Frequently Asked Questions
What should I bring to classes
Bring whatever equipment you have, do not buy any new or special leads or equipment, we talk about the best type of leads and collars to use. We prefer that your dog is on a flat buckle type collar rather than a slip or choke chain. Flexible/ retractable leads do not work well for our training classes, so an ordinary 3 or 4 ft lead is ideal. Bring tasty titbits for you dog. Also a dedicated training toy and poo bags
Should I feed my dog before classes
We recommend that you do not feed your dog for at least 4 hours before classes if possible. There are many advantages to not feeding before classes but the most important is that your dog will feel comfortable at classes if has not eaten recently.
My dog barks and gets over excited when it sees other dogs
Most dogs fit in very well to our dog training classes and high spirits are kept under control. But sometimes dog training classes are not always the best place to start training over excitable dogs. There are a number of options we can offer so if you are worried about your dog being disruptive at classes give us a call to discuss how we can integrate your dog into our class environment.
My dog is very nervous of dogs or people – will classes help
We have had great success over the years helping nervous dogs overcome some of their fears. The environment we create is very safe for nervous dogs and we will not allow boisterous dogs to frighten the more sensitive characters in our classes. So although the dogs may not appear to be enjoying classes in the early stages it is worthwhile persevering because it is possible to slowly effect change.
Can my child train our dog at classes
We are a ‘children friendly’ dog training class. So the short answer is yes. But there are a few general requirements. Until a puppy or dog is under control and knows what to do, any child will have difficulty controlling it. Usually a couple of weeks after the class starts is a good time to let children become involved.
We recommend that an adult accompanies children at classes Children aged 9 – 11 can help their parents train their dog after a few weeks. Older children can take full control if their dog is suitable for handling by a child. Children who are not handling the dog are welcome to come and watch, listen and learn. Parents must ensure that children do not RUN past dogs and do not touch or stroke other dogs at classes. They must also stay out of the fenced training area.
We recommend that all dogs are toileted off site prior to there class. Owners are reminded that they must clear up after there dog. Therefore they are required to bring poo bags with them. They are also responsible to take any used bags home with them as there are no facilities onsite to dispose of them.
Your dog is to be kept on lead at all times unless instructed to do otherwise.
Tip of the Month
Practice focus exercises in short bursts.
Carry out the exercise in various locations to proof it.
Use various rewards to maintain interest.