Gelert Behaviour Training is an independent company offering dog and other pet training services
We’re members of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers UK.
Our name comes from an old Welsh tale of a prince and his favourite hunting dog. The prince missed his dog on a hunt and arrived home to find the dog with his baby son’s cot upside down, covered in blood. He killed the dog, thinking he killed the baby, then discovered the baby safe and the dead body of a wolf nearby. We feel this represents how our dogs are so often misunderstood and fits our goal to increase understanding of our pets’ behaviour and needs.
As we have worked more with other species, the same misunderstandings apply and result in difficulties in the relationship between pet and owner. Often, simply explaining WHY your pet is doing something helps enormously!
We teach you to train using force free, fun and effective modern scientific methods and take an holistic approach to your pet’s overall well being.
We are frequently asked to help with “problem” behaviours (there’s a list further down of some common examples) but we much prefer to work with you and a new pet to avoid any of these things happening. The earlier we teach you how to communicate with your pet, the easier life is for you and them!
We’d like to emphasise that we teach YOU what to do, so you can support your pet forever, and our goal is to empower you to make good decisions throughout your pet’s life.
We offer one-to-one consultations to address problem behaviours, forming a training plan which we then help you to implement by making a plan to teach the various individual skills you and your pet need to overcome the problem and a management plan to keep you all safe whilst the learning is in progress.
We offer individual training with your pet in their normal environment (it could be at your home or on a walk, depending on what behaviours we are training) or at a safe outdoor venue where that is required. We have the facilities to practise skills in the presence of other animals, usually dogs, safely at a distance your dog is comfortable with.
Gelert Behaviour Training was set up by myself, Morag Sutherland, in 2004 in Buckinghamshire before moving to Worcestershire in 2012, where I met Liz Lannie, another Veterinary Nurse. We soon discovered a common interest in behaviour and training (and share a similar daft sense of humour!) and I invited Liz to work under the Gelert name too.
I see myself as firstly an “interpreter” for the pet I am asked to help and teacher for the humans involved. I am a Registered Veterinary Nurse, (important as often there are health issues involved in animals’ behaviour) and have been a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (UK) since 2003 and an assessor for prospective new members since 2016.
In 2017, I was also asked to be an Authorised Trainer for the RDUK Facebook group, supporting guardians of reactive dogs and I’m lucky to work with some fantastic colleagues there, too. I am also proud to be an Approved Trainer for the wonderful charity Dogs Helping Kids and a trustee of the Bedlington Terrier Rescue Foundation.
APDT (UK) members are obliged to undertake regular continuing professional development in order to remain a member, which means we are working with good knowledge of current research, practical skills and equipment. That said, my main teachers are my three dogs !
I have a special interest in nutrition for dogs and horses, particularly in how it affects their behaviour.
Liz is also a Registered Veterinary Nurse. She has a degree in psychology, a postgraduate diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling and is also an APDT(UK) member. Liz has recently been accepted for membership of INTODogs.
Liz has worked for many years in rescue centres in a variety of capacities, and brings this expertise, understanding and compassion to her clients today.
She has a young family as well as many animals (dogs, cats, birds, reptiles and rabbits !) and so currently acts as a consultant for Gelert.
We spend many hours discussing recent CPD, exchanging information we have read or gained from colleagues and practising on our own pets!
Our initial consultation includes;
Following the initial consultation, we offer a training package discount when booked in blocks of 4 sessions, ideally taken about a week apart. The discounted lessons must be taken within 2 months of purchase.
Please send us an email to arrange an initial consultation or discuss how we can help you.
For initial consultations, please fill out our Behaviour Questionnaire (click button below). As soon as we receive this, we will contact you to organise the first appointment.
|Initial Consultation - at your home (travel extra, see below)|
(when 4+ consults paid in advance)
|Individual Training Walk with Client (weekdays only)|
|Individual Training Walk without Client - Inc. Collection of Dog within 5 miles of GL20 7PP (weekdays only)|
|Group Training Walk with Clients|
|Travel over a 10 mile radius of GL20 7PP|
(according to Google maps time estimate)
After deciding to visit our local rescue, we were soon to became proud new guardians of a 1.5-year old Siberian Husky, who had never been on a lead and hadn't an iota of training. Not knowing what problems we might encounter, we were delighted to find Gelert Behaviour. Morag was incredibly helpful from the outset before we even brought Shadow home, from giving us suggestions on how to gently introduce him to our senior cat, to guiding us on our desire to begin feeding a raw food diet and generally taking a holistic approach to caring for dogs naturally. We also loved the welcome pack that came with our initial consultation – a very thoughtful touch. Over the first few weeks, Morag took us back to basics and we had to learn just as much as Shadow himself, if not more. At a steady and practical pace, we learnt how to read his behaviour and body language—seeing the world from his perspective—and to communicate with him appropriately; being firm but with compassion, with patience and always using positive reinforcement methods. As all of our basic skills and understanding developed, our weekly sessions became increasingly more dynamic and great fun, too. We now have a husky who is constantly complimented for being well-behaved when out in public, and can even do recall – something we were told would never happen with this particular breed! In addition to our weekly 1-2-1 training sessions, Morag and Liz organise truly fascinating workshops and classes. We’ve found these events invaluable in continuing to develop our knowledge and understanding in being competent guardians… More please!!! Morag helped us to get through the hardest stages of training with Shadow and was our lifeline for those first few months (and still my go-to for advice when I don't know where to look - including fantastic recommendations of other specialists when needed). If anyone is looking for advice or training for their canine friends, I can't recommend Gelert Behaviour enough!
Despite having attended puppy training classes and the fact that we have trained previous dogs in our family, Loki was a challenge. At 18 months old he had a strong, mercurial personality and had his own ideas about what he wanted to do. Liz helped us to introduce the “retriever” into our Flatcoat Retriever & also to stop him pulling on the lead. He is even learning to go to his bed on command. Through repeated practice of her indoor and outdoor training plan with Loki we also found our elderly Labrador learning alongside him. We are continuing to follow her advice and he continues to learn from the gentle, fun and rewarding techniques. I would highly recommend getting help from Liz whatever age your dog. It was enjoyable and it worked.
For a number of years I have had the absolute pleasure of being a Bernese owner. Beautiful and loving dogs but not without their issues. Especially my present girls. One being shy and the other, a total opposite as she is full on and has attitude. I have known Liz for several years and she has helped advise my husband and I (my husband being the more resistant) to train the girls. Liz is a true professional and only uses positive enforcement methods which not only helps in having well behaved dogs but more importantly, develops a very loving and respectful relationship between dogs and their human owners. Liz has an excellent understanding of how dogs tick and how we as humans sometimes, unwittingly, do things which can cause the relationship to breakdown. However, no matter what the issue, Liz provides hands on practical help, information and back up support. No problem is too much for her. My husband and I owe a lot to Liz. She has certainly greatly helped us to have a positive and loving understanding with our Bernese. I would go as far to say she has bought sanity back into our home. Therefore, I would without any hesitation recommend her to any owner who relishes well behaved dog/s and the wonderful relationship that can be gained from the correct training, and, lots of loving.
I met Morag when I was having an issue with one of my dogs. She was incredibly supportive when no one else was. Her advice really helped me and I knew that if my dog’s behaviour escalated I could ring her and she would be there for me. From this, I acquired her services to train my other dog, Zeus. She is such a patient and understanding person who will go out of her way to help you. I have some disabilities which prevents me from doing some things with my dog through training, however Morag will alter her training methods to suit your needs. She is clear and precise with her instruction and her love for animals is clear in her training methods. Everything she asks you to do is about the welfare of your dog. Moreover, she is such a friendly person who you can talk to about anything. When she discovered my love for horses, she invited me to meet her two horses, Merry and Max. I now help her clean up their paddock and she is teaching me how to train the horses. This shows you her warm, friendly and caring nature however it is her big heart that guides her. She rescued Max after a friend told her about him. Previously, he was a race horse that was then used to play polo. He had gone lame and was about to be euthanized. Therefore, Morag took care of this beautiful horse to see if she could help him. Several months on, his leg is getting stronger and he is happy and healthy. To have someone with such a love for animals and kind hearted spirit as my dog trainer is wonderful as I know everything is about the welfare of my dog.
I am so glad I found Gelert Behaviour if it had not been for the help I received with my German Shepherd's aggressive behaviour when he was just a young puppy he always wanting to do something I didn't want him to do, I don't think I would still have him today. I have had 3 German Shepherds before in my life and had never had one that wanted to be so assertive, but Gelert Behaviour showed me how to listen to the needs of my dog and use the reward system to my advantage and not to use old fashioned methods, that only made him worse. I now have a dog that walks at my side without pulling my arm off, listens to me and is a pleasure to have as my companion. Thank you Morag for everything you have done.
We were introduced to Morag when we were having some training problems with our two Westies and we count ourselves very lucky that we found such a practical and knowledgeable lady. Morag has become an important part of our dogs lives and she has worked wonders with them. She is a straight talking person who 'tells it just like it is' and during the training process for our dogs she has made a considerable contribution to our knowledge as well. She is kind, thoughtful, informative and above all practical. We have no hesitation in recommending Gelert Behaviour to anyone who seeks help in any respect with their pet.
Our priority is your pet’s well being, and sometimes, we need to involve your own vet to rule out medical problems which could be affecting your pet’s behaviour. Occasionally, there are deeper issues which perhaps more conventional treatments don’t quite get to the bottom of, and through supporting my own pets, I have found some really talented people with a variety of methods of helping, here are links to some of them:
Nick is a compassionate vet with a flare for seeing a clear way through challenging cases. He has a special interest in nutrition, and has taught me more than I can recall !
His practice is calm and peaceful, not many dogs enjoy a vet visit, a visit to Nick is a very different experience. Nick’s support of the humans involved is exemplary, too.
I often ask Nick to help where I believe a change of diet is key to helping a dog, and he often adds lots more than I anticipate when seeking his help.
Iris is a vet also qualified in acupuncture and herbal medicine. She impresses me with her extreme empathy with her patients. I have come to know and respect her more and more through helping her with her gorgeous whippet puppy.
She is also a keen rider and a great help when there seems to be an issue with pain in a horse which hasn’t been got to the bottom of.
She is particularly interested in biomechanics, and helping horses to use their bodies to the best of their ability.
Tony is a very, very experienced osteopath who I firstly tested on myself (after a rather dramatic flying lesson from my dear little pony !!), so I truly can personally vouch for his skills !
Tony has treated my horses for a few years now (often in conjunction with Lindsay Brazil) and the difference he makes is remarkable. For me, the most important thing is that he lets them choose the pace and what they need, he really listens to each animal on each occasion that he sees them. Tony’s sense of humour helps, too !
I met Gemma very briefly at a local networking meeting, and the universe was determined that that should go further, as I then discovered she was a friend of Rachel Windsor-Knott, and also very highly regarded as a TTouch practitioner by Janet Finlay, who is someone I hold in very high regard!
Eventually, we properly got together for a chat, and Gemma now treats my dogs regularly, to their great benefit. Gemma has over 30 years experience with dogs, is a Tellington TTouch Training & Behaviour Practitioner for Companion Animals offering 121’s, workshops and talks around the UK and Europe. In 2018 she qualified as a Canine Musculoskeletal Therapist (Dist) through ICAT and is currently on a journey into the world of Applied Zoopharmacognosy.
I’m really happy to recommend Gemma’s work, she is very skilled, has a lovely manner (to humans and canines!) and her work coordinates exceptionally well with ours.
We’re pleased to recommend Bryony and her team for walking and home boarding. They are all investing time and effort in learning more about dogs so that they can provide the best possible service whilst your dog is in their care.
We work together and the team call upon us—to advise how to make a dog’s walk or holiday as enjoyable as possible—if they have a concern (and sometimes to help owners to fix unreliable recalls or pulling on the lead, too!). It’s great to be supporting such a proactive team who are so keen to do the very best for your dog.
I discovered Sue when we moved to this area, and my rather challenging little pony needed a new therapist ! As well as being a Bowen therapist, Sue also teaches Bowen to future therapists.
Sue made some remarkable changes for my pony and is another person very empathetic with her patients (human, equine and canine !) so we are very happy to recommend her treatments.
Sue and her husband kindly allow us to us their lovely facilities where there is plenty of safe, dog free space for clients and dogs to practise their skills before using them on more usual walks !
Lindsay was introduced to me by Tony Nevin as they often treat patients together. She is a veterinary surgeon using acupuncture to help her patients, and is also very skilled at listening to what her patients want.
I think the best testimony for her work is that my dog Tweazle will choose to lie on a rug at the stables, where he is normally busy exploring and enjoy his treatment with no form of containment at all!