Sean Knowlson



 I am Sean Knowlson (MCFBA), a Full Member of the Canine & Feline Behaviour Association and Head Trainer at Hampshire Dog Club.  I am a Master Trainer as recognised by the Guild of Dog Trainers. I have 35 years’ experience owning, working and training various breeds of dog.  I hold Canine Behaviour and Advanced Instructor qualifications amongst others.


Behavioural Issues

Modifying a dog's behaviour is simply training; by training the dog to react differently to the stimuli causing the unwanted behaviour.  These are living breathing intelligent animals with individual characters and as such are affected by many factors including the behaviour of their owners and stimuli of the surrounding environment.  Each relationship between owner and dog is unique and you simply cannot learn this academically.  In my opinion, every behaviourist should have acquired practical knowledge in handling & training at a high level first.  You simply cannot learn about canine behaviour just from a book or by owning a pet dog!

In my experience the majority of behavioural issues originate from a lack of socialisation, training or clear leadership causing dominance issues.  Of course there are many more causes of behavioural problems and some of these may require a home visit for specific environmental modification.  Do not be fooled by the 'no such thing as dominance brigade’, there is!  Dogs are pack animals and clearly require hierarchical order to live in harmony.  Many people seem to think dominance means harsh training; well they obviously do not understand the meaning of dominance.  The Oxford Dictionary defines dominance as 'power and influence over others'.  No different to when we tell our kids to chew with their mouths closed or what time to go to bed; we are exerting dominance over them.  It's not cruel, not harsh; in fact it’s beneficial to their development.  The moment you ask your dog to sit, down, come, stay, or any other command, you are exerting your dominance over them.  In a similar way to when kids have no structure and leadership in their lives they can become unruly, well so too can your canine companion.

Every single dog we see is assessed and trained on the basis of what it requires as an individual and our 1-2-1 sessions are tailored to educate both dog and owner.  We only charge our behavioural assessments at £60 payable on booking and includes a full written report and recommendations.  Depending on the behaviour, the assessment may take place at the Club or at the owners home.  It will last at least an hour as we need to see the behaviour first hand, discuss the entire known history of the dog's life and experiences, as well as seeing your relationship with and handling of your dog.  Based upon the outcome of the assessment and how you wish to proceed we will then recommend and tailor the dogs training to suit the specific issues.  Sometimes this can be as simple as recommending group obedience classes or some 1-2-1 sessions to modify the specific behaviour.  Difficult cases sometimes require some kind of daytime residential sessions where the dog is initially left with us, with the owner introduced when necessary.  There are no guarantees that a dogs behaviour modification will succeed in eliminating the behaviour issue, so sometimes it is enough to diminish the behaviour to a point where it is more manageable.  To succeed in modifying any dogs behaviour it requires commitment and persistance from the owner.

Home visits will incur additional travel charges based upon distance time/involved.


Please note:  Dogs can be unpredictable in their behaviour at times and although the risk is minimal, that is the nature of a dog training and socialisation environment.  Attendance is at the owners discretion and Hampshire Dog Club cannot accept any liability for injury to persons or dogs whilst using the facilities.

We can take Veterinary Referrals for behaviour issues you can put through your Pet Insurance. If you have Pet Insurance, your insurer may be willing to pay for any necessary behaviour consultation and in certain circumstances also pay for any subsequent training required.  It is however worth checking with your specific insurer first.   In all circumstances, your vet must make the referral.  To do this, please download, complete and send directly to  Please see form page here to download the required form. The form should be stamped by the Veterinary practice or should be attached to a referral letter from them. Note:  Depending upon the behavioural issue, it may be necessary to contact your Vet for a clinical history.  It is therefore important that you advise your Vet that your dog has been referred to us for assessment.

The CFBA is a member of the PETbc

(Pet Education Training & Behaviour Council) of Great Britain



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Hampshire Dog Club

Cobra Lodge
Upton Lane


SO16 0YB

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