Is it too late to train an older dog?

It is never too late to train your dog, whatever their age.

Whether you have rehomed an adult rescue dog or your puppy is a little bit older and now going through adolescence, some form of adult dog training, be it classes or private lessons, can really benefit both you and your dog.

If you have recently taken on a rescue dog, it can be very beneficial to attend adult dog training classes.  Even if your newly acquired pet does seem to have a good knowledge of basic commands, classes can be a great way for you to develop a good bond with each other.  Training courses also have the benefits of being able to provide dogs with socialization opportunities and they can learn new skills, which they missed out on learning as puppies.  We can also help you to get rid of those unwanted habits such as jumping up at people.

Some of the main training issues we deal with are dogs not behaving when out on a walk, e.g. not returning to their owners when called (particularly if they are distracted), dogs that pull on the lead, and dogs that jump up or chase joggers and cyclists.  CK9 Training runs adult dog training walks in Nonsuch Park, Surrey once a month, which give owners a perfect opportunity to practice their training in a real-life situation under the supervision of two experienced dog trainers.  We also hold workshops that deal specifically with one type of problem, i.e. recall or lead walking.  These are suitable for dogs aged six months and older.

Group classes do not suit every dog.  Some may be fearful or reactive towards other dogs.  Private lessons or a behavior consultation would then be recommended in the first instance.

Please feel free to contact us on 07739 815 265 or email us to find out about any of our adult dog training services that we offer.

The Benefits of Dog Training Obedience Classes

Dog obedience classes are the most popular way to train your dog.  You may have read books, looked online and watched television programs on dog obedience training, but there is nothing as invaluable as taking your dog to a training class and learning from a professional and qualified dog trainer.

A well-trained dog is a joy to live with.  However, dogs are not born with a manual on how to live with humans or with an understanding of the human language.  Whatever age you acquire a dog, there can be training issues that you may need help with.  For instance, puppies will playbite, toilet on your favourite rug, chew furniture and run off with things you do not want them to have.  Adult dogs if untrained, can have a number of annoying habits such as jumping up at people, stealing food, not coming back when called, chasing joggers or cyclists and pulling on the lead.

There are a number of benefits to attending dog obedience training classes.  We educate owners on how to train their dogs.  It does not matter whether you are a novice or experienced dog owner, all are welcome to attend classes including children.  Whatever your dog’s age, we can teach you a range of useful commands you will need in everyday life – a good recall, how to get your dog walking nicely on a loose lead without pulling, a solid stay, asking your dog to leave other dogs or people, to drop items you do not want them to have are all included in our courses.  We will also cover how to deal with unwanted behaviours such as playbiting, jumping up at people and chewing your furniture or carpets.

Coming along to dog obedience classes can also be a great way for you and your dog to meet new friends!  Dogs get to socialize with one another, whilst owners get to chat to other dog owners and a professional dog trainer who will help with any problems they may be having.

When you are trying to find a good dog obedience training school, always ask around for recommendations.  Unfortunately, this industry is very unregulated, therefore anyone can set up and call themselves a dog trainer.  Always check someone’s experience and credentials first.

Before signing up to a dog obedience class, go and observe a lesson first to check that you would be happy taking your dog there.  Ensure the dogs and their owners look happy and relaxed.

Check that only reward-based methods are used during the classes.  Punitive methods such as choke chains and shouting or throwing things at the dog should not be allowed, however, a number of traditional dog trainers unfortunately still use these outdated methods.

CK9 Training’s group classes keep class numbers small to ensure everyone receives attention and dogs remain happy and stress-free.  The trainers have a number of qualifications and always keep up to date with new research, attending lectures and seminars with internationally renowned dog trainers and behaviourists.  We only ever use reward-based methods so you can be sure that we will not cause any harm or pain to your dog.  We also encourage the whole family to attend our dog obedience classes, as it is important that everyone within the household learns how to train the dog.

CK9 Training holds dog obedience training classes at a number of different venues across Surrey including Croydon, Epsom, Ewell and Oxted.  For more information on our obedience classes or any other service we offer, please do not hesitate to contact us on 07739 815 265 or through our Contact Email page.