Listed below are some of the most common questions I receive about Mindful Paws. If you have any further queries or would like to learn more, please use the Contact Page.
Mindful Paws is based in Farnham, Surrey although many existing clients live further afield including Hampshire and Berkshire. There is 60p charge per mile if you live further than 15 miles from Farnham. Please inquire if you are unsure if this applies to you or use Google Maps to calculate the distance.
Positive training focuses on letting the dog know when they get something right rather than correcting them for when they get it wrong. For example if Fido sits nicely when greeting someone he gets something good like a tasty treat.
Your dog will never be forced to do anything against their will but learns to cooperate with you through choice. This method not only teaches your dog to make the right decisions (behaviour that gets rewarded, gets repeated!) but also strengthens trust and focus.
As much as we would all love to have one training session and resolve the issue entirely, changing dog behaviour is very complex and will take time. Seeing desirable results really depends on the severity of the behaviour, how long the dog has been practising it for and your commitment to your dog’s progress.
For some it can be a few weeks and others months, which is why Rebecca gives clients the tools to become an expert in their own dog and continue their training and management outside of sessions.
Medical and behavioural issues are closely linked. If your dog has an underlying medical condition or injury this could be causing or exacerbating challenging behaviours. After all we don’t feel at our best when we’re ill or in pain. To be fair to your dog Rebecca may ask that you see a vet before any training or assessments take place.
Please click here to read more about my qualifications and experiences. It is really important when it comes to choosing a dog trainer that they are the right fit for you and your dog. As well as hiring a reputable, experienced dog trainer, Mindful Paws guarantees a friendly, fun and ethical service.
In short the answer is “no!”
You might sometimes feel that your dog is a lost cause and nothing is going to make them behave in the way that you would like. It is true that some dogs are easier to train than others due to genetics, personality and previous learning experiences – but no dog is untrainable! A big part of dog training is ensuring you manage your dog and their environment to prevent them practicing unwanted behaviours.
Mindful Paws will work with you to help overcome difficulties you are experiencing with your dog as well as empowering you to become your own dog’s trainer!