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A Dog’s Best Friend

East Dunbartonshire

We are based in the West side of Glasgow and offer dog services which include day care, walking, practical private and group class training sessions (classes on Wednesday evenings 7pm-8pm in Bearsden), dog psychology and behaviour modification. We are a member of The National Association of Registered Pet Sitters (NARPS) and The Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT) and adhere to their codes of conduct which includes the use of up to date, modern, positive and science based training, we do not use or condone the use of aversives in dog training. Please be aware that there are still trainers out there who yank on collars, use sprays and throw things at dogs and force dogs into position or worse, submission. If you come across this please ask them to leave your dog alone, and get in touch with us. We are also Disclosure checked, Insured and Pet First Aiders. We have three dogs of our own so whether boarding, day care or walking, your dog will have plenty of exercise, company and cuddles. Dogs are our passion!

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What do you love most about your job?

Dog’s are our passion, and therefore it’s the best job in the world for us. We love what we do and do what we love. Also being able to make the relationship between dog and owner a better and stronger one gives us a great sense of satisfaction. All dogs deserve to be happy, safe and loved but there is no behaviour from a dog that the owner should have to put up with and that’s why we want to help.

What inspired you to start your own business?

When we went on holiday one year we had to put our two dogs into kennels, when we got back, our golden retriever had lost his voice (he didn’t normally bark) and our black Labrador had lost so much weight his hip bones were sticking out (he just didn’t eat- not like him). We were so upset when we got them back that we decided that there must be people like us who didn’t want to put their dogs into kennels. The business has grown from there.

Why should our clients choose you?

Studied Canine Psychology, Behaviour Modification (Canine Psychology Centre) and Dog Training and Handling (Institute of Modern Dog Trainers - IMDT) As already stated above we do not use or condone aversives, the training methods we use gives your dog choices and rewards. This done in the right way has fast and positive results. We are also able to help if your dog suffers from fear, separation distress or aggression.
Dog walking - We ensure that your dog is walked for the duration you pay for, we make full use of our local countryside so your dog can be off lead (if you allow it), have the freedom to be part of a pack and able to use all their senses. They come back happy and tired. We offer a home from home boarding experience staying in our home (not outside). We are also trained and qualified Pet First Aiders (Fitzcharles Training)

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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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