Professional Dog Trainer Edinburgh Scotland Suzanne Gould
You have a wide choice of dog trainers in and around Edinbugh, my areas include: Linlithgow, Loanhead, Grangmouth, Falkirk, Kirkliston, Prestonpans, Queensferry, Dalkeith, Tranent Page, Bonnyrigg and Penicuik areas of Edinburgh.
Are you a dog owner who feels stressed every time you want to exercise your canine friend and take them for a walk down the street? Do you feel ‘on duty’ and hyper aware of how your dog will react to other dogs? Maybe you feel that your pooch is a problem in the park, cyclists scare them and loud noises trigger a fright, fight or flight reponse? Is lead-pulling an issue that you’re trying really hard to combat? Or do you have a dog training issue that I haven’t mentioned yet?
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Scotland’s First Dynamic Dog Practitioner
Have you ever thought that sometimes the bad behaviour traits your dog displays are unexplanable? There doesn’t seem to be a reason why some actions happen, and this leaves you wondering about his or her general health and wellbeing?
Every day our canine companions tell us about things like pain, discomfort and anxiety but sadly we’re unable to read the signs, believing they are just misbehaving.
A recent study discovered 80% of dogs with behaviour issues have some form of underlying pain that is either causing the behaviour or linked to it.
Suzanne Gould, owner of Edinburgh Holistic Dogs recently qualified to be the first Dynamic Dog Practitioner in Scotland. She specialises in training Romanian and Foreign Rescue Dogs. Additionally Suzanne also works with Reactive Dogs to help them overcome their reactivity.
Dynamic Dog is a behaviour and movement analysis, after learning everything about the dog, Suzanne then observes how the dog walks, trots, goes to the toilet, eats and more.
Additionally analysing their natural relaxed postures. This allows Suzanne to pinpoint faults in their movements that could be causing pain and discomfort. This assessment bridges the gap between trainer/behaviourist and vet.
Suzanne, who works predominantly with Rescue dogs from overseas, after seeing many dogs who were struggling with discomfort and ‘didn’t seem to be physically right’, decided to study to be a Dynamic Dog practitioner and is the only one operating in Scotland.
Suzanne says ‘Studying this has been a huge eye opener for me, learning to understand how a dog should move and also learning to spot abnormal movement makes training, understanding and helping our dogs much easier ’.
Suzanne, 38, who currently lives with her adopted Old English Sheepdogs Erick and Ally in Leith, explained: “A Dynamic Dog Assessment bridges the gap between Vet and Dog Behaviourist. A Vet under time pressure doesn’t have time to assess a dog’s natural movement and A behaviourist isn’t trained to identify faults in how a dog moves. I can pinpoint potential areas of discomfort the Vet can use to make a diagnosis – It’s truly amazing”
Examples of Dog Behaviour: Suzanne’s Assessments
Pablo 20-month-old Portuguese Water Dog – he was randomly snapping and growling at his owners which was out of character. After completing his analysis, Suzanne was able to identify abnormal movement relating to his right hip. His vet is investigating based on the evidence, and prescribed pain medication, this means Pablo’s behaviour and mobility has already improved.
Bosley 2 year old Rescue Mix – anxious around loud sounds particularly vehicle noises. His Vet was unable to find a physical problem and prescribed Xanax for anxiety, which left him dopey and subdued. After his analysis Suzanne was able to identify abnormal movement with his right hind leg. His vet is now carrying out a pain assessment.
Sotos 5-year-old Cyprus Rescue Mix – Barking and lunging at unfamiliar dogs, his behaviour has been increasingly getting worse. After his analysis Suzanne was able to point out Sotos was altering his walk and trot and both back legs were showing abnormal movements. He is currently under investigation by his Vet.
Suzanne commented ‘Being a Dynamic Dog practitioner means I can spot potential problems sooner rather than later. Intervening before conditions become serious and debilitating for our dogs.
My mission is to be the voice of the dog, working with the owners to pinpoint the likely cause of pain or anxiety’.
When it comes to a dog in pain It’s not always a limp or a cry. Pain related behaviour is extremely complex. A dog in pain or discomfort might express their pain by
Reacting by barking or growling to specific triggers
Altering how they walk and move
Sensitive to loud sounds.
Reluctant to go for walks
Hyperactivity or restlessness
Suzanne explains ‘This list is by no means exhaustive. More often than not the signs are VERY subtle and go unnoticed for weeks, months and even years. It is very easy to misinterpret’
A Dynamic Dog Assessment involves a 90 minute interview with Suzanne, so she can gain a clear insight to your dogs day to day life, along with behaviour concerns. Then a specific set of Video and Photographic evidence is collected by the dog’s owner or Suzanne.
Suzanne takes time to analyse the visual evidence as well as the information from the interview, to write a comprehensive report that is then sent to the dogs Vet. By law Suzanne can not diagnose, but can point out the faults for the Vet to use to help with the diagnoses.