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Trainer in Newcastle area

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purplepansy Thu 18-Oct-12 20:50:06

Can anyone recommend a trainer in the Newcastle area? My dogs are ex rescues and are generally well behaved, and pretty good at some commands eg sit, bed, leave it etc. Off the lead they will recall quite reliably but walking to heel falls by the wayside as soon as there is another dog to say hello to, and trying to teach stay is useless - they just follow me. Any recommendations? Or advice on methods to DIY it?

AussieMam Thu 18-Oct-12 23:29:25

Try Cat Clark at Dogradical. She's based in Chester le Street and is very much a positive reinforcement trainer.

AussieMam Thu 18-Oct-12 23:32:34

Will they do a stay in the house with no distractions? Do they get free access to other dogs to pay with? A good way to do it is to teach a go see command so the dogs know that they can go and play but on your terms not theirs.

purplepansy Fri 19-Oct-12 17:21:23

Thanks for the recommendation. They will kind of do a stay in the house! One recently got attacked by another dog so we're a bit wary of letting them play with other dogs now - they have never attacked another dog, but I don't want them getting hurt again.

AussieMam Fri 19-Oct-12 18:04:01

Work on the stays individually in the house with no distractions first. Once they've nailed that slowly add in distractions ( have oh walk around, run past them, bounce a ball, put out their dinner etcetc). Keep upping the distraction level and if they get it right. If a distraction is too much and they get it wrong twice go back a level so they get it right again. My dogs don't play with other dogs apart from a Select few that they know.

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