Is residential dog training right for me?
If you are having problems with your dog, such as behaviour problems or lack of response to basic commands, then you need professional help with training. At A&T Trained Dogs, we offer a wide range of dog training options, including one to one sessions with both dog and owner, group training sessions and residential dog training, where your dog comes to stay with us for a few weeks of intensive training aimed at correcting their problems and teaching basic obedience.
For many people, especially those who feel that they do not have the time, the skills or the patience to train their dog themselves, residential training can seem like the ideal solution. You give your dog to us and in a few weeks’ time we give you back the perfect pet that you have always wanted. But it is not quite as simple as that, and there are several factors you should consider before committing to a residential training course for dogs.
Thoroughly training a dog, like our perfect pets or our family protection dogs, takes months not weeks, so you need to have realistic expectations of what we can achieve in the time we have with your dog. We will not be able to take a villain and give you back an angel. However, even in a little time we can make a big difference, teaching your dog basic commands like how to walk to heel, how to react to other dogs and the all-important recall commands, which will make your time together, especially on walks, so much more enjoyable.
Residential dog training is just the start
The other important thing to understand is that residential dog training is just the start of the process, not the end. If you want the training to stick, then you will need to continue working with your dog at home. Dogs struggle to generalise, so while they may be excellent with our trainers, they will quickly slip back into bad habits with you if you don’t play your part and follow up the training correctly. Our team will spend time with you and your dog at the end of the residential training to explain what you need to do next to transfer what they have learned into the dog’s home environment.
Residential dog trainers must be chosen carefully
One issue many people have with residential dog training is that they do not get to see how their dog is trained. Anyone can set up as a dog trainer, and while there are many qualifications available, these are not compulsory. Some dog trainers use what are called dominance-based or Alpha training methods, using shock collars and other methods you may not be comfortable with and will certainly not want to continue with at home.
At A&T, our expert trainers have years of experience and a have built a proud reputation. We understand dog psychology and use effective, reward-based rather than punishment-based methods. We have nothing to hide and you are welcome to visit us at any time to see how we train our dogs, although we would not recommend visiting during your dog’s residency as this can be very confusing for them.
Talk to our team today
Residential training for dogs is not right for everyone, but it could be right for you and your pet. If you are unsure, or you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call and we’ll be happy to talk you through the process, explaining the pros and cons, to help you make the right decision. Remember, we have lots of other dog training courses if you don’t want to part with your pooch for so long.