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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
Animal Basics Testimonials

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
Animal Basics Testimonials

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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Good advice to follow.Some general advice to help those with dogs who want to approach anything on walks (e.g. unfamiliar people or dogs) and don’t always come back when called:
- Take good stuff out on your walks with you. Stuff your dog loves and make sure you vary what you take - your dog should not be able to predict what great things you have on you. It might be a tennis ball in your pocket, steak and chicken in your treat pouch, and a tug toy up your sleeve.
- Use a lead or a longline to prevent your dog rehearsing undesirable behaviour and so that you have control of your dog at all times.
- Reinforce your dog anytime they check in with you voluntarily. Throw them a piece of food or a toy when they acknowledge you exist.
- Practice calling your dog, rewarding them for responding with tasty food or a game and then letting them continue with what they were doing. Recall should not only be used to call your dog away from something they want to approach or to put them back on a lead... otherwise your dog is going to do the equivalent of an eye-roll whenever they hear you call them. (Your recall cue should already have a reliable and enthusiastic response when you use it at home and in the garden before expecting a decent response on walks).
- If your dog alerts to something, stop walking. If they continue to approach or escalate in their behaviour, call them, turn your body away from the ‘distraction’ and increase your movement away as they turn in response to you - and produce food or a toy to reward them. If they simply stand and watch the distraction, wait a few seconds and see what choice your dog makes. If they turn to you to check why you have stopped walking, reinforce this! Throw them a piece of food or a toy. Repetition of this behaviour should mean the presence of people/dogs becomes a cue to check in with you. This allows you to be able to ‘give permission’ about whether it is ok for them to approach or to have your dog’s attention so you can ask them to do something else or move elsewhere if you don’t want to approach.
- Engage with your dog on walks - play with them, interact with them, hide food or toys for them to find in grass or shrubs... make sure walks are not just about interacting with other people & dogs because they are far more interesting than their own human.
- As always, this is generic advice and may not be appropriate for all dogs or all ‘problems’. Nothing will beat tailored advice specific to your own dog under the guidance of a qualified professional.
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