About Helen

Experienced and qualified dog behaviourist helping dogs and owners to live in harmony with each other.

About Helen About Helen
Dog Behaviourist

I am based in South Stoke, Berkshire, on the border of Oxfordshire, so logistically positioned to cover a large area of Southern England.
I have over 30 years of experience, qualifications and practical skills and continually up-date my skills through modern scientific research and on-going work to add to my already high qualifications.

You can be assured of a professional and calm approach, helping you to resolve the concerns you may have, by working together with me and your dog. My approach to solving dog behaviour problems is with an emphasis on positive leadership and reward based dog training techniques, free from harsh and unethical methods. My role is to reassure you, give you confidence and provide the tools for you to restore balance to your home. I also offer on-going support for the problems we address.

My role as a dog behaviourist is one to one consultations helping people and their dogs to live together in harmony.

I am not part of a franchise or managing company so I am not bound to follow formulaic methods and practices dictated by them.
Every breed of dog is different and each dog from the same breed is different and my Dog Behaviour work reflects this.

I am qualified to Level 4 Advanced Canine Behaviour Diploma and a full member of The Canine and Feline Behaviour Association (CFBA). This means that I agree to their code of ethics for my profession and adhere to their strict criteria, thus ensuring a professional practice and best outcome for you and your dog.

Nothing substitutes experience and with over 30 years of hands on working with many dog behavioural problems and dog training techniques, makes me the ideal choice to have a one to one consultation.

Rather than place a list of customer comments to reassure you of my capabilities, I prefer to give you a list of customer email addresses so you can choose who to contact. By doing this you are able to obtain an unbiased opinion as to the service I provide. The email addresses I provide are from customers that have given me permission to pass this on to you.

Contact Helen at helen@top-dog-behavourist.co.uk
Telephone: Office : 01491 874413
Mobile: 07847 890287
Address: The Old Vicarage, The Street, South Stoke, Berkshire. RG8 0JS

Our Services

Home Consultation

My work as a dog behaviourist usually involves a one or two visit process, working with you on your premises, in your garden and outside of your home.

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Puppy Behaviour Visits

Welcoming a puppy into your home can be the most exciting, happy and sometimes challenging event for you and your family. Best it right from the start.

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WalKeys LLP

WalKeys LLP is my other business working with 3 partners, covering dog walking, doggy day care and pet sitting. Take a look at the website at WalKeys.co.uk

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One of the Best Dog Behaviourists in your area

Professional Advice from the outset and support through to your success

Experience that counts when needing help where it matters

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  • The Old Vicarage, The Street, South Stoke, Berkshire. RGH 8 0JS
  • South Stoke, Goring on Thames Berkshire RG8 0JS


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Firstly, we teach our dogs to jump up when they are tiny pups. We pick them up bring them close to our faces, cuddling them in our arms. Then when the start to grow we push them down with our hands telling them to "get down".
Touch is the first thing a new born puppy learns from it's Mother. It cannot see, smell or hear anything, so the touch from it's Mother, cleaning it and bringing it close to feed, is rewarding as well as comforting. Through pushing the dog down with our hands is telling them that this is OK and acceptable.
When a pup is tiny, go down to the floor to fuss him and if you have to pick them up to put them in the garden for a pee etc, try not to cuddle but hold the pup away from you.
If the dog is now an adult try not to raise your arms and try not to step backwards but walk forward, so the dog is forced backwards. They will soon stop jumping up. If this doesn't work, contact me and we can try something else.
Don't just open the door and let him out. Make him sit and wait for you to go out first and then invite him to join you.
Try putting him on a lead and walk him around the garden with him. This will help keep him calm. It is advisable to always go through any door, gate etc first and not to allow a dog to rush out in front on you.
If you would like some help, contact Helen today.
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