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Unfortunately outdated methods entailing harsh training are still very widely offered, due to lack of knowledge but the only reason these might sometimes work, is purely because the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.

Adopting a Puppy Mastiff X

Adopting a puppy Mastiff cross

Heidi contacted us after adopting puppy Pluto (Mastiff X) from Leicester Animal Aid in Huncote, Leicestershire. The staff at the centre had been working with him teaching him some basics behaviours, using clicker training. Despite this, the kennel manager at the centre wanted to make sure that the adoption would be a smooth transition for Pluto, so asked me, in agreement with Heidi, to have a one 2 one session to make sure that progress was being made and to answer any questions Heidi might have.

Teaching Your Dog Recall

Teaching a dog recall

Rebecca contacted us, wanting a one 2 one session, as she was having problems with lovely Max's recall. Max is a four year old Beagle, and he is getting restricted to lead walking, as his mum doesn't trust that he will come back when called, so the whole family can enjoy him off lead, and Max gets to run around and have fun!