Author Archives: Beverley Courtney


Positively Expert: Beverley Courtney

Beverley Courtney, author of the Brilliant Family Dog book series "Essential Skills for a Brilliant Family Dog" and "Essential Skills for your Growly but Brilliant Family Dog" works with new puppies and rescue dogs, always looking to intensify the bond between dog and owner. She has particular empathy with “growly” dogs.

Starting out with your new puppy

Posted on: January 14, 2018 - No Comments

You’ve been planning for months, and at last your new puppy is here! Your expectations are enormous: this is going to be the perfect dog you’ve always wanted. And maybe that’s right, and your little puppy will become your Brilliant Family Dog. But for many of us - and for many of our puppies - Read More

My Dog Doesn’t Like Other Dogs: 5 steps to Stop the Barking and Lunging

Posted on: June 5, 2017 - 1 Comment

We’ve all seen it. Person and dog are walking along the street. Dog spots another person or dog and goes ballistic. Barking, lunging, ducking and diving, in a flurry of teeth and claws, looking for all the world as if she wants to eat everyone in her path. Then we see the poor owner trying Read More

Your new puppy – 9 steps to get it right from the start

Posted on: May 29, 2017 - No Comments

This cute dog needed some guidance

“I wonder if I’ve done the wrong thing … Perhaps I’m not capable of looking after a dog.” I don’t know exactly what had caused such a devastating loss of confidence in what 30was clearly a capable individual. But Gwen voiced a sentiment I come across from time to time. Her family had left home Read More

The frustration of the Growly Dog owner: it’s NOT other folks’ fault that they don’t understand

Posted on: May 23, 2017 - No Comments

  “Could he not SEE that my dog was upset?” “My dog was on leash and under control - it was his dog that was out of control!” “Why, oh why, do people let their ‘friendly’ dogs invade the space of my fearful, reactive dog, and then blame me for being a useless dog-owner with Read More

Why did my dog’s reactivity get worse, when I’m trying my best?

Posted on: February 23, 2017 - No Comments

Reactive, fearful dog

Does your reactive dog seem to be getting more fearful, anxious, or aggressive? Here are key strategies for change that you can put in place very easily.

Dog Reactivity – what actually is it?

Posted on: February 17, 2017 - No Comments

A reactive dog is not a bad dog

Got a reactive dog? A fearful, anxious, or aggressive dog? A dog who barks and lunges at everything she sees? This is just for you!

Can My Dog Be Stressed? [Part 3]

Posted on: September 26, 2016 - No Comments

Don't leave me!

Here is the third excerpt from my forthcoming book - Building Confidence in your Growly but Brilliant Family Dog - which points out an area which will be affecting your dog much more than you may imagine. You may want to read Part One and Part Two of the series first.  While you’re doing your best to Read More

Can My Dog Be Stressed? [Part 2]

Posted on: September 12, 2016 - No Comments

A professional sleeper at work

Here is the second of three excerpts from my forthcoming book - Building Confidence in your Growly but Brilliant Family Dog - which points out an area which will be affecting your dog mightily. Read the first excerpt here.  While you’re doing your best to improve the situation and you take a look at what may Read More

Can My Dog Be Stressed? [Part 1]

Posted on: August 28, 2016 - No Comments

Those of us who have a reactive, anxious, or fearful dog, work very hard to make life easier for them (and us!). We try this idea and that technique, perhaps with distressingly little success. Some days our dog just seems worse! Here is the first of three excerpts from my next book - Building Confidence Read More

Do you dream of your dog flying back to you every single time you call? Start here!

Posted on: April 1, 2016 - No Comments

What would it mean to you if you could give one call, and your dog zoomed in and arrived at your feet? Every time! Hard to imagine? Maybe. Possible? Most definitely! Fun? Very much so. (If it’s not fun, your dog won’t do it. So there’s lots of fun!) Little by little The problem is Read More

Do you walk WITH your dog or BEHIND him? Learn how to make a lasting change!

Posted on: March 30, 2016 - 2 Comments

The mysteries of walking nicely on the leash unravelled! With no nasty gadgets or shouting.

I can’t leave any food anywhere – my dog will steal it!

Posted on: March 28, 2016 - 1 Comment

Is your dog an accomplished thief? Find out how to be able to leave food anywhere in your home and not have it nicked!

My dog can’t keep still – he’s wild all the time!

Posted on: March 24, 2016 - 3 Comments

“He’s always leaping about like a mad thing,” Jan said, as her large young labrador Jimmy thudded her in the stomach with his paws and jumped to try and nip her nose. Jan dodged her face just out of his reach, so he resigned himself to scraping her arm and chewing her cuff. She squawked, waved her hands about, pushed and pulled, shouted …

“It’s Ok – My Dog is Friendly!” That’s Not How it Seems to Me!

Posted on: January 6, 2016 - 10 Comments

Are you guilty of letting your friendly dog jump all over other dogs? Or perhaps you daren't let your dog near others because he's not friendly? Here are some solutions for you.

Digging, Chewing, Chasing, Barking: Instinctive Drives You Love or Hate?

Posted on: January 5, 2016 - No Comments

It's no use trying to suppress your dog's instinctive drives! Here's how you can accommodate digging, chewing, chasing, and barking, while enjoying your dog all the more.

How Can Your Wild Puppy Become Your Brilliant Family Dog?

Posted on: December 7, 2015 - 3 Comments

I find that new puppy-owners tend to fall into two camps - those who expect too much too soon, and those who expect too little for too long.

My dog wants to greet everyone! 5 ways to reduce frustration on walks

Posted on: November 18, 2015 - No Comments

Does your dog pull you over in his eagerness to greet another dog? Here are 5 ways to change your hooligan to a well-mannered dog.

It’s Not The Dog, It’s You! A Simple Way to Stop Leash Reactivity

Posted on: November 3, 2015 - 50 Comments

First steps to changing your dog's over-reaction to other dogs when you're out and about. You can stop the barking and lungeing!

Give Your Dog an Instant Safe Haven On Walks

Posted on: October 26, 2015 - 3 Comments

We’ve all seen a small child clinging to Mom’s neck while he safely views the world from under her hair. A little puppy has the same need for a safe haven. You may have seen your own puppy hurtle in from the garden when there’s an alarming noise, and dive into her bed. Plunging into the Read More