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With a selection of quotes on offer, all you have to do is choose your favourite dog trainer. Edinburgh’s best dog trainers are available through Bark. Read user reviews and compare profiles to find the perfect trainer to suit the needs of you and your pup.

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Dog trainers in Edinburgh

It can be hard to settle on a dog training class in Edinburgh. There’s a lot of choice out there, and it’s often difficult to work out which trainer is most suited to your dog. That’s where Bark can help, with detailed seller profiles and previous customer reviews. Based on your specific needs, training can yield brilliant results for your pup. You might want to enter a competition and need help getting started with your ring and agility training. Or, perhaps you have a cocker spaniel you’d like to train for the next time you’re out on a shoot. Whatever the case, we can help match you with an ideal trainer.

Qualified trainers

Whether independent or running a dog training school, we prioritise accredited, ethical trainers through Bark. Many of our Edinburgh trainers are qualified behaviourists who understand what makes our dogs tick. They offer world-class fun and educational training to their customers. If accreditations are important to you, be sure to review the seller profiles for these. The end result? Obedient, happy dogs that are a dream to have around.

A trainer that works around your lifestyle

With Bark, you’ll be able to seek out a trainer who’s flexible, trustworthy and can fit in with your schedule. For some, a private one-to-one session is more preferable to a group class, and for others the class environment works better. Whether you’re looking for a premium private session, or you want to take your dog to an affordable puppy class, our experienced dog trainers offer something for everyone.

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Pups & Paws Dog Training, Bonnington

Pups & Paws is a dog training company in Bonnington. Alice MacMillan started the company when she moved to Edinburgh after spending years training working dogs in the Scottish Highlands.

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Do you specialise in any particular form of training?

Having grown up in the countryside, I’ve got a lot of experience with working dogs. As such, I’m happy to offer gun dog training, as well as standard obedience training. I have also offered agility training to competition breeders in Edinburgh to consistently broaden my skillset.

Are there any breeds you won’t work with?

Every breed comes with their own challenges and I’m willing to take them all on. As long as your dog’s breed is not prescribed on the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, I’m more than happy to work with them. Anti-social and rescue dogs often require special care and attention. These dogs can display signs of aggression including barking, growling or even biting. I’m happy to work with dogs with these traits, as long as you give some forewarning.

What do your customers look for most frequently?

Most often, my customers are looking for puppy training services. Puppies can be a handful, and owners usually need a hand with toilet training or stopping their new dogs from jumping up, begging and whining. I also offer puppy classes, where I teach groups the basic commands: sit, stay, lie down, roll over, heel. As part of this, I encourage owners to become comfortable walking their puppies on a lead, without them pulling.

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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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4.99/5.00

based on 62 reviews

The average rating for Bark Dog Trainers in Edinburgh is 4.99, based on 62 reviews.

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