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Mere Brow Gundogs and Dog Training Academy


My name is Paul Johnson of Mere Brow Gundogs. We offer a variety of dog training and dog related services in the West Lancashire, Southport, Preston and Chorley area. We offer In-Home dog training, In-Kennel training, private lessons, behaviour modification, gundog training and the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme classes. Mere Brow Gundogs is well-known in the West Lancashire area for our ability to successfully diagnose and rehabilitate problem dog behaviours. Our aim is to train dogs and their owners whilst providing a happy and positive training experience for handlers and dogs. We work with dogs of all breeds, sizes and ages and specialize in dogs that other trainers consider “hard to train”. Mere Brow Gundogs offers professional, effective dog training services based on modern, humane and motivational techniques. We promise to treat all dogs and their owners with respect and courtesy and encourage responsible dog ownership. We also offer residential dog training programmes. If you're not able to walk your dog, we offer a high-quality professional dog-walking service and help ensure your dog gets the essential exercise they need to stay healthy and happy. In addition to our dog walking services, we also offer puppy care and day care services.

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Paul combines an instinctive understanding of what motivates dogs to behave the way they do with patience and a firm results-oriented manner that dogs and owners alike respond to. Dog training is not just a hobby for Paul - it is the culmination of a lifelong passion. He will approach his work training your dog with the same spirit that guided him in years of successfully competing in field trials and tests with his working spaniels.

Since 2014, Paul has owned and trained German Shepherds. Training and working his own dogs every day gives him an invaluable insight into the various training methods available and gives him chance to perfect his techniques. Mere Brow Gundogs has access to fantastic training grounds offering a variety of terrain and training environments, including an indoor school.

Paul's aim is to train successful dogs and provide a happy and positive experience for handlers and dogs.

What inspired you to start your own business?

Paul developed very successful puppy, adult dog and gundog training classes, but became well known for his behavioural modification training. Taking on dogs with behavioural issues and integrating them into a group for training.

Paul combines an instinctive understanding of what motivates dogs to behave the way they do with patience and a firm results-oriented manner that dogs and owners alike respond to.

Why should our clients choose you?

I am a behaviourist and dog trainer who is passionate about positive, reward based training using gentle and force free methods to help our dogs live a happy balanced life. I utilise quick and easy training methods to teach dog owners how to understand and properly communicate with their dogs to create a positive, productive and lasting relationship.

We can offer training, help and advice for all dog behavioural issues including those caused by stress and anxiety. I have been involved in training and helping dogs with behavioural issues for over 10 years.

We need to communicate to our dogs what it is we want from them and not keep telling off and punishing what we don’t want.

If you want to help your dog and not just punish it, then I'm the dog trainer who can help.

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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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