Viewers have criticised a dog trainer’s methods after a woman was left with a bleeding elbow while walking her out of control Labradors.

Alana Heavingham, from Surrey, appeared on Channel 5’s Dogs Behaving (Very) Badly, which aired on Tuesday, seeking the help of dog trainer Graham Paul. 

The mother-of-two purchased the two Labradors after a back operation six years ago left her in severe pain, and she was advised to stay active.

However, Alana was left putting her health at further risk when she found herself unable to control her lawless mutts, a male Teddy, one, and chocolate female Fudge, two.

The two powerful black Labradors were pictured pulling terrified Alana to the ground, leaving her with bleeding elbows and in tears. 

In the programme Graham advised her to use simple ‘nudge and command’ technique, which saw them improve in minutes. 

On Channel 5's Dogs Behaving (Very) Badly programmed, which aired on Tuesday, master dog trainer Graham Paul, seen left, is seen travelling the country to help hapless pet owners get their dogs under control

On Channel 5's Dogs Behaving (Very) Badly programmed, which aired on Tuesday, master dog trainer Graham Paul, seen left, is seen travelling the country to help hapless pet owners get their dogs under control

On Channel 5’s Dogs Behaving (Very) Badly programmed, which aired on Tuesday, master dog trainer Graham Paul, seen left, is seen travelling the country to help hapless pet owners get their dogs under control

In a particularly impressive transformation, he pays a visit to the Heavingham family in Surrey- seen: Alana Heavingham being pulled over by her Labradors a male Teddy, 1, and chocolate female Fudge, 2

In a particularly impressive transformation, he pays a visit to the Heavingham family in Surrey- seen: Alana Heavingham being pulled over by her Labradors a male Teddy, 1, and chocolate female Fudge, 2

In a particularly impressive transformation, he pays a visit to the Heavingham family in Surrey- seen: Alana Heavingham being pulled over by her Labradors a male Teddy, 1, and chocolate female Fudge, 2

The two Labradors were pictured pulling terrified Alana to the ground, leaving her with bleeding elbows and in tears, pictured

The two Labradors were pictured pulling terrified Alana to the ground, leaving her with bleeding elbows and in tears, pictured

The two Labradors were pictured pulling terrified Alana to the ground, leaving her with bleeding elbows and in tears, pictured

But despite the improvement many viewers criticised Graham’s methods as ‘outdated’ and even ‘bullying’, taking to Twitter to vent their frustrations.

One wrote: ‘#DogsBehavingVeryBadly should actually be called “how to bully your dog using outdated methods”‘

Another agreed adding: ‘Why in God’s name is she walking both at the same time? She could get hurt, other dogs/ people could get hurt & her dogs could get hurt if they bolt into the road.’

A third wrote: ‘Watching #DogsBehavingVeryBadly and cringing. Such outdated advice! How about rewarding when all four feet are on the floor instead of waiting for the dog to jump up then “nudging” them off?! Muppet. (sic).’





Viewers, however, were quick to criticise Graham's methods, describing them as 'outdated' and 'bullying'

Viewers, however, were quick to criticise Graham's methods, describing them as 'outdated' and 'bullying'

Viewers, however, were quick to criticise Graham’s methods, describing them as ‘outdated’ and ‘bullying’

However, Alana seemed grateful for the expert’s advice, admitting that her animals have the ‘horse power of a small car.’  

Demonstrating just how out of control the dogs are, she was seen wrapping their leads around a lamppost as she hangs on for life, admitting: ‘I just end up tethering myself to something so that I can have a break.’

During the walk the dogs were seen jumping at a mother with a small child in a pram and a dog, with Alana’s daughter admitting that she’s worried about the injury they may cause her mother.

And in a terrifying encounter with another dog owner, Alana was seen screaming as she was pulled over again, admitting she lives in fear they will cause her a serious injury as she shows off her bloodied elbow and marked jeans.

And Graham soon found himself ambushed as he visited the dogs at their home, as they persistently jumped at him, ignoring Alana’s directions.

Speaking about their behaviour, he said: ‘These are lovely dogs but they’ve got no manners’.

Beginning by teaching Alana how to gain control in the household, Graham revealed dogs hate to be off-balance, advising to ‘gently nudge them’.

Speaking about the pesky pair, Alana says: 'I'm sure they've got the horse power of a small car, when they want to go for something, that's it they go.'

Speaking about the pesky pair, Alana says: 'I'm sure they've got the horse power of a small car, when they want to go for something, that's it they go.'

Speaking about the pesky pair, Alana says: ‘I’m sure they’ve got the horse power of a small car, when they want to go for something, that’s it they go.’

Demonstrating just how out of control the dogs are, she is later seen wrapping their leads around a lamppost as she hangs on for life, admitting: 'I just end up tethering myself to something so that I can have a break.'

Demonstrating just how out of control the dogs are, she is later seen wrapping their leads around a lamppost as she hangs on for life, admitting: 'I just end up tethering myself to something so that I can have a break.'

Demonstrating just how out of control the dogs are, she is later seen wrapping their leads around a lamppost as she hangs on for life, admitting: ‘I just end up tethering myself to something so that I can have a break.’

During the walk the dogs are seen jumping at a mother with a small child in a pram and a dog, pictured above

During the walk the dogs are seen jumping at a mother with a small child in a pram and a dog, pictured above

During the walk the dogs are seen jumping at a mother with a small child in a pram and a dog, pictured above

Continuing with his directions, he then added: ‘Give them a simple command like ‘off’ then praise them.’

Just minutes later Graham had mastered and calmed the two dogs, with a simple clear command and a nudge.

Next Graham was seen showing Alana how to get the Labradors under control during walks, adding: ‘This is a ticking time bomb because if Alana is pulled off in the wrong direction it could cause serious injury’. 

Beginning by working on building up Alana’s confidence and control indoors, he then advised her to ditch the dog harnesses for traditional leads.

‘They can be useful but in your case it just harnesses the power- you will have a lot more control with a collar,’ he explained.

in a terrifying encounter with another dog owner, Alana is seen screaming as she is pulled over again, pictured

in a terrifying encounter with another dog owner, Alana is seen screaming as she is pulled over again, pictured

in a terrifying encounter with another dog owner, Alana is seen screaming as she is pulled over again, pictured

Alana admits she lives in fear they will cause her a serious injury as she shows off her bloodied elbow and marked jeans

Alana admits she lives in fear they will cause her a serious injury as she shows off her bloodied elbow and marked jeans

Alana admits she lives in fear they will cause her a serious injury as she shows off her bloodied elbow and marked jeans

Graham soon finds himself ambushed as he visited the pesky pooches at their home, as they persistently jumped at him, ignoring Alana's directions

Graham soon finds himself ambushed as he visited the pesky pooches at their home, as they persistently jumped at him, ignoring Alana's directions

Graham soon finds himself ambushed as he visited the pesky pooches at their home, as they persistently jumped at him, ignoring Alana’s directions

Alana's daughter, seen left, admits that she's worried about the injury they may cause her mother

Alana's daughter, seen left, admits that she's worried about the injury they may cause her mother

Alana’s daughter, seen left, admits that she’s worried about the injury they may cause her mother

Next he used the ‘nudge and command’ technique with the flick of a collar and a command during the walks.

‘If he’s walking nicely in the right place, I’ll be praising him’, he added.

As Graham demonstrated the technique, Teddy remarkably began stopping and walking calmly alongside him, with Alana commenting: ‘He looks so subservient’. 

‘This is just ridiculous’, a shocked Alana added of Teddy’s transformation. 

And just moments later Alana is seen taking both dogs for a walk with full control, admitting: ‘It feels amazing, I can’t remember a time where I ever walked them without any problems at all. 

 ‘I’m really excited to tell the kids so we can all take the dogs for a walk as a family’, she concluded.

Dogs Behaving (Very) Badly airs at 8pm on Tuesday nights on Channel 5, catch up on My5

Beginning by teaching Alana how to gain control in the household, Graham reveals dogs hate to be off-balance, advising to 'gently nudge them'

Beginning by teaching Alana how to gain control in the household, Graham reveals dogs hate to be off-balance, advising to 'gently nudge them'

Beginning by teaching Alana how to gain control in the household, Graham reveals dogs hate to be off-balance, advising to ‘gently nudge them’

Beginning by working on building up Alana's confidence and control indoors, he then advises her to ditch the dog harnesses for traditional leads

Beginning by working on building up Alana's confidence and control indoors, he then advises her to ditch the dog harnesses for traditional leads

Beginning by working on building up Alana’s confidence and control indoors, he then advises her to ditch the dog harnesses for traditional leads

As Graham demonstrates the technique, Teddy remarkably begins stopping and walking calmly alongside him, with Alana commenting: 'He looks so subservient'

As Graham demonstrates the technique, Teddy remarkably begins stopping and walking calmly alongside him, with Alana commenting: 'He looks so subservient'

As Graham demonstrates the technique, Teddy remarkably begins stopping and walking calmly alongside him, with Alana commenting: ‘He looks so subservient’

Alana is seen taking both dogs for a walk with full control, admitting: 'It feels amazing, I can't remember a time where I ever walked them without any problems at all.'

Alana is seen taking both dogs for a walk with full control, admitting: 'It feels amazing, I can't remember a time where I ever walked them without any problems at all.'

Alana is seen taking both dogs for a walk with full control, admitting: ‘It feels amazing, I can’t remember a time where I ever walked them without any problems at all.’