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Amanda van der Walt, dog training, puppy training, behaviour consultation

Private consultations, dog and puppy training, done at home

Amanda vd Walt

Registered canine behaviourist & trainer | Basic & advanced canine ethology
Member of the SA board for companion-animal professionals

Behaviour consultations

barkingExcessively or for no apparent reason.diggingHoles in the garden; along a wall, at the gate, in flower-beds or random areas.chewingForbidden household items, garden equipment, furniture, kids’ toys.house soilingLacking training, marking, senior dogs, environmental stress.
disobedienceDoesn’t listen, difficulty in training, unresponsive.jumping upOn owners or visitors; excessive excitement during greeting or play.boisterousnessEndless energy, always around your feet, jumping up, neediness.
aggressionTowards humans or other animals; family members or strangersfightingWith the other dogs in their pack, dogs at the park or reactive during walks.dominanceShown towards the owner or others, growling, staring.bitingPeople or other animals; strangers, visitors or family members.
fearStressed behaviour around new people, animals or places, snappy.separation-anxietyWill do anything not to be alone, keeps owner in sight, over-excited greeting.depressionAs an emotional state to an event or lifestyle; lacks motivation, disinterested.

and many others…  

General obedience, basic commands and leash training

Cultivating obedience in positive ways encourages a willingness to listen and respond, and resulting good manners. Good general obedience and healthy bonding results from the use of interaction that’s understood by the canine brain.

Basic commands such as ‘sit’ ‘come’ ‘stay’ & ‘down’ will help you to have better management of your puppy’s or dog’s behaviour at home as well as in public places. Use commands to ask your dog to sit and wait patiently as you prepare a meal, to come over when called instead of ignoring you or to stay put when needed.

A stress-free walking routine is beneficial for almost any behavioural issue as well as for mental and physical health. Leash-training is highly recommended for both dogs and puppies. Essential socialisation occurs naturally and at a normal pace during stress-free (no pulling) walks.

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