Mindful Beginnings

Getting a new puppy, or adopting a new dog is an exciting time, but it can also be a little daunting!  If you’re anything like me, you want to make sure you are doing the best you can for your new addition but knowing where to find the answers can be tricky.  So, I decided to make this journey a little easier for you.

Mindful Beginnings is a 6-week course that will set you, and your new canine companion, up to have a rewarding relationship for the rest of their lives.  But a rewarding relationship is so much more than training your dog to sit on command!

The 6-week course includes a private 1-hour training session each week where we will cover the basics in training (sit, stay, down, etc.) but, because it is a private session, we can tailor it to you and your dog.  If your dog takes a little longer with certain skills, we can slow down and take our time until they grasp it.  If they are picking up skills quickly, we have the opportunity to do additional training depending on what behaviours you would like to work on with your dog, or if you are having any behaviour concerns, we can also work on these.  This is something you just won’t get in a normal group puppy training class.

Traditional training classes can have too many puppies/dogs, which can be really daunting for those who are less confident.  This can result in our dogs becoming fearful of other dogs, noises and situations, which is the complete opposite to what you are trying to achieve!  Some puppy classes also include 'free play time' which if not supervised vigilantly, can result in negative interactions and ongoing fear of dogs as a result.  A single bad interaction has more of an effect on your dog than 100 positive ones!

Alongside basic training behaviours, I will also show you how to perform a basic husbandry check on your dog.  As a vet, I see a lot of dogs who don’t like having their health check done, so we will spend time going through a basic husbandry check.  This is a great skill to have as an owner as it will help you be comfortable with what is ‘normal’ for your dog and be able to notice changes that could indicate illness much sooner.  It will also make visits to the vets less stressful for your dog as they will be used to having their ears, teeth, feet etc checked. 

Games, games and more games!  You heard me right, games make up a big part of our training sessions.  While this might sound a little unconventional, these will help your puppy develop into a confident and optimistic puppy, it will help with their recall, loose lead walking and so much more!

In addition to these private training sessions, you will also have access to your trainer for the full 6-weeks, not just during your 1-hour weekly session, to ask them any questions you may have.  Is toilet training not working?  Are they crying in their crate?  Were they sitting on command and now they aren’t?  Will they listen to your partner but not to you?  Or are you struggling introducing your new addition to your existing furry members of the family?  You won’t have to wait until the following week’s training session to ask because you can simply ask your trainer!  Why have I included this?  It’s quite simple.  I know new pet owners have endless questions – this is completely normal, and I would rather you ask me than looking for your own answers on the internet.  Don’t get me wrong, there are some good resources on the internet, but there are also some not so good ones – but how are you to know which is which?

My focus is on helping you to become the best owner you can be.  I only use positive training methods which is really important for your relationship with your dog.  I also dedicate time to help you understand the ‘why’ behind the different techniques and methods, the games, and any behaviours they might be displaying.  I can’t teach you to ‘speak dog’ but I will do my very best to ensure you have a good understanding of the ‘hows’ and the ‘whys’.

Whether you are getting a new puppy or a dog of any age, whether you are a first-time dog owner or have had dogs your entire life, this course is a great way to get your new relationship off to an amazing start!

Price

£180 for the full course - additional travel costs may be incurred

Booking

Please contact us for further information and to make your booking

1-2-1 Sessions

Not all dogs thrive in a group training class situation, and not all owners feel comfortable learning in a group environment.  These sessions are ideal for owners who want more time focused on them and their dog, first time puppy owners, owners with newly rescued dogs, the list goes on.  These are also a great opportunity to ask all of those questions you may have about your new puppy.

Behavioural consultations are always 1-2-1 sessions.  We work with you and your dog to discuss the behaviour you are concerned about, look at the reasons behind why the dog is showing this behaviour, and create a bespoke plan for you and your dog to work on together.

The initial 1-2-1 session for training or behaviour is always 1.5 hours.  It is common for us to perform some of this initial session remotely via video calling to gather the required information to ensure our practical sessions are more rewarding for you and your dog.

Price

Initial Session (2 hours) £80 - additional travel costs may be incurred

Subsequent Session (1 hour) £40

Booking

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Private Training

These sessions are ideal for owners who need that extra help with training their dog but can't fit the time into their busy schedule.

An initial 1-2-1 session will be required to discuss your dog and your expectations before training sessions commence.

Price

Initial Session (2 hours) £80 - additional travel costs may be incurred

Private Training Session £40/hour - additional travel costs may be incurred

Booking

Please contact us for booking information 

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