What topics can be covered on zoom?
Most training topics translate well to zoom. Naturally, advice based topics work very well such as puppy biting, toilet training, and socialisation. Practical training also works very well including recall, loose lead walking, dog-dog interactions, appropriate greetings, not jumping up,
When should I start training my puppy?
Now! If your puppy is already here then there's no reason to wait! Puppies are learning every moment they're awake - it's up to us to realise what we're teaching them! If your puppy hasn't arrived yet then it's a good idea to book in a session before they come home so that you can be 100% prepared.
Can sessions within a training package be used for multiple dogs?
Yes and no! Training sessions can be divvied up between dogs in the same household, however dogs should be trained one at a time. If there are multiple adults in the house we can even do one adult with one dog in one room, the second adult with the second dog in a second room - provided you are looking to train the same skill to each dog.
Also, if you have a friend with a similar aged puppy or a dog going through similar issues it is possible to split the cost of training between the two of you! If you have any questions feel free to get in touch and we can discuss this further.
What are the benefits of Zoom training?
Zoom training provides a low distraction environment for training - ideal for young puppies or new rescue dogs. For dogs who struggle with nervousness, zoom training can allow them to learn in a stress-free environment.
Training sessions can be recorded on Zoom, this is brilliant if you'd like to review what was discussed without having to take copious notes in the session itself.
What topics would be covered in six sessions of puppy training?
It is completely up to you what you'd like to cover in our sessions however some of the common topics addressed include teething, toilet training, crate training, preventing separation anxiety, socialisation advice, recall, loose lead walking, engagement exercises, grooming, and vet visits.
Some people prefer to do one session on a wide variety of topics while others prefer to do multiple sessions on the more key skills such as recall and loose lead walking.
Do you have experience with rescue dogs?
Absolutely! While working as a dog trainer in England, I have helped to train many rescue dogs - mostly from Romania but also from Greece, Portugal and India. I also took in a foster dog from Spain and helped to get him on his feet, teaching him everything from his name to overcoming his separation anxiety before helping him find his forever home.
Prior to living in England, I volunteered at a rescue for years in Hong Kong, getting to know dogs of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds. There were lots of ex-breeder dogs who had been very neglected but my favourite dog to look after was an angry old French Bulldog who was paralysed in his hind legs.
How many sessions would you recommend?
If you have a well trained dog with only a specific grievance with your dog such as them pulling on the lead then the two session training package is for you. If there are a few areas where you'd like to see improvement then you'd be better off going for six sessions. If you have a new addition (puppy or rescue) and you're teaching them everything from scratch then eight sessions will set them up for their life with you.
Get in touch and tell me about your situation for a more personalised plan.
What treats should I use for training my dog?
Every dog is an individual and it's about finding a treat or toy that they adore! However a lot of puppies love cooked chicken diced up into small chunks (no larger than the size of a pea). Experiment with your dog, talk to your vet if they have allergies, and find something that works for your budget.
Can any training take place in person?
Legally, training can only take place in person for welfare reasons and only if training cannot take place online for extenuating reasons. Feel free to contact us if you think your training requires an in-person approach.
I have had dogs before - do I still need help?
Maybe, maybe not! A lot has changed in the world of dog training in recent years. While outdated methods of punishment based training are still popularised in T.V. and online, we now know that this is unnecessary and unethical. If in doubt, you can start with two sessions and if you find it helpful you can always add on more training.