Pet behaviour and dog training in Cheltenham and Gloucestershire
Meet up with friends, enjoy taking your dog to new places and have more fun on your walks.
Are you feeling ready to give up on your dogs training, fed up of looking over your shoulder and thinking “you aren’t good enough”.
Helen Motteram, BSc (hons) owner and founder of Social Paws
Hi I’m Helen and I help hardworking pet owners who own a reactive or anxious dogs help get their dog’s confidence back and start enjoying their walks again.
Back in 1998 I embarked on a journey with my own dog Sally. After having rescued her from an abusive family she was then attacked by a dog whilst she was out in the local park. She became very frightened, turning to barking and lunging at dogs to scare them away.
I wanted to learn how to help Sally, walks were becoming increasingly more difficult, family events a stressful event.
So I spent the next 10 years, learning as much as I could, to only help Sally, but also other dogs too.
I knew there were people out there, who had also been through the heartbreak of their dogs being attacked or possibly rehoming a more challenging dog.
I went to university, proudly achieving a 2 1 in Animal Behavour and Welfare, worked at my local animal shelter and invested much time and money on courses and practical experience, focusing on reactive and anxious dogs.
This turned into something incredibly powerful and I craved the opportunity to help more pet owners find the same joy on their walks and ways to help their dogs feel happy again.
Where I was once a lonely and isolated dog owner I now was receiving dozens of messages filling my inbox:
“Thank you Helen for making walks pleasurable again”
“Helen your daily posts really inspire me to push forward with my own dog”
I was surprised by how suddenly a community of pet owners came together to share their experiences of strength and hope on my page.
As the messages continued I was fuelled with this new found passion and wanted much more than just a business helping any dog owner, so created a niche just for those who had experienced some of the same issues as myself.
Social Paws was born!
I’ve helped hundreds of dog owners, just like you, learn to enjoy every moment they spend with their dogs.
If you are reading this and really could do with that little bit of extra support, feel free to get in touch. I won’t judge you, won’t talk jargon and am never pushy.
I offer honest advice and am clear in the direction you will need to take. If you are looking for quick fixes, you’ve come to the wrong place, but if you are looking for results, overtime with one of my supportive programmes, I’m here to help you.
Established back in 2012 all my methods are force free, where ‘kindness speaks volumes’
Tristan Motteram – dog rescue and rehabilitation
Hello I’m Tristan and I’m passionate about helping support and train adolescent dogs. I offer one to one dog training walks (Gloucestershire’s first ever dog training walk service) and dog training combined with owner coaching.
I have been personally trained by Helen for over 7 years, shadowed other dog trainers and continue to update my learning through the best training organisations. I enjoy helping also support Helen helping anxious dogs, by handling stooge dogs and providing safe, controlled set ups.
I’m passionate about helping rescue dogs and am currently undergoing advanced training in Cyprus with the PDTA. I also run my own wildlife rescue, helping support animals who have often undergone severe trauma.
I also love working with the more challenging puppies or adolecent dogs, so if you have a kangaroo for a dog or a dog that never seems to calm down then I’m your man!
I am proud to be part of our family run business working alongside Helen.