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To truly know someone is to know their pooch, according to dog behaviourist and psychologist Peter Singh who gave up a successful career in photography to study man’s best friend.

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For the past three years Peter, 42, has been running The Dog You Need – a company developed out of a passion for animals and one which he operates from his home in Farnborough Village, Bromley.

“Dogs are just our reflection,” says the behaviourist who believes any issue with a dog can stem from a lack of calm at home.

He said: “When I got my first German Shepherd I just wanted to do everything right, so I researched dogs and the more I did, the more I learned.

“I can fix all problems, the most popular at the moment is aggression which is a problem with the owner. I can’t change anything unless the human changes.”

In a former life, Peter spent 10 years as sports photographer snapping some of football’s biggest names all over Europe for newspapers such as The Sun and The Daily Mail.

Though fulfilling and lucrative, his passion for animals was enough for him turn his gaze from photography to psychology – with his lens now firmly focused on dogs.

He added: “It just shows my passion that I left that. I really did live it. The thing with human psychology is people can be anxious but not know it because they have become over familiar with it.

“I know when I meet an aggressive dog that there has got to be something not right with the owner. I call it human training.”

The Dog You Need offers two services in the form of a two-day course and home consultations.

Courses are spread over two weekends and do not involve pets, instead they focus on issues such as achieving calm, affection and body language.

Alternatively, one-to-one home consultations have no time constraint and also come with a guarantee of free phone or email lifetime support.

“People must process some form of calm,” says Peter who promotes meditation, yoga and even alone-time in a silent room as a perfect way to de-stress.

He said: “I have calmed people to the point where they have come off tablets for depression. There’s no negativity in the animal kingdom, but we create it. If a dog lives with a nervous person or aggressive person, then the dog will reflect that.”

His work with dogs has spread to Europe since he began spending time in Spain, helping rehabilitate and rehome some of the countries most needy dogs in desperately under staffed volunteer centres.

Though business is steady, Peter claims to be less concerned by money and more interested in the wellbeing of the animals and their owners.

He said: “The dog has more to teach us than we have to teach them. If we look at it they have no ego, instant forgiveness and they live in the moment. They can smell cancer before a doctor can write a prescription. They are smart.”

Peter’s next two-day course starts on September 9 and concludes September 16, running from 12.30-2.30pm.

To find out more about Peter and his business, visit www.thedogyouneed.com or call 07966 161 558.

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