An alternative to going to group training classes is One-to-One Training, where the trainer comes to you. One-to-one training is carried out on an individual basis in the comfort of your own home or local park. One-to-one sessions offer great flexibility, and lessons can be tailored specifically to your individual needs. Any range of basic exercises can be taught, as well as more advanced training, or we can work just on specific areas that may be appropriate for your individual circumstances.
We will start by looking at the relationship you have with your dog to make sure it is as healthy and well balanced as possible. This is an area that is often overlooked, but is so vitally important if your dog is going to listen to and respond to you consistently. If you are going to achieve anything with your dog, you have to have a healthy working relationship to begin with and that’s exactly why we start there.
We will then move on to discuss some basic learning principles (don’t worry, this is not highly theoretical classroom stuff!!). Rather than simply showing you how to teach an exercise to your dog, it is important that you also have an understanding of how dogs learn and how we can motivate them, including how we should be using rewards/punishments (what is appropriate and what is not), and the importance of good timing. If you understand some fairly basic concepts, you will be able to communicate far more clearly and effectively with your dog, and achieve so much more.
From this point, we will begin hands on work with your dog to address the specific training areas that you would like to improve. You will start to see how we put the theory that we’ve covered into practice, and how quickly your dog starts to pick it up! Each step of each exercise will be explained to you, and where appropriate, demonstrated so that you can also see how to do it as well. The next step is for you to start practicing with your dog. During this part of the process, you will receive ‘coaching’ to improve your technique and advice to help you progress with your dog. As we will cover a great deal of information in a short space of time, you will also be given printed handouts on each topic or exercise that we cover.
After this initial session, we will continue to work together, typically on an hourly basis, once per week or fortnight, until such point as you feel that you’ve achieved your training goals. For each dog and owner, those goals will be different, and for that reason, there are no minimum or maximum limits on the number of sessions we do. The age, experience, and temperament of each dog, as well as how much regular practice is put in between sessions all work to determine the speed at which anyone progresses.
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