Getting Started Community

Getting to know our community and learning empawrium resources

Welcome to our community and learning empawrium to help you and your dog. Our site is packed with useful information and downloadable content to help you get the most out of our time together.

However, we understand it can be a bit overwhelming at first and it’s difficult to know where to start so this page helps you to know where everything is ๐Ÿ™‚

What Do You Need ?

Firstly have a think about what the priority is for you, your dog, and your learning style. For many these will vary and will be different for everyone. Often you want to dive straight into the practical training, however, it’s often better for your dog if you slow down and focus on rest and relaxation for the first few weeks and build up your bond again.

I need to understand my dogs point of view

Try starting with reading through the understanding your dog sections of our Building your B.A.S.E. and foundations course and maybe watch the Dr Spock and the Meerkat course too. These will give you a really good understanding of why your dog is reacting the way are in different situations. You can then use the printable sheets to take notes now of what your struggling with and would like to achieve. This can help you build your plan and you can match it with the plan created with you by your CAB in your Rehabilitation Diary

This course has a lot of information about managing the situation and some simple exercises to help get you started
Dog-ter Spock and the Meerkat. Image has a white background with pink bubbles in the corners. The centre image is a brain with a tri coloured border collie to the left and the animated happy meerkat to the right
This course talks all about how the brain and how the 'Meerkat' affects your dogs behaviour. It explains why we need to Control The Meerkat, before we start training
Tracking your progress can be really beneficial. Along with the checklist options in your rehab diary, we also have printable worksheets.
Here we have a loads of downloadable and viewable content available for free to you! We have courses, downloadable Ebooks for the training exercises and games we recommend the most and scientific webinars that have been presented by our team if you want to get really geeky.
We have downloadable and printable EBooks explaining all about dog behaviour and how to support them, with step by step insturctions.

I need a place to talk openly about my dog and the struggles we're facing with those who understand

Living with these dogs is tough and few people understand what it’s like unless they have lived experience. We want to support you as much as your dog and have created groups where you can talk to others, share experience and tips and rant away to get it off your chest. We understand how hard it can be. Have a look at our social groups, we recommend the social community group for open chat with all members of our community and our team for general chat and advice. If you would like more privacy we have a consultation clients only group too. This is available only to our team and anyone who has had a consultation with us making it the most secure and private place to talk. We also have an active PUBLIC facebook group too, which is filled with information but all posts are visible to everyone so if you want to talk away from where family and friends may see, our onsite groups are for you., of which we have a few!

Groups

Meerkat Social Community
Public Facebook Group
Private Facebook Group

I need a step by step course to work through

We have a whole bunch of courses, that are always increasing. Our courses have instructional videos and often downloadable ebooks that you can print off for when you’re practicing off line. To start we recommend these three to get you started on the right track. You can view them all here. Many also have downloadable and printable Ebooks, which you can view in the learning empawrium

Learn foundation exercises and games to help support your rehabilitation. It's packed with loads of behavioural first aid and advice
Teach your dog how to relax and switch off. This is essential learning for all dogs, especially the busy ones that just can't stop
Gaining and keeping your dogs attention, in all situations, is essential. This will help you build a great connection with your dog

I've realised I need more support and direction than I though and would like to book in with a member of the team

If you need to speak to us and arrange a session you can do this direct by clicking the contact us button below. We like to give people the space to work through the resources in their own time and our groups are available for you to reach out. However, we understand you need a more tailored plan for your and your dogs individual needs. We’re here to help ๐Ÿ™‚

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