Taking My Lead - Website of Dog Behaviourist Lynda Hesketh-Butler

Lynda Hesketh-Butler is a dog behaviour expert and has been trained by the renowned Sharon Bolt. Lynda has done interviews and featured on Andover Sound, her local radio station.

Lynda has two wonderful Cocker Spaniel boys who are brothers and who are happy and well balanced. Lynda adores animals and has a real affinity with dogs.

Lynda has set up ‘Taking my Lead’ to help as many people as she can in having their dream dog, a dog who is happy, well balanced and well behaved. Please read the web site and contact Lynda if you feel she can help you.

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Taking My Lead is dedicated to helping you and your dog speak the same language; their language, Canine, a language they understand and will thank you for, for the rest of their lives.

In the wild every pack of dogs has a Pack Leader, the Alpha. This dog will lead the pack, and the pack will follow. The Alpha will alert the others to danger, everything will be on their terms,affection, eating, walking. This Alpha will have respect from the followers in the pack. They will have a confident stance and an authoritative air about them.
Pack Leader is the role you should be aiming for with your dog. You want your dog to see you as their leader and themselves as the follower.

When you bring a new dog into your home, they will look to you for leadership. This is a natural expectation.

If you do not give your dog the leadership that they are looking for, then you may experience some of the following behaviourial problems:

  • Pulling on the lead
  • Incessantly barking
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Aggression or Nervousness
  • Jumping up
  • Chewing or destroying your home
  • Uncontrollable barking when someone comes to the house
  • Refusing to come when called

But, don’t worry because all of these behavioural problems can be easily solved.
The good news is that you can still have fun, love and play; your dog can even sleep on your bed, if you wish, and, just by re-establishing yourself as the Pack Leader, your dog will look to you for leadership and the behavioural problems will disappear.

Lead your dog with confidence and be the Pack Leader, and your dog will follow you and will be a lot happier for it. There is no need for shouting, getting angry and certainly no need for ever smacking your dog. This is a calm assertive energy that your dog will pick up on and understand.

Instinctively, your dog needs to take the lead role if they are not being lead by means they understand. Dogs need clear messages and clear guidance on behaviour and what is, and what is not, acceptable. I will show you how you can accomplish this and watch your dog turn from being either confused, nervous, dominant and "naughty" to being a happy well balanced dog that will follow you for life.
Dogs actually find the pack leader role quite stressful, and, once you know the language and the signs your dog is giving you, and you yourself become the pack leader, your dog will happily hand over their lead for you to take.

If your dog has behavioural issues then they can change for the better with your leadership. Simply, Kindly and Forever.

I now teach the Advanced Dog course for Sharon Bolt of Good Dogs:

And this is what some of what our delegates have said...

"I expected to learn more about dogs, I did not expect to learn more about me! This fantastic course has been life changing. Lynda has delivered a professional, well structured course, bursting with enthusiasm and friendliness. "
Karen - Crawley

"The course value and relevance evolved as the 5 days progressed. Day 1 was the foundation which became the key to using the techniques covered over days 2-5. I learnt an enormous amount from Lynda who was calm, clear, informative and behaved like a mentor, gently showing the way and imparting her knowledge. "
Sally - Redhill

...so if you would like more information on how to attend this course please contact me through the web site or call me for more details.