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AngelPets Dog Training

Bedfordshire

Puppy and Dog training that is truly family friendly. With ten years' experience as a Primary School Teacher Samantha can work with your whole family to ensure you give your new puppy or dog the best start in their new home. Sessions are also suitable for older dogs who'd like to learn a few new tricks. Specialising in one-to-one training in the comfort of your own home, Samantha at AngelPets only uses reward based methods to help you and your new furry friend learn quickly together. Flexible timings so that all family members can be involved. Training sessions are tailored to your key priorities. Samantha is fully insured, DBS checked and is a Clever Dog Company Method Licensed Trainer.

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What do you love most about your job?

Training dogs is my passion. I enjoy working with all breeds of puppies and dogs and I love watching them learn using simple and effective reward based methods. Dogs are amazingly intelligent and when we work with them showing love and respect the results that can be achieved are amazing.

What inspired you to start your own business?

My own dog Dory inspired me originally to get into dog training and consequently to start my own business. When I brought her home as a puppy, despite copious research, the reality was not quite what I was expecting. I then spent many hours finding out about the best methods for training and began implementing positive, reward based training methods, something which I pride myself on using today. Whilst training Dory I realised I was actually very good at it, and decided to pursue it as a career path. I want to be able to share my knowledge with other new puppy and dog owners to help them on their journey to having an amazing furry friend just like Dory is to me.

Why should our clients choose you?

As a Clever Dog Company Method Licensed Trainer you can be assured that I work to the highest standards and follow the APDT(UK) Code of Conduct, only using kind, reward based methods of training. With ten years' experience as a Primary School teacher I know that one size does not fit all when it comes to learning and am able to tailor my lessons for my clients. My experience as a teacher also means that I am fully able to include all the family in my training. I particularly enjoy working with children and dogs as it is a joy to witness the long lasting bond and friendship that is created. I also get to help shape the next generation of dog trainers, instilling in them the importance of positive, reward-based training methods and ensuring this best practice continues for years to come.

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Making sure your pup is trained properly really matters. Without the necessary groundwork, you’re risking your dog’s wellness and security, as well as the safety of any other dogs it comes into contact with. It’s also important your dog is trained so that it can integrate properly with you and your family. Keeping it out of trouble will save you a lot of hassle (and potentially costly repairs too).

Making sure your dog listens to commands is very important. Not only will handling it be less stressful, but it can stop dangerous conflict with other animals. Furthermore, if your dog doesn’t want to listen to you, situations such as dealing with traffic can potentially become fatal. On the upside, having a well-trained pup enables you and your pet to socialise properly with other dogs and their owners.

Having a dog that is obedient means that life around the home becomes plain sailing. With good manners, your dog will be able to tell the difference between right and wrong behaviour, while being able to foster good relationships with other members of your family. These connections can help to build a fruitful relationship with your pet as part of the family. Time well spent together will allow you to both grow together, sharing experiences and creating the type of memories that make having a pet so worth it.

How about becoming an authority figure yourself? Although your trainer will help your dog get up to scratch, they will also teach you a great deal about the fundamentals of dog training. This includes not only how to handle your own dog, but principals that you can use to understand and better interact with other dogs too. Being able to help out less-informed dog owners can be a wonderful gift to have, and something that you can take further if you enjoy it.

Having a well-trained dog also means that taking your pet to the veterinarian will be a lot easier than it would be otherwise. Considering the nature and volume of work that they have to do, being a vet is tough, let alone dealing with an uncooperative pet in their surgery. In some cases, dogs can become violent when approached by a vet – definitely something they don’t need. By having your dog properly trained, you can avoid injuries – for both your dog and your vet – as well as unnecessary embarrassment upon visits.

When hiring someone to train your dog, there is plenty to think about. The needs of both you and your pet have to be considered and so taking some time to sit down and work out what is important to you is a must. Down below are a few of the questions you might ask when it comes to finding the right dog trainer –

Should I go for group or private training? Each comes with pros and cons – those with a brand new dog can expect their pet to socialise and start to develop relationships with other dogs.

Does my dog need generalised training or would training in a specific area suit it better? One example of this is if your dog has an issue with barking, or separation anxiety. In these cases, someone that can specialise in tackling these issues would be optimal.

Do I need long-term training or do I need a quick fix? Goals such as conditioning your dog for agility or developing a routine will need more time with a trainer.

You should also take care to see what type of strategies your trainer uses. There are a wide variety of techniques that can be applied in order to change your dog’s behaviour – but not all of these involve kindness and care. It’s good to talk to prospective trainers about the ways in which they choose to teach your dog, including methods of both discipline and praise. Techniques such as positive reinforcement are very beneficial for dogs and are particularly powerful, while being enjoyable for them.

While your dog is your priority, how you communicate with your trainer is important too. Your trainer’s should be able to translate their understanding into constructive advice. A good trainer can tell you both what is working in terms of training your dog, and what isn’t. This includes passing on insights of what to do to correct certain issues, while conveying these ideas in a constructive, friendly way. In order to do this, a trainer needs to not only be able to express themselves clearly, but also be diplomatic and observant.

There are various ways in which you can choose to train your dog. Some owners opt for private lessons, while others will put their dog through group daycare.

Group sessions are valuable not only because they are more budget friendly, but also because they are better as a long-term option. This is because your pet will have time to get to grips with a wider variety of commands. However one-on-one training provides your dog with lessons that are specially tailored to their needs, helping them learn in the best way for them.

There are also the various levels of obedience training to take into account. As well as classes specifically for puppies, there are basic educational classes, adult training, agility and advanced tutoring. Which of these you go for can affect pricing, as well as how quickly your dog learns (depending on its needs and comprehension).

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