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The Pros and Cons of residential dog training

Posted on June 12, 2016 at 2:25 PM

We are often asked about the pros and cons of residential training, so we have made this list to help answer your questions. 




Professionals on hand full time

As we train dogs all day, every day, we are extremely experienced and in tune with dogs and able to react to the slightest signals with precision timing, something which may take a long time for non-professional handlers to develop an eye for.


Intensive training

With residential dog training, dogs are intensively trained daily, meaning that there is real quality time being spent on any issues or behaviour being trained. Training classes and 1-2-1 have their place for certain scenarios, but many aspects of training and behaviour modification simply need time, which means good progress cannot be made in one hour, once per week for example. Most owners lead busy lives, with work of family life often limiting time which can be spent training.


Behaviour can be dealt with while owner away on holiday/dog is usually boarded

If a dog is being boarded while the owners are on holiday, owners can instead opt for residential dog training as a board-and-train instead. Instead of spending all day in a kennel, dogs will be physically and mentally stimulated throughout the day learning new behaviours and working on any undesirable ones. We also have dogs in our home.


Restoring owner confidence

Often owners will lose their confidence with their dogs, which can make training and walking their dog stressful times. With issues like reactivity and recall, owner's nerves/frustration can make an already difficult situation worse. Anxiety can be transmitted down the lead or through their voice. When the issues are solved, owners often find they have much more confidence to continue the training, feeling they have a lot more control.





Dog switches back to old routine- unwanted behaviours return

If a dog is put straight back into an old routine, without upkeep of rules set while away on residential training, it is possible that the dog can get back into the old routine of behaviours, or unwanted behaviour can gradually return. How quickly this happens is really down to the dog, but we make sure we give our clients a quality handover, so they are aware of what continuation work they will need to do to keep the behaviour they want to see, and keep in touch by telephone and/or email in order to deal with any issues which may arise.



Though we are very competitive in our rates, due to the time and work involved in residential training, the cost can be prohibitive for some clients.


Owner separation anxiety

Residential dog training means your dog will be staying with us for the duration of his training, which can be very difficult for owners being without their family member for a length of time. We keep in touch with regular updates via messages, photos and videos to try to combat this.

Find out more about our residential dog training, or find out more about our other training options

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