Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is games-based training, and how does it differ from traditional dog training methods?

Games-based training is a positive and interactive approach to teaching dogs new skills and behaviours. Unlike traditional training methods that may rely on punishment or dominance to get the behaviour you want, games-based training focuses on creating a fun and rewarding learning experience for your furry friend. By incorporating playful activities and positive reinforcement techniques, I ensure that your dog not only learns quickly but also enjoys the process, building a stronger bond with you in the process.

2. Why should I consider puppy classes for my new dog?

Puppy classes are essential for laying the foundation of a well-behaved and socialized dog. During this critical developmental stage, your puppy will learn vital social skills, basic commands, and appropriate behaviours. My puppy classes offer a safe and controlled environment where your furry pal can interact with other pups while learning to respond to you no matter what the situation and build confidence while learning valuable obedience skills that will benefit them throughout their life.

3. What age should my puppy start attending training classes?

Puppies can begin attending training classes as early as eight weeks old, right after they receive their first set of vaccinations. Early socialization and training are crucial for shaping a well-adjusted adult dog, so the sooner, the better!

4. What can I expect from puppy classes at your training venue?

In my puppy classes, you can expect a mix of engaging games, basic obedience training, and opportunities for supervised socialization. As a fully qualified Puppy Training Instructor, I will guide both you and your puppy through positive reinforcement techniques, empowering you to become a confident and effective trainer for your furry companion.

5. Do you offer specific classes for older dogs?

Absolutely! I believe it’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks. My Fun| Focus | Play classes for older dogs are tailored to meet their specific needs, whether it’s improving existing skills, addressing behavioural challenges, or simply providing mental stimulation.

6. What are the benefits of training older dogs, and is it too late to start?

Training older dogs can be incredibly rewarding. Not only does it enhance their behaviour and obedience, but it also keeps their minds sharp and bodies active. It’s never too late to start training, and I will work with you to create a customized program that suits your dog’s unique abilities and challenges.

7. What is Rally obedience, and how can it benefit my dog’s training?

Rally obedience is a fun and challenging dog sport that involves completing a series of obedience tasks while navigating a course. It enhances your dog’s listening skills, focus, and precision. Rally obedience classes provide mental stimulation, increase responsiveness to commands, and strengthen the bond between you and your furry companion.

8. Are Rally obedience classes suitable for dogs of all ages and breeds?

Absolutely! Rally obedience is a versatile activity suitable for all dogs, regardless of age, size, or breed. From young puppies to senior dogs, everyone can enjoy and benefit from the mental and physical exercise it offers.

9. What is Hoopers, and how is it different from agility training?

Hoopers is a low-impact, agility-style sport that involves guiding your dog through a series of hoops and tunnels. Unlike traditional agility, Hoopers is easier on your dog’s joints, making it an excellent option for dogs of all ages and physical abilities.

10. Can Hoopers classes be helpful for dogs that are not as agile or energetic?

Absolutely! Hoopers is designed to accommodate dogs with varying energy levels and physical capabilities. It’s a fantastic way to engage your dog’s mind and keep them active, even if they aren’t the most athletic.

11. What topics do your one-to-one training sessions typically cover?

My one-to-one training sessions are personalized to address your specific training goals and challenges. Whether it’s basic obedience, behavioural issues, or specialized training, I will work closely with you and your dog to achieve the desired results.

12. How do I schedule a one-to-one training session, and what should I prepare for it?

Scheduling a one-to-one session is easy! Simply contact us through our website or phone, and we’ll find a convenient time for you. One to one Training always start with an Assessment Appointment where we discuss the issues you are having with your dog, once I understand your struggles and your goals I will design a training programme that will address the specific areas you’d like to work on. at the end of the assessment we will book in your one to one training session(s). Before the appointment it is useful for you to write down what you would like to work on and any behaviours that are causing friction in your daily life. When you come for your first training session make sure you bring a selection of your dog’s favourite treats and a few toys, such as chaser tug toys to use as rewards during training.

13. What training methods do you use during classes and one-to-one sessions?

I believe in positive reinforcement as the foundation of my training method. This means that we will be rewarding the behaviours we want with treats, praise, affection, and play while avoiding punitive measures. My aim is to create a positive and enjoyable training experience for both you and your dog.

14. Are your training methods positive reinforcement-based?

Yes! I firmly believe in the power of positive reinforcement to encourage good behaviour and strengthen the bond between you and your dog. It’s a kind, fair and effective way to teach new skills and modify behaviour.

15. How do I know if my dog is ready to advance to the next level of training?

I will periodically assess how your training journey is progressing and guide you on when your dog is ready for more advanced training. Typically, it depends on your dog’s understanding of the level of the skills taught and their comfort level in more challenging environments. I ensure that your dog is fully prepared before moving on to the next level.

16. What should I bring to a training class or one-to-one session?

For training classes, bring your dog on a flat collar with detachable lead and Y or H-shaped harness which has an attachment point on the front and the back, along with a selection of tasty treats, your dog’s favourite toy, a blanket or bed and water. For one-to-one sessions, have your dog’s favourite treats and any training tools you may use at home, such as a clicker or target stick.

17. Can you help with specific behavioural issues my dog is experiencing?

Absolutely! In addition to being an experienced Dog Training Instructor of 30 years, I am also a fully qualified and insured Companion Animal Behaviourist having studied with COAPE and have Completed their Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour and Training in 2010. I have over 27 years of experience in dealing with various behavioural issues. From separation anxiety to reactivity and leash pulling to not coming back when called, I am here to provide the guidance and solutions your dog needs to overcome these challenges.

18. Do you offer any online or remote training options for those unable to attend in-person classes?

Yes, I understand that some situations may prevent you from attending in-person classes. I offer online training sessions where I can address your training needs through video conferencing and provide personalized guidance remotely.

19. What makes your training services different from others in the area?

Whether you attend group training classes or one-to-one training sessions, I take a personalized and games-based approach to dog training. I prioritize your dog’s happiness and well-being while ensuring you have the tools to maintain a positive relationship throughout your dog’s life.

20. How can I sign up for classes, and what are the fees for your services?

Signing up for my classes is simple! You can book online by selecting the relevant class, course or service here, filling out the booking form and then proceeding to check here or book a free 15-minute discovery call with me to discuss your training needs. Training fees vary depending on the type of class or training program you choose. Rest assured, I strive to provide exceptional value and results for every investment you make in your dog’s training journey. 

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