IntroductionDogs don't know the difference between right and wrong. They learn from the consequences of their everyday experiences, whether they be good or bad. We usually play a major role in providing those experiences and consequences. We often forget to teach them what we want them to do and instead punish them for doing the wrong thing. I know many trainers who base their whole training ethos around this. Investing a bit of effort in understanding and teaching your dog as opposed to whacking it for getting something wrong isn't always easy, but will always pay dividends and develop a stronger relationship with a well behaved, well trained and happy dog. Few owners need or want an obedience champion. But having a well behaved, well socialised and responsive dog is one of life's great pleasures and a source of pride. Owners that take a pride in their dog generally take responsibility for all aspects of their dog's lives, keeping them healthy and safe. Training plays an important part in achieving both. Training keeps both you and your dog fit, physically and mentally. Ever heard the phrase, the devil makes work for idle hands? Well believe me the same goes just as well for idle paws. Dogs lacking in mental stimulation are often the ones that get into mischief. The dog rescue centres are full of dogs that had they been given some training and the accompanying mental stimulation that goes with it, would be asleep at home in front of the fire now, dreaming of a lifelong relationship with their families. Start your new puppy on the right path with one of our puppy packs. Having taken the trouble to seek out the right puppy for your family, remember you will be sharing your life with the little fellow for the next 10 to 15 years. Give your puppy the best start by investing in one of our Puppy Packs. The service can start with helping you select the right puppy from the litter, whilst most breeders are careful to place a puppy in the right family, often the sight of a little bundle of fur lets your judgement go out of the window and the lively little chap you think you want will spend the next few years running you ragged. A quieter litter mate might be more appropriate. Usually the service will begin with a discussion to help you prepare for your new arrival, followed by a home visit to set you on the right path, regarding caring for puppy and important things such as toilet training.
One To One TrainingOne to one training can be undertaken at Cosford Dog Training or in your home environment. If you are unable to attend the training class due to lack of transport or unusual work patterns training sessions can be arranged at your own home or in the area where you usually exercise your dog. One to one training sessions generally last for about an hour, unless the specific problem requires longer or shorter sessions. All aspects of basic obedience training can be undertaken during one to one sessions or specific problem areas, such as pulling on the lead or poor recall can be addressed. If you have ever felt embarrassed or awkward when dealing with your less than perfect dog in a class situation these sessions allow you to deal with problem in a one to one, professionally coached situation. This invariably results in you learning more quickly and consequently getting a better response from your dog. Ideally, this is used as a stepping stone to get you and your dog integrated into one of the regular group training classes. If you have any concerns or questions to ask feel free to phone and discuss your dog's particular needs. Dog training is not a one size fits all solution for every dog or indeed dog owner. I am quite prepared to tailor the training program to the needs of you and your dog.
Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme CoursesBasic training is primarily geared to the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Awards. We have been running these awards for 18 years now from the Puppy Foundation awards through to the Gold award. Cosford Dog Training is the only dog training school in the area that offers all levels of the scheme. We do take clients from other training schools who wish to progress, but we always give our own former clients priority on courses. For info on the KCGCDS Scheme follow http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/2543 The KCGCDS is an ideal introduction to basic dog training and building a strong relationship with your dog. Courses can be done to achieve a good basic standard or used as a stepping stone into many other aspects of dog training. There are separate courses for Puppy Foundation, Bronze, Silver and Gold. You all start and finish together to develop team spirit and benefit from mutual support and encouragement.
Dog Warden TrainingCosford Dog Training offers bespoke 3-Day training courses for Dog Wardens. Course content includes amongst other subjects: Canine Aggression Awareness and Assessment. Practical Dog Control skills Use of Safety Equipment Instruction in Canine Related Legislation Conflict Resolution Evidence Gathering and Presentation
Dog Safety CoursesCosford Dog Training runs bespoke 1-day or 2-day dog safety training packages for workers who are exposed to the risk of contact with potentially aggressive dogs in the course of their working day. These courses take place in the company premises of the client and comprises theory and practical training as appropriate. Please call to discuss the needs of your employees and arrange a training package.
BIPDT Security Handler TrainingCosford Dog Training is an accredited training provider for the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers Security Division. Cosford Dog Training offers a comprehensive training service for security professionals wishing to gain nationally recognised dog handling accreditation with one of the UKs leading organisations. Full training is given leading to Stage 1 and Stage 2 qualifications for handlers and their working dog. Training may be undertaken over a period of 1 week training block or may be undertaken in modules covering 5 separate days. Assessments for BIPDT Stage 1 and Stage 2 Accreditations are conducted by prior appointment with Cosford Dog Training directly or via the BIPDT Security Division. This training and accreditation is for bona fide security professionals only and not available to the general dog owning community. Enquiries are welcome form individual handlers and Security Companies.
BIPDT Security Team AssessmentsCosford Dog Training is an accredited British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers Security Division Assessment Centre. Assessments for BIPDT Stage 1 and Stage 2 Accreditations are conducted by prior appointment with Cosford Dog Training directly or via the BIPDT Security Division. This training and accreditation is for bona fide security professionals only and not available to the general dog owning community. Enquiries are welcome from individual handlers and Security Companies.
Advanced Training for Sporting PurposesIt is very easy to teach a dog to be aggressive and bite. It is equally easy to appear in court having done so. The real skill is in teaching this in a controlled and responsible manner. Such training is not provided until I am satisfied about your ability and commitment, your dog's suitability and that such training is appropriate in your circumstances.
Educational and Training PresentationsTraining presentations and practical demonstrations are available to schools, colleges and other organisations. Such presentations may cover a variety of subjects from the use of Military and Police Dogs, responsible dog ownership, Dog Safety and Dogs in Society presentations. Please phone or e mail to discuss your requirements.
"Introduction to Tracking" presentation for the Irish Water Spaniel Association Summer 2017