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During these challenging times im going to offer telephone consultations and video calls to help dog owners around the country. I’ve been helping dog owners with their sometimes troublesome dogs for years. Whether you’re looking for training solutions for your dog’s most frustrating behaviours, or to ensure your puppy grows to be well-mannered, I can help. I'm an experienced trainer I use positive modern reinforcement techniques to help your pet understand how to behave – relax, you’ll be in safe hands and so is your dog! You may have bought training books and spent a fortune on various recommended dog training equipment – all of it promised to fix the problem, but – at Dog-Trainer I know – it didn’t. Whether it’s aggression to people or other dogs, our respected training techniques offers a gentle, effective and permanent way to stop your dog’s unwanted behaviour. My expert training methods help solves behavioural problems. I can cure embarrassing habits, such as barking, jumping up on people, recall, pulling on the lead and more. If you want an obedient dog that will happily walk on the lead, sit and stay on command. Look no further, Sarah can help you get there. Dogs can be trained on a one to one private session basis or in group classes. I can help you train your new puppy; we will work through the basic commands, real life skills and more. To ensure your puppy gets the right start in life, call me as I have written a puppy package which we can work through together. I am an instructor for puppies (Kennel Club Puppy Foundation Course) and more experienced dogs leading up to competition obedience, I hold group classes at Hampstead Norreys, village hall Thatcham RG18 0TR on Saturday mornings. 10am for puppies and 11am for basic obedience. Both classes are £5 per dog. I will guide you through the best way to train your dog/pup. One to One private sessions for behaviour modifications cost £120 for 3 sessions or £55 for the first session then £40 thereafter. One to one puppy package £150, includes 3 sessions, advice on unwanted behaviours, all commands trained, advice on toilet training, crate training etc and the step by step puppy package. Group classes 10am for puppies and 11am for basic obedience. Both classes are £5 per dog. Held at Hampstead Norreys, village hall Thatcham RG18 0TR on Saturday mornings Dog walking, some training given loose lead walking, sit, wait etc. £15 per hour. Contact me on 078•• ••••••, email d•••••@••••.uk or go to my website www.dog-trainer.co

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What do you love most about your job?

I love seeing the dogs behaviour change, it makes me feel good knowing I have helped both dog and owner. Owners are pleased as they can see a big difference in their dogs behaviour in as little as a week. I get great satisfaction from my profession.

What inspired you to start your own business?

I instruct at 2 dog training clubs and I was getting great feedback from both. I was asked by both clubs to help owners on a one to one basis for behavioural needs. I am working towards my KCAI for dog training and behaviour. I feel I understand what dogs are feeling and why they show signs of unwanted behaviour. I am really interested in dog Psychology. Which then lead me to the behavioural side of dog training.

Why should our clients choose you?

I have a calm and patient approach to owners and dogs, I talk through the behavioural problems you are experiencing then put a training plan into action. I only use positive reward based training. You are welcome to join us for a group session as they are drop in classes. I know coming along to the first session can be a little daunting, but you will be made to feel very welcome. Ask as many questions as you like, as I am here to help you and your dog.
I am friendly, patient and polite, I continue to update my knowledge by going to seminars, workshops and researching via the internet and books.

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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).

Yes! You might be surprised to hear that dog training can be done remotely, through online video platforms like Zoom. They can take the form of group sessions or one-to-one classes to tackle certain individual behavioural issues. Many customers prefer online dog training for all sorts of reasons, like saving on travel time and costs.



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