Welcome To Cosford Dog Training
There is no magic to dog training, but there are very few highly knowledgeable and experienced trainers offering their services to you and your dog and an awful lot who know the basics, often very little more than you know yourself, but are prepared to take your money and give it a go.
At Cosford Dog Training you get good technical training supported by homework and written training material, providing you and your dog with a positive training experience. The training is delivered in a professional, but not a military manner. You will learn both technique and the theory behind it that leads to success.
Success does not happen by accident. It comes about by combining knowledge, skill and hard work. I will provide this level of commitment to you and your dog, but I expect the same level of commitment.
Whilst it is hard work, my aim is to make the training enjoyable for you and especially for your dog, because you are choosing to attend, Rover isn’t. So let’s make sure he’s happy whilst learning.
Selecting a Trainer
Selecting the correct trainer for you and your dog is extremely important. There is no body that states what qualifications your dog trainer must have, and in the vast majority of cases they have none.
If you want a professional service – go to a bona fide professional trainer, but please ensure you verify the credentials of anyone you employ and ensure those credentials are credible i.e. worth the paper they are written on and true. Would you believe some people exaggerate their qualifications and experience? Claiming to be a dog trainer is very easy, being one certainly isn’t.
When you come to Cosford Dog Training you are employing a trainer with 34 years of professional dog training skill achieved at the highest possible level, coupled with higher level academic qualifications in Canine Behaviour and teaching. You do not get a hobbyist who has gained a little more knowledge than you by reading some behaviour books, or watching Cesar Milan DVDs. Nor do you get someone who has bought into a business franchise and comes equipped with a manual and a shiny van.
Methods & Philosophy
Very few trainers have the depth of experience I offer. I am skilled in many techniques that work extremely effectively, but are progressive and do not rely on punishment. There is always a danger in sticking with old methods when a more modern approach are equally effective and kinder to your dog. Dog training has evolved greatly since I began and whilst modern techniques have a great deal to offer, discarding established, proven techniques is often just as foolish as remaining stuck in the past.
Combining the best of all methods would appear to be the best way to train our dogs. The bigger the toolbox the more likely you’ll be to find the right tool and I’ve been assembling mine for 30 odd years, whilst Cosford Dogs has been refining it’s training courses since 2000.
Some trainers are good at the physical act of training a dog, but lack the depth of knowledge to address the underlying reason for the problem, so it will resurface later, or just take on a different form. Others are extremely adept at identifying the problem, but are not proficient at implementing the solution, leaving you to go elsewhere. Find a trainer with ability and a proven record in both departments. If you are reading this, you have just found one!
I am a member of the City & Guilds Institute of London which equates to Level 7 (Masters) on the national framework
I am the Vice Chairman of the British Police and Services Canine Association and the editor of The Service Dog magazine