About Us | Locke's Dogs
Locke's Dogs - ISCP.Adv.Dip.Canine.Prac - is a Certified and Accredited Holistic Canine Behaviour Practice, and Games Based Concept Trainer, based in Exning, Suffolk.
We are a family run business, with Freya Locke doing the vast majority of the training and behaviour work, supported by various members of the Locke family when required.
We give you holistic behavioural advice so that your dog may enjoy a happy and healthy life.
We have designed our own "Fun Not Fear®" training program for both dogs and people, with social anxiety and similar struggles, to teach you how to give your dog an amazing life. We firmly believe there is nothing than can be taught with fear, that can't be taught with fun, apart from fear itself. We apply this to both our human and our dog friends with great effects.
We continually undertake CPD and extra training to ensure we are giving the very best advice to you for your dog.
Because we are passionately committed to the positive training movement, we do not advocate or advise using aversive and outdated methods or equipment with your dog. These would include choke chains, prong collars, invisible fences, shock collars and so on. Many canine behavioural issues are fear - based, and you can't fight fear by making the dog even more afraid!
Instead we teach the dog, using kind methods, how to make good decisions and to learn that actually, most things he/she finds scary are not that bad after all. We help them build confidence.
Behaviour work is different to obedience training, although there are elements of training involved in behaviour work. If a vet is like a GP for dogs, and a dog trainer is like a teacher for dogs, then a Canine Behaviour Practitioner would be like a Psychologist and Life coach. We teach you and your dog how to feel better about things, in order to change what people perceive as a problem behaviour.
Through our ethics and our Fun Not Fear® approach we teach concepts to dogs such as confidence, optimism, focus, proximity to their owner and more, through special easy games and enrichment techniques. Anyone can learn quickly to bring fun and interest to their dogs world, and dogs absolutely love it! A great relationship with our dogs, and a happy canine chum can be achieved easily by harnessing the power of play.
Freya Locke also:
- Runs a non-profit - The Dog Welfare Alliance, raising funds for force-free shelters and intiatives.
- Is co-coordinator of ICAN: International Companion Animal Network.
- On the Committee in the role of secretary at The Association of INTODogs
- Works for The International School of Canine Psychology - The ISCP Ltd, running social media pages and groups for them too!