Dog Training Options

Finding a dog trainer you can trust, can be a daunting time, especially with the hundreds of training choices available out there.

Sadly dog training is an unregulated business. This means ANYONE can claim to be a trainer or worse, a behaviourist. This makes it difficult to chose a reputable, knowledgeable trainer to help with your dog. Please be sure they have the relevant qualifications... you can pick up a "diploma" in canine behaviour online for £9.99! Obviously, this is not sufficient enough.

Certain force-free training organisations require a depth of knowledge and their trainers undergo a series of assessments before allowing them to join their membership, such as IMDT/IMDTB, DTC, APBC/APDT, CAB/ABTC, VSAdt/b.

Once you have found a trainer, the next is to decide if you need 1-2-1 sessions or group classes?

Lastly is your dog needing a special approach to their training,

such as being a rescue dog or a puppy?

Dog Possible is here to offer honest advice on the best options for you and your dog.

To be sure you receive the best care, depending on your requirements and needs, we may advise another trainer or a behaviourist.

1-2-1 Training

1-2-1 Training is just you, your dog and a trainer.

Generally the trainer will visit your home, or you'll meet with them at their training site. 

1-2-1 gives you more flexibility to work your training around your busy schedules and family life.

Some behaviour/training issues prevents dogs from attending group classes so 1-2-1 training makes it still possible to train your dog.

Very young puppies can start their training early by using 1-2-1 as they don't require all their injections to be completed.

1-2-1 training has become increasingly popular over the years.

Each session is tailor made to suit you, your family, dog and environment. This means quicker results and having the undivided attention of your trainer, you will receive more support when you need it.

Class  & Group Training

Class and group training is where you and other dog handlers will meet with the trainer to cover basic manners, to advance life skills, within the presence of others.

The number of dogs trainers accept per class varies. It can be as little as 3 up to 10+.

We accept a maximum of 6 dogs, depending on the course. 

Our class training is generally done within a 4-8 week block depending on the course. 

Its set at the same time and day each week and has a set criteria.

Classes can be a great way to meet other people and many keep in touch long after the classes finish. It's also good to teach your dog cues, whilst under the distractions of others.

Throughout the year we run special one-off workshops too that concentrate on one particular topic, such as Firework Sensitivity, children around dogs and understanding canine body language.

Dogs don't attend the special workshops; they're information only for the handlers.    

Puppy  Training

Puppyhood generally lasts till around 12-18 months, depending on breed.

Puppyhood is a critical stage in a dog's life. They learn so rapidly as their bodies and brains develop. 

When puppies leave their mum and go to a new home, this represents an enormous period of sudden change, requiring them to adjust rapidly to their new surroundings and humans.

They need a lot of guidance and patience.

The earlier you can start training your puppy the better.  Waiting until an issue arises will only cause more problems and will be harder to 'un-train'. 

We work with breeders too, to make sure the pup is well prepared for the hustle of life later on.. so its never too early.

Your puppy goes through 5 life stages before they become an adult. You may of heard people talk about the socialisation period, and the importance of it.

Puppy training is more than just teaching a sit or a down. 

Its about the socialisation,  gaining confidence and being comfortable in many environments and situations.

We teach foundation life skills; we achieve this through play and games.

Behaviour Problems

Most dogs, during some part of their lives, can develop traits that are not compatible with human domestic living.  These issues can be a result of both genetic and environmental factors. 

Having a dog with behavioural problems can be extremely upsetting and stressful for both you and your dog.

It can add a lot of strain on relationships and even leave you questioning yourself as a carer. 

It doesn't mean you've failed, and with the right approach, it can be lessened. 

Just like any profession, dog trainers and canine behaviourists have their own special interests in certain topics too.  One may be more experienced in aggression, another in anxieties and fears. 

There may also be times when medical intervention is required.

 

There are many different approaches that can be used for behavioural problems which is why we always carry out an in-depth consultation first. Having as much information as possible is key to going forward. 

So what is the difference between behaviour 'training' and 'obedience' training?

 Put in layman's terms;

Obedience is asking your dog to DO a behaviour (sit, come back, etc)

Behaviour 'training' are about associations; it's helping to change the whole perspective that a dog has of a certain object or environment and how they emotionally react to it. 

Not only are you showing a dog there's an alternative, but you're also changing their bodies chemical reactions too.. Very technical! 

Ex- street dogs Rescues

Did you know it can take over 6 months for a rescued  ex-street dog to feel settled within your home?

It's common for the new family to start noticing behaviour changes after the first couple of months.

There are many benefits to rescuing a dog. The love they offer is incomparable. 

It can also be challenging, but also extremely worthwhile, and rewarding.

We help with preparing for your rescue and through them first delicate 6 months.

Special consideration is needed when it comes to their training. Although some rescues adjust quickly without any issues, some may need a little extra help to reassure them. More so with foreign rescues that come with little to no known history. 

Children & Dogs

Dogs and children can have an amazing natural bond. One that if addressed right, can last a lifetime.

Dog Possible specialises in educating children and their carers the importance of safe dog interactions.

Having a family dog can be very beneficial for children. 

It can help them develop kindness and understanding, as well as improve social skills and reduce anxiety.

BUT, being able to read and understand dogs is vital, especially more so if you add a puppy into the mix.

Sadly over 1,178 children got admitted to hospital in 2019 due to dog bites. Over 77% was by a known dog to the child

Doesn't even bear thinking of does it? 

We offer children classes, 1-2-1 sessions and family dog training classes, all delivered through games and fun learning.

"You don't train a dog in a training hall, jerking his neck or even giving him food treats.

You train him using life rewards."

   - Dr Ian Dunbar

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One very happy

Bulldog!