Hi, this is my 121 dog training service for dogs aged over 24 week with bad habits in the home or with aggression, and other dog behaviour problems. This information is to help you understand the complexities of a dogs behaviour and how the 121 works. I will also cover techniques and methods I use to help train dogs.

Dog behaviour, a complex of body language and vocals a dog will perform under different circumstances and situations. More often misunderstood by dog owners. My aim is to be clear on all your dogs behaviour and the solutions needed.

The list below is to highlight behaviours a dog can display, it’s not definitive, but may help you identifying other problems with your dog.

  1. Digging
  2. Jumping up
  3. Boisterous
  4. Excitement
  5. Chewing
  6. Stealing items
  7. Food stealing
  8. Hiding away
  9. Chasing shadows and lights
  10. Nose nudging
  11. Pawing
  12.  Licking
  13. Following around the home
  14. Tail chasing
  15. Fussy eater
  16. Eating poop
  17. Sudden spurts of uncontrolled running
  18. Invading of space
  19. Pulling on lead
  20. Refusing to enter car
  21. Obsessive over toys and balls
  22. Failing to recall

During the 121 consultation I will discuss and evaluate the above in more detail.


Let’s look at some more intensive dog behaviours!


  1. Nervous to visitors
  2. Lunging towards other dogs
  3. Heightened alertness to passers-by and noises
  4. Excessive barking
  5. Nervous to own family
  6. Growls and snaps to family/visitors
  7. Excitement to visitors
  8. Excessive whimpering and barking in any situation
  9. Unable to cope with separation from family
  10. Sudden outbursts of barking which are infrequent
  11. Unable to break toileting habits
  12. Persistent mouthing to hands
  13. Completely unresponsive to commands
  14. Continuous jumping up
  15. Unable to relax and settle for periods
  16.  Aggression between dogs who live together
  17. Settling in a re-homed dog


The above are the most common areas I help owners with. All self-explanatory. Again it’s not an exhaustive list, but it should help you with answering what I can help with if you want to book a 121 dog training service with myself (Chris Rose).

So what about dog aggression. This is the top request for my services I get called to help with. There are different forms of dog aggression, and I class them as the following. However different trainers, and dog behaviourist even dog owners may use other descriptions. The only reason I state that is you may have sought other advice and my classification may sound unfamiliar.

  1. Territorial
  2. Dominance
  3. Maternal
  4. Inter pack
  5. People
  6. Fear
  7. Inter male
  8. High social


Dog aggression is complex so until I can assess a dog in real life conditions it’s hard to pin point the type of aggression just through email correspondence or over the phone. It’s important to understand and identify the correct aggression,

If I haven’t listed any behaviours that aren’t relevant to you then please still get in touch. But more than likely you might have a list of dog training you require help with, from the lists I have put together. All covered under the same 121 consultation.


Let’s look again in detail of those dog behaviours

Digging  obvious, but annoying. I will explain why your dog feels the need to dig your garden up!

Jumping up An action where a dog will leave its back feet on the floor and place its front paws onto humans, furniture or other.
Boisterous energised energetic state. Often a dog won’t listen to owners
Excitement similar to boisterous, however there is subtle difference.
Chewing An action where a dog uses its mouth to destroy an object or food
Stealing of objects. Any item that is not the dogs
Food stealing Self-explanatory, but why? I can help to understand and offer solutions.
Hiding away Removing or hiding away from family or visitors.
Chasing shadows or lights No dog wants to live this life of obsession in my opinion.
Nose nudging. Why does your dog feel compelled to nose nudge you?
Pawing What is your dog trying to tell you?
Licking I definitely prefer a licking dog to a biting dog.
Following around the home. Makes us feel wanted from our dogs, however what’s the underlying issue here? I can help identify it for you.
Tail chasing looks funny, but this could indicate a more serious underlying problem. Connected to other behaviour indicators
Fussy eater Dogs need to consume their daily amount of dog food. Discussing some reasons why this happening is part of the consultation.
Eating poop turns our stomach! But I have the answer!
Sudden spurts of energy is a dog just for no reason runs with high intensity from one room to another. Or in a uncontrolled way
Invading of space even if you have the biggest sofa in the world. It may not be still be big enough!
Pulling on lead is stressful and uncomfortable for any owner when walking their dog. Let me help.
Refusing to enter car can cause deep stress, especially if you want to travel further to walk your dog.
Obsessive over toys can be too much at times from dogs. Find the right balance.
Food scavenging for every crumb or going through the bin? Well find out why and how to stop this nuisance behaviour.
Failing to recall getting your dog to come back without success.

Now time to look at my methods and techniques I use to help modify, eliminate or dampen dog behaviours. I should express that I give no false promises or hopes. I always try to give some ideas it may take for your issues or problems to change. But this is all dependant on the input and commitment from owners.

A top priority area is to help owners learn to read their dog’s body language. So important for adopting the right training method.

The areas are under these heading

  1. Head position
  2. Ear position
  3. Weight distribution
  4. Tail positioning
  5. Eyes
  6. Mouth
  7. Breathing
  8. Fur

Different body language in different situations will indicate to me what appropriate techniques to advise. These are my character types.

  1. Dominant
  2. Sub-dominant
  3. Low self-esteem
  4. Nervous

So what dog training techniques do I use? 

  1. Voice tones
  2. Body positioning
  3. Eye contact
  4. Food
  5.  Sounds
  6. Interrupters
  7. Conditioning techniques
  8. Flooding absorption
  9. Trust enhancers
  10. Alternative equipment recommendation

As well giving you the necessary guidance on your dog problems, I will also supply a daily dog owning guide. On rules and boundaries a dog should have. The do and don’ts to do with your dog. Identifying bad practices and eliminating the myths on the internet.



Alison Martin Hope
Its not been 48 hours since Chris came by for a one to one to help with our two cocker spaniels. Already seeing amazing results! Thanks Chris, looking forward to working with you more in the future