OBEDIENCE TRAINING FOR DOGS IN ALFRETON AND BEYOND
Work with your dog to help them understand the difference between acceptable behaviour and the naughty traits they need to stop. Work with the skilled instructors at Askan-K9 Training.
WELCOME TO ASKAN-K9 TRAINING!
A badly behaved dog is not only potentially dangerous but can be unpleasant to own. When there isn't trust between the owner and the dog, a simple but necessary task such as a walk, can seem like an enormous challenge, which only leads to friction on the whole family.
With gentle obedience training and praise, Askan-K9 Training can work with you to help correct any bad behaviours by using techniques that you can take away to use every day. Our main goal is to build a mutual respect by showing your dog who is the alpha. Dogs are pack animals that need to be led, so establishing your position is the best way to strengthen your bond thus meaning your dog will listen and respond to your commands when required. Simply tell us what issues you're experiencing, and we'll recommend the right way forward.
One of the main issues we see time and time again is dogs pulling. The only long-term and reliable method of stopping a dog from pulling on the leash is teaching a dog to heel. There are ways of managing a strong pulling dog, and we look at these situations closely by observing at first-hand how your dog is responding to you and the methods you use. All dogs wish to lead, but by using our methods and techniques you'll demonstrate that you are the lead person. In turn, your dog will grow confidence in you.
WHAT DOES 'HEEL' MEAN?
A dog that is ‘at heel’ is walking along next to his handler, usually on the left-hand side (either side is fine, and you can teach a dog to heel on both sides if you wish). A dog at heel usually has his head and neck aligned with the leg of the person he is working with, and in obedience competitions and heel work to music, you’ll see the dog looking up at the handler too. Heel positions vary depending on the role of the dog. A service dog or working gun dog for example, needs to be looking ahead, not up at his owner. You won’t find the obedience style position in these dogs. Most heel positions have the dog very close to the handler’s leg, even brushing against it. In a working gun dog, you’ll see a bit more space between them. You don’t want to risk being ‘jostled’ by a dog, nor do you want a soaking wet retriever pressed against your leg. These minor differences aside, heel means “walking alongside the handler and close to their leg. Not lagging behind or pulling in front."
WHY IS HEEL WALKING GREAT?
The great thing about teaching a dog to heel is that the dog is under very close control in this position. You can communicate with the dog quietly and easily, and reward him quickly and easily.
Most importantly with a big dog, a dog that is heel walking is not pulling on the lead. No more having your arms stretched out of their sockets by a large and boisterous dog. During heel walking the leash is never tight and sometimes the dog doesn’t wear a leash at all. Off-leash heel walking can be very useful in situations where you need your hands free or when you have more than one dog at heel.
THE TRAINING PROCESS:
Teaching a dog to heel is a process that requires regular training sessions. Five to ten minutes, two or three times a day is ideal to begin with. Try to link the sessions with something else you do each day to make sure you don’t forget. Regular sessions will bring rapid results, but they must be consistent, especially in the beginning. We'll work to:
1. Establish heel position
2. Walk at heel
3. Add distractions
To begin, we'll conduct a full consultation where we'll observe the dog's current behaviours and your teaching methods - this lasts 60-90 mins and costs £55. Should further sessions be required, we offer 60-minute slots at £40.
"Thank you for a great training session Ken. I can see a clear way forward now to ensure Zak can enjoy off-lead time without getting into trouble. I rescue German Shepherds and have helped 17 over the last 10 years, I have had all sorts of problems to deal with but my new boy Zak left me stumped. He gets very excited on walks and will often nip my white Shepherd quite hard, also under certain circumstances his recall was not guaranteed. For 4 months I have tried to correct this behaviour to no avail. This has resulted in Zak being muzzled and spending most of his time on lead. I met Ken when I took one of my older dogs for Hydrotherapy, Ken was working with him on the treadmill. I spoke to him about the challenges I was having with Zak and he assured me he could help. We met at the woods where I usually walk with my 5 Shepherds and for 30 minutes he observed and we chatted. Then we took Zak out on his own and then with Bolt (the one he is prone to nipping) by the end of the session Zak was behaving completely differently. Even dog walkers I often meet remarked on how calm he was. I will need to continue with this training of course, but I am delighted I can see a time when Zak can run with the others off-lead and without a muzzle."