It is often thought dog training is only needed if you have a problem with your dog...
What if I told you dog and puppy training is not only to solve problem behaviours but also to prevent problem behaviours from ever surfacing?
If you have a puppy, a young excitable dog or an older dog there is training which can help you prevent problems, solve problems or just teach the basics in obedience and in home manners.
There is no one size fits all in dog training, unfortunately it is not black and white, that is why it is important to create a training program tailored to you and your dog or puppy. What works for you may not work for the next person or dog, and that is why the first step to establishing the right training program for you and your dog is an in home behaviour assessment. During this session while your dog is assessed in its own environment I gather all the information you know about the dog and how you all live together now and how you would like to live together in the future! I will then be able to tailor a training program to your individual dogs and families needs. I will also spend time to explain why this program will work for you and your dog or puppy. It is important that you understand why the methods used will work, that will enable you to not only modify your dogs behaviour now, but also to maintain it in the long term.
Dog and puppy training sessions are initially spent in your home environment to set a great working foundation between your dog and yourself. When the time comes and everyone is ready we move our sessions to new locations to ensure your dog is also equipped with the skills to succeed outside of your home. All the while I am by your side in order to support and guide you through a variety of situations.
If and when your puppy or dog is ready I have a wonderful group of dedicated dog owners who gather to go on pack walks once a week and also one Saturday a month in order to be able to practice all their new found skills. These walks are not classes, they are designed to enable you to practice skills around other dogs and the most wonderful supportive group of people who are also looking to upskill their dogs. I always attend these walks to support and guide and often Jinx will tag along for a relaxing walk also. This exposure allows your dogs training to be taken to the next level outside of your home as well as your confidence to grow with the support of a great group who are all out to achieve well mannered family dogs.
how old should my dog be?
No dog is too old or too young to be trained. Puppy through to the older dog they can be taught new tricks!!
I am a firm believer that prevention is better than cure. For this reason I have set up a specialised program to get puppies settled in to your home and on the right track from day one. This is also the beginning of the correct way to socialise your puppy. It is so important that puppies are taught about the human world from the very beginning so they grow into confident adult dogs.
If this is followed through from the time your new puppy enters the home you can prevent serious behavioural problems from developing and a well mannered puppy with great foundations for obedience.
On the other hand if you have an older dog do not let anyone tell you they are too old to be trained. An older dog who is showing behavioural issues is communicating to you they are missing something they need. It is important we understand what is causing the behaviour in order to help the dog to live more comfortably with less stress.
I work with all ages from puppies through to adolescent dogs all the way through to the more mature!
- Separation Anxiety
- Toilet Training
- Pulling on Lead
- Not Coming when Called
These are just some of the problems I see on a daily basis. If your dog is displaying any of these it is important to understand they will not simply grow out of it and it will not go away over time without some sort of training intervention.
Dogs are continuously communicating with us as dogs, if your dog is displaying any of the above behaviours it is important to acknowledge there is a problem. At this point call in a qualified dog behavioural trainer to help you understand the psychology behind your dogs behaviour and how to help restore balance to yours and your dogs lives before the problem becomes so severe the dog, your home or a life is in danger.
1 on 1 real world training
Initially all training is conducted in a one on one scenario. The program is tailored to your dogs and families needs, wants and problems. This ensures you can ask all the questions you need, take it all at your own pace and achieve the goals you need to in a way that suits your family and your dog.
For the time poor family who are unable to get to classes this is the perfect option having the training come to you, in the comfort of your own home at a time which suits everyone involved.
I have heard time and time again that "my dog is great in class but I still can't control it on a walk". So after the initial assessment we head out to solve real world problems and give you the tools to get your dog into the real world situations you would like, all while having me by your side to support and assist you.
walk and train
One of the things I hear all too often from clients is either "I am too busy to walk my dog" or "I can't walk my dog as it is so bad on lead".
Never fear!! After our initial one on one consult I have a special service for all my clients who are time poor or maybe wants to supercharge their dogs training.
I personally come to do a training session with your dog outside of your property. So whilst you get through your busy schedule you come home to a happy, tired, well trained dog!
It is important to remember your dog should be getting daily mental and physical exercise. Their behavioural problems will not be rehabilitated simply with one or two walk and train sessions per week. This is simply adding a little extra to the everyday training you will still need to maintain at home.
You must also follow through with the rest of the training program, this is simply to give you a day off here and there or to supercharge your training program and achieve results even more quickly!
Many people are experiencing problematic behaviours from their dogs on a daily basis and are either keeping the dog in the backyard unable to walk it and just putting up with it, unsure what to do about it or are rehoming their dogs as they feel they are no longer able to have them in their lives. So instead of any of these scenarios which no one wants to think about how about you get some personalised dog training to get you and your dog back on track to living a happy and harmonious life together.
If you are feeling overwhelmed with the training advice you have found, things your have tried or unsure where to go for help contact us now. With the support and specialised tailored programs we can work together to get through the difficult behaviours and into the good ones! You will then not only have dogs which are now a bigger part of your life and more enjoyable but also the knowledge and understanding of why the dog was displaying the behaviours in the first place and how to prevent any further problems from surfacing in the future.
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