Lil Pooches Dog Trainer and Walker IMDT

Lil Pooches Dog Trainer and Walker IMDT I am a qualified dog trainer with the IMDT that only uses reward based methods of training that are kind, effective and fun.
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Operating as usual

Beautiful Teddy enjoying his walk in the orchards today….💙🐶🥰
19/08/2021

Beautiful Teddy enjoying his walk in the orchards today….💙🐶🥰

Beautiful Teddy enjoying his walk in the orchards today….💙🐶🥰

Monday night puppy class all completed their 5 week puppy course.They all did amazing…..👏🏻🐕🎉Sorry I forgot to get pics o...
10/08/2021

Monday night puppy class all completed their 5 week puppy course.
They all did amazing…..👏🏻🐕🎉
Sorry I forgot to get pics of the 6pm class…🙈👏🏻

Monday night puppy class all completed their 5 week puppy course.
They all did amazing…..👏🏻🐕🎉
Sorry I forgot to get pics of the 6pm class…🙈👏🏻

09/08/2021

It’s going to be a boots and wellies kind of day at class this evening..
🐾🐶

09/08/2021

Training is on tonight but keep an eye for any updates…
Xx

02/08/2021

Training is on tonight.
☀️🌦☔️☔️😎

Happy birthday Olly…..🎊⭐️🎂🎁🎉🎈❤️🐶Does any one else have an august baby…?🐾🎁
02/08/2021

Happy birthday Olly…..🎊⭐️🎂🎁🎉🎈❤️🐶

Does any one else have an august baby…?🐾🎁

01/08/2021

It’s Sunday Funday...

3, 2, 1 ...GOOOOO 😍

19/07/2021

Well done everyone at training this evening.
You and your pooches were all amazing and coped really well.
😎🥵☀️☀️🌡

19/07/2021

At the moment training is on tonight.
If anyone attending has any concerns about the weather then please send us a message.
X###

16/07/2021

Sorry folks – long one this morning.

Was a bit miffed to see some advice this morning about ignoring fear in dogs. Some of the ideas where a bit old fashioned and not really what I agree with, either ethically or scientifically.

Stuff like this, I normally scroll on because I really don’t have the capacity for these social media conversations. But, is doing nothing really the answer?

So I thought the most positive way I could try and address this would be to put down my ideas and hope that you dog lovers will share far and wide because positivity is the best way to help our beloved four legged friends.

THANK YOU x



COMFORTING A FEARFUL DOG.

Fear is an emotion, NOT a behaviour.

Emotions are far more complex than behaviours, we can’t simply reinforce or punish to select what we want.

If a child is upset and distressed, would you simply say – ‘Shut up, get on with it’?

If they had a nightmare, would you ignore them until they calmed down and exhibited behaviours you wanted?

Or….Would you comfort them? Do whatever it takes to make them feel better, make them feel secure. Make them feel loved.

I am going to surprise you all here and tell you there is no right or wrong answer!!! You do what you want. That is your choice. It reflects who you are as a person.

I expect the vast majority of people would take the more caring option - because it feels Right. Their natural instinct tells them what to do.

So why would it be different with any other creature? Well it shouldn’t be.

FEAR IS AN EMOTION. That means that all the same hormones and brain chemicals are fizzing about whether you’re a human, a dog or a giraffe!!

So we really should help our dogs when they are fearful.

Ignoring them or continually exposing them to the scary stimulus will flood their systems with stress hormones and exasperate the matter. Sometimes this may appear to work as the dog shuts down in a state we called ‘Learnt Helplessness’. Can you imagine that? In a dog or child? That they are so scared and no-one has listed or helped them. They have not been able to help themselves. They have simply withdrawn into themselves as a coping mechanism. What may seem to work on the outside is doing untold psychological damage.

On the other hand, they may try harder and harder to get away from the scary thing – or make the scary thing go away from them (fight or flight). This could be seen as increasing ‘aggressive’ behaviour from a human perspective. Again, the brain is being absolutely flooded with those bad chemicals. There is often increasing frustration as well as fear – nothing is working! Frustration is an extremely negative emotion when it is beyond our ability to cope.

PLEASE HELP THEM.

Hopefully, that is enough to convince you to want to help your dog rather than ignore them. Actually – most people already want to help their dog, they have just been told so many outdated myths and nonsense about never comforting a scared dog, being a pack leader and so much other BS that they don’t know how.



HOW?

Now we agree what we SHOULD do, how do we go about doing it? That’s the tricky bit – it is very dependent on the circumstances and the dog.

A little dog may be comforted and feel safer being picked up. Or it may feel more restricted and even less in control, leading to panic and more fear.

A dog may take comfort from soothing strokes and soft words, but not if it still feels in danger.

An alternative focus to switch off and concentrate on snuffling treats.

Generally, the primary way to comfort your dog is to add distance, block the sound, take away the intensity of the scary stimulus.

REMEMBER – comforting/feeding rarely overrides fear. That is why we need to add distance and take some of that fear away before we work on a behaviour modification plan.

It is vital for us to learn about our dogs’ body language and all the subtle signs of stress in order to help them early on. To keep them safe BEFORE the situation becomes so stressful.

Break the cycle.

Understand what your dog is communicating.

Show them that you are there to help them.

Let them know you have their back, and they can trust you.

Get professional help if needs be.

We choose to bring dogs into our lives and at that point we should make a promise to do what we can to make their lives as best as we can, the same way we do with a child or partner. Sometimes love is not enough…..WE OWE IT TO OUR DOGS TO EDUCATE OURSELVES IN ORDER TO HELP THEM.

THANK YOU XX

12/07/2021

Any one that was interested in attending my Thursday class for improvers would need to message me and book your place as I still need to know who will be attending.
Thank you.
🐶🐾

11/07/2021

All set up and ready for the next set of classes for tomorrow.
The usual story is that it always rains on the first session but here we just stick a coat on and brave it…
Look forward to meeting you all….😎😊🐶🐾☀️🌤

Please arrive 10 minutes before we are due to start.
And bring those tasty treats…👍

09/07/2021

I happened to glance at the tv earlier and they had a section on puppy training on the programme this morning.🐶🐾
The puppy was chewing the sky remote and the vet recommended painting chilli oil on the remote to stop this from happening. 😱🤔🤷‍♀️.
Please do not follow this advice and contact your local trainer for help.
Any way who wants objects in their house smothered in chilli oil or any other substances.❓🤨
There are better ways to train your puppy to get a better behaviour.

Just saying….😊❤️🐶

05/07/2021
It’s seemed to always be a running joke about the dog chasing the postman down the road, biting them or ripping their tr...
03/07/2021

It’s seemed to always be a running joke about the dog chasing the postman down the road, biting them or ripping their trousers but owners can now face up to 5 years in prison for their pooch biting the Postie.
Always best just to keep them secure when the posie knocks. 📮✉️📭💌🐾🐶

It’s seemed to always be a running joke about the dog chasing the postman down the road, biting them or ripping their trousers but owners can now face up to 5 years in prison for their pooch biting the Postie.
Always best just to keep them secure when the posie knocks. 📮✉️📭💌🐾🐶

I’m away on holiday but will answer any enquiries and messages when I get home as limited signal where I am staying. Tha...
25/06/2021

I’m away on holiday but will answer any enquiries and messages when I get home as limited signal where I am staying.
Thank you for your patience.
Simone….❤️🐾🐶
Xx

I’m away on holiday but will answer any enquiries and messages when I get home as limited signal where I am staying.
Thank you for your patience.
Simone….❤️🐾🐶
Xx

Well done to the pups that completed their 5 week puppy course and braved the horrible weather. You all did amazing….👍👏🏻...
21/06/2021

Well done to the pups that completed their 5 week puppy course and braved the horrible weather.
You all did amazing….👍👏🏻🐶⭐️🎉

21/06/2021

Training is on tonight.
☂️🐶

Teaching Pluto some tricks today….💙🤩
18/06/2021

Teaching Pluto some tricks today….💙🤩

Teaching Pluto some tricks today….💙🤩

Tonight’s cuties all receiving their certificates. They all did so well. 👏🏻🐕🐾🐶⭐️🤩
17/06/2021

Tonight’s cuties all receiving their certificates.
They all did so well. 👏🏻🐕🐾🐶⭐️🤩

17/06/2021

Training is on tonight.
🥾☂️🌦🐾🐕🐶🦴

My pony that thinks he’s a dog. Pluto….😇🦄
12/06/2021

My pony that thinks he’s a dog.
Pluto….😇🦄

My pony that thinks he’s a dog.
Pluto….😇🦄

Monday 6pm sold out...⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Monday 7.30pm……sold out…⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Thursday 6pm sold out...⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
09/06/2021

Monday 6pm sold out...⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Monday 7.30pm……sold out…⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thursday 6pm sold out...⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The next dates for puppy classes.
🐾🐶🐾🐶🐾🐶🐾🐶🐾🐶🐾

Monday 12th July....6pm or 7.30pm.

Thursday 15th July ...6pm.

Sessions are for 1 hour.

This is a 5 week course.

Held in my paddock in Sittingbourne.

Spaces are limited so booking is essential to secure your place.

⭐️⭐️⭐️ Kind and reward based training ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Probably my last set of the year. Spaces are filling fast...💙🐶
02/06/2021

Probably my last set of the year.
Spaces are filling fast...💙🐶

The next dates for puppy classes.
🐾🐶🐾🐶🐾🐶🐾🐶🐾🐶🐾

Monday 12th July....6pm or 7.30pm.

Thursday 15th July ...6pm.

Sessions are for 1 hour.

This is a 5 week course.

Held in my paddock in Sittingbourne.

Spaces are limited so booking is essential to secure your place.

⭐️⭐️⭐️ Kind and reward based training ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The next dates for puppy classes. 🐾🐶🐾🐶🐾🐶🐾🐶🐾🐶🐾Monday 12th July....6pm or 7.30pm.                                   Thursd...
31/05/2021

The next dates for puppy classes.
🐾🐶🐾🐶🐾🐶🐾🐶🐾🐶🐾

Monday 12th July....6pm or 7.30pm.

Thursday 15th July ...6pm.

Sessions are for 1 hour.

This is a 5 week course.

Held in my paddock in Sittingbourne.

Spaces are limited so booking is essential to secure your place.

⭐️⭐️⭐️ Kind and reward based training ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The next dates for puppy classes.
🐾🐶🐾🐶🐾🐶🐾🐶🐾🐶🐾

Monday 12th July....6pm or 7.30pm.

Thursday 15th July ...6pm.

Sessions are for 1 hour.

This is a 5 week course.

Held in my paddock in Sittingbourne.

Spaces are limited so booking is essential to secure your place.

⭐️⭐️⭐️ Kind and reward based training ⭐️⭐️⭐️

31/05/2021

Just a reminder that dog training is on tonight.
🐶🐾😎

Enjoying a sit in the sun with Olly at Doddington gardens. What’s every one else doing with their pooch this bank holida...
30/05/2021

Enjoying a sit in the sun with Olly at Doddington gardens.
What’s every one else doing with their pooch this bank holiday....?💙🐶🐾😎

Enjoying a sit in the sun with Olly at Doddington gardens.
What’s every one else doing with their pooch this bank holiday....?💙🐶🐾😎

29/05/2021
Can it just stop for one hour this evening please? 🐶😡☔️🤯
24/05/2021

Can it just stop for one hour this evening please? 🐶😡☔️🤯

Can it just stop for one hour this evening please? 🐶😡☔️🤯

24/05/2021

Training is on tonight.
🐶

Hudson completed his 5 week group class course today. He’s doing amazing and coming back for the improvers class.Well do...
20/05/2021

Hudson completed his 5 week group class course today.
He’s doing amazing and coming back for the improvers class.
Well done Hudson...👏🏻🐶💙

Hudson completed his 5 week group class course today.
He’s doing amazing and coming back for the improvers class.
Well done Hudson...👏🏻🐶💙

20/05/2021

At the moment training is tonight.
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17/05/2021

Blimin weather can’t make its mind up.
See you all at Monday class next week..,
☔️🌧⛈☂️🌈☀️🤷‍♀️🤯

Great job Frankie....💖
15/05/2021

Great job Frankie....💖

Great job Frankie....💖

Taught a middle and a ‘take a bow ‘in class today...👏🏻👍🐶💙💖
15/05/2021

Taught a middle and a ‘take a bow ‘in class today...👏🏻👍🐶💙💖

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Practicing through the legs and sit, learnt yesterday.
‘Touch’ trick that we first learnt yesterday after our lesson with Simoné Tonkin.
Picture of Raphael xx He's getting huge!!
Just thought I would share this video of Raphael pushing a button. I'm hoping he will become my assistance dog so it's important he knows this skill. Simone first showed and taught us to get him to touch your hand with his nose and then to hold it there. He's not been forced to do it but he does it for the sheer joy and reward. He even goes and finds the button and pushes it on his own just to get a reward! Thanks to Simone for helping train my puppy. He's only 6 months old.
Simone came to do a 1:2:1 again today. Bonnie is exhausted from learning. Still needs lots of work on social skills but with simones help we will get there