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Philippa Short
01344 311230

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Animal Friend. Providing canine care in:

Ascot, Bracknell, Camberley, Maidenhead, Reading, Sunningdale, Windsor, Wokingham, and surrounding areas

121 Dog Training

Trained dogs are ‘free’ dogs. They are a pleasure to take out, because you know that they will behave around people, children, other dogs and any situation that you put them in. Trained dogs can be walked anywhere and let off the lead, because they can be trusted to return when they are asked to do so. They are more likely to be allowed to go to your friends and families houses because other people feel safe and secure in the knowledge that your dog is safe and under control at all times. Trained dogs are true members of the family, they can be taken on family outings and holidays because they can be trusted.

For untrained dogs their lives are not as full; these are dogs that have to be shut away any time you have visitors come to the house, they are constantly begging for food at the dinner table, they can never be let off lead, walking these dogs is very stressful, always scanning the horizon to see if other dogs are nearby, they constantly pull on the lead, jump up at people, the list is endless.


Hopefully your dog will be living with you for a number of years; some dogs live until they are 18 years old, so now is the time to ensure that these years will be mutually rewarding, by teaching your dog(s) the correct way to behave.

121 lessons can teach your dog: 

 

  • Basic commands: sit, down, stay, leave it, fetch, drop, come, heel

  • Come when called

  • Walk on a loose lead

  • Greet people without jumping up

  • Household manners: escaping through doorways, counter surfing, chewing, digging 

  • Not to chase joggers, dogs, furry animals

  • Learn to be left alone without stress

  • Remain calm in busy places and when out and about and indoors

  • Puppy behaviour: see separate section.

What is involved in training?
 

I work with reward based training methods. The outdated method of having to dominate your dog at all times is not a philosophy I agree with.

The method I use is a kind, reward based method, which breaks each exercise down into small sequential steps so that success is easy for both the dog and the owner.

Most true behaviour and training problems occur due to a lack of communication between the dog and owner. My aim is to teach both how to understand each other. I use a variety of different approaches so as to ensure that I tailor the training programme toward each individual partnership.

 I also look at the dog from a holistic point of view, and take into account your dog’s diet, exercise, fitness level, breed, age, personality and general overall physical and metal wellness in order to provide you with the best help and information I can.

Private lessons are usually an hour to an hour and a quarter long, they are tailored to your individual needs.

Lessons can be either a one off occurrence just to set you off on the right track, or a course of lessons, which will enable you to achieve more of your goals.

One off 1-2-1 lesson

 

The cost of a single lesson is £65 this is for a

 1 – 1 ¼ hour lesson

Bronze Package

If you book 2 lessons the cost is £120

You save £10

Silver Package

 

If you book 3 lessons the cost is £165

You save £30

Gold Package

 

If you book 5 lessons the cost is £250

You save £75

* All lessons are booked and paid for in advance and must be taken within 3 months of booking. Travel costs – if you live outside of my 5 miles catchment area from RG42 2PR there is a £2 per mile charge.