Dog training and behaviour in the Hague
If you are based in The Hague (or Rijswijk/Delft/Westland or region), I can help with your dog’s behaviour problems. I deal with all problems (aggression, separation anxiety, fear, toilet-training, etc.) using science-based and dog-friendly methods.
Changing dog behaviour: steps
You start by completing a thorough behaviour history form. After I’ve processed it, I brief you in your home. During the briefing, I meet your family, observe the dog, and demonstrate the techniques. We also discuss your priorities and the training options you prefer.
After the briefing, I send you the treatment plan with:
- A name for what your dog has: this will help you understand the causes and exacerbating factors.
- A plan for how to rehabilitate your dog: Stick it out and soon you’ll get back your dog’s quality of life and your peace of mind.
- A prognosis: So you know the likely effort and duration involved before you can expect results. Some prognoses are extremely positive, with on-the-spot recovery, and some are more guarded.
With the plan steps in your hands, you will have a thorough grip on the problem and you’ll know how to resolve it. For more complex problems, and if you prefer, I can stay on-board for additional sessions.
Read this with a French accent for extra effect.
- Clouseau: Does your dog bite?
- Hotel Clerk: No.
- Clouseau: [bowing down to pet the dog] Nice doggie.
- [Dog barks and bites Clouseau in the hand]
- Clouseau: I thought you said your dog did not bite!
- Hotel Clerk: That is not my dog.
Changing dog behaviour: fees (tax incl.)
For behaviour therapy, the treatment plan is 3.5 to 4 therapist hours. This includes analyzing your history form, the initial consultation, and creating the treatment plan for you. For behaviour therapy, I charge 61 euros/hour.
If you are after private manners training lessons, I charge 35 euros/45 minutes. With manners training, we work through a wishlist of behaviours you’d like to get your dog to do when asked.
See Terms of services for details.
Changing dog behaviour: approach
- Evidence-based: I keep up with the scientific body of knowledge on dogs. I promise you interesting myth-busting and no old wives’ tales.
- Fun for dogs: I use no intimidation or force in my methods. Only gentle and effective methods.
- Non-judgmental to owners: You love your dog, and you want to do something about the problem. That’s all I need. I have had problem dogs myself before, and I really sympathize.
- Owners do the work: I train you to train your dog. This gets you to progress quicker in real-life, and works out with minimal billable therapist hours.
Mail me on “info at canisbonus dot com” (or through the contact form) if you need some advice.
Walk in confused, walk out relieved
- You’ll walk in finding your dog embarrassing, dominant, spoilt, stubborn, and weird. You’ll walk out understanding why he does what he does.
- You’ll walk in feeling shamed by countless others telling you: “It’s always the owner’s fault”. You’ll walk out understanding the real causes, and aware of what you’ve already accomplished.
- You’ll walk in having no clue how far the problem could go. You’ll walk out with a clear prognosis.
- You’ll walk in thinking nothing can be done. You’ll walk out with a detailed training plan. A plan using no violence or intimidation. A plan based on scientific research and best practice.
Dr. Beata puts it better than me: “What I am interested in is whether the behaviour of your dog reflects behavioural suffering. It’s nearly always the case. . . . I will try to improve your dog’s well-being. . . we will decide together of possible attitude changes, if these are necessary.” (Beata, 2008)
“We asked Laure-Anne for help training our Cockerpoo Nelson when we were pregnant with our first child, because we had been worried about how we would cope with looking after our two ‘babies’ together.
Laure-Anne provided a very professional, personal and targeted service for us; she gave us a few baby-related tools to use with Nelson, such as teaching the dog to ‘back-up’ out of the way, walking beside a pram and keeping off baby blankets. She also advised us on how to acclimatise the dog to baby noises and the impending lack of routine, and how to best introduce the newest member of our family to our dog.
She also wrote all her advice down in very detailed plans for us, which is great to refer back to at a later date.
What is most important however, is that Laure-Anne really gave us confidence and peace of mind, and for that we are very grateful for her assistance.
I would highly recommend any other parents-to-be to consider getting Laure-Anne’s professional help before the arrival of a new baby. Nelson absolutely adored her.” Katrina Leonard, The Hague.