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.
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.