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The Canine Coach - West Midlands

The relationship between an animal and its owner is a unique connection. With The Canine Coach, you will get a Dog Trainer experienced in the latest methods to condition your best friend for the behaviours you desire. My positive, force free techniques and unique approach have helped pet owners across the West Midlands train animals just like yours. Contact me today to get started!

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What do you love most about your job?

Kate works closely with rescue organisations and is a current volunteer for the Greyhound Trust. For Kate, the most enjoyable aspect of dog behaviour is the journey of positive change and seeing how reward based methods serve to provide an enjoyable experience for the dog as well as making a real difference to their behaviour.

What inspired you to start your own business?

Kate's interest in the rehabilitation of canine reactivity began when she adopted Harry, a Doberman cross breed. Harry was taken into to the care of the rescue sanctuary from an abusive background. When Kate adopted Harry their bond was immediate but unfortunately Harry was still fearful of both other people and other dogs. This fear manifested itself in what, to the untrained eye, would be called aggression. If somebody got too close for comfort Harry's "fight or flight" response would kick in. If he felt unable to flee (for example due to being restrained by a lead), in his mind his only alternative was to fight. Over a lengthy period which took both Kate and Harry on a journey filled with education, happiness, frustration, tears and eventually success, pride and joy, Kate helped her best friend not only to overcome his fears but to actually enjoy walking in public. Harry is now a very elderly gentleman and has lived a long and happy life, always enjoying new experiences and spending plenty of time at his favorite place - the beach. If you met him now you would never know about his past as a "reactive dog".

Why should our clients choose you?

Passionate. Patient. Persistent. Pet-lover. These are just a few of the characteristics that describe Kate. Having worked with rescue dogs from a young age Kate knows each animal is different, and she will work with yours to give them the specific guidance they need.

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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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