Your money is hard earned and there are countless things to spend it on. The trick is to know that when you do spend you get value for money. You know that when a washing machine breaks down or you have a leaking pipe the tradesman you call is going to charge you £50 just to knock on your door. You will then probably be charged by the quarter hour and then of course there are the parts that have to be paid for. You will never know until you get the bad news at the end of the call how much it’s going to cost you. If you have another fault next week you will have to go through the same procedure and cost again because what is the point of a washing machine if you don’t get the benefit of it?
People spend a lot of their hard earned cash on their dogs, you can pay £1200 or more for some pedigree animals. Pedigree puppy or old rescue dog of indeterminate parentage, people love their dogs. They have them for company, security or maybe so that they get some exercise themselves, taking long country walks. They want the best for their dogs so it’s no expense spared in food, toys and vets fees.
Having spent all this money on your dog what do you do if he has problems that you can’t resolve such as anxiety, aggression, pulling on the lead or not coming back when called? You could go to dog training classes pay an enrolment fee and then an additional fee each time you attend. If your dog is nervous or aggressive on it’s own territory how are the stress levels going to be relieved by putting them in a confined space with other dogs? If he won’t come back when you are alone with your dog why would he when there are other distractions? A good use of your money? And what about your stress levels?
So, if you decide to use PURE Dog Listening what do you get for your money and how is it good value?
You will be quoted a one off price at the time of your enquiry. This will depend on whether the consultation is on a weekday or weekend, there is no extra charge if you require an evening visit. If due to distance there is a mileage charge to cover fuel and travelling time that will be included in the quote. There will be no other charges even if there is more than one dog. I will attend your home address to see you and your dog(s) on their home territory so that they are not stressed. Ideally any other family members who interact with your dog should also be present. I will take a full case history from you to include areas of concern. I will fully assess the dog and then teach you a clear and stress free system to get your dog to moderate his behaviour of his own free will. You will be given specific ways of dealing with any identified behavioural problems. During the consultation I will take unposed pictures of your dog with a digital camera. Before leaving I will give you a ‘crib’ sheet of reminders of the main points of the system. On my return home I will prepare an individual ‘ActionPlan’ specific to you and your dog(s) and the family situation and lifestyle. There will be comprehensive advice on all matters raised as well as general advice on keeping your dog happy in his place in your family (pack). The Action Plan will be further individualised by placing pictures of your dog(s) on it. The completed report will sent to you by email within 48 hours. I prefer to use email as I may add short video clips to illustrate a point and email attachment makes it easier for you to activate them. Some clients prefer a hard copy, this is not a problem. Clients with children sometimes ask for a hard copy to be be laminated in addition to the emailed copy so that it can be kept in good condition and referred to by the children if required. Hard copies will either sent to you by first class post or hand delivered depending on your location.
The consultation will take a minimum of three hours, four hours plus is the average but will last as long as it takes. I’m happy to talk dogs forever, while you have questions I’m happy to stay. I never do more than one consultation a day because I will not put myself in the position of having to leave one client because I have another job elsewhere while still dealing with unresolved issues with the first client dog. I have on very rare occasions, had consultations extending to nine hours. These are usually ‘life or death’ situations for the dog. Leaving before everything had been done would be unethical. Remember however long the consultation you only pay the quoted price. After the consultation should you have any problems or are just a little unsure of something, you can at anytime during the lifetime of your dog, contact me by phone or email at no extra charge.
This system works because it uses the dogs natural behaviour patterns and means of communication. If you implement the system consistently you will have a calm, well behaved dog that you can take anywhere. A dog that will not pull on the lead and will come back when called. In short, a dog whose company you can enjoy.
A short case history will give some idea of how the system supplies good value. Shortly before Christmas 2005 I visited a very nice family with a big problem. Family consisted of Mum, Dad and two adult daughters. They had a twelve year old dog ‘Bernard’ who had always been the alpha male. He was a nice dog but a had always dragged ‘his’ human wherever he pleased when he went for a walk. Then Daisy-May arrived a pretty little Jack Russell. Bernard didn’t waste anytime, he was straight down the florists, a quick diversion to Tesco for a bottle of Blue Nun and the next thing was the arrival of six puppies. Homes were found for four of the puppies but as the daughters were moving to their own homes they decided to keep one each, Molly and Stanley. That was fine except that the daughters moves were postponed and as they worked it left Mum to look after four dogs. Worse was to come, Bernard had always been alpha and saw no reason to change, Daisy had found out what boys were really like and was’n't having anymore of it, Molly was a shy girl but Stanley thought of himself as the new kid on the block and was after the alpha male role. There was a lot of tension in the pack with the potential for major fighting, there had been a couple of skirmishes already. They could not be walked together and had to be done in pairs or singly depending on the relationships each day. I visited one Saturday, the family were a joy to work with, so receptive and open minded. We went through the system, many questions were asked and answered. I explained that as Bernard mellowed then Stanley, if he did not elect the humans in the pack as leaders might still try for the top job. I was delighted to receive a Christmas card from the family in which they wrote, “Things are progressing! Bernard is enjoying a relaxing retirement after a lifetime of dedicated service as alpha male-it’s great to see him race off to play with the others on his walk rather than remaining responsibly on duty. He walks to heel happily after pulling us all along for 12 years. We still have a few dominance issues with young Stanley but we are persisting-he’s great on his own but still keeps pushing it when he’s with the others-the girls are happy to be followers so they’re no problem”. We talked about Stanley and I reminded them that they had to convince him that they were the pack leaders not him and suggested a couple of techniques to reinforce the method. Shortly afterwards I received an email, I smiled when I read the message title ‘I’ve Been Elected’ Stanley had given up his leadership challenge. I recently received another email from one of the daughters who is now moving and taking Stanley with her. She was seeking advice as to the most stress free way to introduce a dog to a new home. All this was covered by the initial consultation cost. Four dogs one fee. Is that a bargain or what.
In conclusion, consider, one fee, all done. No subscription, no gadgets to buy, no stress for you or your dog. Value for money.