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The Mog & Dog Squad

Greater Manchester

‘19 Certificate of Excellence

We are a team of two with a vast experience in cat sitting and dog walking. We also have experience with small animal care such as rabbits, hamsters and gerbils. We are both qualified in pet first aid and always carry a first aid kit. We can administer a variety of medications to cats and dog including via injection. We are certified in cat and kitten care, dog training, dog behaviour and canine nutrition. We have experience with kittens and puppies as well as caring for senior cats and dogs. We have worked with cats and dog that have behavioural problems or reactivity and have experience with difference breeds and sizes. We love getting to know your pets and are used to working with shy animals (particularly cats) and winning them over. As standard, all of our cat visits include; feeding, water change, litter change, lots of cuddles and play. For dog walks, we tend to walk solo or in groups of less then 3 (which includes our own dog Mylo) meaning that your dog gets plenty of attention when they are with us! On walks, we don't follow a set route either - your dog will plenty of variation and we often let dogs dictate the route they want to take, letting them sniff out a walk is a great source of canine enrichment. Every so often we head out on an adventure walk where your dog can expect to be with us for a full morning/afternoon whilst discovering new and exciting parts of Cheshire, Lancashire and the Peak District! Apart from play and cuddles, one of our favourite things to do is take lots of photos! We always keep you up to date with what your pets have been up to whether it be a photo of your cat asleep in a shoe box or your dog making friends with a statue!

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What do you love most about your job?

Interacting with cats and dogs, it's honestly our favourite part. We love getting to know each quirky personality and forming a bond with the animal whether that's for a week or a longer period of time.

What inspired you to start your own business?

It has taken some time, the risk of leaving permanent employment isn't an easy decision to make but we figured that it's now and never and you only regret the chances you don't take. We think that we can offer the best quality care for pets in Manchester and we wanted to build a service that we would be happy with if we left our fur babies.

Why should our clients choose you?

So far, and touch wood, we haven't had a negative review. Our reviews are online and can be verified. We genuinely love animals, we're not doing this to make a quick buck or because we think it's easy - it's really not easy but it's always worth it.

We can guarantee that your pet will be treated just like our own are. We have full comprehensive insurance and are first aid qualified. We are also in the middle of a course on dog behaviour and are continually learning to ensure that our knowledge is as up to date and as in depth as possible.

We will always do a meet and greet with a new client and we will never pressure you into choosing us - we know how important it is that you completely trust and feel comfortable with the people you're trusting to look after your cat or dog and because of that, if we're not right for you then you you don't need to feel awkward or pressured into choosing us.

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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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4.95/5.00

based on 281 reviews

The average rating for Bark Dog Trainers in Manchester is 4.95, based on 281 reviews.

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