We use positive training techniques to empower you and your dog to thrive in a happy, healthy relationship. Our techniques are effective whether your dog is a puppy, adult or elderly dog.We cater for all breeds, shapes and sizes and teach everything from basic training through to techniques aimed at more complex behavioural issues. We do so without causing harm to your dog or to the canine-human relationship. We have a simple four part philosophy..
The first stage of the training process for any dog is an initial consultation. This is a 30 minute session and allows us to observe your pet, their behaviour and your relationship and circumstances. This then allows us to create a unique plan tailored to you and your dog. Depending on the type of training, subsequent sessions are usually 30 minutes to an hour long with rest and play breaks to ensure your dog is engaged and ready to learn, getting the most out of their sessions. We will also be there to support you throughout the process and to give you the tools you need to continue putting into practise the techniques from the session.
Initial 30 minute consultation £25
30 minute training session £30
60 minute training session £45
We use positive reinforcement to train our dogs
We use a science based approach to training to give our dogs the skills they need to live and thrive in the human world they find themselves in. We use positive techniques which strengthen the bond between you and allow you to live harmoniously with your dog. Positive training keeps dogs happy and motivated and is based on mutual trust and understanding. At its core, positive training really just means that when the dog displays the behaviour we want to see more of, something good happens to her, for example, she is given a treat or a toy.
We do not use physical punishment or fear to train our dogs
This refers to both the training techniques and the equipment we use. We use positive reinforcement and reward based techniques which are kind and humane. We do not use aversive techniques or negative reinforcement. Negative reinforcement is essentially when something bad stops happening to the dog when she displays the desired behaviour, such as a choke collar which stops choking her when she stops pulling on the lead. We also do not use positive punishment, which involves the application of something bad to the dog, such as a smack, when she doesn't behave in the desired way. We work with dogs, rather than by controlling or dominating them.
We use science based training techniques which are tailored not only to the way dogs learn generally, but to the way each specific dog learns
Modern dog training requires the use of education, careful observation and clear, consistent communication with our dogs. Positive training aligns with the way dogs naturally think and learn and makes it easier for us as trainers to set the dog up to succeed. We aim to build confidence in our dogs which is fundamental if they are to learn successfully and for the long term. We also have a friendly, non-judgemental approach with the dog's human companions and offer clear, accessible advice and techniques to help you get your relationship back on track. This means that you can be your dogs teacher and guide and lead her without the need for domination.
We understand and embrace the scientific basis for the rejection of the outdated dominance theory approach to training techniques
The dominance theory of dog training, also known as wolf pack or alpha theory became popular in the 1970's and is based on the idea that a dog must be shown who is charge of the relationship in no uncertain terms. It is based on studies of captive wolves and their behaviours towards each other. This is problematic for two reasons. Firstly, the wolves in the studies were not displaying natural behaviours as they were being kept in groups of individuals who would not naturally mix in the wild, therefore the conclusions drawn from the studies were incorrect. These conclusions have since been renounced by the researchers involved as our knowledge and understanding of wolf and canine behaviour has advanced. Secondly, dogs are not domesticated wolves but, being separated by thousands of years of evolution, are very different creatures. Although outdated, training based on these notions is still being offered and includes techniques such as 'alpha- rolling' where the dog is forcefully rolled onto its side and held down in order to dominate it. These techniques are not only unnecessary but can lead to further behavioural problems as well as damaging the bond between dog and human. Dogs do not need to be dominated and likewise have no desire to dominate their humans.