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Positive 4 Paws Dog Training and Behaviour

Hampshire

I’m Iain Sneddon and I work with Puppies, adolescent and older dogs regardless of whether they have had any previous training or their background. Using modern techniques that are both easily followed and implemented by an owner. The choice of canine professional that you make for you and your dog will have a huge impact in the life you both share in the future. Using methods that empower your dog to have both self-confidence and impulse control in everyday life I will help you to both understand and train your dog. With these training methods, you will be able to build the basics your dog looks to you for, a safe environment, its emotional welfare along with consistent and appropriate guidance. With these basics in place your dog with be able to cope with what life has to throw at them as well as being a loyal companion for many years. I am an assessed member of both the Association of Pet Dog Trainers UK and Institute of Modern Dog Training. Working within and upholding their code of ethics putting animal welfare first. Regulary attending workshops on traning and behaviour modification with the worlds leading expert in canine bahaviour management and training. Currently offering: 1-2-1 sessions either at your home or outdoors for: PUPPY TRAINING AND SOCIALISATION ADOLESCENT DOG TRAINING ADULT DOG TRAINING LOOSE LEAD WALKING TRAINING RECALL TRAINING OBEDIENCE BEHAVIOUR ADJUSTMENT TRAINING AND MODIFICATION Group Classes: Foundations Scentwork classes Recall Classes Loose Lead Walking Classes Life skills classes

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What do you love most about your job?

I most love meeting the interesting individuals that are my clients. It brings great joy to know that in some way I have helped a family of humans and canines find a way to move forward in their relationships and start to enjoy their lives in a new way.

What inspired you to start your own business?

One of my families previous members was Ben. He was quite a confused boy when he arrive with us from rescue and my search for someone to help who used up to date methods was fruitless. So I decided to start studying animal training and behaviour so I was able to both understand his needs and help him to a more settled and happy life. Ben was a great teacher and will never be forgotten. This lead to a passion to help others to learn the methods to help their companions to understand and live in our everyday world.

Why should our clients choose you?

As a animal trainer and working with behaviour I believe it is our duty to keep up to date with the methods used to help the clients that come to us for help. Science has made huge leaps in the past decade when it comes to understanding how animals learn and act. When the trainer and/or behaviourist is up to date with this information there is no need for forceful methods to be employed. Every year I attend many different seminars and work shops for both basic training and behaviour. All these insights allow me to pass the information to owners to help them understand their four legged companions to create a trusting bond between all.

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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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