How to keep your dog mentally and physically stimulated

While you might think your dog loves lounging all day, dogs need to be kept stimulated, both mentally and physically.

If your dog isn’t getting enough stimulation, this is when you are likely to start seeing unwanted behaviour, which can make living with your dog very hard and can impact your life more than you might imagine.

Here are a few tips with give our clients for keeping your dog mentally and physically stimulated.

Play
It’s as easy as throwing a ball (do be careful throwing sticks as they can damage your dog’s mouth) or a toy, and making your dog fetch it and bring it back. You could also play tug of war, but be aware dogs are cheats, and will tug from just below your hand!

If you want to make things harder, you can hide treats around the garden and get your dog to sniff them out and find them. Don’t do this in the house under any circumstances; your house should be a quiet place for your dog at all times.

Make your dog work for treats – puzzle toys
Something that’s really fun for your dog is to make them work for treats using puzzle toys.

Puzzle toys have holes and openings in them which you can stuff with treats and food. To get the reward, your dog has to shake the toy, push it around, rattle it, and lick it.

To vary the difficulty, you can get puzzle toys with adjustable holes to allow you to change the size. To start off with, keep the hole completely open to make it easy for your dog, and then the more they do it, the smaller you can make the hole to make your dog work hard.

We use and recommend Kong toys, fill with treats or even peanut butter.

Give your dog something to chew on
It’s natural for dogs to chew; it’s something they enjoy doing. To prevent any unwanted chewing and to keep your dog busy, give your dog some toys they are allowed to chew on and encourage them to do it.

It’s best to only allow your dog to have a chew toy inside its crate. There needs to be a clear distinction for your dog regarding where they can and cannot chew. Allowing your dog to chew when loose in the house may blur the lines as to what is an acceptable chew toy and what is not.

If you catch your dog chewing something they shouldn’t be, tell them no, and if the dog persists you may need to correct the dog in some way.

Exercise

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Exercising with your dog doesn’t stop at taking them for a walk. There are plenty of activities you and your dog can do together, to keep you both stimulated, and fit and healthy.

Some of the most popular exercises to do with your dog are: walking, running, playing, cycling with your dog, hiking, and agility training.

To find out more about how to keep fit with your dog, read our recent blog post, how to keep fit with your dog.

Training
Training is a great way to ensure your dog is obedient, and keep any unwanted behaviours at bay.

If your dog is already obedient, it’s important to make sure you continue training to make sure your dog behaves the way you want him or her to, and doesn’t develop any bad habits.

If your dog isn’t trained or you’re seeing specific behavioural problems, our residential training can literally be life-changing. We understand the frustrations many dog owners face each day living with a disobedient dog.

The four-week course will teach your dog obedience, and take care of any specific problems you’re having. When the course is complete, we will teach you all the commands you need to know to continue training your dog at home.

Dog sitters / dog walkers
If you’re at work during the day and are unable to take your dog to work or pop back during the day, consider hiring a dog sitter or using a dog walking service.

Borrow My Doggy, a partner of DogsTrust, is a service that’s well worth looking into. Borrow My Doggy matches you and your dog to people in your area who want to spend time with a dog.

It’s a win-win situation because your dog gets exercise and spends time with someone, while someone who can’t have a dog (perhaps due to their job or home) gets to spend time with a dog.

What do you do to keep your dog stimulated?

10 reasons why dogs are good for your health

Being a dog owner has many benefits, most of which relate to improving your health.

Stroking your dog can reduce your blood pressure, your furry friend gets you out and exercising, and they can even save your life.

Read on to discover 10 reasons why owning a dog is good for you, and your family.

Health & physical benefits

Exercise

Dogs require daily exercise, which means you will get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day when you go for ‘walkies.’

We know that it’s hard to stay motivated when it comes to fitness, but your dog is one of the best motivators you will find because they love going out. Try convincing your dog that it’s better to stay in and watch TV; he or she will not agree.

If you’re looking for something to do with your dog, other than walking, take a look at a blog post we recently published which looks at six fun activities and sports you and your dog can do together.

Allergies and asthma

A study carried out by the University of California San Francisco found that children who are exposed to dogs in early infancy are less likely to develop asthma and allergies than those who were not exposed to dogs early in life. The study found that ‘dog-associated dust’ helped to protect the airways.

Dogs lower your blood pressure

Studies have also found that dogs can lower your blood pressure and heart rate. One study found that being in the presence of a dog can lower your heart rate and blood pressure more than being in the presence of your friends or partner.

Dogs can be life savers

Dogs are incredible. They are so much more than family pets. They can give blind people their independence, they can reduce anxiety, they can predict seizures, they can ‘smell’ low blood sugar, and they can even sniff out cancer.

Is there anything dogs can’t do?

Social

Dogs are natural conversation starters

No, we’re not trying to suggest they can talk – unless you’re the owner of this Husky.

Many people love dogs, and owners are often approached by friendly strangers and fellow dog owners who ask about the dog’s breed, and want to give him or her some attention. (Come on, we’ve all done this at least once.)

Our clients often receive comments about how well-trained and well-behaved their dog is!

There’s a reason dogs are man’s best friend

Own up; how many of you have ‘conversations’ with your dog? Dogs provide great companionship, and can offer the same level of friendship as a human being.

Emotional

Dogs make us happy

As well as making your dog happy, stroking your dog makes you happy by releasing dopamine and serotonin. These are nerve transmitters which have a pleasurable and calming effect, and it’s for this reason that dogs can be very beneficial to people with autism or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Dogs decrease feelings of anxiety

Continuing from our point above, the hormones released when you stroke a dog can decrease feelings of anxiousness.

It’s also been found that owning a dog can be helpful for those suffering with depression for a number of reasons, including companionship and having a routine.

Safety

Dog owners feel much safer in their own homes, or out in the evening, because their furry friend provides a sense of security.

Many dogs will alert their owner to a stranger at the door, and we can train and provide dogs to protect you, your family, and your home.

Dogs alleviate work stress

If your company allows it, taking your dog to the office can alleviate work-related stress. Having your dog at work also forces you to take regularly breaks which you may not take otherwise, which means you return to your desk feeling energised and refreshed.

We are also able to incorporate obedience training in an office environment into your dog’s training so that your dog is well-prepared to go to work with you.

Bonus: funny dog photos

Most dog owners are guilty of having a few photos on their phone of their dogs doing silly things, or having funny expressions on their faces. And without man’s best friend, we wouldn’t see gems like these.

If you are considering getting a dog, get in touch to find out about our pre-trained family dogs.

Should I get a puppy or an adult dog?

After years of training both puppies and adult dogs, speaking to our clients and listening to their experiences, we have come to the conclusion that puppy ownership is not the correct route for the majority of people to take.

We understand that the idea of bringing a cute and cuddly puppy into your home is an attractive one for the whole family, especially the children.

The reality is very different.

Puppies are by their very nature dynamic, and constantly evolving based on their environment and their experiences, both good and bad. These changes often go unnoticed by all except very experienced trainers and can lead to disastrous results.

The main points to consider when thinking about buying a puppy are:

1) Health

When purchasing a puppy we are always told to look for health tested parents and to only select a puppy from good bloodlines. The reality is that genetics are a funny thing and regardless of health checks there is no guarantee that your new puppy (or the whole litter) haven’t unfortunately drawn the short straw from many generations before them. At best this could lead to expensive vet’s bills. At worse it could lead to a situation whereby it is unfair to keep your puppy alive.

2) Temperament

The temperament of your new dog is extremely important. Usually, when selecting a puppy from a highly regarded breeder you must pick your puppy at around four weeks of age to allow everyone a fair choice and the breeder time to sell any remaining puppies.

This age is far too young to get any idea of the dog’s temperament and future potential personality.

Guide Dog organisations across the globe, who are possibly the most experienced puppy raisers, temperament test their puppies at 7-8 weeks of age and still only manage around a 10% success rate into adulthood. If they cannot always get it right, how can you?

3) Energy Level

Too high an energy level is the most common reason for a dog to be re-homed in the UK. As with the temperament, it is also impossible to ascertain the energy level that a puppy will display when it is an adult.

Energy levels continue to increase in young dogs up until around 18 months of age when they would begin hunting in the wild. During this time other traits also begin to develop and, if not dealt with correctly, you could be nurturing possession issues, food/toy aggression, dog/people aggression. Usually people don’t realise that they have gotten it wrong until it is too late.

4) Training

A puppy is very much like a young child. If you are a parent you will know only too well the ups and downs of raising children. Just think about how many hours of guidance and time you have invested in your children to hopefully raise them into the young adults that you would like them to be. Training a puppy is not simply a case of going to training classes for an hour a week for six weeks. Imagine what your children would be like if that was all the time you had given them. On top of that, you are going to be raising an animal which has completely different needs to humans and you cannot even speak its language.

Training and correctly raising a puppy is a full time job and to be honest, it’s a job that even professional trainers can struggle with.

In conclusion, does the idea of getting a puppy still stack up well against the option to welcome a young adult dog into your home? The reality is that once a dog is reaching maturity what you see is exactly what you have got living with you for the next decade.

If a 12 month old dog is confident, outgoing, sociable, healthy, well trained and has an energy level which matches yours then, barring any extreme bad luck, you can be sure that this is how the dog will remain for the rest of its years. By taking this route you drastically increase your chance of getting it right first time and remove nearly all of the risks outlined above.

Let’s look at some human analogies.

  • Two athletes can produce a child who has no interest in sport.
  • Two supermodels could give birth to a child with undesirable looks.
  • Two outgoing, sociable and well respected adults can produce children who are either extremely quiet or maybe even “trouble makers”.
  • Two healthy parents can produce a child with a genetic disability.

An uncontrollable life experience can drastically change the temperament and personality of a human – the same can easily happen with a young puppy.

The puppy versus adult dog decision is a big one. After speaking to many dog owners who have come to us for help, a puppy was not the best choice for them in the majority of circumstances.

On average, we currently supply 20 dogs per month to loving families. Our foundation trained puppy programme used to be very popular for us but the possibility of health risks, and the temperament and training issues involved with puppies has caused us to steer away from this service as it is impossible for us to guarantee a well-balanced, fully-trained, fit, healthy and a 100% sound temperament with such a young animal.

And finally, the cost.

Our clients have found that the cost of purchasing and caring for a well-bred puppy to adulthood far outweighs the cost of our quality, well-sourced, temperament-tested, health-checked, fully-trained dogs.

By taking the puppy route the payment may be spread over the months, but you also have to allow for damage to your home caused by a chewing, non-toilet trained puppy or the stress on the whole family of any health risks or unwanted behaviours that may develop in your new dog. Such flaws in temperament can include aggression towards other dogs and strangers, separation anxiety, nervousness, and excessive barking/growling.

Our adult dogs are all aged between 10-24 months old and will provide you with a guaranteed and cost effective family companion that is perfect for your specific requirements and lifestyle. You could say that you get the training for free.

If you are thinking about adding a dog to your family, get in touch to speak to us about your requirements or any questions you may have.

Do you really need to rehome your dog?

There are many reasons why you may feel you need to rehome your dog, but it doesn’t always have to end in rehoming.

At WKD Trained Dogs we put out ‘wanted’ adverts for the popular breeds that our clients desire and if a dog is suitable, we will train them and match them up to a new loving family.

In doing that, we’ve discovered a few common reasons why people feel they have to rehome their dog.

If you are planning to buy a dog, we encourage you to think about the future, and any reasons why you feel you may have to rehome the dog.

Here are the five most common reasons we see for people rehoming their dogs, and steps you can take to prevent it.

Behavioural problems in the dog
This is probably the most common reason for rehoming a dog. Living with a dog with behavioural problems can be frustrating and upsetting.

There are a multiple reasons why a dog might have behavioural problems, and the most likely reason is that you and your dog didn’t receive adequate training in the first place.

We offer a four week residential training course, where your dog will come and stay with WKD Trained Dogs. We will teach your dog general obedience to ensure they behave correctly in your home and out on the lead, and we can target any specific issues your dog has, such as chewing, or aggression.

Once training is over, we will hand your dog back to you and teach you all the commands, and give you all the information you need to know to ensure your dog’s behaviour doesn’t lapse.

Family demands
When people come to us for a family dog, we encourage them to think about the future and anticipate any changes that may result in them feeling they have to rehome the dog. Most commonly this is a new baby, or a new job.

If your job is preventing you from spending as much time as you want to with your dog, consider doggy daycare, hiring a dog walker, using Borrow My Doggy, or ask if you can take your dog to work. More and more offices allow their employees to take their dog to work now, if they are well behaved of course.

When you have a baby, you may be concerned about how your dog will behave around the baby, and adapt to a huge change in your household.

There are some basic ground rules you can set to make yourself feel more comfortable and relaxed about your dog and your baby:
• If your baby is on the floor, the dog must be in its bed
• Do not allow your dog to jump up when you are carrying the baby
• Always supervise your dog and baby – never leave them alone in the same room
• Make sure your dog has a den / safe place (such as a crate) before the baby is born, where you can put them when you inevitably have lots of visitors in the first few weeks
• If your dog’s routine will change, establish this before the baby arrives so that the dog is used to it. For example, your dog’s meal or walk times might change, and get your dog used to walking next to a pushchair.

All of our dogs are sociable animals, who are great with children as most of them go on to become trained family dogs, and will meet children that visit our site.

If we are aware that client is expecting a baby, or planning to have one in the near future, we can do number of things, such as:
• Train the dog to walk alongside a pushchair
• Ensure the dog only plays with their toys; they won’t pick up dummies and the like
• Play soundtracks of a baby crying so that they are not alarmed by the noise

Relationship breakdown
The breakdown of a relationship can be incredibly stressful, and can result in people rehoming their dogs. The most common reasons for this are the dog’s energy levels being too high and the owner feels they cannot manage it, or the owner doesn’t feel they can give the dog the time he or she needs.

If it’s a case of your dog’s behaviour being too much to handle, our four-week residential training course can vastly improve their behaviour and correct any specific issues your dog has.

If you feel you can’t give your dog the time and attention he or she deserves, consider using a dog walking service, or doggy daycare. If you still feel that it isn’t enough, it’s probably in the dog’s best interests that he or she goes to a new home.

Moving abroad, or to a pet-free property
If you are renting, you may find that a lot of properties say they do not allow pets. The DogsTrust run a scheme called Lets With Pets which can help you find a pet friendly landlord, and gives you tips on finding accommodation for your dog.

It can also be useful to make up a ‘CV’ for your pet to give to potential landlords, explaining their behaviour and personality, and listing any training courses your dog has done. If you can prove that your dog is well behaved, a landlord is much more likely to look favourably upon allowing your dog to live in the property.

Taking your dog to live abroad with you is not as hard as you might think. We regularly train dogs in the UK, and send them to live with families all over the world.

When we send dogs to their new loving family by airplane, we have to:
• Get a fit-to-fly letter, which will be issued by our vets no more than 10 days before travel
• Ensure the dog has had a rabies vaccination, and has proof of it in their pet passport (a pet passport is usually around £100)
• The airline will send us documents to complete, along with a travel crate with water trays, and stickers that we have to apply

You will be able to get further information about travelling abroad with your pet from your vets.

Owner’s ill-health
Unfortunately there may be a time in yours, or a family member’s life, where you feel you can’t look after your dog anymore.

If it’s a temporary issue, consider finding a dog sitter, or using Borrow My Doggy.

If it’s likely to be a permanent issue, then it is probably in the dog’s best interest that he or she finds a new family.

If you want to find out more about our residential training course, or have a popular breed of dog that you are looking to rehome, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

What is the most popular breed of dog where you live?

Ever wondered which breed of dog is the most popular in your area?

An interactive map, created by the BBC, shows the five most popular breeds of dog in each county across the UK.

Data collected by microchipping companies Animalcare and Petlog shows breeds, excluding crossbreeds, registered in the UK over the past 10 years.

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Labradors were found to be the most popular dog overall, with over 509,500 registered in the past decade. Jack Russell Terriers were the second most popular breed, followed by Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Border Collies and Cocker Spaniels.

Here in Stoke-on-Trent the most popular breed is the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, ahead of Jack Russell Terriers, Labradors, Border Collies and English Springer Spaniels.

The popularity of Labradors comes as no surprise to us; they are easy to train, loyal and suitable for many people and families.

Use the map to find out what the most popular dog breeds are in your area.

Which are the most popular breeds where you live?

Taking your dog on holiday? 7 tips to get them used to car travel

Dogs are a big part of the family and it’s only natural to want to take them on holiday with you, but what do you do if your dog is anxious about car travel or has never been in the car before?

Here are a few tips we use to get our dogs used to travelling in the car.

Get your dog used to the car with long trips

Begin getting your dog used to travelling in the car as early as possible.

We recommend a few long distance trips rather than a lot of short journeys, as a long trip gives your dog chance to get used to the movement of the car. Dogs who suffer from travel sickness often become anxious when they have to get in the car so a lot of short journeys can make the issue worse.

Feed your dog in the car

If your dog is anxious about getting in the car, give them their daily meals in the car while it is stationery. This will allow your dog to start viewing the car as a positive place and help them get used to jumping in and out of it.

Keep your dog secure

The Highway Code says that your dog needs to be restrained to prevent injury and distraction; ‘When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitable restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you if you stop quickly.’

We recommend using a crate or a dog guard in the boot and harnesses if your dog will be sitting on the seats.

If your dog is not in a crate, ensure they have enough room in the boot and that any luggage in the boot with them is secured to prevent injury.

You don’t have to keep stopping

Your dog has no problem lasting the night without going to the toilet so there is no need to keep stopping every hour. That’s not to say you shouldn’t stop at all but you don’t need to stop frequently as it may unsettle your dog if they are anxious.

Don’t reprimand your dog for being sick

If your dog is sick do not tell them off for it because they cannot help it. Remember to take things to clean up with if your dog is sick in the car.

Don’t respond to your dog’s anxieties

Ignore any anxious behaviour from your dog because comforting them will reinforce the idea that they have something to worry about.

Creature comforts

Place your dog’s bed or blanket in the car to help them get comfortable. Make sure you take plenty of water and a travel bowl to allow you dog to drink when they need to.

If you are going on a particularly long journey, take food with you. We recommend allowing a couple of hours between when your dog eats and when you continue travelling as this will allow their stomach to settle, which is important if your dog suffers from travel sickness.

Consider taking your dog’s favourite toy to keep them occupied with.

Make sure your vehicle has plenty of ventilation to keep your dog cool. You can buy reflective sheets to place over your dog’s crate to help keep them cool if it’s hot when you’re travelling.

If your dog is likely to get muddy or wet, take towels to dry them off with and to protect your car.

Make sure you give your dog as much time as possible to get used to travelling in the car to help both you and your dog have an enjoyable and stress-free journey. Happy holidays!

8 tips for people who are allergic to dogs but still want one

An allergy to dogs can be frustrating and heart-breaking for people who would like a dog, but an allergy doesn’t always have to mean that you can never have a dog.

A dog allergy is not actually caused by the dog’s hair. The allergy is caused by proteins which are present in the dog’s saliva, mucous and dander, which means that a hairless dog wouldn’t solve your problem.

When the dog sheds its hair and dander, it gets into the air and environment and can cause an allergic reaction in some people.

Despite some breeds being labelled ‘hypoallergenic’ no dog is actually hypoallergenic. In fact reptiles and fish are the only animals considered to be truly hypoallergenic.

Some sufferers find that there are certain breeds of dog which don’t give them a reaction or cause a very mild and manageable reaction which they feel they can deal with.

Unfortunately, some people will find that they are allergic to all breeds of dog.

When a customer tells us that they have an allergy to dogs, or a family member has an allergy, we recommend the following breeds:

  • Poodles and mixes, such as Labradoodles and Cockapoos
  • German Shorthaired Pointers
  • Greyhound
  • Bichon Frise
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • Kerry Blue Terrier
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Schnauzer
  • Shih Tzu
  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Whippet
  • Border Terrier

From our experience, we’ve found that Poodle mixes and German Shorthaired Pointers are the most popular breeds for clients with an allergy sufferer in the house.

The above list is not a definite list of breeds that are safe for people with a dog allergy as it varies person to person. If you are considering having a dog we highly recommend you spend time with the breed you are interested in to find out if it causes a reaction.

Earlier this year a client came to us with a son who had a severe dog allergy. We recommended a Labradoodle called Sway (pictured above) and our client’s son has had no problems with her at all.

Again, remember that because one person with a dog allergy doesn’t have a reaction to a certain breed it unfortunately doesn’t mean it will be the same for you.

If you find a breed you are not allergic to, or have a mild and manageable reaction to, there are some things you can do to help your allergy:

  • Hoover and dust regularly to get rid of any dander.
  • If you have carpet in some rooms, minimise the time the dog spends in that room as dander is harder to get out of carpets. It’s much easier to clean wood or tiled floor.
  • Do not allow your dog into bedrooms.
  • Keep dogs off upholstered furniture, such as sofas. If your dog goes into a room with upholstered furniture, make sure you clean it regularly.
  • Use a HEPA filter in air purifiers and your vacuum – HEPA filters remove things like pollen, pet dander and dust mites from the air.
  • Make sure your dog is brushed regularly, either outside or on a hard flood which can be cleaned easily. It’s best for someone who isn’t allergic to carry out the grooming.
  • Keep your dog’s skin in good condition by bathing and grooming them regularly, as dry skin or dandruff can cause them to produce more dander. Again, it’s best for someone who isn’t allergic to do this.
  • Wash your dog’s bedding frequently.

If you are interested in one of our dogs but suffer an allergy to dogs, or have a family member who does, please get in touch and we’ll be more than happy to talk about it with you and help you.

WKD Trained Dogs – no matter what kind of dog you want, we can train them

If you visit our website often or follow us on social media, you may have noticed our name has changed from WKD Working Dogs to WKD Trained Dogs.

We feel that WKD Trained Dogs gives our customers a better idea about what we do and helps them to understand that we don’t just train working dogs; we also train puppies, juveniles and adult dogs to be your perfect family pet.

Whether you want a family pet, a personal protection dog or a security dog, we can train them.

If you have specific requirements for your dog and their training let us know as we have experience in training dogs for specific purposes or to meet owners requirements. At the moment we’re currently training dogs for the blind and last year we trained a Labrador for a family with an autistic son.

As our name is changing we have changed our Twitter and Facebook usernames to avoid confusing you! If you are already following us on Twitter or have liked us on Facebook you don’t need to do anything as we have not created new Twitter or Facebook pages.

If you are not following us on Twitter you can find us @WKDtraineddogs and you can like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WKDtraineddogs.

Whether you’re looking for a business protection, a security dog or a trained family dog, call us on 01785 761 441 or fill in our online contact form to find out more.

Want a trained family dog? Three breeds WKD Trained Dogs recommends

Trying to choose the right breed of your dog for your family can be difficult but there are three breeds were often recommend to our clients: Labrador Retriever, Hungarian Vizsla and the German Shorthaired Pointer.

We find all three breeds are intelligent, fun and perhaps most importantly, gentle around children. Read on to find out more about the three breeds we love and recommend at WKD Trained Dogs.

Labrador Retriever

Labradors are the most popular breed of dog in the world because of their lovable, fun, energetic but gentle nature which makes them the perfect choice for families with children and other pets.

Their gentle and intelligent nature also means they’re an excellent choice for people with disabilities, whether that’s as a companion dog or an assistance dog.

Last year a family with an autistic son came to us after reading research about the potential benefits dogs, especially Labradors, can give people with disabilities.

We trained a Black Labrador Retriever for them, who they named Hector. During the first few months of having Hector at home with them they didn’t notice much difference but then their son began talking to Hector and started to seek him out. (You can read a testimonial from the family on our testimonials page)

Interested in a trained Labrador? Visit our Trained Puppies and Trained Family Dogs page to take a look at the Labradors we currently have for sale.

Hungarian Vizsla

The Hungarian Vizsla (sometimes called the Magyar Vizsla) is a gundog that has been around since the 10th century where they were used as hunting dogs by Hungarian tribes.

Their loyal and affectionate nature has earned the Hungarian Vizsla the nickname ‘velcro dogs’.

Vizslas are gentle around children which makes them a great option for active families who have the time to exercise them daily.

Watch the video below to see Dylan, a Hungarian Vizsla, we recently trained and sold as a trained puppy.


There are currently no Hungarian Vizslas listed for sale on our website, but please contact us to find out if we have any in our kennels.

German Shorthaired Pointer

The German Shorthaired Pointer was developed in Germany in the 19th century for hunting.

They are intelligent, affectionate and energetic and are suitable for active families who can exercise and let them run daily.

German Shorthaired Pointers usually get along with other animals and make good watchdogs.

There are no German Shorthaired Pointers listed as for sale on our website, but please get in touch with us to find out if we have any.

If you want a fun, energetic but gentle family dog we believe all three breeds are an excellent choice.

Not all of the dogs we have for sale are listed on our website so if you cannot see a Labrador, Hungarian Vizsla or German Shorthaired Pointer for sale please get in touch with us to find out if we have one available.

If we haven’t got the breed you’re interested in or you have specific requirements, we can source and train a dog to meet your exact requirements.

Call us on 01785 761 441 or fill in our contact form to begin the search for your perfect trained family dog.

Tips for training and keeping your dog well trained

He never used to be naughty’

‘He does it perfectly when he’s at home’

‘We did puppy classes and he did really well but since then it has all gone wrong’

‘He never usually behaves like this’

Dog training is just like any other hobby/pastime. On average, a puppy training class will be six or maybe eight one hour lessons and very few people continue to more advanced classes. Nobody would expect to become proficient in speaking a foreign language or playing a new sport within six or eight hours and the same goes for dog training.

There is an added difficulty with dog training, especially if you are training your first dog.

Both you and your dog will be learning at the same time and this will take lots of practice to get right. Remember that practice doesn’t make perfect. PERFECT PRACTICE makes PERFECT.

To begin with you need to be training your dog in very low distraction situations, once you and your dog are getting the hang of things you can gradually build up the distractions and still insist on the desired behaviour from your dog.

Just like any other skill, the more you do, the better you will get.

On a final note, one of the biggest keys to dog training is that if the dog receives positive reinforcement at exactly the same time as a behaviour it is more likely to repeat that behaviour in the future.

For example; if you give your dog a treat once it is lay down quietly with the family in the living room he/she will be more likely to lay down quietly in that place again. If you continue to reward the dog for doing so you will build a strong behaviour pattern for the desirable behaviour.

Bear in mind that what we see as positive for the dog may not be positive in the dogs eyes.

In order to find your dogs motivation you should arrange a variety of toys and treats and see which your dog prefers. Just because you like hotdog sausage doesn’t mean that your dog will.

Finding his or her motivator is key to effective dog training; find it and a whole new dog training experience awaits you and your pet.

Client blog post: Leo our new pal

We recently received an email from a dog called Rollo (such a smart dog!) about his Dad’s new dog Leo, who came from WKD Training Dogs and decided we had to share it with you. It appears Rollo likes his new pal, though it seems Leo might be showing him up a little!

Dad’s got a new dog. He is a Springer Spaniel, Springer by name and Springer by nature.

Dad put stair gates around the bungalow to control where we can go. Leo the Springer can spring straight over them lol. Dad tells him to “come back” and “stay” and he does it straight away, back over the gate. Very impressive.

He will walk at Dad’s side to heel and does a down stay while Dad walks on. When Dad calls him back he comes straight to Dad’s front and sits, then does an amazing about turn from a front present in sit to Dad’s side at heel with only a slight gesture of Dad’s finger.

Dad took Leo out for a walk the other day. After Leo had been a good boy with his on the lead work Dad let him have a run round on the field and a rummage in the hedgerow. Another man came past with a dog on a lead and muttered “You want to get that dog trained”, Dad just whistled Leo and said heel and that is what Leo did. Dad was so proud to have such a well trained dog. Especially as it turned out the other man couldn’t risk letting his dog off the lead. He should have gone to WKD where Dad got Leo.

Dad took Leo to the Clay shooting range today to see how he was with gunfire. Dad put Dog hearing protectors on us as our ears are in need of protection as much as humans. Leo was a bit nervous at first when Dad started firing his shotgun, but Mum made a fuss of him and by the time Dad had, had enough of firing his gun Leo had decided it was Ok after all and was just laying at Mums feet just watching Dad.

Leo is a bit silly though, he lets our cats snuggle up to him and lay against him and he never even growls at them, but I don’t mind when we snuggle up together as that is what dogs do and Leo is a really good mate. Very sociable like.

Dad keeps throwing stuff away and Leo keeps bringing them back. Daft if you ask me as if Dad wants to throw stuff away, let him I say. Us Terriers don’t do that sort of thing. Dad says it’s “a retrieve” and its what Springer’s do.

Leo hops in the car with me and sits in the back and we go on outings all over the place. He sits in the back of the car really quiet and waits till Dad tells him he can get out when we get there. I am going to have to be very careful as he is so well behaved he is showing me up.

By Rollo the terrier about his new mate Leo from WKD.