A dogs life is a complex one, if only for the fact that they have to try and live in and understand our busy human world.
We tend to train our puppies and then we sit back and think our work is done and yet in fact, our work has only just begun! Adolescent dogs (the teenage months!) are often harder to handle than the puppy stage, as our young dogs are now full of energy and hormones and all the hard work we’ve put into teaching them basic good manners just seems to disappear at the first sight of something more interesting happening!
However, being prepared to deal with the changes in our dog’s behaviour as they grow up makes it easier to live through, and stops us getting frustrated or even giving up on the dog altogether. Remember too, changes in our life can effect our dogs behaviour, too. Moving home, the arrival of a new baby, a change of family dynamics, starting work – all these things can upset the daily routine of our dog and effect their behaviour.
Many of us take on re homed dogs too. Many of these dogs may not have had the security of good training in the past. Often a short refresher course will help dog and family bond together and nip any problems in the bud. Paul is experienced in dogs who have been re-homed from centres in the Uk and from abroad.
Most importantly, training is fun for all the family and young handlers are especially welcome (accompanied by an adult).
Training sessions are not suitable for those whose dogs have behavioural issues as training alone rarely is enough to change such behaviour. Dog obedience training teaches a dog to perform specific actions when presented by a specific cue ie; such as sit, down, stay, stand etc, Dogs who have problems with socilisation, aggression, anxiety or any home related problems (excess barking, nipping etc) are more suited to the behavioural package where the aim is behaviour modification.
The benefit of One to One training
As every dog is an individual and every owners requirements unique, the benefits of this kind of personalised training speaks for itself.
At Cottage Canines we offer one to one dog training specifically tailored to you and your dog’s needs either in the comfort of your own home or in our private training areas. During these sessions you are assured that the focus is solely on you and your dog. Sessions can also be arranged around work and family schedules.
One to one sessions can also be carried out ‘in situ’. Pauls often accompanys clients on a walk although this only happens after some in field training has taken place.
What would we cover?
Training starts at exactly the level you and your dog have reached. It may be that you need a refresher course for your young dog, or your new rescue dog is a little lacking in commands. Or perhaps you want to simply have some fun trying new things. Two of the most common training issues that people call Paul about are recall and lead walking. Both these are covered specifically in the training packages. All foundation commands are covered as well, from the simple sit and sit-stay, to gate work (wait) and ball play (drop).
However, you may be looking to add to your repertoire and so depending on the age and readiness of the dog, we also cover The Send Away. The Stop. Distance Control. Down-stay. Slow and fast pacing. Scenting and Retrieving. And Agilty play. The aim of the sessions is to making learning enjoyable for both dog and owner.
Where do we train?
Home visits are available and can be very useful in assisting with behaviours seen around the home. It is then suggested that you and your dog may like to come to one of the private training areas that Paul uses in either Whitwell or Niton. Here he can provide a secure area with plenty of space and with fun equipment to create courses to make the session more interactive. Further session may then include walks in situ.
How do I book?
Book one home visit and two outdoor sessions for £70.
or Book 3 x one hour-long outdoor sessions for £60.
Further one-to-one outdoor sessions are available at £15 -£20 per hour. (Home visits or initial assessment sessions £25 -£40)
Paul also runs classes for dogs of all ages and abilities. In the summer months these classes are held outdoors in his training area in Niton. In the winter the classes are held indoors in Whitwell Village Hall.
The groups are of a manageable size (generally between six and eight dogs in a class) so that there can be plenty of individual attention. Training is done both on and off lead.
Classes are not suitable for dogs who are reactive towards other dogs or people.