Our Training Methods

Our Training Methods

We are a reward based dog training company using the clicker training technique, offering you the best proven training there is, not only for your dog, but also giving you as dog owners the best chance of success. This enables you to build a strong positive relationship up with your dog. Our qualifications mean you are in good hands with an experienced dog trainer and people person, putting you at ease from the moment you first make contact.

What is Dog Training Using a Clicker?

Clicker training is a scientifically based method that helps us communicate in a clearer way with different species, by marking the right behaviour (click), with a consistant sound, and then rewarding the animal for responding appropriately.


Karen Prior Academy Certified Training Partner

The Karen Pryor Way

Karen Pryor was one of the pioneers of clicker training back in the sixties, and still to this day, a top scientist behaviourist and trainer. We are extremely proud to be one of her certified training Partners, and have therefore learnt from the very best. It is our philosophy to focus on what the dog can do, rather than what he can’t, hence always setting them up for success. Always remember that behaviour that gets reinforced will get repeated.

Clicker training is not just an efficient way to train, but it is a lot of fun for dogs and owners. Isn’t this what dog training should be all about? We absolutely think so!

Trust us and give clicker training a go, you won’t be disappointed!

How Does Clicker Training Work?

After the behaviours are well established, we can start fading the clicker. This doesn’t mean however, that once your dog has learnt a new cue, you never have to reward him with a tasty treat. After all, I would you feel if you were never rewarded for doing some good work?

Unfortunately outdated methods entailing harsh training are still very widely offered, due to lack of knowledge but the only reason these might sometimes work, is purely because the dog fears the consequences of not doing what the owner asks (e.g. shouting, hitting, using shock collars, etc...); not the best way to create a strong bond between you and your dog!

More and more trainers are now trying very hard to educate people and show then that positive reinforcement is the right way! Hopefully things will start to change in the not too distant future.

Where Do You Train?

We offer our dog training classes within easy distances of Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough, Market Harborough, Desborough, Rothwell, Rushden, Rushdon, Higham Ferrers, Burton Latimer & Irthlingborough. We even provide one-2-ones in the comfort of your own home, travelling accross Northamptonshire and South Leicestershire to provide you with a tailoured session to suit your needs.

Helping a Dog Cope with Strangers

Helping a Dog Cope Better with Strangers

Why We Were Contacted?

Joanne contacted us to see whether we could help Luna, her miniature one-year-old Labradoodle to cope better with strangers in and outside the home. Luna started taking a dislike to strangers for no apparent reason, and this is sometimes the case. Luna sometimes barks at people and in the home would run away from them. It was Joanne’s priority to make Luna happier with strangers. Apart form that, she is a wonderful little girl.

Training to Become a PAT Dog

Training to Become a PAT Dog

Why We Were Contacted?

Ken contacted us for a one 2 one with 18 months old Golden Retriever Daisy, in order to work through the requirements of becoming a PAT (Pet As Therapy), so she would be able to pass her assessment and become a lovely working dog. I had worked with Daisy when she was a puppy also on a one 2 one basis at Ken & Tina’s home where we taught her all the basics, using clicker training, so this visit was more of a refresher and making sure that she was capable of doing what was required

Building the Confidence of Your Rescue Dog

How to Build Up Confidence of a Rescue Dog

Why We Were Contacted?

Maria contacted us for a one 2 one session in order to help her with her two year old rescue Yorkshire Terrier, Esme. This poor little girl had not had the best of starts in life, as she was used for breeding on a puppy farm. Luckily for her, Maria rescued her and she is now a very happy little girl, with just a few issues to work on due to her past life.
 

How We Helped

Training an Adopted Dog

Training an Adopted Dog

Why We Were Contacted?

Stephanie contacted us for a one 2 one session, after she recently adopted Benji, a three year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Benji’s previous owners had spoilt him a little bit too much and he never learnt to work to earn a reinforcer (reward). He is a very laid back little guy with a fantastic temperament. Stephanie just wanted him to be a happy chap but with a couple of basics, especially a solid recall, so she could let him off the lead in the future. 

Teaching a Dog Good Manners

How to teach a dog good manners

Why We Were Contacted?

Hayley contacted is us originally to enrol her 5 months old Cockapoo Amber into our Junior/Adult Beginners course, but due to work commitment, it would have been quite difficult for her to attend all the sessions, so we decided to go down the route of a one 2 one session. All Hayley wanted was for her dog to have manners and be a well behaved, happy dog.
 

How We Helped

Resolving Lead Pulling and Jumping

How to resolve lead pulling and jumping

Donna contacted us for an initial one 2 one session for Buddy, a beautiful Samoyed aged 12-15 months old, that the family had recently adopted. Buddy was brought in from Ireland with no history. He had a couple of issues that needed to be addressed, such as pulling on the lead, and jumping up. Donna also wanted to also discuss the possibility of enrolling Buddy in TD Rally classes in order for him to burn some energy doing something fun.