Learning how to train your own dog has many benefits - it can help to build and strengthen your relationship with your dog, teach him or her basic social skills and is fun!
A good pet dog training class should concentrate on what you want your dog to learn. It should teach you to train your dog to become a calm, easily controlled and valued member of your family and the community. Reward-based training is a must, with punishment and 'alpha-roll' techniques now considered outdated and unkind.
As with choosing any professional to care for your dog, you’ll need to do a little research to find the right person. Ask family and friends if they have any recommendations, or even when out on a walk and you see a well-behaved dog! Local shows can be a good opportunity to meet prospective trainers.
Here are a few things to look out for or ask when visiting a dog training class or talking to a dog trainer prior to attending classes:
• What qualifications do you have?
• How long have you been dog training?
• Do you specialise in certain types of training (obedience, agility, fly ball, heelwork to music)?
• Can I come and watch a class to see if it will suit my dog?
While visiting a class as an observer (without your dog):
• Is all the training done with positive reinforcement (rather than punishment)?
• Is the atmosphere relaxed? Noise should be at a minimum and shouting is rarely required.
• Instructors should be approachable. Do they appear friendly and caring in the best interests of owner and dog?
• How many dogs are there in the class? Bear in mind the size of the venue, as well as the number of assistants. Can the instructor keep an eye on everyone?
• Methods should suit the dog and handler in question. Food and toys are excellent motivators. Not many dogs work for praise alone. Training should be kind, fair and effective.
Here is a list of some of the dog trainers in the area.
Our directory of local services is provided as a source of information to our clients. Listing in this directory is on request, and appearance here does not constitute endorsement of any business by Blue House Veterinary Centre.
Positive Pet TrainingForce free dog training07785800008The SneydAshbourne RdStoke-on-Trent ST10 2BFwww.positivepettraining.co.uk
Danesford Obedience Dog Training ClubObedience training and agility01477 534064Mossley, Congletonwww.congletondogtraining.co.uk
Dig it Dog Training ClubObedience, agility, puppy training
Lydia - 01270 585600
Gunmore Gun Dog TrainingTraining for day to day encounters & agility
Lynne Shaw – 01260 226449
Moor Dog TrainingCompanion dog training
Wendy Shufflebottom – 07986318676
Dog SkoolObedience & agility
SarahTel 01270 884494Mobile 07803609806
Bark BustersDog Behaviour
Isla Clark – 08081004071
Best K9 SchoolDog BehaviourBiddulph MoorYvonne KelsallTel: 01782 515667Mobile:07876271463www.bestk9school.co.uk
Training 4 PawfectionObedience training & dog walkingTricia Kearney – 07791 909780Buglawton, Congletonwww.firstname.lastname@example.org