Why do so many people have difficult dogs?

We see a lot of dogs that have been raised by their owners in a caring and loving way but are still considered ‘difficult’.

In many cases the dogs have been to training groups, visited behaviourists and the owners have been offered advice by many but they still end up bringing their dog to us for our sought after residential training to finally achieve real and lasting results.

Why are so many dogs and owners finding themselves in a mess? These are some possibilities:

1) The incorrect dog for their lifestyle.

We see time and time again complete mismatches of character between dogs and their owners. This is often neither parties fault. When selecting a puppy it is extremely hard to pick your new dog based on temperament if you are not sure what to look for.

Most information available on the internet is very misleading. A puppy is like a sponge and will very quickly learn bad habits if allowed to do so. The key here is to really consider what behaviours you find acceptable and which you don’t and to think long-term.

Whilst it may be funny watching your 8 week old puppy charging around the house, bear in mind that at 12 months and nearly fully grown the same behaviour will be disruptive and potentially dangerous for both the dog and your family. Start as you mean to go on and think outside the box.

2) Lack of direction and support from trainers.

We often meet dog owners who have been asked to leave their training group as their dog has been disruptive. Other clients have been seeing the same or multiple trainers for months (and sometimes years on end) with little or no success. Dog training is simple when you really know how and have the correct guidance from somebody who can explain things to you as adequately as they can to your dog.

A good trainer should show you immediate results and help you achieve the same. If you are still doing the same techniques with no results weeks down the line it’s time to speak with your trainer. If your current approach isn’t working, find a new one!

3) Blaming the dog.

Dogs are creatures of habit and in order to change a behaviour you must change the habit.

If your dog is doing something which you find unacceptable it is because you have struggled to guide the dog towards correct behaviours. It doesn’t really matter how or why you are in the situation, concentrate on finding a way to improve.

For more information on our residential training courses please call us on 01785 761 441. You can also view our testimonials to find out how our courses have helped our customers.

Why should I train my dog?

Dogs become part of the family and we’re all guilty of spoiling them a little bit. As an owner though it’s your responsibility to make sure your dog is well trained.

It’s more than them knowing how to sit or stay, you need to make sure they come back when called and behave correctly while out in public and in your home.

Your responsibility

If you are going to own a dog it’s your responsibility to make sure he or she is well behaved in public.

Some dogs may show aggression towards people or other animals so it’s important to make sure that issue is dealt with quickly.

As well as the safety of people you need to consider the safety of your dog. If your dog will not come back when called, he or she could get injured.

For the happiness of your family

A badly behaved dog can wreak havoc on family life.

Whether you’re living in fear that your dog may bite you, your dog is aggressive towards other animals, won’t come back when called, suffers separation anxiety or something else, it isn’t fair on you, your family or your dog to live with that.

Many of our clients who’ve brought their dog in for residential training tell us that their lives have literally been transformed.

For example; they can take their dogs for a walk knowing that their dog will come back when recalled or they can invite guests round knowing that their dog will be well behaved.

A trained dog is a happy dog

If your dog is well behaved he or she will be happier than if they were badly behaved and were constantly being shouted at.

Imagine how confusing and scary it must be to be shouted at all the time when you don’t what you’ve done wrong or how to behave instead.

If your dog is badly behaved our residential courses can work wonders and change your life. Our courses generally last between four and six weeks, depending on the issue, and we will accept any dog, of any age with any issue.

If you are thinking about buying a dog but are worried about training them correctly get in touch with us to find out about our trained dogs. We offer trained puppies and trained adult dogs and list some of our dogs for sale on our website.

To find out more about residential training or our trained dogs for sale, fill in our contact form or call us on 01785 761 441.