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Why should I attend training classes?

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Training classes are such a useful tool for any dog owner and should be 
utilised in order to get the most out of your dog and overcome any issues
you are having with them. It is important that you choose an appropriate
trainer or training school for your dog. We always recommend that you work
with someone using positive reinforcement methods and who is fully
qualified in their role, we would hate for your dog to learn bad habits
or for their behaviour to deteriorate through bad advice. Puppy training Getting puppies off to the right start is very important! It is never to
early to start training, the more we can teach them at this young age the
better, as these skills are going to stick with them for the rest of their
lives. The benefit of attending both socialisation and training classes
comes in the form of expert knowledge and constant support with those
troubling puppy behaviours. Every pup is different, even experienced dog
owners will benefit from advice from a qualified trainer. Another huge benefit is learning around other dogs and people. The more
people and dogs they see, places they visit and sounds they hear at this
age the better. If your pup can learn their obedience and social skills
in this sort of environment they will excel with less distracting
surroundings. Behavioural training Taking your dog to see a behaviourist for some help and advice with those
tricky behaviours is vitally important. The longer unwanted behaviours are
practised the more embedded they become, so getting on top of them quickly
is key. If your dog could just improve their recall, if they are becoming
anxious around people or if they are extremely barky when they see another
dog on a walk. No matter the behaviour, expert advice and a structured
training plan are fundamental to achieving a well behaved and happy dog. There is no such thing as a dog that can't be trained. They are never too
young, too old or the wrong breed. With a little time, commitment and
patience you and your dog can learn absolutely anything.

George Rooke - Head Behaviour Counsellor