Covering all of South Devon

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PLEASE NOTE: Due to unprecedented demand we are currently only able to take on limited new cases. If you would like to be considered for support for your dog please email us with an outline of the issues you are having and a contact number. If we are able to offer you support we can arrange to start that process, and if not we can give you details of other excellent local professionals.

My name is Andrew Hale and I am a Certified Animal Behaviourist. I follow a Dog Centred Care approach, working with empathy and compassion to try and understand why your dog is exhibiting the behaviours you are concerned about. I also recognise caring for a dog with behavioural challenges can be difficult, so I work hard to support you, the owner, during the process. I am proud to be the behaviourist of choice for many of the local Vet practices and receive referrals from a range of other leading professionals. I have over 10 years working in animal behaviour and this experience, along with many years of study and qualifications, means I am well placed to give you the very best quality advice and support for you and your dog. I am a full certified member and trustee of the Association of INTOdogs ( I am also honoured to be the behavioural consultant for Pet Remedy and Animals In Distress. I am covered by the UK Dog Behaviour and Training Charter (

Some testimonials from respected local professionals-

“ I am the behaviour advisor at RSPCA Little Valley Animal Shelter and Andy helps us with some of the challenging cases we see at our shelter. Andy (and his dogs!) have been a fantastic support and with his expertise we have successfully rehabilitated and rehomed some very troubled dogs. He has such a great approach with the dogs and clearly has a huge love and passion for what he does. Andy is a massive advocate for force free, positive training and I think he is making a big difference in getting this message out there in our local area”

Rachel Sirdefield Behaviour Advisor RSPCA Little Valley

Andrew Hale is a fantastic behaviourist and has really helped me with some tricky cases. I love how he assesses the whole picture and looks to collaborate with other professionals as well as the owner to get the best outcome for the patient. He explores into the animals experience and helps to understand the route of the problem, ultimately creating change for realistic and lasting outcomes. I am incredibly grateful for Andy’s input.

Dr H Simmonds MRCVS

Andrew has been holding behavioural clinics at our practice Molecare Vets, Newton Abbot. He has been an invaluable addition to our practice allowing us to provide a service we would not normally be able to offer. We have received outstanding feedback from our clinic clients and thoroughly enjoy working with him,

Alexia Mills BVSc MRCVS ( Head Vet)

“Andy is a one of a kind trainer and behaviourist. He has true compassion for both dog and human, and relays information in a in depth yet easy to understand manner. Andy has incredible knowledge and skill when working with dogs, I would recommend him to absolutely anyone and everyone.”

Rosie Charlotte Taylor-Trigg – Animal Behaviourist Cheltenham Animal Shelter

We cover Paignton, Torquay, Brixham, Totnes, Dartmouth, Newton Abbot, Teignmouth, Dawlish, Exeter, Plymouth and South Devon - Happy to travel to other areas on request. We are fully insured with Sanctuary Pet plan

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Dog Centred Care Approach

Dogs share many of the emotional and physiological responses we do. Like us, their behaviour will be driven by how they are ‘feeling’, and the only way they can communicate that emotional need is through their behaviour. Often the dog is seeking some form of ‘relief’ to feel differently. When we understand this emotional drive, we can move away from the traditional emphasis of arbitrarily creating/changing behaviours. Instead, we can find ways to offer the dog the relief they seek, and support behaviours that are innately useful to them. This is the power of a Dog Centred Care Approach.