You don’t have to have a degree in dog behaviour to be able to change your dog - you only need to understand then put into action a few key skills in order to get dramatic and rewarding results. This course gives you those skills and techniques, step-by-step. I want to show you how to know what to do when - and some of this will surprise you!
If you haven’t yet enjoyed our free
you can join us here for a week of fun and frolics - Lessons and Video Trainings and down-to-earth strategies and techniques to help you enjoy walks again with your Growly Dog.
It's a Workshop to make your Growly Dog your Brilliant Family Dog - and yes, it's completely free. In just five days you will get better walks with your challenging dog!
And it is good fun, really!
You won't have to spend hours trawling the internet and trekking miles to classes in order to help your Growly Dog learn to cope with our world. I'm giving you a shortcut through all the mumbo jumbo to what actually works. I've done all the legwork for you and I'm giving you a proven system - all force-free - which will build your dog's confidence so that he can see another dog, say "Ah well," and move on without getting upset.
Hard to imagine?
See what these students found after working with me ...
"If you have a reactive or growly dog this is the course for you! Beverley will take you by the hand (or paw) and lead you every step of the way. It’s so easy to put into practice and gets real results quickly.
Before starting the course Rosie was a nightmare to walk, she reacted to traffic and every unexpected noise. Although she has never been aggressive with other dogs she would lie down as soon as she saw one.
Things have improved so much since starting the course: she now walks beautifully ...
on a loose lead and although she is still spooked by unexpected loud noises she is improving all the time. Also, knowing that she never has to meet another dog again unless she chooses to has made life so much happier for her.
She still has issues and extreme reactions to lots of household noises but I am confident that with the skills we are both learning from the course that we will get there in the end. At last we can see the dog she will be.
You never feel you are the only person struggling with a hyper and sometimes challenging dog."
Lesley and Rosie, Terrier
"I would absolutely recommend this course! I have done many courses but Beverley's has been the easiest to follow.
Before I joined the course and before I had met Beverley, Ellanah my German Shepherd female was very reactive to dogs. Saw dog: barked - and this response happened all the time whilst we were out on our walks.
I felt very frustrated as I felt it was my fault and that somehow I had got it wrong with her and hadn't socialised her properly. I don't beat myself up any more.
I have had amazing results since doing From Growly Dog to Confident Dog and from ...
meeting Beverley and doing 1-1 individual training as well. I have felt so much more confident and I know that Ellanah is too. I know now that if we have a bad day, not to feel bad but to think that tomorrow will be better. It is a journey and I don't think of the outcome anymore. I take one day at a time with her which takes the pressure off her and certainly off me.
The Lead Skills have really helped me, especially the Emergency Turn, that gives me permission to get Ellanah out of the situation that we might be getting ourselves into, and in a kind and positive way too. It is a very light verbal cue and Ellanah really responds well to it and certainly helps if she is stuck in her reactivity.
There is science behind the course and Beverley does hit on this - but if you don't want to read that aspect you don't have to. There is advice if you need it too and a forum to get feedback from other students which is very helpful, everyone is on the same page.
A big thank you to Beverley! I know that myself and Ellanah have some way to go but I don't mind now and I don't rush it as I know I’ve got all the time in the world to enjoy my dog, and I don't worry that sometimes she might bark - we go back to where she is comfortable and start again.
Another thing I like about Beverley's course is you start where you are, which I think is great: there is no pressure.
It is so fantastic that I get to enjoy different walks with my girl now and not worry whether we meet dogs. Who cares if we do? We’ve got our toolkit! One happy owner and one happy tired dog!
Eileen & Ellanah, German Shepherd Dog
"The interaction in this course is invaluable: although you can view many internet videos and articles, and peruse many books - of the multitude of people sharing their how-to’s - the personal interaction is a wonderful benefit of this course.
Beverley’s passion, understanding and humor help guide us through the trials and tribulations of living with a Problem Child.
The course appears deceptively simple, but the table is set with ...
a full 11-course meal, offered in bite-sized pieces. Dessert comes in the form of a Bonus Resources Module full of goodies. I would caution people though, that this is not a quick fix, and takes time and much patience, but each small success is something to build on, and well worth the effort.
I have become increasingly aware of Winston's perceptions, responses and body language. This is an ever-growing, ongoing, process, it seems. I'd read different sources about body language and thought, yeah, I get that. But I really hadn't.
The tone and presentation of From Growly Dog to Confident Dog is great! Just a natural extension of Beverley’s books, and now I can put the voice to the words! She lays out basics, and we can go from there, either acting on them as presented, or delving more into the blood and guts starting with the Resources Module."
Christine and Winston, mini Aussie
“So Enzo had his third BAT session yesterday with our trainer Beverley. I cannot believe how good it was.... A helper dog was used and with guidance from Beverley Enzo ended up being within a couple of metres of Toby with no reaction whatsoever. We were able to walk parallel to him, chat with his owner and Enzo didn't bark or growl once. We are over the moon with his progress! I couldn't recommend Beverley more!”
Jess and Enzo, German Shepherd Dog
I’ve been training dogs for many years. First for competitive dog sports and over time to be stellar family pets. I found that a force-free approach was by far the most successful, effective, and rewarding for me, my dogs, and my students. It's a fascinating subject and I am continually studying and learning.
Almost ten years of teaching thousands of students in my Puppy and New Dog classes have taught me so much about how the critters learn and develop!
Having to learn how to make life acceptable for my own Growly Dog gave me the tools - and the empathy - to work with hundreds of students who have come to me in despair at their much-loved dog's "aggressive" behaviour.
My style of teaching has been influenced by my students. These dog-owners are not looking for competition-standard training; what they want is a Brilliant Family Dog they can take anywhere. Working with real dogs and their real owners keeps me humble - and resourceful! You could be brilliant at training dogs, but it's no use if you can’t convey this enthusiasm and knowledge to the person the dog has to live with. So I’m grateful for everything my students have taught me about how they learn best.
Beverley Courtney BA(Hons) CBATI CAP2 MAPDT(UK) ABTC Registered Animal Training Instructor
and author of the popular Brilliant Family Dog book series
The Course is presented in over 60 brief, accessible, lectures. It's very easy to navigate.
Module 1 What is reactivity?
Before you can fix something, you need to understand it - here we make sense of the many aspects of reactivity
Module 2 What caused it?
So - why my dog? What made him like this?
Module 3 What can I do?
Time to get started on the changes that will give you a much easier life!
Module 4 Training
Masses of new ideas and training approaches here (all force-free, of course!) Lots of Lessons in this module
Module 5 Choice Training
The science that underpins this approach, and lots more Lessons for you to work on
Module 6 Relaxation and Walk Management
How to translate all this to being out in the world with your dog
Module 7 First Big Technique
Desensitisation and Counterconditioning - often misunderstood - here’s how to do it effectively
Module 8 Second Big Technique
Look at That! This technique alone will transform your relationship with your dog
Module 9 Third Big Technique
Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT) - starting at the very beginning and building up to your first BAT session. With Troubleshooting sections to ensure you get the best out of your new team.
Module 10 Developing your new skills!
Lots of BAT variants for every situation
Module 11 What, when?
How to fit all your new skills into your daily life with your dog for maximum results
Extensive info if you want to dig deeper
ON TOP OF ALL THAT, you’ll have access to our private Facebook group where you can ask me questions (and get answers!), and get support from your fellow students. No-one will look down their nose at you here - we are all in the same boat! This is one of the stars of the course for students - many of whom felt isolated before.
"I am thoroughly enjoying From Growly Dog to Confident Dog and would happily recommend it to anyone and everyone. I like the feeling that there is always someone there to help, and knowing that it is run by someone real and approachable.
I’ve had lots of good results, even though I am not even half way through yet. Jasper is calmer and happier and we have daily successes with even the little I have learnt so far - and we can walk past cyclists now without incident!
Before we started, Jasper reacted to just about every sight and ...
sound and walking was very difficult and stressful for both of us. I was constantly embarrassed and spent much of our walks apologising to passers-by (and cyclists!).
My main concern about enrolling was the lack of time I felt I could give to the course. I thought I would fall behind and not be able to achieve deadlines. Thankfully, Beverley has designed the course so that I can take it at my own (and Jasper’s) pace - such a relief!
I liked best being told that its ok to do what’s right for your dog!
I’ve got three takeaways: to turn and walk the other way, that it’s ok to have a Growly Dog (and not necessarily my fault!), and that there are other people out there with the same problems, and there’s support and guidance on hand when required.
I would recommend this course for all of the above reasons, but mostly the support, good ideas, and lack of being judged.
A huge thank you from me and Jasper!"
Elaine and Jasper, Terrier
"When I first started this course I was in despair. Walks were no pleasure and had become such a problem that I literally used to dread taking Max out knowing that he would lunge and bark as soon as he saw another dog. He also did the same with sirens, mopeds and motorbikes! I had no idea what the problem was - I hadn't a clue about 'reactivity'.
My confidence was at rock bottom as I didn't know how to deal with him or where to turn for help. I couldn't join a local class as the trainer wouldn't accept him because of his reactivity to other dogs.
I scoured the internet and bought several books in an attempt to help Max and ...
make life easier for both of us. I came across Beverley who seemed to have the answer to my problem. I realised that From Growly Dog to Confident Dog was just what I was looking for to achieve calmer walks with my dog. My only concern before I enrolled was how the BAT sessions would work as I'd previously done a little bit of BAT, but I see now that they work very well - the effort is well worth the result of seeing your dog make progress.
It's been a long journey but I'm sure we're in the right place now!
I like everything about the course. The way it's set out in small bite-sized steps - I felt that when I first had Max that I needed to know everything about reactivity all at once! But this course allows you to read it all through first so you know where you're going with it and what you're aiming for, and then you can go back and work through it at your own pace.
It's so uplifting to be able to talk to and gain support from others through the private Facebook group. Although I'm not a ‘Facebooker' as such, I've found it invaluable to be able to post and to follow others who are in the same boat as me. The support out there is amazing - you can feel quite isolated having a reactive dog.
Three things that I've learnt that have made all the difference would be the muzzle training - so good and it works! the Lead Skills and all the games for impulse control - Max loves them (and so do I!)
I would certainly recommend this course to anyone with a growly dog. It has all you need to know in one place and you can take it at your own pace. The resources are excellent.
It has made such a difference to us - Max has made such good progress and my confidence has grown so that I no longer dread taking him out for walks because I now know what to do."
Liz and Max, Collie x Spaniel
"I would definitely recommend From Growly Dog to Confident Dog as Reggie is so much better now. He used to lunge and bark at other dogs especially if he was on lead.
He now often wants to greet small dogs! He avoids large dogs usually only reacting if a loose dog runs towards him or he is startled.
I was initially unsure about signing up for the course as I didn't know Beverley and had no way to assess the quality of the course, but as I was getting desperate and was impressed by the Brilliant Family Dog series of books I took the plunge - and I’m so pleased that I did!
I look forward to going out now although we still have plenty to work to do.
I have found all the course useful but especially appreciate the rapid response to any queries or comments."
Linda and Reggie, Miniature Poodle
And in case you have any concerns, you also have a 30-day money-back guarantee. Let me know within 30 days of your purchase that this course isn’t for you, and you will get a full refund - no questions asked. There is absolutely no risk.
How safe does that make you feel?
"The best result for me so far from this course is that I'm so much more relaxed when taking Elsie out, and I'm much more confident knowing that I'm doing the right things to help her to improve, relax and get out of 'danger' when we need to. We still have a way to go with Elsie's worry about dogs but I feel sure we're heading in the right direction now.
Thank you to Beverley for giving me my confidence back and helping me to see that I'm not the useless dog owner I was sure I must have become!
When I began the course Elsie was an extremely exuberant, highly-strung and determined girl who'd spook at things very easily ...
like no previous dog I'd owned. She'd become very nervous of dogs after a few bad experiences and if she got frightened she'd rear up and growl. She'd also pin dogs down given the chance and was generally too forceful.
I was very anxious when I took her out - I felt out of my depth. I was also very worried that by being nervous myself when out (however hard I tried to hide it) I might be making her worse, which only increased my anxiety.
I often felt I was a useless dog-owner and that it must be my fault she was the way she was and that I'd let her down - I was constantly asking myself where I went wrong.
The most worrying thing about walks was the thought of a dog coming towards us and Elsie becoming fixated on it and refusing to move and then reacting - trying to get a 55kg dog to move when they've dug their heels in and are rooted to the spot isn't (or rather wasn't) easy!
I had no concerns about enrolling on the course: Beverley had been so helpful and kind in the couple of emails I'd exchanged beforehand after subscribing to her free email course that I felt to have her advice and support would be invaluable.
There are lots of things I like - the helpful lessons, the games, the private Facebook group (including the camaraderie) ...
But the biggest thing that has made all the difference to our walks are the methods of getting out of danger. One of the other things that's made a big difference is Beverley’s encouragement and support. The methods of teaching all make sense, which has given me a lot of confidence in training.
I’d recommend From Growly Dog to Confident Dog because it teaches you how to teach your dog, and there's lots of support to go with it.
I no longer beat myself up thinking that I must be the reason Elsie is the way she is - I've accepted that her exuberant and forceful personality combined with some unfortunate experiences have made her the way she is, and with Beverley's help I know I can do my best for my much-loved girl. It means so much to me just knowing Beverley’s there in the background to help with any questions and problems that I might have now and in the future."
Clare and Elsie, Great Dane
Everything changed when Lacy came into my life.
She’d bark and lunge, growl, chase, grab - so I know just what you’ve been going through with your dog! I really have experienced it first-hand, and I know just how stinging people’s words can be when they walk their “perfect” dog past your growling, snarling, tornado of a dog.
I’d never had a reactive, growly, fearful, “aggressive”, dog before. And I knew that I had to learn quickly how to help Lacy adjust to the world she now had to live in - and that’s where my journey began.
I spent a couple of years researching, studying, reading, and experimenting - and devised a system (all force-free) that worked to change Lacy from a loose cannon to a reliable (and happy) companion.
So I can save you the time of all that research - and the expense! - by giving you here my system that has worked - not just for Lacy - but also for the many dogs whose owners have come to me for help.
If you’ve read any of the books in my Essential Skills for a Brilliant Family Dog series, and Essential Skills for your Growly but Brilliant Family Dog, you’ll know that I break everything down into tiny, manageable steps, making sure that you understand each technique before developing the next.
This course will take you speedily from where you are now with your dog to where you want to be: having a companion you can trust and who trusts you.