Join a good dog training school !

When you get your puppy you will need to teach it right from wrong e.g, not to eat your furniture, where to go to do its business etc. The dog will need to know its boundaries and its place within your home as well as learning how to walk nicely on a loose lead, not jumping up at people, how to play properly with other dogs and to come back when you call.

You are aiming to teach your dog how to be a civilised “person” in today’s modern society! Dogs learn through kindness, consistency and repetition Training techniques must reflect well researched non-aversive methods that will help dog and owner develop an understanding of each other’s needs.

Dog owners should not be tricked by television programmes into thinking that there is a ‘quick fix’ for every perceived dog behaviour problem - these techniques do not work.

The thing is dogs don't speak English; we have to teach them this. They don't abide by the same social rules as we do, don't communicate in the same way we do, and don't come with remote controls or programs like a computer.

The more you put into your dog the more you get out of it. To teach and train your dog will reap huge benefits – this beautiful creature is part of your family and you want and need to build a relationship together.

What do you need to look for in a good dog training school?

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  • Recommendations from your vet, pet shop and friends are ideal.
  • Is the school listed with the Kennel Club?
  • Call the school and talk to the trainers – ask what methods they use – is it positive, reward based training based on scientific learning principles - or is it still the “check chain” old-fashioned type of training?
  • Is the class venue suitable?
  • Are there separate classes for different ages?
  • Is there flexibility for you to catch up if you miss some sessions?
  • How many pupils will there be in a class?

An owner’s responsibilty to their dog :

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  • Puppies need to be socialised properly – puppy parties are not socialising as they can be a recipe for disaster. Pups need to learn how to behave around other dogs and not play or beat other pups up all of the time. This can lead to a dog being so dog focused it will not pay you any attention.
  • You need to find a good dog school that uses positive motivational techniques and not check chains, pinch- collars, sprays water at the pups or throws rattle cans at them.
  • Don’t listen to everything that people tell you! Good dog trainers use up to date and modern techniques. The old fashioned methods were based on laboratory experiments on rats.
  • Set your dog boundaries and be realistic with your expectations.
  • Do be consistent with your training – dogs learn by repetition and kindness.
  • Remember that dogs are sentient beings with emotions but they do not misbehave out of spite! Only humans behave like that!!
  • Think about how you would feel if you were on the other end of your lead – would your dog jerk you about, speak to you in a strange language and expect you to know what he wanted?
  • Do no harm!

Tip Top Training for you and your dog

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  • At Tip Top Dog School we care about you and your dog and we treat the individuals on both ends of the lead with respect, empathy and kindness.
  • We use positive, motivational training methods based on scientific learning principles.
  • We will teach you exercises required at various levels of the Kennel Club Good Citizen’s Dog Scheme with emphasis on responsible dog ownership and enhancement of the human canine relationship – you will learn a lot but you and your dog will have fun too! Dog training should never be boring for either of you! Dogs are good for us – we aim to make people’s life with dogs good for both the people and the dogs.
  • Our training venues are a short travel distance from Belsize Park, East Finchley, Finchley, Palmers Green, Golders Green, Hampstead, Hampstead Garden Suburb, Hendon, Maida Vale, Primrose Hill, St Johns Wood and West Hampstead.

Contact Tip Top today to discuss your dog's training requirements:

Phone: Barbara 07831 165 876 or Sue 07850 843 754

Pet Professional Guild
Academy of Dog Training and Behaviour

We are fully insured, Kennel Club listed, members of the Pet Professional Guild, and CRB checked

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