At Active Creatures, our purpose is to restore happiness, harmony and calm for you & your dog.
Each plan is developed with your input and is personalised, adopts best practice & reward-based methods and directly remedies the behavioural problem/s.
With your direct involvement, we use real time practical treatment exercises to maximise your dog’s learning, and bring about behavioural change.
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Managing a dog with behavioural problems can be stressful and worrying. Active Creatures can help.
For a no obligation phone consultation:
1. Arrange a complimentary phone consultationCall us
Give us a call, send us an email or request a call back to arrange your
complimentary phone consultation.
In this consultation we are interested to hear more about your current situation; the behavioural problem/s your dog has been experiencing and the challenges you have been facing.
This helps us understand the issues and is a prelude to booking in a
behavioural treatment workshop.
2. Book a behavioural treatment workshopBook a workshop
Undertaking our behavioural treatment workshop will enable you to start helping your dog immediately, with carefully targeted strategies and techniques that aim to resolve your dog's behavioural problem/s.
This follows the initial phone consultation and it's where Active Creatures will come to your home to meet you and observe your dog in its natural habitat, and explore the issues discussed during the phone consultation in more detail.
The workshop typically runs for 2.5-3 hours and there are two key components, being the behavioural assessment and the development of a behavioural modification plan (or treatment plan) that's specific to your dog.
The behaviour assessment is where we delve into the history and detail about your dog and it forms the basis of the treatment plan.
Following this, the treatment plan will be designed during the workshop with your participation, so we can make an immediate start. This will help bring about behavioural change in your dog more quickly.
3. Purchase optional treatment sessionsPurchase now
Active Creatures offers the flexibility to purchase additional treatment sessions after the completion of the workshop.
This provides us with more dedicated time and focus, so together we can continue to work with your dog on the treatment plan and practical exercises, to bring about lasting change.
There are two options available:
- purchase a single session/s
- purchase a treatment block (a number of ongoing face-to-face sessions)
Once booked, we'll schedule appointment times around your availability, between Monday - Saturday.
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A special dog...
Active Creatures was approached to help a beautiful young female dog named Ouiser, who after a traumatic car accident, went missing for 24 hours and was recovering from the incident.
This is a remarkable & positive behavioural turnaround about a traumatised dog - literally too scared to leave her home - has been able to regain her confidence, rebuild her resilience and begin to enjoy her life again.
"Ouiser was our fun loving puppy until we were hit by an out of control car one day while walking her.
She came out of her harness and bolted while we were injured.
Luckily she made her way back to us the next day but she was not the same pup anymore. She hated being outside and would lock up her legs and refuse to go for walks. All she wanted to do was go back inside, if we even got her out the door to begin with.
We have worked with Cam for a few months now and the change is incredible.
We have started to see her confidence come back and her little spark is well and truly lit again.
She still has some issues outside but I know that we can work through them now with the help from Cam.
It’s been amazing to watch her come back from this horrible trauma and start to enjoy herself again. Thank you so much Cam, you really have changed her and our life.
I recommend Active Creatures whole heartedly. They’ve done a brilliant job and we couldn’t be happier."
Active Creatures. What we specalise in
While Active Creatures can help dog owners address nearly all behavioural problems and issues that their dog is experiencing, we typically get approached by owners with dogs who are suffering from either one, or two of the following complex behavioural problem/s.
Namely, these are:
Separation Related Behaviour
(also referred to as Separation Anxiety or SRB), and
Dog Fear Based Reactivity
It’s common for a dog to be experiencing both conditions simultaneously.
Separation Related Behaviour
With Separation Related Behaviour, we commonly find that the condition plays out both inside the home when the dog is alone, and outside in a particular environment when the owner needs to temporarily move away from his/her dog. In both scenarios, the underlying stress and panic being experienced by the dog can be traumatic.
Fear Based Reactivity
Fear Based Reactivity can be present in a variety of situations. A dog may show both fear and/or aggression towards other unfamiliar dogs that are nearby, especially when going for a walk, or at a local park.
Some dogs may also show these type of behaviours towards unfamiliar adults or children, either inside or outside of the home. Other dogs may demonstrate reactivity towards moving objects such as bicycles, cars and skateboards. And of course, a dog may simply be hyper-excited when placed in these situations - also very common given the number of owners who approach us to help calm and relax their very hyper-excitable dogs.
Another area that Active Creatures is becoming more involved in, is helping owners who have two dogs residing in the same home, where there are infrequent displays of aggression between both dogs. Increasingly, we are being approached for this specific problem given the amount of stress and anxiety that an owner is subjected to.
Utilising current research
Due to this demand from owners for behavioural treatment in the area’s outlined above, Active Creatures ultimately devotes significant attention into researching the most recent and practical advancements into treatment methods and strategies for these conditions. That’s because these complex behavioural issues demand an up-to date, ‘best practice’ approach to bring about lasting positive behavioural change for an owner’s suffering dog.
If your dog has been experiencing some of the above problems, please reach out to us for help.
What Our Customers Say
Cam has helped us work with our highly anxious Boston and miniature fox terrier cross. From our first lesson, Cam helped us to understand Piper and what might be behind her behaviour particularly being highly reactive towards other dogs. He was realistic in what we could expect given her energetic personality but we have the methods to assist Piper to cope on her walks. Cam was always positive and patient in giving us feedback as we put his strategies into practice. We realise it is going to take time with no miracles!! But we know we can call on Cam for a booster session!
Cam has been working with me & our dog Frankie for a few weeks now regarding separation anxiety & reactivity.
Frankie is a small senior rescue dog & although he loves his humans & house mate Buddy, he is very reactive when he sees other dogs out walking.
Cam has taught me a reward based training program which is already showing positive results which should continue to improve with repetition.
I would highly recommend Cam for any dog behaviour issues.
Cam was terrific with helping us modify Rosie’s (fur-baby) behaviour once Max (baby) started to crawl. Or probably more accurate, help us modify our own behaviour to help Rosie adapt to the change.
We didn’t need to do much when Max first came along as Rosie didn’t seem too fussed by his presence, but once he was on the move, things got difficult!
Cam fully understood our dilemma and gave us practical and effective strategies to help understand the world from Rosie’s eyes and make a calm and inclusive environment for everyone to enjoy.
I highly recommend Cam! His approach is gentle and tailored to your individual circumstances. He is very good with dogs and humans ;)
We had a fun loving puppy until we were hit by an out of control car one day while walking her. She came out of her harness and bolted while we were injured. Luckily she made her way back to us the next day but she was not the same pup anymore. She hated being outside and would lock up her legs and refuse to go for walks. All she wanted to do was go back inside %28if we even got her out the door to begin with%29. We have worked with Cam for a few months now and the change is incredible. We have started to see her confidence come back and her little spark is well and truly lit again. She still has some issues outside but I know that we can work through them now with the help from Cam. It’s been amazing to watch her come back from this horrible trauma and start to enjoy herself again. Thank you so much Cam%2C you really have changed her %28and our%29 life. I recommend Active Creatures whole heartedly. They’ve done a brilliant job and we couldn’t be happier.
Cam worked with our cavoodle puppy Max on his separation anxiety. Whilst we knew it would take a while, Cam was so patient with little Max and reassured us along the way that we were making progress.
He was right! We’ve seen Max’s confidence build to the point where he is now fine for us to leave the house.
Cam was so generous with his time, and made sure we were on track between sessions, responding to messages whenever we had a question about the training.
Cam has had the patience of a saint working with my hyperactive humper!
His principles are practical and really easy to follow. The detail he went into in providing me a written plan to refer back to has been super helpful as well.
Cam’s cool cucumber nature and positive reinforcement training style has been a wonderful influence for my pup and I through some pretty frustrating and quirky behavioural concerns.
Crumpet is far happier, calmer and a well adjusted 3yo for having worked with Cam over the past year. Highly recommend!
Can only say good things about Cam
He started working with our (slightly troubled/anxious) working dog about 12 months ago as we were looking for someone to walk her once a day whilst we were overseas for a month
We noticed immediate improvement in Beans behaviour and, with a few observations/suggestions from Cam, have enjoyed continued progress with our pooch’s demeanour and handleability
A little jealous of how happy and excited Beans is to see Cam but can live with that
Thanks heaps Cam
Cam has been training our female Miniature Bull Terrier for over three years in lead walking and not reacting to dogs that are near her. We have seen great improvement i her behaviour since she started training with Cam, who is very patient with her as she can be very stubborn! Cam is very reliable, trustworthy and punctual.
What a fantastic experience it has been working with Cameron! We are so happy with the progress Cooper has made under Cam's patient and calm approach. He took the time to understand our needs and help us focus on the things that were most important. We have so much more confidence now that we have the tools to deal with a variety of situations. Not only do we see a huge improvement in Cooper but we are able to relax & enjoy our time as a family even when there are lots of other dogs around. Cooper is a much happier boy too.
I have been working with Cam for a few months to help my 3 yo Kelpie Marley. He was attacked on a beach walk and became quite reactive around bigger black dogs. Slowly Cam has introduced him to situations where there are other dogs. Gradually he is become more confident. Also he has helped with general behaviour. Highly recommend.
Cameron has been instrumental in helping my recently adopted dog settle in to life in the city. Prior to Cam's intervention, my dog and the neighbour's dog were constantly fighting and stressing each other out. Now they're tolerating each other, and even forming a friendship. It's been wonderful to see, and only possible with Cam's guidance. I (and my dog) appreciate Cam's infinite patience and his very calm and reassuring demeanour. Thank you Active Creatures and thank you very much Cam!
Cameron has been helping to train our 2 dogs for around 2 years now. Since they’ve been working with him we’ve noticed a significant improvement in their behaviour both on and off the lead, and they have both become much less reactive and walking them is now so much more enjoyable.
In addition to his skills as a trainer, he is an incredibly reliable, trustworthy and flexible. This has made working with him a breeze. Our dogs love him, and are always so happy to see him.
I've used Cam for over two years and could not be happier and have complete trust in him with my dogs in his care. He's looked after my greyhound and dachshund with daily walks and obedience training. Both dogs have been very responsive to Cam's techniques and he's very knowledgeable and has worked bespoke training to suit the issues. When Cam first came onboard my greyhound could not even get close to another dog without barking and leaping into the air - and this has changed dramatically under Cam's guidance and training where we can now socialise her with other dogs. Cam's also super reliable and always shows up and on time which give complete peace of mind when I'm out. Could not recommend Cam more.
We first hired Cam to help us out with our puppy piranha Banjo, a kelpie x springer spaniel. He helped us with strategies to redirect her extremely persistent and enthusiastic biting! We also hired him to develop a separation anxiety/stay at home alone plan for Banjo (and us) because she was getting distressed even when left for short periods of time. He made her a personalised plan, helped us figure which parts of the house she would be happiest in, and made multiple follow up visits and texts. Banjo now sleeps on the couch when we go out and we are gradually increasing the amount of time she spends alone.
We have a Hungarian Vizsla who during the pandemic turned his terrible two’s and developed an unsociable habit of leash lunging at dogs for no apparent reason. For a breed that’s meant to be known for licking not lunging, we sought out help from Cam to resolve the problem before it became a real issue. Cam taught us so much more than what we hired him for - he went through the psychology of what Bert was going through and step by step addressed each issue including explaining why it was happening and coming up with tailored strategies to the breed. There were times when training that I was highly anxious walking Bert in the event of an incident so Cam walked Bert and I observed. Cam suggested times to train that we’d get the best results from - such as busy times at the cafe when lots of dogs walked past, or at the dog walking time in the park but it was always adapted to the dogs mood to maximise results. I couldn’t have been happier with either the process or the outcome. It’s been 18 months without a SINGLE lunge and I have a well adjusted and happy dog that doesn’t hold the stress he used to. Of course the only problem now is that Cam lives next to the cafe we frequent with Bert so we need to deal with Bert whining to see Cam each time we walk past as he adores him so much (an incredibly minor inconvenience for the outcome though!!) Highly highly recommend Cam 😊