ABOUT HEDGEHOG COACHING: 

Hi, my name is Chelly. I grew up with dogs and started working with dogs in 1992, when I was sixteen, it was all I ever wanted to do. I went to my local kennels where they trained, boarded and groomed dogs and worked for free there until they offered me permanent work. I used to walk and care for all kinds of dogs, including the working police dogs whom we were responsible for, and I learned all about handling them and dog training methods.

In those days there were no qualifications for dog trainers, but later I undertook to qualify with IMDT’s rigorous courses. I have qualified in level 3 and am currently gaining experience alongside other veteran trainers while I study further Canine Behavioural Science.

 

IMDT (The Institute of Modern Dog Trainers) was set up by celebrity trainer Steve Mann, who is famous for his modern training methods, based purely on positive reinforcement.

​My desire is to help every dog and human to have a close relationship, one that is satisfying, healing and heartening rather than tinged with confusion, misunderstandings, shame and stress.

 

I love to see dogs treated with affection, kindness, patience and understanding, and in my experience this is the key to the permanent and peaceful resolution of most issues.

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I love helping dogs with issues such as trauma rehabilitation, resource guarding, separation anxiety, impulse control, and phobias such as traffic, horses, or sounds.

 

As a trainer, I particularly love to help dogs with what are known as reactivity issues or aggression because I have experienced first-hand how demoralising it is for both the dog and owner, and I firmly believe that, with understanding and compassion, all dogs can be helped.

Working with dogs it has been my experience that often it is the owner who needs to learn how to understand what their dog has been telling them all along, to 'listen' to their dogs and to realise what they have often inadvertently been communicating to their dogs also, and to change what they are 'saying' to their dogs.

Sometimes dog and owner are at cross wires, like a couple who don't speak the same language, and for humans it can feel like wandering around a dark maze, trying every direction and getting nowhere. I have known that feeling many times in the past, that is what drove me to become as educated as I can in canine behaviour science. The desire to understand the depths of the canine psyche and what is really going on and to come away from anthropomorphising.

 

Aggression, in particular, is a huge cause of grief, disappointment, frustration and isolation for both dog and human. It can be dangerous and frightening and is the primary reason why people part from their dogs or have to have them destroyed. A dog in a rescue home or animal shelter that has a history of aggression does not often have a bright future and is hard to rehabilitate outside of a family setting, and yet aggression can be turned around when approached with understanding and patience. If you wish you can follow the cases in my blog in which I document how individual dogs and owners turned their lives around.

 

Please contact me for more information on this or any subject. I will be happy to advise or to refer you to a more experienced professional where necessary.

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