Behaviour Consultations

Our senior behaviourist is Ainsley Miller, RQF - DipCABT Level 6, supported by Jennie Shaw who is qualified to Level 4.  This is a formidable team to have working with you!
Behavioural issues are usually complex, been going on for a long time and reach a point where help is needed.
A good behaviourist is looking at medical history, behavioural history, pain, environmental factors and home life.  They leave no stone unturned in the quest to help improve life for you and your dog(s).
Qualifications are an absolute must have.
To understand how your dog is feeling both when the behaviour is happening as well as their overall mood is vital to successfully applying positive reward-based training techniques to help turn challenging behaviours into more acceptable behaviours. 
We are COAPE qualified behaviourists and trainers and members of the COAPE Association of Pet Behaviourists and Trainers - CAPBT.  Ainsley chose COAPE qualifications because they are the only regulated courses on offer in the UK and because they were aligned with her deep routed belief that animals have emotions. COAPE’s ethos and education courses start with the fundamental premise that the success of all mammals (and birds) is absolutely dependent on their emotional sensitivity. By understanding emotions and interpreting how dogs feel when they display certain behaviours, Ainsley can help owners better understand how their dog is feeling and why.
Ainsley has spent 6 years studying to Level 6 as well as practising as a behaviourist for the past 5 years beginning with setting up Dog Logic which expanded into becoming Active Paws.  She has never turned a case away.
Having the Centre is crucial to being able to train new behaviours in a managed, safe environment.
Ainsley sees you in the home first and then puts a plan together that can pull on the skills of other members of the Active Paws team, including our dogs who work very hard in the role to which they are best suited.
What behaviours can we help with?  Here are the things Ainsley has dealt with to give you an idea.  It is not exhaustive, so if your particular behaviour isn’t here, still call us!
- Dogs lunging and barking at other dogs and/or people
- Noise sensitivity, including fear of fireworks
- Dogs that growl around food, toys or their person
- Hyperactivity
- Dogs stopping doing things they used to enjoy, not just from old age
- Inability to be left at home
- Repetitive behaviour (OCD-like) e.g. shadow chasing, excessive licking of themselves or something, barking
- Issues between dogs living in the same home
- Not eating or always hungry
- Rehomed dogs struggling to adjust to family life
For more about this and to read client testimonials on Ainsley's work, please click here.
Our Courses


reactive dog, training is kind and positive, come on leaps and bounds

Kathy & Jenry

Doing brilliantly, no barking or acting fearfully, working towards going to the pub

Marcus, Justine & Harley

Wonderful team, thank you for helping

Joy, Dan & Sash

Ainsley has superb knowledge, Active Paws carries our strongest endorsement, recommended

S Martin

my dogs love their courses


Fab facility, well set up, 1:1 support & classes made a huge difference, continue with classes

Vicky & Otto

fantastic puppy training course, we have loved it, brilliant tips, lovely warm people

Katie and Martha

A Different Max, less anxious, much happier, gained confidence and trust, overcome thanks to Ainsley

Dee And Bob Burgess

Thank you, learnt so much, happy dogs, puppy training

Kaye, Rosie & Harley

A much happier and less anxious lurcher, new dog, recommend Active Paws

Nicola & Simon

Family Rescue! Come a long way, pride, can't thank Active Paws enough


Canine Physio noticing calm, focus after training helping her exercises

Nycky Edleston


Caroline And Carla

myotherapy definitely working...improvement in gait...jumping in car,on to things...done the trick

Gaby & Bertie

GSD X Beagle rescue, numerous issues, help from Ainsley, improved from day 1, I know how to help him

Sharon Ritchie

informative, huge benefits to every day life, he loves it

Carol Street

I can really recommend this course and Ainsley to everyone.


Great venue - Great Trainers - What else do you need?!

Caroline Shelford

Lots of tools and tips...huge improvement in only a couple of months...we travel 1½ hours

Mark & Gareth

I thoroughly recommend this place!

Sue Lane

Wow, lovely people, great venue and super class

Paula Topping

Highly recommended.

Rob Staves

What a great place!!

Sue Barlow

Such a lovely time

Carol Anne Street

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