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There’s more to dog training than “sit”, “stay” and “heel”. Dogs are complex animals and have the potential to learn various tricks and behaviours. While some people may want their dogs to learn basic commands or how to walk on a lead, others may want an agility training specialist. Whatever training your dog may need, Bark can help you find the best dog tutors in your area. All you have to do is tell us what training you’re looking for and we’ll do the rest.

Dog trainers across Bristol

Bristol is a city of dog lovers so there’s no shortage of great dog trainers to choose from. Get involved in Bristol’s dog-loving community, find trustworthy trainers near you and make new furry friends along the way. Remember, it’s never too late to train your dog or correct behavioural problems. From group classes in Victoria Park to house-call lessons at home, Bark can match you with the most suitable dog trainers in Bristol.

Puppy training experts

While dogs can be trained at any age, most dog trainers will advise you to start while they’re young. Puppies are generally more susceptible to training than older dogs, as good behaviours can be established early on. From house training to socialising to simple commands, there are puppy training classes for everything. Group training can be particularly beneficial for puppies. Group classes allow younger dogs to socialise and develop obedience in a stimulating environment.
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Jessica FitzGerald Dog Training

Jessica is a dog training specialist. With years of experience and an IMDT qualification in the ‘Principles of Dog Training and Behaviour’, Jessica has the formal training and real-world experience to back up her lifelong love of dogs.

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How did you get into dog training?

I come from a family of dog lovers so we always had dogs in the house when I was growing up. As I got older, my love of dogs developed into wanting to train them. Watching Crufts on TV as a kid was a huge influence as I got to see what these clever animals were really capable of. I started by training our family dogs to perform simple tricks and can now provide professional training for agility and show dogs. It’s amazing what most dogs can do with a little bit of patience. I’ve been training dogs since I was about 11 or 12, if you count my childhood pets. Professionally, I’ve been training dogs for over five years. I achieved my IMDT qualification in the ‘Principles of Dog Training and Behaviour’ three years ago.

What has been the proudest moment of your dog training career?

This one is hard to say because I’ve had so many proud moments in my career so far. A recent one that springs to mind would be a stubborn little Boston terrier called Charlie. He joined my training classes about six months ago. He was so full of energy and couldn’t wait to say hello to the other dogs in the class. His energy and excitability were a big part of his owner’s problem as he couldn’t be trusted off the lead. By establishing good behaviours, a little help from a clicker and practising with a long lead, Charlie quickly learned what his owners expected of him.

Are particular dog breeds easier to train than others?

Dogs are very intelligent and receptive animals, even the supposedly “naughty” or “disobedient” ones. While I am yet to find a dog that cannot be trained, there are certain breeds that are quicker to respond to training than others. Dogs that have traditionally been bred to work, such as terriers, retrievers, pointers and sheep dogs, generally love to learn. Dogs such as pugs, Yorkshire terriers, French bulldogs, poodles and other typical companion breeds normally need a little more encouragement. But, as I say, every dog has its own personality and no dog is untrainable.

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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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The average rating for Bark Dog Trainers in Bristol is 4.93, based on 103 reviews.

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