PLEASE NOTE: The majority of the groups will start back on Thursday 16th July and Saturday 18th July. Places will be restricted to five to comply with current government Guidelines.  SEE HERE

NEW: THE THIRD FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH WILL BE PURELY FOR INDIVIDUAL TRAINING  SESSIONS – YOU CAN BOOK EITHER AN HOUR OR HALF AN HOUR, DEPENDING ON AVAILABILITY.

It you would like to book a session please contact me 07790 996791 or pop me an email – info@animalbasics.co.uk. Further updates will appear on my FaceBook page.

About Animal Basics

Training your dog should be fun for both you and your dog.  If we make it fun and rewarding, the training will be enjoyable and it will encourage us to continue too.

It will produce a strong working partnership with trust and confidence at both ends of the lead. There should be give and take as in any relationship, being aware of how your dog is feeling and importantly, how you are feeling too.

We owe it to our dogs to learn and to understand how they communicate using their body language.  Dog behaviour and training go hand-in-hand, and if the training is right, you cut down considerably the chance of the dog developing habits and behaviour that can cause a problem later.

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We all need to know how to communicate with our dogs. We owe it to them to understand, as much as possible, how they see the world and in turn, teach them how to behave and how to achieve it. What I try to do is to help you understand what makes your dog ‘tick’; to bridge the communications gap and build a working partnership based on trust and cooperation.

‘Animal Basics’ uses up to date positive training methods with rewards such as food, toys, games, and even sniffing!  Clicker training is also taught for dogs and owners wishing to use this method. The dogs are allowed to work out what earns a reward and what does not. Training is set at the individual dog’s level, which means dogs of different levels can work in the same class, if appropriate.  Dogs wishing to join are invited along for an individual session to be assessed to see which class would be most suitable for them.

Animal Basics Testimonials

All our family look forward to Saturday afternoons with Janet. Rubble really enjoys his agility sessions and his listening skills have improved tenfold! Thanks Janet

The Hirons family
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Agility for dogs? Yes but it’s only for Collies and the like isn’t it?

Oh no it isn’t! My two little terriers love it – through tunnels, over jumps and climbing up dog walks, there’s so much for them to enjoy. You should see them go! Of course all the dogs doing agility need a bit of training but the emphasis in Janet’s classes is enjoyment and fun. 

David G
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We have been going to Janet’s classes since Miss Chief was 5 months old, they have given me more confidence and has stretched a very demanding Miss Chief.  We both thoroughly enjoy the group and look forward to each week’s session. Janet is calm, friendly and imparts her knowledge in a very gentle and kind manner.  I highly recommend her.

Fiona & Miss Chief

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This may not be an easy read for many, but it does need to be said - Thank you Taryn for writing this article.When to say no .....

This is a difficult subject and I hope that I manage to handle it with at least some sensitivity. I do have a heart, I have worked in rescue and I don’t take the plight of dogs in need or the emotions experienced by people who get drawn into rescue situations lightly. However, as a person who is asked to help when good intentions end in disaster, I feel I do need to speak up for those who get hurt by these situations.

It is very easy to look at a dog needing a home and to think only about that dog’s needs. But we have to start thinking about the people and animals in the home that the dog will be placed in and what impact the new dog will have on their lives. The reality is that the life of a dog in a home is not less valuable than the life of a dog in a shelter. The needs of a dog already in a loving home should not be sacrificed for the needs of a dog that does not have a home. It is not right or fair to cause emotional (or physical) harm to a dog in a loving home (and the people in that home) in order to provide a home for another dog.

Perhaps not everyone agrees? Perhaps there are people who would rather see two dogs living in a state of chronic stress or even with the risk of physical danger as better than one dog living a happy and fulfilled life, while another is euthanized or continues to wait for a home?

I realize that it is not that simple. Most people don’t take in a rescue despite the fact that it is likely to ruin their existing dog’s life or put their family through major trauma. Most people take on a rescue dog because they believe that everything will work out and they will be saving a life, giving a dog a good home and making the world a better place in some small way. The intentions are very often good. The problem is that too many people are not aware of the potential fallout of taking a particular dog into their home. The belief persists that love will overcome all, genetics don’t matter and early environment can be erased by further “socialisation”.

Sadly, this is not the case and we have to start to be honest about the fact that some dogs have limitations and will always have limitations. Some dogs will not fit into every home. Some dogs should never be homed with any other dogs at all. Some dogs are not safe to be homed with anyone....

Perhaps I tend to see things more from “the other dog’s” perspective (the one already in a home that the new dog is brought into), because we often have clients for many years who we build relationships with and whose dogs we care deeply about. We become protective of those “healthy”, well-adjusted canine-human families and it is incredibly distressing to see their lives torn apart when the humans try to do something good, but due to common misunderstandings or myths perpetuated in certain circles, they end up causing terrible emotional (and physical) harm to their other dog and even to themselves and other family members.

I am NOT advising people not to take in rescued dogs – that is not it at all. What I am begging people to do is to engage their minds and not just their hearts. Please consider the dog you are wanting to bring into your home and be honest about whether they will be a good fit or not. It does not matter whether you found them or what guilt trip someone might subject you to – don’t take the dog on if he or she presents a risk to the wellbeing of the other dogs in your home. A puppy is unlikely to be welcomed by an elderly arthritic dog, another bitch is unlikely to be a good match for an existing bitch with resource guarding issues and taking on a boisterous adolescent while you are still guiding your current dog through his turbulent teens is likely to result in behavioural instability for all concerned.

At this point I need to raise something even more uncomfortable – we receive numerous requests for help from people who have taken in bull breed types that have ended up almost killing the other dogs in their homes. Adults that seemed “okay” until they weren’t and young puppies that have sent resident adult dogs to the vet with serious injuries, because at a few months of age they are already shake-biting. I am really finding it hard to respond to these requests in a way that does not reveal my exasperation with the situation:

Please stop believing the lie that a dog that has been selectively bred for the “work” of killing other dogs has no predisposition to dog-dog aggression. A dog bred for such purposes and without the benefit of a healthy early environment (or subject to previous abuse), is extremely high risk in a home with other dogs. I don’t know of a single colleague who does not agree with me on this, yet the sheer number of people who go down this road – a road that usually ends in absolute heartache for everyone involved – indicates that we are failing (or too afraid) to get the message across. I can only speak from a South African context where dog fighting is still sadly a thriving illegal “sport” and a frightening proportion of the dogs in our shelters come from such lineage. Other parts of the world may differ considerably and so may not face quite the same risks with regards to this breed type. In our local context it is becoming an overwhelming problem and we should not be afraid to be honest about it. I simply don’t want to see another dog mauled and another family devastated.

The need is great, and adoption can be a wonderful thing. However, please don’t just think about the dog you are adopting – think about the dog or dogs you already have. There are times when it is far kinder and better for everyone to say “no”.
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