Find yourself wishing you had more time to train your dog?
Think that you need more than your weekly training classes?
Feel guilty that you aren’t working consistently on behaviour problems?
We are delighted that we can now offer residential training for dogs with a range of behaviour issues and training needs.This is a great option for dogs who need that little bit more time and practice.
What is Residential Training?
Residential training enables your dog to get daily intensive 121 training sessions with our professional dog trainers. It is ideal for a range of issues related to changing your dog’s behaviour, including:
- Learning to walk nicely on the lead
- Coming back when called
- Learning how to interact with and play with other dogs
- Working through fear of other dogs
- Working through fear of strangers
- Learning to be relaxed around food/ toys/ people
What happens during our residential training?
Your dog will stay overnight in boarding kennels within an animal rescue who we have an existing relationship with. We also run our scheme to train and rehome rescue sighthounds from here. During the daytime, he/she will be taken out for structured training sessions with one or both of our professional dog trainers, who will be working to a pre-designed plan to make progress on your dog’s stated training needs or behaviour issues.
These sessions will differ, depending on the issues we are working on, but may involve off site visits, interacting with ‘stooge’ dogs, learning how to be calm and control his/her impulses, structured exercises to build recall in different places.
In addition to the structured training, your dog will also be walked twice each day by kennel staff*, so he/she will get plenty of stimulation!
How will my dog be treated during residential training?
We are positive dog trainers, which means that we use the science of animal learning to teach your dog to do more of the kinds of things that we want and less of the kinds of things that we don’t want. And we do this without the use of aversive equipment or harsh training methods. We believe that the best way to learn is through fun, and we apply this to our residential training packages as well as to our classes and 121 consultations.
We are full accredited members of the IMDT and follow their Code of Conduct, available here: www.imdt.uk.com/code-of-ethics.html
Your dog will be closely monitored during the residential stay with us - his/her welfare is of the utmost importance to us!
What do I get as part of the package?
We believe in keeping you in touch with your dog during their stay, so we’ll send you weekly videos, blogs and pictures so that you can chart his/her progress.
We also offer 3 owner coaching sessions as part of the package, to enable you to start to practice some of the skills and techniques we have taught your dog**. One of these sessions will be at home or on a normal walk so you dog can learn his/her new skills in their natural home environment.
We will also offer 6 months of email/telephone support to cheerlead you over any humps and through any hiccups you might have. You’ll also be joined to our online community for free videos, blogs, and other resources that might be helpful.
What should I expect when my dog gets home?
Residential training isn’t a ‘quick fix’ (unfortunately this doesn’t really exist without damaging your relationship with your dog and their trust in you), but it is an intense bit of training that can kickstart your own work with your dog. We will install some of the behaviours that will start to become ‘go to’ behaviours for your dog, but like anything, unless you keep it up the practice, these new skills can and will get rusty. We believe that coaching you to learn the cues that your dogs has been taught, so you can carry on the training are crucial to success. This is why we include up to 3 sessions** of 121 coaching for you and your dog in the residential training package.
What about behaviour problems?
Residential training can be very effective for dogs with behaviour problems (eg doesn’t like other dogs, guards their food/toys, doesn’t know how to play/interact with other dogs). A great result would be that your dog learns how to manage these situations and make better choices for themselves. Some dogs will never be extrovert dog-park dogs, just as some humans are never the life and soul of the party. ‘Fixing’ behaviour issues is a tall order for any training programme and we are of the mind that dogs aren’t broken and don’t need to be fixed. Rather, they need to be supported to learn how to communicate how they feel and encouraged and rewarded for making different choices. In this way, our residential training will teach dogs that there are behaviour options for them.
Do you offer a guarantee?
Some programmes may offer a guarantee, but we prefer to be honest and realistic with you in the recognition of the fact that change is as hard for dogs as it is for humans! It is also dependent on a number of factors including; the speed of learning of individuals dogs, environmental conditions, plus how much practice your dog has had with the ‘problem’ behaviour. For this reason, whilst we don’t offer a guarantee to be able to ‘fix’ the issue, what we do offer is to be able to make observable and concrete progress and to trend the behaviour up (if we are trying to teach your dog to do something) or down (if we are trying to teach them not to do something).
Don’t I – the dog’s owner and main caregiver - need to be part of this from the beginning?
Although it’s true that you will need to be coached to carry on the training when you get home, it is better if we do all the leg work to get your dog’s training off to a great start. Because dog training is a technical and mechanical skill which takes years to perfect, our qualified trainers will get the right result much more quickly than if we were showing you how to do things from the off. And for those of you worried that you dog might forget you or your other family dogs, the latest research suggests that dogs have a 2 year memory… so you should be just fine :)
Behaviour Modification Package
- this is for dogs who may have an underlying emotional difficulty which may be causing their unwanted behaviour. Modifying this safely can be complex and requires high levels of both skill and knowledge.
21 days £1300
28 days £1700
- this is the package for dogs who may benefit from a higher intensity of manners/obedience training than can be achieved through weekly training classes or occasional 121 training alone.
2 weeks £750
3 weeks £1100
4 weeks £1350
*this will depend on your dog’s issues and if he/she is happy and safe to be walked by new people.
** 3 sessions offered for the 28 day package; please enquire regarding shorter stays/packages