About

Hello I’m Claire!

Claire Larkin dog behaviour consultant

A qualified teacher, spaniel specialist, dog trainer and canine behaviour consultant.

My life has always been shared with spaniels and my first spaniel came into my life when I was just one year old.

He was a rescue black and white Springer Spaniel from Birmingham Dog’s Home.
Bob, as my parents named him suffered from terrible Separation Anxiety from the second my father brought him home.

As I grew up and Bob grew up with me, I remember how difficult it was for my parents.

Bob could not be left alone as he would continually bark, howl and toilet when left.

Claire Larkin dog behaviour consultant

A qualified teacher, spaniel specialist, dog trainer and canine behaviour consultant.

My life has always been shared with spaniels and my first spaniel came into my life when I was just one year old.

He was a rescue black and white Springer Spaniel from Birmingham Dog’s Home.
Bob, as my parents named him suffered from terrible Separation Anxiety from the second my father brought him home.

As I grew up and Bob grew up with me, I remember how difficult it was for my parents.

Bob could not be left alone as he would continually bark, howl and toilet when left.

I knew that he hated being alone and how stressful this was for him. I saw how much he needed the reassurance of myself and my family being with him.

He was also very attached to my father as he was the one who had formed a bond with him when he was at the rescue. It was clear that Bob had a type of Separation Anxiety called ‘Hyper Attachment’ as he was never fully happy unless my Father was at home.

In those days finding a positive dog trainer specialising in Separation Anxiety was difficult as positive dog training in those days did not exist So, Bob came with us everywhere. Those times when he could not, our lovely neighbour would take care of him. He lived for sixteen years and he was my first step to understanding anxiety and fear in dogs.

Fast forward to my adult years when I retrained from being a teacher to a canine behaviour consultant and a dog trainer. I was dismayed by the number of dogs that in our modern world that were unable to be left and how many struggled daily by barking, whining, toileting or being destructive when their owners had to leave them alone.

As a spaniel guardian myself I was being approached by other spaniel and cockapoo owners whose dogs were struggling with separation anxiety. This heightened during the pandemic when so many of our dogs got used to us being with them all of the time.

It was then that I decided to gain expertise and train in separation anxiety. I was horrified by the amount of outdated advice on the internet and given readily over social media. Advice that often meant our spaniels separation anxiety was made worse rather than better.

certified separation anxiety specialist clare larkin
I trained for a year with Julie Naismith (Author of ‘Be Right Back’ ) and through a rigorous assessment procedure I passed my certification to be an SA PRO certified Separation Anxiety trainer.

I now knew how to help guardians whose dogs struggle with Separation Anxiety. Being a spaniel lover and expert in the breed I decided to specialise in spaniels and cockapoos.

Spaniel Speak was born!

Offering up to date and ethical training where the focus is on guardian support Spaniel Speak offers one to one programmes for those dogs who are struggling with being left as well as programmes for puppies as a preventative to separation anxiety.

Love & Woofs

“Claire has been so helpful with techniques and training tips.

We recently moved house and our dog was finding it hard to settle but with Claire’s techniques he is a lot more settled and I will continue with the techniques I have learned.

Thanks so much ☺️”

– KELLY GADD

Learn more about our separation anxiety group coaching courses and our one-to-one programmes

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Programmes

separation anxiety help programme for spaniel and cockapoo owners

Group Coaching

Further help & info

Spaniel Speak has an active community on Facebook where group coaching courses and free challenges are regularly run.

I also offer a free discovery call to find out how Spaniel Speak can support you and your dog on your training journey.