Positive Dog Behaviour Consultancy

Expert in Reactivity & Aggression in Terriers​, Hounds, UK & Imported Rescues

My Services

Behaviour Programmes

Choose your behaviour programme

Scentwork

Ideal for dogs with behaviour issues 

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Get your free ‘My Puppy Training Handbook’

About Natalie

Learn more about Natalie

Positive Dog Behaviour Consultancy

Expert in Reactivity & Aggression in Terriers​, Hounds, UK & Imported Rescues

My Services

Behaviour Programmes

Choose your behaviour programme

Scentwork

Ideal for dogs with behaviour issues 

Free Resources

Get your free ‘My Puppy Training Handbook’

About Natalie

Learn more about Natalie

“A glowing testimonial! Highly recommended!”

“Natalie visited me at home after responding to my request advice on how to improve my dog walking service. I was keen to improve my training techniques, understand dog interactions and understand how to reduce stress for dogs that could be described as reactive.

Natalie was fantastic- we had an initial chat followed by a practical session with the lovely Tilly and my dog. She provided endless advice, practical tips and training techniques delivered in a clear, understandable and fun way. Natalie’s experience and insight shine through. Her techniques are fun and easy to follow and her approach is kind, positive and force free.

Her expertise in dealing with major issues such as aggressiveness and phobias was clear and very refreshing.

I would thoroughly recommend Natalie to anyone looking for a behaviour therapist or trainer for their dog- whether they need help with major issues or general training needs, (or are a dog walker like me looking for help to better understand their customer’s dogs and their experience).”

– Anna Adcock

Years Established

Dogs Helped

“A glowing testimonial! Highly recommended!”

“Natalie visited me at home after responding to my request advice on how to improve my dog walking service. I was keen to improve my training techniques, understand dog interactions and understand how to reduce stress for dogs that could be described as reactive.

Natalie was fantastic- we had an initial chat followed by a practical session with the lovely Tilly and my dog. She provided endless advice, practical tips and training techniques delivered in a clear, understandable and fun way. Natalie’s experience and insight shine through. Her techniques are fun and easy to follow and her approach is kind, positive and force free.

Her expertise in dealing with major issues such as aggressiveness and phobias was clear and very refreshing.

I would thoroughly recommend Natalie to anyone looking for a behaviour therapist or trainer for their dog- whether they need help with major issues or general training needs, (or are a dog walker like me looking for help to better understand their customer’s dogs and their experience).”

– Anna Adcock

Years Established

Dogs Helped

Get help with behaviour

Services

Behaviour Programmes

Basic training is often not enough to help dogs with behaviour issues, it does not change how dogs feel about the things that cause those issues. That’s why Pawsitive Dog Behaviour focuses on behaviour modification, to help our dogs make better behaviour choices. 

Scentwork

Dogs communicate and learn about the world through scent, their noses are so amazing we can use scentwork to change the behaviour of dogs with issues like reactivity. Click on the button to find out more about this increasingly popular and fun dog sport.

Muzzle training, an absolute must for all!

Muzzle training is recommended for all dogs especially those with behaviour issues, this is for a variety of reasons, not least that vets have the right to refuse treatment of an animal they are not able to muzzle. Any animal in pain can become unpredictable and aggressive. Having your dog comfortable with a muzzle as early as possible safeguards them and yourselves, in situations you know your dog is likely to react badly and are out of your control.

Keep it fun

muzzle training!

 

My 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

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.

Qualifications and Professional Memberships

At Pawsitive Dog Behaviour Natalie recognises that it isn’t simply enough to have degree level qualifications, our understanding of dog training and behaviour is always changing. That’s why if we say we are an expert in something you can be assured we have a multitude of qualifications, memberships and practical experience. Striving to gain knowledge and challenge the validity of our beliefs, so you are always getting the very best of us.

Foundation Science Animal Studies Degree

Canine specific modules including practical elements such as scentwork. Experience at Babington Dog Rescue conducting a scentwork study designed to help rescue dogs find homes quicker.

Bachelor of Science (Honours) Animal Biology Degree

Canine specific modules including brain biology, behaviour, genetics and physiology. Providing Natalie with an excellent understanding of the olfactory system and how scentwork can help dogs with breed specific behaviour issues. Natalie Conducted a large scale study at the Dogs Trust gaining an incredible insight into the behaviour of dogs that pull on the lead, with the use of hi-tech software for the quantitative analysis of this behaviour.   

IMDT Impulse Control Course

An update to existing knowledge and understanding of dogs that have a low tolerance for frustration.

IMDTB The Consultation and Follow-Up Report Course

An insight into different ways to share information with clients and make learning more accessible. 

IMDTB Behaviour Case Study Course

The different organisational flows helping clients navigate vet referral behaviour cases from point of contact to resolution of the behaviour issues.

Pet Professional Guild, Canine Training Professional Member

Supporting no pain, no fear, no force dog training.

The School of Canine Science, 30 Days of Canine Science

A refresher of different training methods and associated scientific understanding of behaviour change.

UK College of Scent Dogs, Scent Work Instructor Course

Exploring additional methods of teaching Scentwork, through the eyes of an experienced police dog handler and accomplished dog trainer at the highest academic level.

Canine Principle, Canine Reactivity Advanced Certificate Course

Refresher on brain biology, neuroscience and behaviour of dogs that react badly to situations on the lead scoring 100% through the final assessment.

IAABC, Associate Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant Accreditation

Gaining this level of accreditation required an in-depth understanding of canine behaviour, through a rigorous assessment process, established relationships with veterinary surgeons and assessment of case studies. The IAABC is considered to be the industry standard for, quality, ethical animal behaviour information that is effective and meets LIMA standards.

Master Course Aggression in Dogs

The most comprehensive course on dog aggression for trainers and behaviourists available anywhere in the world. Showing clients and colleagues the requisite skills and knowledge to work aggression cases.

The School of Canine Science, Scent for Six

An intense six-month course with both practical and theory in each module, refreshing Natalie’s knowledge of scentwork for behaviour issues and additional tools to teach this skill. Natalie was tested at the end of this course with only one opportunity to pass and become a qualified Level Blue Instructor and Level 1 Judge for the World Scent Dog Association which she passed with flying colours.  

Client Testimonials

“Natalie has been working with us for the past month dealing with our dogs separation anxiety. She is clearly very knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated to helping with our problem. She is always there when I’m struggling with words of reassurance and support. Would highly recommend.”

Kelly Stock-Hallam

“Natalie was super helpful in explaining what our doggy needed and why he was behaving in certain ways! Simple dog behaviours that we thought were normal were pointed out to us as nervous behaviours and it was really helpful.”

Humeara Mohamed

“Had a fantastic session working on reducing anxiety while on a lead and some scent work along with it. Learnt so much in a short space of time with techniques I will continue to do with my pups – thank you so much for all your help! 👍👍👍”

Hattie Gates

info@pawsitivedogbehaviour.co.uk

Nottingham, NG12 3HY, United Kingdom