Based in Wellington, Somerset and established in 2011, Seriously Dogs offers individual care for your dogs, providing both dog walking and dog training services. The care provided for your dogs will be tailored to meet both your and your dogs' requirements. Whether you would like your dogs to be given a good run, a gentle stroll. a mental workout, or even just a cuddle and a potter in the garden to break up the day, I will accomodate your wishes. Dog walking will be done on an individual basis (per household) so your dogs will receive my undivided attention.
Balancing your dogs need for exercise and company, with your work demands is difficult. Although a working day is too long to leave your dog alone at home, dogs do not need to be on the go all day. In fact a well balanced dog needs periods of rest as well as physical and mental activity. Short periods of high adrenalin activity and play are good for your dog, however extended periods can be detrimental and result in a stressed and hypermotivated dog. Seriously dogs aims to help you find the correct balance of physical activity, mental activity and rest for your dog.
Seriously Dogs' walks and training will use your dogs brain and senses as well as it's body!
My name is Teresa and I run Seriously Dogs.
I have been around dogs all my life but only really started to think about the workings of a dog's mind when I took on a particularly problematic rescue dog in 1994. Thanks to this complicated little dog, who really couldn't understand how the 'human world' worked I started to search out knowledge that would help me to interact with my dogs in a way that they would better understand. I became an Associate Member of The Canine Behaviour Centre in 2005 on completion of the 'Certificate in Dog Psychology' from The Canine Behaviour Centre and was selected as one of their Top Students that year. I am still completely fascinated by dogs and continue to learn from them.
The saying "Patience will achieve more than force" (Edmund Burke) could not be more true when working with dogs and I always bear this in mind. I am also a firm believer that dogs should have fun!
In the past I competed in dog agility with both my collie and my lurcher, who are sadly no longer with us. Both were rescue dogs who came to me from very different backgrounds and with very different challenges. I found clicker training to be the key to beginning to work with both of them. Agility training was the turning point that enabled my extremely timid collie to gain confidence and she transformed into a dog who loved to work. My ex-coursing lurcher approached agility with a very different attitude and a very big sense of humour.
Mogdog, a welsh sheepdog x kelpie pup joined us in May 2015. He is a bright, enthusiastic boy who is a joy to work with and loves obedience and hoopers. Teasel another welsh sheepdogx border collie arrived in 2018 and is beginning her agility training aswell as Rally-O..
I am to keep up to date with the advances in training and regularly participate in workshops and online courses in order to keep up to date.
2019 workshops attended - Adolescent Dogs, Kamal Fernandez. Clean Training, Kay Laurence. Canine First Aid course. HUK Hoopers Camp with Mandy van Laar (Dutch National Hoopers Champion).
Online Courses 2019 - Kamal Fernadez, Dog Sports Foundation. School of Canine Science, 30 days of Canine Science. Epic Dog Academy, Trick Training Masterclass.