Hi, I’m Ali, and dogs make me happy!
I am a dog behaviour specialist, a meditation and Animal Reiki teacher, and all round dog nerd. Welcome to my website where I am delighted to offer you some fascinating, kind and gentle solutions to any non-medical behaviour issues you are having with your dog.
I help people get the best out of their relationship with their dogs even in this world that gets crazier by the minute!
And this is often the problem… many times our dogs are expected just to get on in life by our sides. To be calm around the children, to be ok when left, to not destroy the house or bark at visitors. However, the fact is, that the canine species understands life and survival differently to us and they can easily get confused about what their role is in the household.
I am a licensed Animal Reiki teacher and I represented Jan Fennell for several years as her London based Dog Listener… the two approaches dovetail so beautifully, advocate respect and kindness for our animal companions, and I never tire of introducing the magic that comes from understanding their way of being, their language and the simple strategies that we can use to gently and kindly guide our dogs to calmer and happier behaviour.
How I Can Help You
I can support you in three calm, kind, happy ways:
The first thing I want you to do is delve into behaviour. Dogs’ and ours!
I want to teach you how to Speak Dog! When I show you the world through your dog’s eyes it will help you enormously to understand the behaviours they are demonstrating. Our domestic dogs sometimes have difficulties translating what’s happening around them, often they are confused at best and extremely anxious at worst, with behaviours that are getting them, or you, into trouble. My Speak Dog Coaching Programme delivers the information in an easily accessible way, using video footage of dogs to help me explain, and providing helpful guides to clarify the key strategies. At specific points along the way I invite you to book a zoom where I will help you work the strategies into your individual situations with your individual dogs.
Secondly, I invite you to discover how our energy, in our body AND mind, affects the canines we share our lives with and how they can help us achieve calm….
You already know how sensitive your dog is. Maybe they can smell a sandwich or hear the fridge open from the other side of the house! And have you also considered that they also know how we feel? And that this can affect the way they feel and therefore, as a non verbal species, they express it in their physical behaviour? Sometimes they need us to embody calmness in our breathing and stillness in our minds so that they can achieve that too.
Coming soon I have a Mindset, Energy and Wellness for Dog People course so that you can experience the joy of quieter times with your dog. If you have never quite been able to meditate, let me show you how to try this and invite your dog to help you!
Connect & Heal
Thirdly, I would love to share with you the joy of Reiki, for yourself, for your animals and for the animals you work or volunteer with.
Even as a previously qualified Reiki teacher it was studying and practicing the Let Animals Lead method of Animal Reiki that really spoke to me and allowed me to access a deeper level of spiritual understanding and peace. I teach Reiki now to help animals, and also their people with the help of animals. And I continue the Japanese lineage of Usui Reiki Ryoho for personal development and sharing healing. Reiki is utterly magical and it is also extremely ordinary. I attribute Animal Reiki for being able to achieve a peace of mind and a level of stillness I had not previously been able to achieve through meditation. And the good news is, it is available to everyone! There are no special skills required, simply an open mind to learn and practice the tools within this beautiful Japanese system. You will find a profound connection to animals, which helps us assist them in their healing. I know my dogs assist me in my healing.
On the Blog
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“I now understand dogs so much better than I ever had before. This has shown me my obvious mistakes and I'm excited for a new chapter with dogs. I will put Dog Speaking into action to benefit the dogs, their owners, and me.”
Megan, Dog Walker
“Hi Ali, we have nearly finished module 2 - will do the last bit tonight….and WOW, already we can see the difference. It’s really quite amazing. We have some questions to discuss in the zoom! BUT we get it. THANK YOU. Sooooo much to discuss!!!”
Sophie, South West London
“We are doing some good gentle lead walking around the house and garden. He is already being much less barky off the balcony but now that I have watched module 4, I know how to deal with it when it happens again which it just did! I said thank you, I went out to support him, said good boy and walked away. He didn't bark again! Extraordinary!”
Sara, North London