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Together Dog Training

Greater London

Together Dog Training offers qualified and professional pet dog training and behaviour modification through one to one, in home visits. Together Dog Training delivers force free, ethically sound and evidenced based techniques, is transparent and client centred. Our trainer is Christian Williams, who is a qualified and experienced human teacher, and graduated with Honours from the prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers. Christian is also a certified Fear Free Animal Trainer. Full details of techniques, qualifications and experience can be found on our website in the "About" section. Christian specialises in Fear and Aggression in dogs. Together Dog Training offers 4 service options, each is carefully designed to offer the very best outcomes for clients. Together Solutions - for owners experiencing problem behaviour with their dog through fear of people, situations or handling, reactivity to other dogs, guarding of food, objects or locations. For On Lead Reactivity, for Fearful and Anxious Dogs and for Dogs who Guard Food, Objects or Locations. Together Care - for dogs who are fearful of being touched, groomed or handled, having treatments or medication applied or veterinary visits. Together Arrivals - for Newly Adopted Dogs from within the UK or adoptions from abroad or new puppies. Together Basics - for manners and obedience training. Our aim is to deliver clients the very best training and counselling, resolve issues and help dogs and their people to live happily together.

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What do you love most about your job?

I love my job because it is my passion. My business as Together Dog Training enables me to use the best of myself. I combine my long experience as a teacher working in challenging fields with my passion for working with dogs and their people.
I love to see the joy on the faces of clients, when their dog makes progess. I love to see dogs enjoy training because I use positive techniques. Yes, this is highly skilled, but it is my mission to ensure that clients understand how to and can train their dog to make changes that create a better life for dogs and humans together.
I love to see the videos that clients send me and how proud they are with their dog's acheivements.
I specialise in Fear and Aggression in dogs but I don't love these things, I love dismantling them, step by step. I have shed a tear (or two!) when clients cry with relief when they realise there is help for their dog and there is much that can be done. I have laughed and laughed with clients because dogs can be just so funny sometimes.
I love it that I can bring skills, knowledge and experience to dogs and their people. I love it that clients trust and allow me into their lives. I love it when I say "Case Closed" because it means a person and their dog are confident and happy together.

What inspired you to start your own business?

When my puppy became fearful of seemingly everything, I found it very difficult to find the qualified help we needed. As her world became a scary place, I felt confused, upset and honestly baffled and just didn't know what to do. She was my ninth dog and I'd never experienced anything like this. We went on quite a journey! I was deeply honored to be accepted into the Academy for Dog Trainers to study with Jean Donaldson in the USA. This is a world renowned programme taking on very few students each year. It was pretty scary at first, many of the world's leading lights in dog training are Academy Graduates, so I was surrounded by the very best knowledge, academic acheivement and complete dedication to the highest level of education in technique, behaviour and most importantly client counselling. As a very experienced teacher, I now combine my knowledge, skills and experience of both species to deliver the highest level of dog training and behaviour modification to owners who require help and support with their dog. I made a promise to myself that I would not let others feel as I did five years ago. It's taken a lifetime to gather this level of expertise, please use it!

Why should our clients choose you?

Having once been in the position of needing to find a dog trainer with the right knowledge myself, I understand how difficult and worrisome the process can be. I have set-up Together Dog Training to be a completely transparent business, so you will always know the what's and why's and how's of our work together. Transparency in dog training is vital, as dog training and behaviour counselling for dogs is an unregulated profession, and anyone can set themselves up without education, knowledge or skills.
Together Dog Training is Force Free, this means that I don't use any aversive means that scare, startle, push, pull or frighten your dog in anyway. This is important as using any of these techniques can cause harm and long lasting fear or aggression. This isn't me just saying this, the connections between using force to train a dog or modify their behaviour and harmful outcomes are scientifically demonstrated.
Together Dog Training's services are client centred and completely tailored to your needs, so you can be sure you are paying for the most effective and efficent means to work with the issues that are presented. I am well aware that training and behaviour modification are an investment in time and money, but that commitment and investment pays off with life-long change.
I am held to the highest professional standards as a Graduate of the Academy for Dog Trainers, as a Fear Free Animal Trainer and a Full Member of the Pet Professional Guild. My background as a teacher in challenging fields, along with my education and experience in dog training and counselling ensure that you will receive the most highly skilled training and behaviour modifcation. Having been there myself, I don't underestimate what it feels like to have difficulties with your dog. Each and every client and their dog is treasured.

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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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