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Listen Dog Training, Peterborough


At Listen Dog, we aim to provide professional dog training packages and behavioural services in and around the city of Peterborough, UK, designed to provide you with the knowledge and tools to raise a well-socialised puppy, overcome problem behaviours, improve obedience, and more. It's been proven that dogs learn best when they are happy and enjoying their training, so at Listen Dog, we advocate a modern, positive approach to dog training and rehabilitation that ensures you achieve genuine, long-lasting results, and the kind of relationship with your four-legged friend that you and your family have always dreamed of. For more information about Listen Dog, please visit the website at www.listendogtraining.co.uk or get in touch to discuss your requirements.

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What do you love most about your job?

I know exactly what it's like to share your life with an unruly canine - Three years ago, I was there. Now, that same canine is still in my life... but I am able to enjoy her! Between us, we chew sticks, chase cats, and spend countless hours studying the most modern dog training theory and practice, so we can figure out how to understand each other a little better, and help others out there rescue their relationships with their four-legged friends too. So many dogs end up re-homed, abandoned or even euthanized because of behaviour that can be rectified with the right knowledge and perseverance. I love nothing more than walking into a home with a 'problem' dog, and leaving behind a happy one.

What inspired you to start your own business?

The catalyst behind Listen Dog Training, Nova is my inspiration, my companion, my guinea pig and - sometimes - my worst nightmare. But she has taught me more about dogs than any other canine I've ever had the pleasure of meeting, and every obstacle we've faced and overcome in the past three years has spurred me on to continue discovering new and effective ways to transform the lives of frustrated dog-owners and their four-legged friends.

Nova is barking proof that a difficult dog should never be written off!

Read Nova's story here: http://listendogtraining.co.uk/novas-story

Why should our clients choose you?

I have lived with dogs, big and small (sometimes simultaneously!) since I was 7 years old – and from those very early days I just knew I wanted to spend my life surrounded by these clever, loyal, fascinating and downright hilarious creatures!

I have studied canine behaviour intensively for the past two years, and will be offering bespoke training packages in 2016. Over the course of my studies, I’ve voluntarily worked with a wide range of dogs to broaden my experience, get my hands dirty, and help others enjoy the fantastic kind of relationship with their dog that can be achieved with a little bit of effort... and a sprinkling of cooked chicken!

As a full professional member of the PPG, I am an advocate of modern, positive training - science has proven that dogs learn most successfully when they are happy, so at Listen Dog we put the effort in to make sure training and rehabilitation is enjoyable for everyone - including the dog!

Tailored to you, your family, your life and your dog, every one of our private consultations is unique, and you will receive a personalised comprehensive written training plan, as well as one-to-one guidance, training, and support.

I hold all the necessary training qualifications, experience, comprehensive insurance and a CRB disclosure.

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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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