My dog training journey started, and continues with Scout.
She is super bright, fun..........and definitely a challenge!
When her struggles started a few years ago I knew very little about training. She could do all the 'tricks' but had no life skills as such.............
Pro Dog Trainer
I looked into training methods and tried a few, but nothing got to the root of the problem. Some were just not for us either. Then I discovered Concept Training through Absolute Dogs, of which I am a certified Pro Dog Trainer. I visited the Absolute Dogs base in Devon several times in the first year, and finally began to see a positive change in Scout's behaviour. I also learnt about where these behaviours were coming from and how to help her. It lead me to want to share this knowledge and help others alongside daily dog walking.
Engaging Games based training
The training is positively reinforced, mainly through games, based on the several concepts of a dog's (and our!) personality- Impulse control, Calmness, Proximity, Disengagement etc. For example, recall isn't just having a dog that comes back when called. It's about teaching a dog to WANT to stay close, to check in regularly, to find you way more interesting and engaging than the birds or squirrels! It teaches life skills and management rather than just a 'sit' 'stay' or 'give paw'. I incorporate games into my daily walks with every dog, making them more engaging and interactive than your average dog walk, and encourage owners to do the same.
I regularly update my CPD portfolio and take courses when I can, via a wider range of training establishments, so that I can offer a holistic approach to my teaching. I am currently studying a scent course that will enable me to offer this specialist training service in the future, and I also have a keen interest in canine nutrition.
And when I'm not working?
One of my hobbies (still dog related!) is canicross. I discovered this dog sport a couple of years ago and have been addicted ever since! It's great for reactive or high energy dogs, and is a supportive, inclusive sport popular across the globe. Scout LOVES it and we've taken part in a few race events now; something I didn't think I could ever do with her. She is so happy running in harness. It really helps with her reactivity and gives her a confidence boost, not to mention tires her out appropriately! I have a couple of client dogs who I run regularly, and they love it too!
I've learnt that training is 24/7 365 days a year, for every year. Stopping after your 6 weeks at puppy class is akin to only sending your child to nursery. But training doesn't have to be a chore. When you make it fun for everyone, and it builds confidence and uses up energy, it's win/win!
'Will it be easy? Maybe. Will it be worth it? Absolutely'
"If nothing changes, nothing changes"