Puppy and Dog training
Train the J’s Way
Dog Training and Behaviour Services
Relationship based dog training strives to meet the needs of both the human and the dog. It is an emphatic approach of taking into account the dog’s point of view. However, there are times, when the dog’s desires cannot be considered. For example, if a dog wants to chase a cat across the road, obviously he or she cannot be allowed to do this for his/her own safety. That said, I can still focus on making him or her happy and compliment rather than the old approach of making him or her sorry he/she didn’t.
“Such short little lives our dogs have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day. It is breath taking how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.”
I train any breed, any age, any problem and puppies.
Are you frustrated or desperate when dealing with your dog’s inappropriate, shameful or destructive behaviours? My simple to follow, natural, dog friendly training techniques focus on developing a positive relationship between owner and dog to form a lasting poignant bond based on respect and trust.
My training embraces the same communication methods, voice tone and body language, that dogs follow as part of their instinctual mentality. I attend your home at a time convenient to everyone, so in your household.
Rock Villa Canine Care’s dog training approach can help owners establish control of their dog without treats or the need for harsh punishment. During the first session, most owners see dramatic improvements in their dog’s behaviour.
Setting your dog up to succeed
By looking deeper into a dog’s emotional state and considering its emotions helps us to understand why a behavioural problem occurs and where the roots of it lie. The old saying, ‘never judge a book by its cover’ applies well when we begin to look at behaviour in depth, because it is generally what lies beneath the presenting behaviour that is the root cause of a problem. For example, the roots of aggression may lie in fear, whilst separation anxiety can be linked to insecurity.
Communication between the human and canine species can disintegrate especially for those who are experiencing difficulty in understanding each other. This does not mean either of you are dealing with things badly; it may simply mean there is a lack of communication between you and a language barrier. Learning to read your dog and interpret its behaviour is a very useful tool for any dog owner and will enable you to live a more agreeable way together.
If you are considering getting a dog, then one of the most important things to consider is breed characteristics. Choosing a dog or breed that suits your lifestyle will mean you are best placed to meet your dog’s needs and so well matched, rather than choosing a dog because it looks adorable or you feel sorry for it.
In training, finding methods to use that improve motivation in both people and dogs accelerates pleasure which increases learning. As a result of this you can forge a positive outcome where success breeds success leading to an ever increasing upward trend.
To discuss your dog’s behaviour, your individual needs or for further information about my services please contact me by phone or email.
Telephone: 01278 422 806
Mobile: 07990 066 040
As I am working throughout the day sometimes it is not always possible to answer phone calls, but don’t hesitate to leave a message, which will be responded to within four hours. All emails will be responded to between 6 and 8 Monday to Friday.
Rock Villa Canine Care’s training techniques.
I teach you to communicate with your dog.
Do you find yourself shouting, but your dog isn’t listening to you? It maybe that you are simply not speaking his or her language. Rock Villa’s dog training method is based on the way dogs communicate with each other and how they learn from older, more experienced dogs. This is what makes my dog training unique and effective.
I do not advocate the use of force, coercion, check or choke chains, Haiti’s or any aids that may hurt or injure a dog and are never needed. I use positive reinforcement, sound therapy, and intuition. My Alpha Myth beliefs and techniques are non-aggressive. I have a unique approach which is both gentle and extremely effective.
As a qualified Animal Practitioner I will guide you on the most effective way to overcome the problem behaviour and leave you with a training plan to ensure long and lasting results and ongoing e-mail support.
My approach is non-physical
Rock Villa Canine Care’s technique of training is based upon how dogs naturally communicate with each other. Because its non-physical, its made as stress free as possible for both you and your dog. I NEVER use techniques like hitting or smacking, shock or spray collars, choke chains, pronged collars, alpha rolling (pinning the dog down), shouting or anything physical in my approach to training. Furthermore, I don’t rely on the use of treats or lures. Instead my approach is the foundations upon how dogs communicate.
Although treats are a good way to reward your dog I don’t focus on their use for dog behaviour and training. I teach you how to control your dog without the use of a lure.
I will teach you how to use your body language and voice tone to control your dog, both on and off lead, whether at home, in the park or basically anywhere you need it.
Training in your home is a one-to-one system, with no distractions from other dogs or the stress of being asked to leave training classes for disrupting the others.
Obviously, where you are experiencing problems outside the home, like pulling on the lead or dog aggression, I will set up controlled training situations in the park or wherever is most practical. The only classes I run is The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme, Bronze, Sliver and Gold.
“What is possible between a human and an animal is possible only within a relationship.”
I specialise in dogs and horses and my training methods are cemented firmly in getting the dog or horse to want to work with you. In the case of dogs, this involves talking “dog”. The ability to understand how an animal views the world is the key to forming a partnership with that animal.
No two dogs are the same, but they all talk the same language and frequently it’s our lack of ability to understand, that is the root cause of behavioural problems. If you learn what your dog is telling you, then you can get half way to solving the problem.
The single biggest fault people can have as a trainer is to humanise their dogs. A dog is happy when it is treated like a dog. Our lives are stressful with the pressures of modern living, so why should we inflict that on our dogs?
The key to a successful relationship is to understand:
- Your dog’s expectations of life
- What your dog is telling you
- What your dog expects from you
By having a clear understanding of these will mean that you will have a relaxed happy dog. Otherwise you can expect separation anxiety, nervous aggression, and the list goes on. If you are not communicating with your dog and feel that owning a dog is more of a pain than a pleasure, let me help you form the partnership to correct that balance.
Make it a game. This is after all how dogs learn and practice their skills. By utilising the natural learning process in a dog, I help you to produce the dog that’s right for you. It’s you who will work the dog, so it’s you who should train it. Let me help by giving you tried and tested training games to sharpen the skills you will need for whatever activity you and your dog are to engage in.
After all no musician has ever been able to play a solo without first learning the basic scales and a dog is no different. When you teach it the basics of obedience then the tune you play together will be harmonious, no matter which direction your partnership takes you.
Older dogs can learn new tricks. Whether it’s a puppy or an older dog, basic obedience can save your dog’s life. For example, a simple skill like stopping, could be invaluable if your dog is heading for a road. I am a firm believer that training in this area will undoubtedly enhance the partnership you have with your dog.
The benefits of home training
Not every dog (or owner) benefits from group training sessions so one-to-one dog training can be a practical alternative with visits available for any dog over the age of 6 months old.
Training in the home environment is a lot less stressful for your dog. Given this is also where he or she learns best and where you’ll most often see behaviour problems, so this is where training is most effective.
Dogs learn by association so Rock Villa Canine Care teaches your dog to listen in the home environment where the association is more accepted. If your dog does not listen to you in your home environment then it’s highly probable he or she won’t listen outside, where there are numerous distractions.
Private one-to-one training £35.00 per hour undertaken in your home. Travel costs may apply if over 5 miles.
This is for owners who want a personal service within their home environment. The package is designed for those looking to train the basic commands with their dog at home, in their own geographical environment. The package incorporates typical basic obedience commands:
walk to heel
Alternatively training can be undertaken in my garden, a training field or in a public area depending on the training needs of your dog.
In addition, if there is anything else you would specifically like to cover, please call and speak to Jackie to discuss your requirements. Help and advice can also be given to owners to define how to get the best from their dog using modern and positive training techniques. Appointments can be flexible to fit in and around your lifestyle and commitments.
The benefits of bespoke individual sessions with Rock Villa Canine Care
Individual sessions offer you the time and space to work with your dog at a slower pace in a hush free environment with your dog.
Having the capacity to break down tasks into smaller portions can be beneficial for both people and dogs, especially those who have progressed from reshaping complex behaviour patterns, but still feel the need for continued support.
I appreciate that many owners have busy lifestyles with family and work commitments therefore, you have the opportunity to book sessions to fit around your everyday life.
Puppy Training in the Home
Make sure you give your puppy the best start in life.
Rock Villa puppy management programme
You can start this just a few days after your puppy has settled in to its new home. This programme gives you an early start and everything you need to successfully train your puppy at home. Furthermore, it helps you deal with common puppy problems that often occur in the first six months.
The training takes place in your home and the initial lesson takes around two to three hours. Please note: although training will be carried out on the day, puppies can get tired very quickly therefore, some training may only be able to be explained and not demonstrated on the day.
The puppy training programme covers:
My methods are very simple & easy to follow and puppies usually responded well immediately.
- Fast track to toilet training;
- The benefits of crate training;
- Diet and good food manners;
- Recall – coming when called;
- Gate and door control;
- Sit, stay and down training;
- Correct holding of the lead and walking;
- Walking to heel;
- Distance control (staying with you when there are other distractions).
- How to successfully socialise your puppy;
- How to de-sensitise your puppy to, for example, vacuum cleaners and car travel.
- Protecting your puppy from being traumatised by e.g. other humans and dogs;
- Accustoming your puppy to being handled.
- Bad behaviour management and prevention e.g. jumping up, mouthing, play biting and chewing.
Puppy consultation: £90 undertaken in your home and to include advice on training, diet, problem solving and breed specific behaviours followed by a written report as well as ongoing advice by telephone or email. I am happy to advise clients before they choose a puppy to offer suggestions of a breed or type of dog that is be suited to their lifestyle and to help them prepare for the new arrival. Payment is due in full after consultation.
Travel costs are not included in the above pricing and will be quoted on application where relevant. There are no travel costs for clients within a 5 mile radius of Rock Villa Canine Care.
The Full Obedience Package
Think of dog training like the education system. You start with something easy and when the dog masters that step, then you build on that success and ask for something a little more complicated. Be mindful that sometimes, just like children, a dog may have to repeat a grade before moving on. Furthermore, it’s not fair to ask him or her for something more complicated when he or she has not mastered the basics.
The full obedience package includes:
- Respond to name.
- Lead manners (walking on a loose lead).
- Climb (stay on objects).
- Sit/stay.Down/stay.Extended ‘Down/stay’ with distractions.
- Come’ with distractions.
- Go to Mat (or bed) and stay.
- ‘Heel’ on lead with distractions.
- Optional off-lead ‘Heel’ with distractions.
- ‘Leave it’, disengage from object, animal or person.
- ‘Out’ release object/toy from mouth.
- ‘Free’,release from all commands.
Training package-£155 to include an initial 2 hour assessment and four further one hour training sessions over 12 weeks in your home or my enclosed gardens as well as written training advice. This package is for obedience issues only, such as recall, jumping up and pulling on the lead, and is not suitable for severe dog to dog aggression or behavioural problems. Payment is due in full after the first assessment.
Rock villa’s training techniques help to solve dog behaviour problems like:
- Basic dog obedience
- Aggressive behaviour
- Chewing and destruction
- Digging in the garden
- Jumping up
- Nuisance barking
- Pulling on the lead
- Puppy Training
- Separation Anxiety
- Toilet-ing in the house and so much more
The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme
The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme is a dog training programme that promotes socially acceptable dogs and creates responsible dog owners. The Scheme is not competitive and is open to dogs of all ages and all breeds, whether Kennel Club registered or not.
If you include the puppy foundation, an assessment for dogs under the age of 12 months, then there are 4 levels of the scheme, namely, Bronze, Silver and Gold.
The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme-Bronze £80.00
Bronze is an 8 week course and lessons 1 to 7 are practical training and week 8 is an optional examination to achieve the Silver Award. In each lesson individual objectives are set for each person to ensure all course elements are trained and in place by the examination. This allows the handler to work at their own pace. You must achieve the Bronze Level Award before doing the Silver award.
The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme-Silver £80.00
The Silver Award aims to build upon the skills learned in the Bronze Award. It’s an 8 week course and lessons 1 to 7 are practical training and week 8 is an optional examination to achieve the Silver Award. It increases the level of difficulty, consequently it’s a natural progression of practical dog training skills and introduces new concepts such as the controlled greeting, road walk and vehicle control exercises which are important in everyday life situations.
The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme-Gold £80.00
Gold is a 10 week course and lessons 1 to 9 are practical training and week 10 is an optional examination to achieve the Gold Award. This is the highest level of achievement of the Scheme. It builds upon the skills learned in the Silver Award and develops more advance training skills of the dog, handlers, and introduces new concepts such as relaxed isolation, stop the dog and send the dog to bed exercises, which are important in every day life situations.
Dogs that are awarded the Gold Certificate should reach the required standards in all exercises and be a worthy representative of the Scheme’s highest standard. You must achieve the Silver award prior to doing the Gold award.
For information on venues please contact me by telephone or email:
Telephone: 01278 422 806
Mobile: 07990 066 040
Out Door V in Door Dog Training
I have experience of working both indoors and outdoors, but my preference is still to train outdoors. There are advantages and disadvantages to training both indoors and outdoors.
- Protection from the elements’
- Less natural distractions;
- Confined area in which to train;
- Close proximity to other dogs, may cause problems;
- Enclosed space can amplify noise e.g. barking, may upset some dogs.
- Natural environment in which to train.
- Obvious association for your dog with the outside world;
- Increased distance between dogs;
- Larger area in which to train.
- More distractions.
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