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Each dog and family is unique and even though some behaviour actions are common amongst dogs, it is the individuality of the environment that the dog is living in that makes any issue personal.

For specific general obedience issues a half hour lesson may be all that you need; a specific issue includes any of the following but you may have something else that you are wanting to get on top of so please contact me to discuss:

For anything else a behavioural consultation may be required - please contact me to discuss.

Most of the training can happen at either your place or mine but it does depend on what the issue is that you want resolved; so it might be easier for me to come to your home to witness your dog in their normal daily routine and circumstances. It may be that once you've had a one to one training lesson that you feel more comfortable joining a class or you can continue with more individual lessons or you might feel that you have gained enough knowledge in the one session - whatever you want to do it is your choice.

I offer honest, caring and practical solutions that you will find easy to implement, and look to cater any changes that may be required to cause as minimal disruption to your lifestyle, while being of the most benefit to you and your dog.

I can offer advice and training for the shyest of dogs through to those who have lots of confidence and attitude including aggression issues.

If a behavioural consultation is required I will give you a detailed report with recommendations on future handling and training and I also offer a follow-up service via email or phone.


Sometimes your dog's behaviour gets to a point where they are no longer a delight to live with and where they need constant management and attention. If this is the case then a behavioural consultation is probably the best solution for you, your family and your dog.

The consultation process lasts for at least two hours but may need to be followed up by further 1/2 hour training sessions but this will be at your discretion as it will be only you who will know when you are comfortable with where your dog's behaviour and your management (if still necessary).

Some of the areas covered under behavioural consultations include but are not limited to:

The above behaviours are only an example of what a behavioural consultation may focus on and some of the consultation may include items from the general issues list; but the above behaviours often require a lot more attention; analysis and rehabilitation which is why I have separated them out from the general behaviours list.

The Canine and Feline Behaviour Association (CFBA) is accepted by Pet Insurance Companies who cover behaviour problems on their policies and meets their criteria for excellence in the field. I Karen McCarthy am an accredited Member of the CFBA and as such, your pet insurance policy may assist with costs.  Each insurance company will have it's own criteria of what it deems a behaviour problem which the client can discuss with their insurance company prior to booking an appointment.

Canine or Feline behaviour problems are defined by each individual company. Dog training is NOT a part of pet insurance cover.

If you think your insurance company may cover your behavioural problem the following may help identify what you need to do in regards to the procedure of referral:
- Vets can instruct a client to contact one of the CFBA's Behaviour Practitioners after providing them with a referral letter/communication or completed and stamped CFBA referral form.
- Alternatively, the Vet can contact one of our behaviourists to pass the client and case details directly.
- A client can request any veterinarian to recommend a particular behaviourist.


Please feel free to discuss any training options that you have.

If you are interested in any one-to-one training, please contact us on 0784 222 4513, or email me by clicking here.

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