Puppy Socialisation Training Classes Preston Lancashire

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Puppy training Cocker Spaniel

Winston is 6 months old and is already pushing his owners buttons. Having owned Cocker Spaniels in the past they can’t believe how different Winston is. Off lead he’s totally ignorant to recall, whilst on the lead he’s pulling at anything. Pulling on the lead has been increased by his early experience of being able to pull toward people and dogs. Corrective training is proving annoying for his owners as they’re struggling with focus. A lack of focus can be affected by the fact he’s constantly with his owners and therefore isn’t craving their attention.

Corrective training is always harder than teaching your dog, so remember starting young is the key to success. With time and commitment Winston will become the dog his owners want, it will just take a little longer to correct his behaviour.

Over Loving Our Dogs: Part 2

Last week I blogged about the increasing trend I have noticed for owners over loving their dogs. This can be through fussy feeding, over-anxiety about their welfare, allowing them on furniture, sleeping on the bed, the list goes on and on. I frequently see the results of this over indulgence in behavioural lessons, with dogs that are anxious, aggressive and territorial.

I was interested to see this theme being picked up in the national press this week with the launch of the IKEA pet furniture range. An entertaining column in The Guardian on why we treat our pets as people comes to the same conclusions I have, our obsession with our pets is getting out of hand. From gourmet food to designer pet furniture to dog yoga, we are attributing human characteristics to our dogs that they just don’t have. A dog is a pack animal and being leader of the pack is exhausting for them – that’s the owners job. Rather than making their lives better through constant attention and indulgence, over loving our dogs makes them anxious and irritable. Let them know where they stand in the pack and you will have a happy dog and save yourself a fortune in accessories.

What Did You Do This Morning?

I often say that in my job as a dog trainer, no two days are the same. One of my mornings last week demonstrates this perfectly. It started with a very defiant, very dominant Labrador; of course I’ve seen lots of Labradors but no two dogs are the same and this one was certainly a challenge. Next came the biggest Doberman Pinscher I have ever seen and still a way off being fully grown. Then, you couldn’t make this up, I trained a Chihuahua, the smallest breed of dog in the world. So what’s next? A Flatcoat Retreiver…and so it goes on. The variety of breeds and personalities (this applies to the owners too…) means a day in the life of this dog trainer never has a dull moment.

Correcting Behaviour In Dominant Dogs

The response I get from clients when I point out during their initial assessment lesson that they have headstrong and dominant dogs never surprises me. Most of the time as humans we cover up our dogs behaviour with excuses. If that was our children we’d never allow the kind of behaviour we allow our dogs to display.

Tyson the Hungarian Vizsla is only 16 weeks and displaying dominant behaviour. When I mentioned he’d just bitten one of his owners hands, they hadn’t even noticed it. On reflection Christopher agreed and has been allowing this behaviour, thinking it was acceptable as he’s only a puppy. While they are first time dog owners, Felicity and Christopher are teachers and also own horses so they are used to instilling structure and discipline; this needs to be passed on to Tyson.

I tried a slip lead on Tyson and he reacted immediately as he did not want to do as he was told. While he became calm for me, he was defiant and argumentative with his owners. With regular lessons this behaviour will be corrected and it’s important to ask for help but basic puppy training would have prevented this defiance occurring. Owners have to acknowledge and be realistic about their dominant dogs and address it quickly: it’s easier to train a dog than correct a dog.

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Testimonial – Dog Training Behaviour Correction with Two Miniature Dachshund

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We bought Rolo and Fudge from a breeder and only being 2 months apart they have grown inseparable and formed a pack making training feel impossible as they didn’t listen to us at all.
We attended puppy classes when they were young however it led to them only behaving to bribes with food which is not realistic.  Fudge the smaller one established himself as the clear leader of the pack and was becoming a nightmare on walks, barking at other people and dogs and pulling on the lead, Rolo copied this behaviour making walks something we dreaded rather than enjoying. We got to breaking point and decided we needed help!
We spent a long time searching for the right person online and reading reviews about trainers and that’s when we came across Damian.  We can definitely appreciate why there were so many glowing reviews, he is a real life dog whisperer!!! He has shown us that most of the behavioural problems stemmed from us and has probably spent more time training us as owners than the dogs.  He is fantastic and we are so grateful for his help as now walks have become so much better, and we are enjoying the dogs so much more.
Thanks the real boss (Nicola)

Behavioural Dog Training with Rufus the Labrador

6 month old Rufus and his owner Georgina came all the way from Wolverhampton to see me. It’s always a good sign when people are prepared to travel to train their dog – even when their car breaks down on the way and they have to rearrange the appointment. When I eventually met Rufus, I could see he was was not a pleasure to own. A headstrong young labrador, he pulled on the lead, had poor recall and was dominant. Georgina wanted some behavioural dog training for Rufus with a view to possibly working him in the future.

I worked with Rufus using my inner circle training technique with the dog on the lead at all times. We focused on sit and wait, not allowing him to greet other dogs as this encourages him to pull. Georgina was impressed to see what my dogs could achieve and is keen to bring Rufus up to his breed standard with regular monthly lessons.

I received the following message the day after our lesson.

 Just wanted to give you an update. I took Rufus out today for a 3 mile walk and he walked on the lead to my heel as good as he did yesterday still a little bit of trying to walk in front but I’m really proud of him 😊 so thank you


Livestock Desensitisation for two Residential Dogs

It’s a beautiful morning here at the kennels so I decided I’d work on training two of my residential dogs on livestock desensitisation. Living in the countryside and behind a farm enable me to work on areas of training that other kennels might not be able to offer. Also it important that we subject our young dogs to as many situations as possible in the early months. One day you and your dogs may encounter livestock whilst out walking in the countryside and we have a duty of care to these animals.

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Dog Photography

This has to be one of my favourite recent photos taken whilst out training. Working with such a variety of dog breeds every day gives me such enjoyment but coupled with the opportunity to take photographs for my social media and websites make it even more enjoyable. This photo is of Hector the Cockapoo puppy.

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Puppy Training – Kiera the Miniature Schnauzer x Tibetan Terrier

Kiera might be small but she certainly packs a punch with her bold and confident attitude. Kiera is Carol’s first dog so she’s keen to ensure training start early. Whilst the internet is a powerful tool it’s no replacement for individual 1-2-1 training.

I’m looking forward to helping Carol and Kiera on their training journey.

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Gun Trade News Website Review

It’s always great to have feedback, especially from the national media. The redesign of this website has been picked up by Gun Trade News, with an excellent review in their May edition. The reviewer has highlighted the key features we have incorporated in the new site – lots of useful content on dog training and ownership with plenty of opportunities to interact with us. We’re happy to see the work that went into this new site being recognised but as always we will keep adding to and refining the site to give you the best user experience. Since this review was published, we have added an additional page covering everything you need to know about the Amended Dangerous Dogs Act. To keep informed of what we’re up to, you can also follow our social media channels – just click on the icons at the top of the page.

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