About The Way of the Dog Ltd – Our Philosophy
The Way of the Dog Ltd professional behaviour and training consultancy takes a different and specialist approach to working with dogs and their owners. Find out how our philosophy sets us apart in the world of dog behaviour and dog training, and why we are proud to be different.
About Shaun - In brief
A brief introduction to The Way of the Dog from it’s founder, Shaun Hesmondhaulgh (BSc)
Qualifications & Experience
Shaun’s qualifications, experience, training and professional development during 35 years working with dogs
Shaun's Dog History
Shaun’s personal dog owning history; professionally and as a family pet owner.
What we think and why we are different
We take an individual, practical, academic, and evidence based approach to our work with you and your dog. That means we draw upon all the proven and emerging methods in dog behaviour and dog training, and apply the most appropriate techniques to the needs of your dog. We also take great interest in individual learning styles ensuring that we adopt the most appropriate approach for your learning needs. All the methods we deploy are ethical, transparent, responsible, and aimed at effecting long-term change.
The Way of the Dog Ltd philosophy is that all dogs have their own unique and varying views of the world and all dog owners are different. Whatever some dog trainers or dog behaviourists may claim there is no ‘one size fits all’ or ‘always works’ method to training or addressing problems and issues. Dogs are individuals and a multi faceted mindset involving creativity and adaptability is necessary.
In the UK dog training remains an unregulated industry which means there is no recognised overarching governing body holding those that train dogs accountable. In recent years there has been a rapid increase in people claiming to help owners and their dogs with training and behaviour issues. The result is that many dog owners find the dog training and behaviour industry extremely difficult to navigate. This sees many parting with large sums of money with training and behavioural providers who lack appropriate teaching and training qualifications, experience, and knowledge. It really is the case that there are many individuals operating outside of the bounds of their ability, knowledge, and experience, please be careful.
We recognise and embrace the fact the dog training and behaviour is a specialist and complex area. Our ability, experience, qualification, and individual assessment of each dog we work with allows us to develop a unique training and development plan based on individual needs, capabilities, health, and environmental factors. The transparent and ethical procedures we use to help your dog are based on the principles of reinforcement, conditioning, counter-commanding, and systematic desensitisation. Most importantly we apply our extensive knowledge of how dogs learn and adapt – and we share this with you. We teach you to be your dog’s trainer.
We believe that dog ownership is a big responsibility that in return can bring you and your family great joy. It is relationship worth caring about, working hard at and investing in. We can help you.
Your dog. Your family. A rewarding relationship. The Way of the Dog Ltd