Obedience Training

Many owners become exasperated with their dogs simply because they are unable to enjoy a stroll through the park or to the shops without being dragged by their dog from lamp post to grass verge etc. This is usually due to the lack of knowledge or experience on the part of the owner. Incorrect or inconsistent application of handling equipment, verbal commands and corrections will often cause confusion in the dog and can lead to resentment  -  on both sides! At this point, many owners just give up.

Teaching your dog the basic disciplines of walking to heel on the lead and sitting when you stop is the first step to a relationship that  -  true to the laws of canine nature  -  must be based upon respect as well as affection. Once the ground rules have been established together with a line of communication, dog and owner can enjoy periods of exercise and companionship without the constant fight and nagging.

Instruction in domestic obedience may be taken as residential courses or as private tuition as detailed below.

Private Tuition 

Unlike group classes, private lessons in basic obedience ensure that the Karenswood Instructor is able to give just one owner and dog their full attention for the whole duration of the session.

In addition to learning basic dog handling techniques, the owner is encouraged to observe and understand their dog throughout the lesson. This often leads to the realisation that what appears obvious to human beings, does not always appear quite so obvious to the dog! It is for this reason that we must try to think like a dog and to understand the individual psyche of our canine friend.

Many owners discover that once they have received some training in “communicating” with their dog, they are able to advance their dog quite quickly between lessons  -  remembering always that consistency is key!

Private Lessons last forty five minutes and are by appointment only.

Residential Training

Obedience Part One:

We require to keep your dog for twenty eight days. At the end of this period the minimum standard we would expect from your dog is described below:

  • To walk at heel on or off the lead
  • To sit immediately that you stop and go down on command
  • To stand and stay…  sit and stay… go down and stay and remain in any of these positions with or without the handler in sight

  • To respond to the recall and the command “Leave”

Upon completion of the course, you may attend the kennels by appointment for a course of three lessons which will be given entirely free of charge.

Obedience Part Two:

A daily training charge for those who require training for their dog to be combined with a period of necessary boarding. Further, it serves as a refresher course for those dogs who have already received training.

Owners of dogs that receive a minimum of 14 consecutive days training will be entitled to attend the kennels for two lessons in dog handling which will be given entirely free of charge.

Obedience Part Three:

We require to keep your dog for twenty one days. At the end of this period the minimum standard we would expect from your dog is described below:

  • To walk at heel on the lead
  • To sit immediately that you stop and go down on command
  • To stand and stay…  sit and stay… go down and stay and remain in any of these positions with or without the handler in sight

Upon completion of the course, you may attend the kennels by appointment for a lesson in dog handling which will be given entirely free of charge.