Puppy & Adult Dog Training
Puppy, adolescent and adult dog training is undertaken on a one to one basis. Lessons can take place in your own home, or at your local park or regular dog walking area, as required.
The benefit of one to one lessons is that you get the full attention and individualised tailored training specific to you and your dog’s needs. Or it may be that you have a dog that has been unable to cope with class lessons for whatever reason.
Puppy home lessons cover all the basic puppy rearing and basic obedience training, as well as how to raise your puppy to be your best friend and perfect family pet and includes:
- Biting, mouthing, chewing and nipping
- Toilet training
- Exercise and diet
- How to prevent common behaviour problems arising in the first place, e.g. jumping up at people
- Basic obedience; sit, down, stay, coming when called, walking nicely on the lead, polite greetings to humans and other dogs, settle, leave it, and handling and grooming
Adolescent or adult dog training
Common reasons why I get asked to train adolescent or adult dogs:
- Not coming back when called
- Pulling on the lead
- Jumping up at people
- Doggy mayhem when visitors arrive at the house
- Not listening
- Lack of basic obedience
- Constant attention seeking
- Newly rescued adult or adolescent dog that needs basic obedience training or help settling into their new home
All one to one lessons usually take place once a week and last for one hour. The number of lessons you need depends on what the training issues are; sometimes one lesson is enough and sometimes three or four are needed. For puppies four lessons easily covers all the basics and gives you what you need to know to raise a great family pet.
Each lesson needs to be paid either up front or on the day. Bookings of four lessons paid in one go, will receive a 15% discount. Travel expenses will also be charged for distances of over 10 miles at a flat rate of £5 for each 15 minutes (or part of) travel plus 50p per mile. Lessons can take place at a time to suit you either during weekdays or early evenings. Lessons are then followed up with written notes and recommendations, and telephone and email support for up to one month following lessons.
My whole approach to dog training and behaviour modification is based on the most up to date and scientifically valid information, which has proved time and time again that dogs learn best when treated with kindness and respect, and when they get rewarded for doing what’s right, and NOT when they are punished for doing wrong.
The ‘Dominance’ myth, based on the inaccurate assumption that modern domestic dogs are ‘wolves in our living rooms’, leading to some trainers insisting that we must be the pack leader or Alpha, is not only outdated but has also been proved wrong, and plays no part in my training philosophy.
The methods I use are based on positive, motivational and reward based training and interaction between dogs and their owners.