Dog Training and Behaviour Information
We offer group dog training classes in eight week blocks, for puppies and adult dogs. Please contact us to find out which class is most appropriate for you and your dog.
As part of the group classes there is the opportunity to take part in the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme, working through from Puppy (for dogs under 12 months old) to Bronze, Silver and Gold. The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme is open to dogs of any age, gender or breed.
One to one dog training sessions are tailored to your individual need.
Does your dog pull on the lead?
Not come back when called?
Jump up at visitors?
If the answer is YES then you may benefit from one to one training.
Behavioural visits are tailored for the individual situation, so please contact us if your dog needs help with house training, confidence at going for a walk, is destructive when left alone, is nervous around people and other dogs, etc.
These are just a few examples as the list is endless.
THE IMPORTANCE OF DOG TRAINING
Dog training is an important aspect of owning and raising a dog, however, many people do not fully understand the importance of dog training. Dog training is about developing a stronger bond between you and your dog. Teaching your dog basic training can help him become a safer pet and an enjoyable companion, regardless of his breed, age or size.
Any dog owner can learn to train their dog and it can be the most rewarding educational experience for both of you. All you need is patience, perseverance, always being consistent and good timing, so your dog can learn effectively. A trained dog is less likely to be left at home and more likely to be welcome as part of the family when you visit friends and relatives. Your dog will understand what is expected of him in different situations, so he will be more relaxed. A well trained dog is also going to be a more pleasant pet to live with too.
It is important to seek professional help when starting to train your dog to be a good citizen because the skills they provide you with will be so valuable for the whole of your dog's life. Training should be fun and always ended on a positive note. Modern dog training is built on rewarding the dog for doing what is right and repetition, as this is a fast and safe way to get the message across of how you want your dog to behave. Using harsh training methods can cause an increase in aggression leading to dogs that bite and are not welcome in society.
Don't believe the cliché 'You can't teach an old dog new tricks', this couldn't be further from the truth. You can teach a dog of any age new tricks and all basic commands.
When seeking the help of a dog trainer or dog behaviourist it is vital that you check their qualifications. Don't be afraid to ask them, what their qualifications are, only those with less adequate qualifications will be annoyed when asked. The same has to be said for those with letters after their name, ask them what they mean and then check them out yourself. Most qualified and reputable dog trainers and behaviourist belong to organisations and associations that you can learn more about via the organisations website.
Written by Elaine Hart (Pets Behaving Better) ©
Massage has many benefits for animals, which can be divided into physical and mental.
The physical benefits include aiding 'fittening' in animals for a range of disciplines and dogs for agility or any working task. The term 'fittening' refers not only to the heart and lungs but also strengthening of the muscles and the nervous system that controls those muscles. Massage can improve muscle strength and innervation, which is the muscle's nerve supply, allowing the animal to perform more easily and comfortably.
The psychological benefits include calming a nervous animal, which is an advantage to dog owner.
Many dogs suffer injuries, which affect their working life, some occur as a result of everyday stresses and strains. Some breeds of dog suffer injuries prevalent to their breed. It is important to maintain muscle strength and flexibility as dogs get old.
There are many injuries that affect horses and dogs, but the most common ones fall into two types.
1) Soft tissue injuries do not include bone but are most commonly tendon or ligament
2) Degenerative problems are the result of excessive damage to the bones or joints, these progress over time
Injuries are nearly always the result of multi-factoral causes, as there is often not one clear cause.
Regular massage can help minimise the risk of injury occurring and detect early signs.
REIKI HEALING FOR ANIMALS
Please see under the complimentary modalities link.
Appointments for Canine Massage and Reiki Healing are available, animals are usually visited in their own home. Please contact for further information.
Pepper, Zac and Tinka after a Reiki session
Please note that none of the above modalities are a substitute for proper veterinary care. If you have an animal that is ill or injured it is vital that you seek veterinary advice as soon as possible.