB groups can be helpful here. If you know local neighbours always have a party or use them on other winter occasions visit and explain if possible and ask for some warning so you can put your plan into action.
  • Change your walk plan if you usually walk in the evening in the winter. Go during the daylight hours (before 16:00 ) or early morning. If this is not possible then miss walks for a few days around this time – don’t be caught out it could have a detrimental impact.
  • If you have to go out use a double lead on collar and harness in case dogs slips out in their fear and flight. Do not let off lead at all.
  • If you have low gates and fences make sure you go into the garden on a lead … try and get the after dinner poo and pee done early, feed early (or use in games … see below)
  • Try not to leave your dog home alone, if this is not possible then make sure your plan includes how you will enable them to be safe without your support. Or arrange for a sitter who knows the plan
  • Plan for being engaged with your dog on the main display days (this is usually between 17:00 and 23:00 )

What to include in your plan

calm games snuffle box

 

Some music –

Consider a therapeutic option – remember there will be a range of what your dogs may respond to, what works for one will not for another, this is because their emotion is different in each case.

I RECOMMEND A  CHECK WITH A VET: ESPECIALLY  IF YOUR DOG HAS OTHER MEDICATIONS OR CONDITIONS

 

  • Bach rescue remedy – very effective for most animals (including us) it is not necessary to have the more extensive dog version. It works with fear of both known and unknown origin and shock.
    Botanical selections, specifically oils.
  • BE CAREFUL – do not vaporise, do not add to the dog, or its bedding (use a separate cloth the dog can choose to engage with
  • make sure there is an exit.
  • Do not use with children under 3 or pups under 6 months.

G self selection powders

 

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Other options

  • consult a vet for clinical support
  • zyclene is often recommended by vets as is nutricalm. ask your vet for information.
  • Tranquil Blend by Hedgerow hounds can help if given a loading  dose usually several weeks
  • skullcap and valerian and st johns wort from Dorwest can also be useful, needing a loading  time of several weeks.

For any further help please contact me:
peacefulpawstherapy@gmail.com @peacefulpawstherapy (FB)
https://peacefulpawstherapy.com

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Virtual Consultations

NEW SERVICE

After a many requests and a good deal of successful voluntary electronic support across the UK and indeed globe I have decided to offer a virtual service.

The Electronic Consultation  can cover Training, Therapy or Integrated  Training and Bach/Distance Reiki and Healing).

Following  an in depth written consultation from the Guardian, there will be a discussion around the issues raised. This can be done in a format chosen by the Client, including: email, Skype, Personal Message, WhatsApp or phone.

The initial Consultation will take around and hour for planning and up to an hour discussion at an agreed time. Following this we will put a plan together to initiate the Training and or Therapy.

There will be an open contact via email or PM throughout the following week where the client can share success and further challenge, including video and photos.

There will be 3 following formal  weekly checki-ns; at each the progress will be assessed and the plan modified as needed.

There will be an option for booking further ongoing support.

In some cases (within 1 hour drive of Taunton) it may be useful for a meet up in person. Travel expenses will be charged .

PLEASE NOTE:

  • This service is not suitable for deep behaviour issues and any that seem outside the remit of this service will be referred to a Behaviourist.
  • Common training issues can be covered.
  • Without the personal input , in line with the agreed plan,  progress will be limited.
  • Some needs can not be supported electronically in some cases,.

 

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