Natalie's story 

I started my journey with rescue dogs in 2006 at Nottingham Trent University, where I did two degrees with canine-specific modules focused on behaviour. I brought my first rescue dog home in 2007, Scrappy the Jack Russell had an entire fleet of behavioural problems, severe separation anxiety, a lack of impulse control, no bite inhibition, he was extremely reactive and terrified of other dogs, and it took many years to help him, and initially, I did everything wrong, I made massive mistakes!

"When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion." - Abraham Lincoln

My approach to dog training and behaviour modification has completely changed from the early days. Balanced dog training methods appeared to help, and I was desperate to fix my dog. I got it wrong,  my dog suffered as a consequence. I do bad, I feel bad, and things got worse before they got better because of this. What I should have been doing is helping my dog choose a more desirable behaviour in a kind, compassionate force-free way. My dog forgave me and fortunately I become an expert in reactivity and aggression in terriers, hounds, UK and imported rescues, but those mistakes still haunt me.

I have spent over 10 years dedicating my life to training and working with severely reactive and aggressive rescue dogs, all while promoting no-pain, no-fear and no-force dog training. I do good, I feel good. Training should not make you or your dog feel bad, it should be uplifting, enjoyable and both of you should be working as a team. I believe in inclusivity, whatever your background my only interest is helping you help your dog. This is my story. In loving memory of Scrappy, to whom I will always owe everything!


Natalie Turton BSc Hons ACDBC

Dog Behaviourist and Trainer

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"A glowing testimonial! Highly recommended!"

Bertie (my pooch) and I started working with Natalie at Pawsitive Dog Behaviour earlier this year, just before Covid-19 hit.

We had our first face to face training session followed up with a few calls and emails and Natalie was absolutely amazing, giving me some really helpful and insightful training tips on how I can help Bertie and train him better.

Our next face to face session, unfortunately, had to be put on hold because of the Covid-19 restrictions and as such Natalie suggested moving this to a mix of online training sessions and telephone consultations following videos I sent her of Bertie either training or out walking. At first, I was hesitant as I didn't think this would work as well as face to face sessions however I decided to give this a go as I didn't want to stop the great work that Natalie had already started. Well, all I can say is I was completely and utterly wrong.

I've taken several videos that I send Natalie via Whatsapp and she can then take her time to review them and follow up with a call to me. When we are then on the call I can watch the video at the same time and she, very expertly and patiently, breaks down Bertie's behaviour, and more importantly mine, so that I can see and understand what he is doing, what his body language is showing me and what I can then do to help him.

We've also had a training session by Zoom and that also went really well, making it easier to start the scent training with him at home in a place where he is comfortable and without any other distractions.

If you, like I was, are hesitant about trying the training like this then honestly don't be as it really does work. I love going through the videos on our calls and believe this works far better than it would have face to face as I can see Bertie's and also my behaviour and replay it as many times as I like which helps me understand it all better.

I really couldn't recommend Natalie and training in this new way enough. She is hugely knowledgeable and a fabulous help and I'm looking forward to our next video call review and Zoom training.

Katie Deacon

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