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Training

When should training begin?

All dogs are capable of learning, whether they be nine weeks or nine years old. Obviously the younger the dog, the easier it will be to train, but that does not mean that an older dog is incapable of learning new commands. In fact, many older dogs get a new lease of life from the whole experience of learning and being the centre of attention once again.

So, it is never too early, nor is it ever too late to train your dog. When is the optimum time? Well, ideally you should start as soon as you bring your dog home no matter how young. It is at that very early age that dogs learn fastest, and things learned at that age are never forgotten, including of course all the bad habits they might pick up if they are not properly trained from the outset.

Training Methods

I use a reward-based system of training. The reward is whatever the dog considers to be of importance and value, not the handler. Some dogs work for edible treats, some like toys, while others like to hear their owner/handler's voice or hands of praise. Whatever makes your dog tick is the reward we use. I use voice and body language to control and communicate with dogs and endeavour to pass this on to owners and handlers. I never use any harsh methods, check or choke chains, electric collars etc.

Training Courses

I truly believe that to successfully train a dog the dog must feel secure, relaxed, confident and free from distractions. This is why, after years of group training, I now specialise in 1-2-1 training before advancing dogs to group socialisation and agility classes. Quite simply, the results for 1-2-1 training are incomparable to those achieved with group training. You and your dog will have my complete attention throughout the lesson so your individual needs can be met and any would-be problems identified and rectified before it is too late. We, (you, me and your dog), all work together to achieve the results you are looking for.

One to One Lessons 

I usually begin training with a course consisting of a minimum of 6 individual lessons, each lasting about 1 hour. 

  We will cover all of the basics such as sit, down, stay, lead work, recall and stand etc, so you will learn:

   q       How to get your dog to come back to you when called, first time!

   q       How to make him/her sit, stand and lie down, all on your first command!

   q       How to walk with your dog at your heel and not have him/her pull you to the park.

   q       How to make your dog wait and stay.

Once the initial 6 lessons are over, many of my students stay on for group socialisation or agility classes. Others simply come back for more of the same as they and their dogs enjoy the experience so much.

1-2-1 lessons last about 1 hour and are normally held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons.

Group Socialisation

Now look at me!Group Socialisation classes are for dogs that have received training in the basics as the focus of these classes is the interaction between the dogs and their handlers in a variety of situations. Unlike most group lessons held at other dog training schools, there is no waiting around for your turn. So, dogs are kept busy and focussed throughout.

Group Socialisation classes are held weekly, normally on a Saturday, and last about 1 hour. 

AgilityThis is so tough for a small dog!

Agility is our most popular activity and is run on a 'for fun' basis with an average of about 6 dogs and their handlers all enjoying the experience. Agility classes last about 1 hour and are normally held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. Many of our participants have been coming for over 5 years, such is the enjoyment experienced by both dog and handler.

If you are interested in joining one of our agility classes please see our Agility page.