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SmartDogTraining.co | Veterinary Approved


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Hi! I’m Luke, The Veterinary Approved Puppy Training Pro from SmartDogTraining.co Fully IMDT & OCN Level 4 Accredited, Insured & Protected. If you have a dog probelm I can help you, claim your FREE! Trial today visit: www.SmartDogTraining.co SmartDogTraining.co is a well established behaviour training company that has built an enviable reputation since 2010. I pride myself on delivering exceptional 1-2-1 and online services to the two and four-legged locals of Camberley, Bagshot, Lightwater, Ascot, Guilford, Farnborough and the surrounding areas in Surrey, Berkshire & Hampshire. Want to know more? Why not read the many 5 Star Reviews from our happy customers and their happy dogs.

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What do you love most about your job?

I get enormous satisfaction from empowering clients and their dogs to overcome the issues they‘re facing. A happy dog means a happy owner.

What inspired you to start your own business?

I always knew I wanted to run my own business, working with dogs was the next logical step, because I adore them! At a young age the family pet Jasper, a Labrador pup, was re-homed due to behavioural problems, this still drives me to help as many people and their dogs as I can today.

Why should our clients choose you?

I listen to the problems you’re having set goals you want to reach with your dog. Tailoring a training plan specific to you and your dog’s needs, then coaching and supporting you both to a successful outcome.

I work closely with the Blackwater Valley Veterinary Centres (BVVC), together we have a lifetime of expertise and professional advice at hand.

"Luke is very knowledgable! He is also calm and focused. Listens to the problems you have with your dog and what you want to achieve. I would strongly reccomend him!" Djordje (George) Vuckovic BVSc MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon & Practice Principal BVVC

A full member of The Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (Level 4 qualified passed with distinction). Fully insured and protected by Protectivity.

Dedicated to the IMDT’s strict code of ethics; I only practice dog friendly rewards based training, using science backed techniques proven to achieve quick results or double your money back guaranteed!

Always developing my knowledge and skillset, I keep bang up to date with the latest IMDT dog behaviour courses and frequently attend national conferences. Reassessed yearly to ensure I continually deliver the IMDT standards of excellence, verified externally and accredited by the OCN London (The Open College Network).

My goal is to meet and exceed the expectations of every customer while delivering services at very competitive rates.

See what clients say on Google:

"I would highly recommend Luke as he definitely understands dog behaviour." Jo

How can I help?
Claim your FREE! TRIAL today to have a friendly chat about you and your dog’s needs.

Visit: www.SmartDogTraining.co

Luke Wheldon IMDT
07809 617 567

Can you provide your services online or remotely? If so, please add details.

Yes all bookings are confirmed by email with a Zoom link as an alternative means of meeting online via Video Conferencing.

What changes have you made to keep your customers safe from Covid-19?

Following the latest CFSG Canine Feline Sector Group guidelines and government advice:

One-to-one training outdoors is allowed.
Limited to one-to-one (person or household bubble) to maintain social distance so there is no mixing between household bubbles (2m should be adhered to where possible).
There should be no physical contact between the trainer and client or dog and social distance should be maintained at all times.
Owners of dogs from infected or self-isolating households pose a significantly higher risk and will not be accepted. Owners can leave their dogs with a trainer
providing the business handover protocol is followed and social distancing is maintained.
Behaviour Consults are wherever possible conducted remotely online using technology. The behaviourist will make a professional judgement on a case by case basis as to whether it is
justifiably necessary to work in a person’s home and it is very unusual to do so.

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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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