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1:1 Dog Training

For dogs with a specific training goal

Assessments £40 per dog per hour book here
Follow up training sessions £30 for one hour
Home Visits may be available – please call to book.

1:1 Dog training is suitable if you have a specific goal in mind for training.

Maybe you want your dog to bark less at other dogs, greet visitors more calmly or stop chasing cars? If there is a specific behaviour you want more of or less of then 1:1 training might be the answer.

What Kinds Of Problems Can We Help with?

  • Excessive barking
  • Pulling On The Lead
  • Jumping Up At Visitors
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Chase / Prey Drive
  • Resource Guarding
  • Stealing Items
  • Hyperactivity
  • Toileting In The House
  • Biting

How Do We Change Dog Behaviour?

It’s really difficult to train a dog NOT to do something. The goal of the training assessment is to understand what triggers the behaviour and what behaviour we would like instead. For example if your dog jumps up at visitors the trigger is the visitor and the behaviour is jumping up. What we can train is the trigger of the visitor means go and lay on your bed.

We train the new behaviour we do want with a clicker and treats. We start at a really easy level that your dog can cope with and gradually increase the difficulty until your dog can complete the full activity, reliably. This takes as much time as your dog takes!

What we aim to do in the first session is give you the tools you need to train the behaviour you do want. From there we will lay out the steps to get you to the next level and you can work on that at your dog’s pace.

We can then follow up with you as much or as little as you wish. Annoyingly the solution to training a dog’s behaviour is often quite simple at the easy level. The real change comes when they have learned that the new behaviour is the one that gets rewarded reverie time in the real world environment.

What To Expect

We start with a training assessment so you can tell us all about what is causing you concern or what you would like your dog to do. From there we can decide if 1:1 training is suitable, if classes might suit you better or if you need to be referred on to a specialist.

We will meet you in the car park for your assessment. From there we will use either the paddocks or the barn to see how relaxed and settled your dog will be for training. We take a detailed history so we can identify if training is the most suitable option or if you may need another type of support to achieve your goals.

What To Tell Us

During the assessment we will ask a lot of questions about the full life of your dog, including where they came from, breeding, food and mealtimes, what behaviours you see, when and how intensely. There are no right or wrong answers and we encourage you to tell us absolutely everything, especially relating to bite history. It is a myth that every dog that bites should be put to sleep. When we have the full picture we can best decide who the support team should be and how we help your dog.

Please tell us everything you think is relevant. Some people worry if they tell us too much we might not be able to help. We can best help if we know all the facts, including if the dog has bitten. There are many ways to support a dog, training is one option. For more complex cases we can work alongside behaviour specialists and vets too. So even when you think all hope is lost, there are still options to support you.

What To Bring

  • Your Dog!
  • Collars, leads and equipment you would normally use for a walk
  • Well behaved family members are welcome too.
  • Lots of food rewards. 
  • Poo Bags.
  • Appropriate outdoor clothing for the weather.

What If It’s A Really Big Problem?

There are some dogs who have additional needs, for lots of reasons, or seemingly no reason at all!

Some dogs have deeper seated issues that training alone can’t solve. That could include looking at the amount of sleep a dog gets, protein content of food, gut issues, supplements or medication, ruling out pain as a factor in the behaviour or identifying lifestyle factors that contribute to their behaviour.

The way I think of it is that an olympic runner will have a training coach who can help them run faster. But if they have a broken leg all the training in the world isn’t going to make them run a world record beating time. They need a Dr, and probably a cast and some rehabilitation before the training will be effective.

In the more complex behaviour cases we will work alongside you and a team of specialists such as veterinarians, behaviour specialists or pain specialists to create a complete support package.

1:1 Training Available

Mondays - By Appointment
Saturday - Afternoons By appointment

Westlodge, Westfield Road, Leasingham, NG34 8LZ