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1. Why Choose Temperament Dogs?
Trainers at Temperament Dogs are very passionate about dog training - they are truly Dog Training Geeks! They are experienced and knowledgeable with different breeds and are known for their skills and expertise in motivation, bravery for dogs (Bravery Boost Training) and human training! They all come from different dog and human training backgrounds and are happy to share their knowledge!
Besides training and taking care of their 4legged trainees, Temperament Dogs trainers all have their own dogs that they work daily for basic obedience as well as Dog Sports. They have experience in training and/or competing in international Agility, Competitive Obedience, Protection Sports, Dog Frisbee and Tricks.
TRAINING METHODS AND CARE
At Temperament Dogs we always keep up to date with modern techniques and training methods as well as putting 100% into training every pooch we are taking care of!
FULLY QUALIFIED AND INSURED
All our trainers are qualified dog trainers that pay a lot attention to self-development and professionalism. They are also fully insured and attended Canine First Aid Courses to assure you of the best possible care for your dog.
2. What training methods do you use?
MOTIVATIONAL, REWARD BASED TRAINING
We strongly believe in motivational reward-based training. We strive in and are excited about making you dog more motivated, focused and happy to work by the use of modern techniques and progressive methods in dog training.
3. What is Residential Training and how does it work?
Residential training is a type of dog training where your dog stays with the trainer for 2-6 weeks depending on the training requirements. It is very much like boarding school for your 4legged friend!
MOTIVATION AND LEARNING
During the stay your dog will learn lots of new behaviours, commands and skills. Having a lot of experience with different breeds the trainers will be able to adjust to the temperament of your dog to achieve the best possible results! Motivation is the key to any learning so one of the key skills will be making sure your dog is keen and happy to perform the commands they learn.
Another big part of the training is working around distractions to generalise and proof the behaviours and commands. As your dog will be living in the trainer's house and will be taken to different locations for training sessions, it is going to be a great experience and opportunity to create reliable obedience.
AFTERCARE AND OWNER TRAINING
After the residential training we always make sure the owner gets a lot of training and aftercare as well! The stay ends with an extensive handover lesson for the owners followed by another one in roughly 2 weeks time. The owners are also provided with a training manual, telephone and email support for the next 6 months.
AWAY FROM HOME
We have been training dogs residentially for more than 6 years and we can say it is very rare for a dog to react with stress to this new situation. We always make sure we make the transision as easy as it can possibly be.
We are regularly asked if the doggies will remember the owners after their residential stay - dont worry they always do so you can expect your dog to be very excited to see you on the handover lesson!
4. Where is my dog going to stay?
SAFE HOME ENVIRONMENT
Your dog is going to stay at the trainers house - living with their dog/s, going for walks, and learning all commands and behaviours... They will be given 24h care by the trainer which makes the training much more reliable and intensive compared to other ways of training dogs.
5. What is my dog going to do during the day?
TRAINING AND WALKS
You dog is going to receive at least 2-3 h of training everyday and this will include obedience training, walks, in-home training, games, playing sessions, working on confidence, working on reactiveness etc. They will be taken to different locations eg. woods, town centres, shops, beaches, lakesides, fields, shopping centres...
In the meantime your dog is going to be given a good amount of time to relax and learn how to relax in the house as well as in a crate. Learning to chill out in a house is a very important part of the training as well as a perfect opportunity for a dog to rest after a busy day.
6. What age is the best age to send my dog for training?
We always recommend starting any training as soon as possible! Especially if your dog is already showing some habits that are challenging - the earlier the problem is going to be taken care of the easier it is going to be to work on it.
We do not have any age restriction - we train dogs from very young puppies to older dogs. With puppies we would suggest sending them for training after they reach the age of 12weeks but we can accommodate younger as an exception.
We offer different courses depending on the age of your dog as well as what their training needs are. We have 3 different courses on offer:
1. Perfect Puppy Course - for very young dogs, focusing on putting strong foundations for obedience as well as socialisation.
2. Solid Obedience Solution (SOS) Course- for adolescent and adult dogs, focusing on making the obedience reliable with distractions.
3. Re-Active Course- for dogs with a more challenging problem such as reactivity, aggression etc.
4. Customised Training Pack - for dogs and owners that have individual needs. (READ MORE)
Learn more about our COURSES
7. What commands and behaviours do you teach my dog?
Even though we have our courses divided into slightly different packs, the training is always tailored to you and your needs. Additionally, we adjust to the abilities and the temperament of your doggie to achieve as much progress as possible. Depending on your requirements, we can teach some specific behaviours or commands that are not in the syllabus.
COMMANDS, BEHAVIOURS AND SKILLS
Here is a list of the main training things we usually take care of during your dog's stay at Temperament Dogs, depending on the Training Pack you will choose:
* sit and down
* doorway and car manners
* focus and engagement
* emergency stop
* loose lead walking
* working around distractions
* minor behavioural challenges
* self control
* crate training
* toilet training
* chewing and mouthing
* working on confidence
* resource guarding
* aggression to dogs
* aggression towards strangers
* aggression towards people in general
* building trust
8. What should I expect once my dog returns home?
After your dog's training course you will be given an extensive handover lesson followed by another one in about 2 weeks time. This will help you to understand your dog and how to approach all the training and new rules once the dog comes back home. It is crucial to understand that dogs are very flexible and you will need to be consistent with you pooch!
FIRST 2-4 WEEKS
It is extremely important for the owners to keep up the training once the dog comes back home - from day 1! Residential training is a great help and puts all the needed training and understanding of commands in place nevertheless all owners sending their dogs for training need to be committed to continue working with their dogs!
The trainers will be more than happy to help you after your dog's stay at Temperament Dogs by answering questions, suggesting new techniques and supporting you by email, phone or when meeting up for a follow up lesson.
9. What if my dog has behavioural problems?
Our team is very experienced when it comes to behavioural problems. The trainers are very passionate about helping owners with their dogs and the dogs themselves that are reactive, aggressive or fearful.
Working on behaviour problems might take a bit more time than putting obedience in place. The trainers will adjust to your needs and your dog's temperament to achieve as much as it is possible in the given time. Dogs are quick learners and during their stay they will be taught different strategies of coping with situations but sometimes you may need to accept that some dogs are not fully comfortable with some situations.9.
We always take your dog's temperament into consideration when choosing the training options. It is extremely important to adjust to your dog's natural abilities to achieve maximum motivation and teach the behaviours and commands and shape their personality.
10. Do owners receive training as well?
Of course! That's an essential part of our training programme! After the residential training we always make sure the owner gets a lot of training and aftercare - your dog's training ends with an extensive handover lesson for the you followed by another one after roughly 2 weeks time. You are also going to be provided with a training manual, and telephone and email support for the next 6 months, as well as additional monthly follow up lessons with your trainer!
11. Do you have any feedback from clients who have dogs trained by you?
We are happy to say that we have had a lot of happy owners and dogs after training with us, leaving us 5 star reviews and amazing feedback on our company's page as well as companies' we have worked for before pages.
12. How is the drop off going to look like?
On the drop off day you will most likely meet your trainer in a park or other walking place. The reason for you meeting in a neutral place instead of the trainer's house is we do not want the dog not to associate owners' leaving with the trainer's home environment. We have found this is the best way of making sure your dog's 'transfer' is going to be easy and stress-free. Moreover if you didn't meet us for assessment we will be able how you doggie is behaving with you on the walk.
13. How many weeks does my dog need?
The length of the stay will depend on your needs and requirements as well as your dog's temperament, abilities and how serious the challenges are. If your 4legged friend is a young puppy that needs to learn new commands and behaviours with an additional work on socialisation we would usually say 2-3 weeks is going to be a perfect choice.
If your dog requires behavioural expertise and the training is going to be targeted at aggression, fear based or your dog has a long history of performing the challenging ('bad') behaviours then the stay will need to be longer - 4-6 weeks.
Please send us a message - we will be more than happy to help you with the best choice of the pack and the length of it for you and your dog!