Learning to Listen
'A dog convinced against its will, is of the same opinion still.'
When we tap into the correct way of thinking, there’s a world of opportunity to help us teach our dogs get it right without using fear, force, dominance or any gadgets invented by humans.
This method is about learning the language of the dog, so that we can demonstrate that we have got what it takes to have the responsibility and they don't need to stress or worry about us in a world they don't understand. Using this method consistently with my own dog and many others I have seen remarkable results.
I truly believe that this simple method of working with a dog makes absolute sense and enables us to truly live in harmony with our beloved pets.
In the past, I have taken the traditional obedience training with my own dogs. On reflection, I now realise, that approach seems to plaster over the root causes of why our dogs display certain behaviours. Dog Listening is a holistic approach which deals with the cause not the effect. This method will work with any non-medical behaviour issue, and I’m excited to teach this approach with my clients and their furry friends.
I have followed Jan Fennell and her proven methods of understanding the inner workings of dogs’ minds and how to live in harmony with our beloved pets. Her methods ensure that dogs live a stress free life and, by making a few changes consistently, they willingly follow you because they have confidence in you.
Jan Fennell's work is based on over 30 years research. After working with Monty Roberts: 'The horse whisperer', she studied wolf packs in Yellow Stone Park and developed her approach which is now known worldwide. For me, this method makes perfect sense, and in my experience to date: it works!
Rescue dogs, puppies, any breed - I would love to help you understand your dog and learn to communicate in a way your dog fully understands.
Hi, I'm Emma! I am excited to be joining part of the Kate’s K9’s team as a dog listener. I am currently a secondary school teacher but have always had a love of animals, dogs in particular. I wanted to train and give back to all those who understand that a dog is more than a pet, but a member of the family.
Dog listening was a new concept to me and my 4 legged furry friend Tommy. Initially I didn’t understand why Tommy reacted the way he did, especially with me. I grew up with family dogs and had always had a good relationship with them, but Tommy seemed to constantly question me. The dog listening way works at developing your understanding and communication with your dog in a world they do not understand but in a way they do. When Tommy now questions me, I can show him it’s ok and he does not need to worry about being the leader and as a result my furry friend is now much calmer and happier.
I have completed both the foundation and advanced dog listening courses with Tony Knight and have courses on dog first aid and the emotional health and well-being of owners using the dog listening approach booked in.
I can’t wait to work with you and your dogs and help to explain why they act the way they do and how you can help them in this unfamiliar world, so that you can enjoy your time with your dog rather than worry about them.
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The Learning to Listen
I may be able to solve your problem or concern over the phone so please call for a free phone consultation and action plan.
If we both agree you need further support my best value package includes:
1:1 consultation either as a visit or video call- 3/4 hours
Detailed easy to follow action plan
x6 1hour follow up's with detailed notes
Accompanied walk with your dog
Tool Kit - progress tracking, Dog Diary and quiz
Access to my private Learning to Listen Facebook group.
Life time of support and back up.
The consultation will take place in your own home and the dog’s natural environment or via Zoom. The session will last approximately 3- 4 hours, but we will stay until you feel comfortable and confident with the method (so give yourselves plenty of time.) Together we will create an action plan that will give simple, clear guidelines to follow every day.
It’s easier if all members of your family who live with your dogs are there, this enables everyone to ask questions and follow that same routine.
Children under 10 years are not required to sit in for the whole consultation we are happy for parents to teach their own children. However we are qualified teachers and can tailor the session to be child friendly, it is very important for children to fully understand the method so it can be delivered consistently by the whole family.
We teach you what your dog already knows, what it’s doing and why. We will help you understand why your dog does what it does then offer a solution to resolve the breakdown in communication. Information out of context is often at the core of the issue. Getting everything in the right context offers us the ability to understand our dogs and get it right for them to respond positively to our requests.
Along with the consultation you will receive a life time of back up and access to my private Dog Listening group that provides you with daily reminders and advice to help you in your journey with your doggy.
Before Puppy Arrives:
You will receive weekly modules via email to help you to learn the basics of Dog Listening which include:
1. Understanding Canine Communication
2. What you need to do and buy and how to prepare your house for the puppy coming home.
3. The Food Module
4. The Status Module
5. The Danger Module
6. The Walk Module
7. Puppies are dogs not babies
8. Settling your puppy in the first week at home with you.
9. good daily habits
10. common puppy problems
Video call or visit to check your house a week before your puppy arrives– approx. 30 mins
Visit or video call consultation 2 hour approx. - We will revisit the method and create a detail action plan. You will be given a quiz, progress tracker checklist and puppy diary for you to follow which will be emailed after the meeting.
We will go over Puppy first week - settling in puppy and sorting out sleeping and toileting quickly.
30 min follow up call - Puppy 11/12 Week-old puppy– catch up on all the niggling problems and giving solutions. A written list of common problems with solutions at this age will be emailed.
30 min follow up call - Puppy weeks 12 -16 Training at home –walking to heel, recall, not barking, walking on a lead at home, sitting.
30 min follow up call - Sometime after 4 months - The whole process of baby steps to make sure the first walk is successful – everything you need to do to have a calm happy dog on a smiley lead for the rest of your life with 100% recall when you let it off lead.
We are then on call for the rest of your dog’s life should anything else change or you need assistance again. You will also have access to the private Learning to Listen Facebook group.
The Learning to Listen Puppy Package
Kate, Jan Fennell and her dog Honey
at the end of the Advanced Dog Listener Course
Kate's Certificates of
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Other Recommended Dog Listeners
Sarah Greeff, Isle of Wight
Ali Carrington, London
Collum Scriven, Scotland
Julie Cluley, Scotland
Anne Tine, Denmark
Dog Listeners with expert knowledge:
Jan Fennell, Lancashire
The Dog listener
Tony Knight, New Zealand
Nigel Reed, London
The Dog Guardian