At The Family Dog, our aim is to help you to develop your dog’s natural behaviour so that he can become an even better family pet. We believe that much of the pleasure of owning a dog comes from sharing in its natural enthusiasm for life and that on many occasions dogs should be allowed just to be dogs. However in order for dogs to live happily with their families, we do need to teach them how to behave appropriately in all situations. We will help you to train your dog to be calm and well-behaved when necessary whilst still allowing him the freedom to let off steam regularly.
We offer group lessons for puppies and adult dogs, 1-to-1 training, home visits, behaviour consultations, fun agility and rally. Group classes take place in Redbourn, Hertfordshire. 1-to-1 sessions either take place at your home, or at our centre in Redbourn or in a local park, depending on your needs. At our training centre you can take advantage of our secure paddock, which is perfect for letting dogs off the lead safely during training.
Dogs learn best when they are relaxed and having fun therefore all our training is done using positive, motivational training methods. With this in mind, we use a range of rewards including food, toys and verbal praise to encourage dogs and to reward them when they offer the right behaviour. We do not use any methods involving punishment or harsh handling. We want dogs to enjoy their training!
Our objective is that both dogs and owners will look forward to their training and that everything learnt should be useful when you leave the training class. We will help you help your dog to know how to behave appropriately whether you are at home, out walking or even in the pub. In essence, we will teach you the skills to give you the confidence that your dog will be relaxed and in control in any situation.
We travel for home visits, dog training, puppy training and behaviour consultations in Hertfordshire & Bedfordshire, including Redbourn, Harpenden, St. Albans, Hemel Hempstead, Luton, Dunstable, Berkhamsted, Watford, Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City. Group lessons take place in Redbourn, Hertfordshire.
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" Dogs learn best when they are relaxed and having fun therefore all my training is done using positive, motivational training methods."
Owner of The Family Dog