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Dogsbody Elite Pet Services

West Lothian

‘19 Certificate of Excellence

We are not new to this but we believe we are the best, we have a combined 30+ years of dog care experience, we invest in our training and equipment so whatever service we deliver you get the best you can, we don't charge large prices as we want to offer an affordable service to everyone. EXPERIENCE - With over a three decades of experience working and caring for dogs I feel my skillset is exactly what you need at an affordable price. OUR MORALS - Here at Dogsbody elite pet services our passion is with your dog and their happiness. We offer Dog walking, Training, Grooming and much more. WILL YOUR DOG BE BORED WITH US? - No, when walking we use a variety of places. When training we make it fun for both dog and owner so all parties can learn at a relaxed pace. When grooming we offer a no stress approach so even a nervous dog has fun. WHERE AND WHAT WE DO? - We started as a dog walking company but have evolved to offer training packages too. We hear horror stories about training and know it can be done better. As the company has grown we are now offering grooming too from a very experienced pet care professional. We cover all Livingston, Bathgate, Uphall, Broxburn WHY US - We don't just walk your dog but help them learn to socialize with other dogs and humans. We can collect your dog from your home and deliver your dog back to you, tired, happy and importantly, as we are not just fair weather dog walkers, clean and dry (ish). Training isn’t always about your dog doing something wrong, sometimes it just needs socialized with other dogs, sometimes it’s about teaching you how to react with your dog when it’s in the company others, let us help you grow together. Custom Package Whatever package you need we can tailor it to your and more importantly your dog’s needs. Contact us for a free consultation. We are not here to sell you something you don’t need.

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What do you love most about your job?

Spending time out in nature surrounded by puppies. I love seeing people grow together with their pets.

What inspired you to start your own business?

My love for dogs inspired me. I always think you should do something you love to be happy in life. I see poor services in the pet industry and we aim to make a change and do things better, wether this is spend extra time with you during training to help you grasp the techniques or send time grooming your dog. We do not judge we just want to grow the relationship between you and your pet, we invest in ourselves to give our customers a better service.

Why should our clients choose you?

My dedication to the job at hand I treat the dogs as if they were my own. I have now joined forces with my best friend to give over 30 years of combined dog care experience. We strive to be the best, we invest money into our services, training and experiences to help deliver an amazing service to you and more importantly your lovely pooch. We are discreet so you don't have to worry about added risk from us coming and going from your property.

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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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