Learning how to train your own dog has many benefits - it can help to build and strengthen your relationship with your dog, teach him or her basic social skills and is fun!
A good pet dog training class should concentrate on what you want your dog to learn. It should teach you to train your dog to become a calm, easily controlled and valued member of your family and the community. Reward-based training is a must, with punishment and 'alpha-roll' techniques now considered outdated and unkind.
As with choosing any professional to care for your dog, you’ll need to do a little research to find the right person. Ask family and friends if they have any recommendations, or even when out on a walk and you see a well-behaved dog! Local shows can be a good opportunity to meet prospective trainers.
Here are a few things to look out for or ask when visiting a dog training class or talking to a dog trainer prior to attending classes:
• What qualifications do you have?
• How long have you been dog training?
• Do you specialise in certain types of training (obedience, agility, fly ball, heelwork to music)?
• Can I come and watch a class to see if it will suit my dog?
While visiting a class as an observer (without your dog):
• Is all the training done with positive reinforcement (rather than punishment)?
• Is the atmosphere relaxed? Noise should be at a minimum and shouting is rarely required.
• Instructors should be approachable. Do they appear friendly and caring in the best interests of owner and dog?
• How many dogs are there in the class? Bear in mind the size of the venue, as well as the number of assistants. Can the instructor keep an eye on everyone?
• Methods should suit the dog and handler in question. Food and toys are excellent motivators. Not many dogs work for praise alone. Training should be kind, fair and effective.
Here is a list of some of the dog trainers in the area.
Our directory of local services is provided as a source of information to our clients. Listing in this directory is on request, and appearance here does not constitute endorsement of any business by Blue House Veterinary Centre.
Positive Pet TrainingCompanion Dog Training Ian Friel-Russel (APDT)The SneydAshbourne RdStoke-on-Trent ST10 2BFTelephone: 07785 800008Website: www.positivepettraining.co.ukEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Danesford Obedience Dog Training ClubObedience training and agilityMossley Village HallLeek RoadMossleyCongletonCW12 3HXTelephone: 01782 783874Website: www.congletondogtraining.co.uk
Dig it Dog Training ClubObedience, agility, puppy trainingLydia Critchlow
Telephone: 01270 585600
Website: www.digitdogs.co.uk/Email: email@example.com
Gunmore Gun Dog TrainingLynne ShawTraining for day to day encounters & agility
Telephone: 01260 226449
Moor Dog TrainingCompanion dog training
Larkhall farmBagnallStoke-on-TrentST9 9JZTelephone: 07986318676Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: www.moordogtraining.co.uk
Dog SkoolObedience & agility
Sarah HursthouseClasses held in Alsager and in AudleyTelephone: 01270 884494Mobile: 07803609806Email: email@example.comWebsite: www.dogskool.co.uk
Bark BustersDog Behaviour
Isla ClarkTelephone: 08081004071
Best K9 SchoolDog BehaviourYvonne KelsallBiddulph Moor Village HallHot laneST8 7HPTelephone: 01782 515667Mobile:07876271463Website: www.bestk9school.co.ukEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Training 4 PawfectionObedience training & dog walkingTricia Kearney BuglawtonCongletonTelephone: 07791 909780Website: www.training4pawfection.co.ukEmail: email@example.com
Just Fur BehaviourObedience trainingCharlotte Garner Mount Pleasant Village HallMow CopST7 3LGTelephone: 07948 961369
Follyfoot Dog TrainingObedience training & gun dog trainingMaria Galvano – 07455974193 01782510268Biddulphmaria.firstname.lastname@example.org
Awesome Paws Dog TrainingCompanion dog training & scent workTracey RidgwayBradwell Community Education CentreRiceyman RoadNewcastle ST5 8LFTelephone: 07793210116Email: email@example.com