11 April 2021

What You Need To Know (And How To Find A Good Trainer)

Dog Training In Kent: What You Need To Know (And How To Find A Good Trainer)

Dogs are one of the most popular pets, and having a well-behaved dog is a must for everyone. Professional dog training is the best way to make sure your dog is well-behaved and your home is safe.

Why is dog training necessary?

When you observe a puppy in the litter, the interactions with siblings and the demands it makes from its mum are innate behaviours. Mum will correct puppy to keep order.

When the puppy joins its new family, if not trained properly, some perfectly nature characteristics for puppy can easily turn your dog into an unsociable or even dangerous animal.

It is essential to teach your dog proper dog etiquette. A dog that has been taught good etiquette will not need constant telling off (correcting) because it will know how to behave, so that they can be safe in family environment. Is dog training a one-time event? No, dog training is a continuous process throughout its growth development and it needs to be done every day.

The dog needs to be motivated and happy before and after each training session. An owner with a highly motivated dog will find training easier than one which isn't. So it can be a hard task to train a dog. Therefore, you need to start training your dog from day one itself. Start by teaching them basic commands, such as sit, stay, wait, come, and walk on the lead without pulling. All of these can be taught in the safety of your home. So little effort is required.

Finding the right trainer

Although there are hundreds of trainers across the UK, there are some things you can look out for to make sure you get a good trainer. These are some of the pointers: Are they professionally qualified? How can they help and meet your requirements? Are they happy for you to chat on the phone with a previous client? Do they offer on-going support? How do you feel about a trainer who demands full payment upfornt? Before you book your consultation, have an in-depth chat about the trainer's experience and practice.

Dog training for homes with children

Unless your family lives in a completely child-free environment, a dog is going to be around children. They need to learn their position, to share space, to behave properly when playing and all sorts of other interactions. It is very important to find someone who has training experience with dogs and empathy with your situation.

Everyone including the dog needs to know how to behave when children have play dates, but also they need to know how to be with the other family members or when visitors arrive.

Training your dog is about helping the children to understand that the dog is part of the family and that their behaviour will affect the dogs behaviour. After all, life-long memories will be formed and the children too will one day hopefully wish to own a dog.

Dog training for homes with other pets

Many dog owners are not aware how best to introduce a new dog when they have existing dogs or pets. Having multiple dogs or pets does not mean the new dog will simply fall into line. That new dog could very well rock the boat and push their owners to the limits but this need not be the case if introduced correctly.

A dog spends much of its daily routine inside the house, therefore it is vital for a dog to understand the rules, boundaries and limitaions in the house. A good dog behaviourist will help you assess the dogs character and temperment. Whether your dog is fearful or has a dominating nature compared to your other dogs, you may need to consider other training options.

Dog training for the re-homed

Rarely do dogs get second chance. More often than not, dogs are given up because of a poor choices (breed type) or simply because the owner couldn't fulfil the dogs requirements (exercise and discipline) thus and so the dog became badly behaved, it was bored! The re-homing Charity are rarely given all the facts too, because some owners fear their dog will not be accepted if they provide the whole picture.

A professional behaviourist will help you to understand the dogs requirements and how best to let the dog settle with its new family, how you can quickly bond and how to display leadership so that the dog begins to trust and respect you. Likewise, if you do find yourself having to consider re-homing your dog then a professional behaviourist can assess your dog and provide a proper written report for the re-homing Charity.

Conclusion

We hope that our guide gave you some food for thought when considering how best to search for your ideal professional dog behaviourist and trainer. Some Veterinary practices are happy to recommend too so be sure to pop in and say hi to your Vet from time to time.

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  • Mrs D

    Justin turned up at my door to an emotional sobbing wreck 6 months ago when my existing dog looked like he was never going to accept our new puppy, he gave me the tools and confidence to enable me to take back control and we never looked back. They are now inseparable and I honestly don't think that would be the case if I hadn't have called Justin that day. I really can't recommend him highly enough.

    Louie & Maisie

  • Paul & Selina.

    Gidea Park, Romford

    We reached out to Justin for advice regarding our newly acquired 10 month old German shorthaired Pointer who had separation anxiety and was a nervous dog. Personal visit and subsequent support has been first class. Would highly recommend.

  • Jayne and Jeff.

    Wickham Bishops, Essex.

    After Justin’s visit, we both gained confidence to take Dave, our dog out during the day and stop avoiding triggers but deal with them. There was an immediate change in our (and of course Dave’s ) attitude and behaviour!

    The “Leadership Program” is genius and something we return to whenever feeling overwhelmed.

    Without being too melodramatic, we would like to say Justin’s visit changed our lives and we now have a perfectly imperfect little dog that’s happy and healthy.

    Eternally thankful to Justin.

  • Garrie. Bexley, Kent

    We rescued a Rottie /Douge de Bordeaux cross puppy who was taken from his mum at 6 weeks and we were his third home in the first 3 months. We were having issues with bitting and control with Rolo, despite being a very handsome and cute boy. He was growing rapidly and now weighing 4 1/2 stone and his puppy mouthing/nipping was getting very painful. He was playfully out of control when we got visitors, compounded by having very few during lockdown. Having spent most of his life in kennels he was struggling to know where to go to the toilet, often just weeing where he stood.

    Justin immediately controlled Rolos behaviour on entry. He worked with us using different techniques to ensure he understood his place in the pack”. The program was totally focused on both our behaviour and his, explaining at every turn what our actions mean to Rolo. We also went for a walk and was given walking and training techniques which we put in place daily. Justins advice of nutrition was superb and we are moving to feed upon his advice. We have seen an immediate impact.

    We highly recommend Justin. The program has given us the confidence, knowledge and ability to take on and bring up a very large boisterous dog giving him clear boundaries as to behaviour and a level of contentment to his place in the pack with us as his pack leader. We cant thank Justin enough
    Rolo
  • Stephen.

    Surrey.

    We first contacted Justin on the advice of our breed owners club. We had taken on a 3 year old Sealyham Terrier and were struggling with her aggression and nervousness. Although we had had dogs before, we hadn't encountered these issues before and were really losing confidence in our ability to manage her. Justin spent a couple of hours with us, assessing our dog and discussing strategies with us. His advice was clear and easy to follow. We quickly found that it made a huge and positive impact on the dog's behaviour, and on our confidence. We are now in a much better place and our dog has really adjusted. I would recommend Justin without hesitation.”

  • Natalie.

    Romford, Essex

    Early last year we had a few  issues with our 2 year old Cockapoo, Molly.  She had just started snapping and lunging at us and we were becoming anxious of her.  Justin interacted with Molly as soon as he arrived watching her all the time and gaining an understanding of her behaviour.  It was quiet and insight when he explained to us his observations of her.   From the moment he left Molly was already calmer.  Justin provided a thorough report with lots of ideas and rules.  We followed his advice and I have to say Molly is now a loving dog.

    Justins approach was very professional and he had a fountain of knowledge. He never made you feel that you were bad "dog parents," he just showed you different ways to do and look at things.  He also explained a dogs behaviour which again was very useful.  Sometimes you know what you should be doing and why, but it is not always easy to put in practice but Justin provided the tools for us to do this.

    Highly recommend Justin
  • The Pearce family.


    Tonbridge, Kent

    We found the dog training experience very insightful, the constant challenge of Buddy pulling on the lead whilst on walks was both tiring and stressful and made taking him out a chore. Hearing feedback on the necessary steps to take and the appropriate lead choice for his temperament has really allowed walking to become an enjoyment. Knowing when to keep him under control and when to allow freedom was important for both the enjoyment of us and the enjoyment of Buddy. Justin's friendly and non-judgemental approach really gave us the confidence to be able to address all problems large and small. We would highly recommend him”

    Buddy

    Buddy

  • Mrs Dawson

    Maldon, Essex

    After having many difficulties when walking our dog particularly with pulling and showing aggression on the lead - we were recommended to Dog Training in Kent. Justin presented a genuine interest from our first phone call and was prepared to travel some miles to visit us. Justin remained professional as he asked lots of questions to establish Lottie's routine and diet. It was when we walked Lottie that he was able to see the overall picture of how we respond to her and of course her behaviour. Justin then changed her harness to one he had brought along which has since proved invaluable. He was able to give us guidance in how to train Lottie by using a variety of sound, movement and assertiveness. We have received a summary which helps us move forward with a renewed hope and confidence. We also have the option of having Justin back for another visit. We would highly recommend this service for anyone needing help with their dog - and we would like to thank Justin for his help.

    Lottie & Maisie

  • Sally

    Maidstone Kent

    Justin came to our house when we first got our puppy at 4 months old and spent a lot of time going through everything we wanted to know about having a puppy at home and left us an easy to follow programme. Within 2 minutes of arriving at our house, our puppy was in the palm of his hand! We went out for a walk and he showed us how to get the best from walk time and explained what our puppy needed. Since then we have called him several times and he has come to our assistance, in fact we are looking to book another visit shortly to go through the next stage of our puppys life as she is now 8 months old! We highly recommend Justin to anyone who wants to do the best for their dog, he explains things clearly, is always at the end of the phone, and our dog loves him!!!

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