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Friends4Ever - Lappland Dogschool               

Who Am I:

I’m Birgitta Geerlings-Wensveen and I’m since 2016 a graduated natural Dog trainer and behaviourist.
Together with my husband Marcel and our 4 rescue dogs we live in South Lapland in Sweden.
We only give private dog behaviour consultations. So just you and your dog get 100 % attention😊


Friends4Ever – Lapland Dog school is affiliated with an international branch organization, called PDTE. The Pet Dog Trainers of Europe (PDTE) was founded in 1998 by Norwegian dog expert Turid Rugaas, who has been at the forefront of canine communication for many years. See also the code of ethics  https://www.pdte.eu/about .


Our training methods:
Our training methods are based on mutual respect between dog and owner. Communication instead of commanding by learning and understanding the body language of your dog, creating awareness of their world and senses and thereby build a friendship for life.


What is the behaviour / problem?
Your dog doesn’t like to pass other dogs during your walk? Your dog is barking? Your dog is pulling on the leash? Your dog doesn’t like to be alone at home? Your dog is destroying things? Etc.
We can help you😊
Problem behaviour can be caused by various factors.
We will analyse where this behaviour comes from and show you how to solve this problem in an animal-friendly, natural way.
Part of the behavioural guidance is filling in a questionnaire. With this you paint a picture of the daily living conditions of the dog. Even if we don’t get to know the root cause of the problem, we still can give you and your dog a better life.


Choices:
Try to see it from the dog point of view. We decide all day long all choices for the dogs;
Where, when, and how long we go out for a walk. Which food, how much food, when they will get food. Which place can the dog sleep, does it sleep alone? Does your dog got choices where to sleep? Do you give commends like “sit” if the dog gets his food? Is he not allowed to sleep on your sofa? And what about the old way of thinking that we have to dominance our dogs because we are afraid that dogs will achieve a higher social 'status' relative to other dogs or people. Is it really necessary to control our dog all day? We will tell you more about these topics during the consultation.


Communication:
Dogs communicate in another way with each other as human beings do. Do we understand our dogs? Can we read their body language and signals? For example: We didn’t hear the alarm clock and we got only one-hour time to do everything to be on time at work. During breakfast we spilled also some coffee on our mobile telephone. In the park we “off leash” our dog and a minute later we call our dog. Bello doesn’t react… finally after calling again “HERE” he is walking slowly to our direction, he stands still and is turning his head, he is yawning… And finally, he is there. We are very angry and are screaming at Bello “Do you do this intentionally?” But what was your dog communicating really when he slowly came to you? What did he want to tell you?  He was all the time saying that everything is OK. He feels our stress and wants to calm us down. He was giving us calming signals!
It is important to learn the body language of our dogs
The dogs have about 30 calming and stress signals, perhaps even more.
Some of these signals are used by most dogs, while other dogs have an incredibly rich ´vocabulary´.
It varies from dog to dog. Dogs are born with or get familiar with these signals in early life because this is the way they communicate to other beings. Dogs don’t like conflicts and will do everything to avoid this. We will tell you more during the consultation about how dogs communicate and how you can understand your own dog in a better way, so that your dog will trust you and so that you can build a good relationship.
 
Expectation:
What do you expect from your dog? Does the dog always have to listen to your commands? Why do you choose for this breed? Does your dog have to do things what he doesn’t like, like going to the city? Is your dog going to dog schools where many dogs and people are coming? Do you give your dog also some rest? What do you know about the breed of your dog? What does your dog really like? Or is my dog always doing things because I want him to do so and because my dog doesn’t want to have a conflict.
 
What is problem behavior?
Some people think there is a problem and for other people it isn’t a problem. Like jumping on people, sleeping on the sofa, begging for food, pulling on the leash etc.
Behaviour is becoming “problem behaviour” when it is a problem for you. We can help you with “problems” but please be aware that a dog is not a toy that you can switch on and off. Also, dogs need time and we as dog owners need also time to understand them so that we can help our dogs. Please have patience, your dog will get better. Look at yourself: how easily can you change your old patterns?
Problem behaviour can be caused by many reasons like we just mentioned, but we also want to be sure that your dog doesn’t have a medical problem what caused the problem. Other reasons can be: does your dog get enough food, which food? Is there stress? Does your dog sleep enough? Did you get a rehomed dog?
Below topics will be discussed during the consultation:
- Body language of your dog, calming and stress signals
- Stress and trauma 
- Daily health check of your dog
- Importance of sleeping
- Vaccinate or titer test (Immunity check, anti-bodies against diseases)
- Food
- Walking (without pulling the leash)
- Harness / long leash
- Importance of sniffing
- Enriched environment
- Social behaviour
- Senses of the dog
- Choices


How does it work?
Via telephone or mail you inform us what kind of help you need for your dog.
We will send a questionnaire which you fill in before we visit you.
We make an appointment for a visit at your place.
After the consultation you will receive a report with points of attention that you and your dog will work on, plus you will receive additional information on topics such as trauma, stress, body language, importance of sleeping, sniffing around etc.
The next 3 weeks you will start with the advice and all tips and you can phone, send me a what’s app or mail in case you got questions.
After 3 weeks I will contact you and ask how it is going and if there has been made progress or if we need to make a new appointment.