Dog School Leicestershire (Dogs Trust)
Palace Community Centre
- Puppy, Rescue & Adult Dog Classes
- Basic skills they need for everyday life
- Max of 4 to 6 dogs depending on class
- Fun, friendly & personal
- Helping prevent problem behaviours
- Tuesday (50 mins) 12:15, 13:15 & 14:15
Dogs Trust Dog School Leicestershire
Puppy Classes and Adult Dog Classes in Ibstock, Leicestershire
Welcome to Dog School Leicestershire! Our experienced and dedicated team are here to help you build and develop a trusting, long-lasting bond with your dog by developing your understanding of how dogs communicate and learn. Using fun and effective reward-based methods, we will show you how to teach your dog the skills needed to cope with the demands of everyday life.
We offer classes for puppy, adult and rescue dogs as well as one to one training to help with common problems such as pulling on the lead, jumping up and recall. We pride ourselves on being approachable and empathetic, and providing a relaxed and supportive learning environment for owners and dogs.
Understanding and appreciating the behaviour of dogs underlies everything we do at Dogs Trust. As every dog lover knows, each dog is a unique individual, with their own quirks, delights and challenges! Behaviours develop through a combination of multiple elements including breed, individual personality, medical issues and prior experiences. So understanding why an individual dog develops a problem behaviour can be like a detective mystery - identifying all the different elements which tell his or her story.
In our re-homing centres we are committed to caring for and rehabilitating dogs which have behaviour problems. And in Dogs Trust Dog School our mission is to work with owners to prevent problems from developing in the first place!
Pet dogs don't need to be obedience champions, dance to music or speed around an agility course. Of course, these activities can be great fun and something to aspire to, but most owners need their dog to sit when asked, walk calmly on a loose lead, come back when called on a walk, and settle down when they stop to natter to their neighbour or have a pint in the pub! And they want their dog to do these things even when there are tempting picnics around, kids running about playing football, or other dogs walking past.
The training we do at Dogs Trust is based on teaching the basic behaviours that dogs and owners need day to day in a domestic life. Whether we are working with dogs in our adoption centres and preparing them to go to their forever homes, or teaching owners in Dog School classes, we are focused on doing a thorough job of training the basics!
The other important principle of training at Dogs Trust is that we use reward-based methods to train all our dogs. Research has shown that using reward based methods are effective, and less likely to be associated with problem behaviours. This approach also means that dogs have better welfare, enjoy their training and form a better bond with owners or carers - so why would we do anything else?
Meet the team:
Ciara completed her Master’s degree in Zoology at Bristol University, where her dissertation focused on dog-human relationships and canine play. Since then she has worked as a CC2 Trainer at Dogs Trust Loughborough, running an enrichment programme and leading volunteer training. She’s excited about teaching creative ways to provide physical and mental stimulation, and improving owners’ relationships with their dogs.
At home, Ciara has a cheeky German Spitz called Mylo. When he isn’t demanding fuss you might find her sewing, or playing with her three chinchillas.
Anna graduated from The University of Lincoln with a degree in Animal Behaviour and has just completed a Masters in Clinical Animal Behaviour. She previously worked in the Dogs Trust rehoming helping look after their residents. More recently she has worked for Dogs School East Midlands helping teach the classes there for 2 years, working closely with her team to insure owners get the best out of their dogs. Anna enjoys getting involved in some of the different aspects of training and particularly enjoys seeing the bond between a dog and their owner develop throughout a course. She loves all dogs but particularly enjoys teaching cheeky terriers and the challenges they bring.
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