Puppy training services
This is probably the most important stage of a dogs life. Mess this bit up and you can end up paying for it for the rest of your dogs life.
We do not offer group classes for puppies. At best it is too distracting an environment for most puppies to learn anything. At worst, your puppy learns that other dogs and people are way more fun than you! This can lead to barrier frustration when the dog builds an expectancy to be able to greet other dogsor people. When its not possible, the dog gets frustrated and vents their frustration with barking and lunging towards the trigger.
Many of these people running group puppy classes believe that it is important for your puppy to interact with other puppies to socialize. This is the main contributing factor towards puppies becoming reactive through barrier frustration. If your puppy gets bullied during these interactive sessions, they may never recover and may be fearful of other dogs from that point on.
Your puppy does not need to socialize with other puppies. Your puppy needs controlled exposure to dogs and /or puppies that you know are well balanced and well behaved. You need to teach your puppy to be neutral to these other dogs unless you want to spend the next 10 - 15 years tearing after them shouting, "Its ok, hes friendly!"
Our puppy sessions are a complete package in one 90 minute session. It gives your puppy the best possible start to life, and is entirely tailored to your needs. Puppy training typically includes some or all of the following; toilet training, crate training, socialisation (done properly), setting rules and boundaries, preventing separation anxiety and basic commands, like ‘Down', ‘Stay' and ‘Come'.
You pick and choose which subjects you want us to help you with. Continuation top-up training is available as, when and if required.
Puppy training is some of the most valuable training you can provide to a dog, as it provides good foundations for their training for the rest of their lives. Good habits learned now last for a lifetime.
The most important aspects of puppy training are:
This is the process of exposing a puppy to a variety of people, animals, and environments in a positive and controlled way. This helps the puppy learn how to interact appropriately with other dogs and people, and reduces the risk of over-excitement, fear or aggression towards unfamiliar situations.
Positive reinforcement is a training method that rewards good behaviour with treats, praise, or affection. This helps the puppy understand what behaviours are desirable and encourages them to repeat those behaviours.
Consistency in training is extremely important to ensure that the puppy understands what is expected of them. If you are not consistent your puppy can become confused. All members of the household should use the same commands to avoid confusing the puppy.
Supervision is important to prevent the puppy from engaging in unwanted behaviours, such as chewing on furniture or getting hold of potentially harmful objects. A crate or playpen can be used to limit the puppy's access to certain areas when you are not able to supervise. Using a house line is also another way of providing adequate supervision.
Puppies have short attention spans and will need lots of repeated training sessions to learn a new behaviour. It's important to be patient and not become frustrated or angry with the puppy. Most puppies are food motivated and this is the best way to train your puppy. At least a proportion of the puppies food should be given to them by hand during training. Good trainers do not miss this valuable opportunity to train and typically will give all of the puppies food by hand during training until the dog is at least 6 months old.
Basic obedience training
Teaching a puppy basic obedience commands such as sit, stay, come, and heel helps establish a foundation for more advanced training and promotes good behaviour.
It's important to remember that all puppies require consistency, positive reinforcement, and patience when training. It is equally important to provide the correct level of supervision until a dog is approximately 2 - 3 years old.
Video call dog training
For clients too far away to receive 1-to-1 training, we provide one hour video training sessions, to help you get the very best out of your dog. These consultations are there to provide practical skills and training on how to train your dog’s obedience and behaviour, so that you can follow our instructions, and modify any behaviour patterns that may be problematic.
If you wish to receive our expert guidance, and are too far away for practical travel, this is both a cost-effective and dog-effective solution. We can help you train your dog in the comfort of your own home, and facilitate convenient and flexible training schedules. Get in touch with us to schedule a video call, and help your dog get on the right steps to being well behaved and loyal.
His impulse control in just one session has improved greatly......
Had my first session with Steve today. He ensures you understand why you are doing things a certain way. I did some more training this evening on my own with Teddy and he smashed his training session. His impulse control in just one session has improved greatly. His lead walking in a low distraction area was amazing. I am looking forward to my next session with Steve where we will bring in more distractions for Teddy to negotiate.
We recommend anyone wishing to build a good relationship with their dog or who may be struggling with certain behaviours to have a training session with Steve....
We took part in a pack-walk for the first time with our 10 month old dog. It was a very enjoyable experience and gave us an insight of the 'thinking' behind the benefits of such an activity. We went on to book a one to one training session with Steve. He arrived on time, was very informative and professional. Steve listened to us and demonstrated clearly what we needed to do with our dog to achieve the desired behaviour. Steve was realistic with us and emphasised that it was important for us to work with our dog at home and on walks using the tools he has given us. Steve has given us confidence to do this and we will be booking him for more sessions. We recommend anyone wishing to build a good relationship with their dog or who may be struggling with certain behaviours to have a training session with Steve.
What a difference a session with Steve made! ...
What a difference a session with Steve made! He gave me guidance and tips for managing my dogs’ behaviour and on-lead walking and hopefully we are well on the way to being able to walk both the dogs together without my arms being pulled off. Guess what? It worked.
I can't quite believe what a difference one session has made....
I can't quite believe what a difference one session has made. We have tried 3 different dog trainers and had slight advances but nothing quite like this. I am blown away at how good these trainers are. Amazing at getting to the cause of the problem and they really understand any issue. Thank you so much!
Spike is a good trainer......
Spike is a good trainer, he asks enough of the right questions to allow him to help you help your dog. He kept the session dynamic with me; reactivity training when another dog was there, other tips/training when there wasn’t. His manner is helpful and he pitches it all at the right level so you don’t feel stupid or belittled. He also trains where the problems are, at home, not in an enclosed field 50miles away, which you will struggle to get anywhere else. I went to Stockbridge with my dog and my worst nightmare occurred: 7-8 strange dogs and families with kids descending on a stream all at once; I was surprised that my dog only reacted to one dog and then after using Spike’s technique he couldn’t be bothered and was happy tail-wagging the whole time and came away from the unruly dogs when recalled. The main thing I would say is that Spike gives you the confidence to help your dog rather than ignoring the problem and fearing how others will react, this was a big plus for me.