Welcome to the website of Andrea Phillips Dog Training based in Lindal in Furness, Cumbria. I offer help for you, to help train your dog and to help you better understand your furry family members. If you are looking for a fun, friendly and kind method of training for you family pet then look no further. I believe that we all owe our canine companion the very best of care and having an understanding of his/her needs and feelings is paramount to helping our dogs be happy and confident in our human world. Our dogs communicate with us all the time and it is up to us to start to "listen" to what they are trying to tell us. Only by educating ourselves are we able to help our dogs become relaxed, happy and a pleasure to be around. Your dog needs to be a dog and expresses himself as a dog, after all he is not a human. I believe that having a strong bond with your dog and working as a team is the answer. Using training methods your dog would choose. Offering him/her choice and encouraging independent thinking builds confidence in your dog and shows you what extraordinary animals they really are.
In my capacity as a Veterinary Nurse I was always overwhelmed by the power of a bond between dog and owner. Even after 20yrs the powerful feeling of compassion and awe at this relationship has never waned. Over the last few years, having my own business as a dog walker, I have come to really think about dogs and what they bring to our Human lives. For me personally my dogs bring the ultimate companionship. They also bring fun, cuddles, more motivation for outdoor pursuits, my boots!, a warm welcome home, security and a handy floor cleaning service. They also bring huge vet bills, worry, stress and muddy paws to say the least.
Dogs serve a huge purpose to us humans. Through Service Dogs including Search & Rescue, Helping Dogs, Guide Dogs, Scentwork Dogs, Security Dogs, PAT Dogs, Livestock Guarding & Herding, Competition Dogs, Medical Response Dogs etc, the list goes on. We work with Dogs on many levels and in many different circumstances.
My methods are based on scientific research and very up to date. I only ever use positive reinforcement (rewarding/reinforcing desired behaviour) paired with negative punishment (witholding reward and not reinforcing undesired behaviour). I do not agree with or use negative reinforcement (applying an aversive treatment until desired behaviour is reached) or positive punishment (giving an aversive treatment when undesired behaviour is occuring) of any kind. I do not agree with or use adversive methods or training equipment. I do not believe a dog needs to be dominated or intimidated to be well trained.
I endeavor to keep my knowledge updated and attend many courses per year to do so.
My education is ongoing and I believe, there is always more to learn. 2017 holds an exciting look forward to a Behaviour Course at Puppy School HQ in Cheltenham in March. The Institute of Modern Dog Trainers 4 Day practical course in York on May 17th. Hopefully in September I will be starting my Foundation Degree in Canine Studies at Myerscough College. So 2017 is going to be a busy year. My Aim is to be accredited with I.M.D.T by the end of this year. Looking forward to every minute. Join me in my exciting journey into Dog Training.
I am a Qualified Veterinary Nurse and a Member of the BVNA and I have over 20yrs experience in all fields of pet care. I am a certified Puppy School Tutor, trained by Gwen Bailey and a member of the Pet Professional Guild. I also have Public Liability Insurance.
Your pets wellbeing is of the uppermost importance to me and for you to feel comfortable working with me. I am not here to judge but to help you find a better way to teach and communicate with your dog.
References are available, please also see our client testimonials.