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Due to the increasing popularity of our classes, we can no longer accept people just turning up on the day for training classes. As of 18th of January 2014, new clients will have to enrol their dogs onto one of our classes before they can start.
Also we have made changes to both class structure and our aims and objectives, this is due to changes to legislation and the Dangerous Dogs Act. We now offer a Controlled Dog Award rather than a good citizen award (which we feel does not prepare owners for the changes in legislation). This is a three stage progression ending with a final assessment. We have decided that we will now be running classes mid week as requested by many of our clients.
Many people struggle to control their dog because they do not understand that canines need a hierarchical structure with boundaries, rules and limitations, without this structure dogs would not survive in the wild. Dog Whispers bridges the gap between dog and owner and helps people and dogs understand each other.
We now offer more services to the community including one to one workshops, CPR and first aid courses (taught by a veterinary nurse) educational courses (taught by a qualified lecturer) nutritional advice (given by a qualified nutritionist) expert witness and risk assessment for the courts (prepared by a professional psychologist BPS Recognition).
As always, Dog Whispers does not advocate or promote harsh training. We do not trade with any company, groups or individuals who promote harsh training methods or associated products.
Dog Whispers uses a combination of reward-based training with consequences of action for negative behaviour that the dog understands but does not induce fear or stress in the dog. Dog Whispers is headed by a trained dog psychologist and retired search and rescue dog trainer/handler.
The Dog Whispers team is encouraged to strive for and achieve academic qualifications, our team consists of graduates and undergraduates. When considering a trainer or behaviourist you need to ask what qualifications they have and what type of insurance they have. However, the best measure by far is to simply ask the trainer/behaviourist to see their own dogs and see for yourself how well behaved they are and how much control the handler has. Any trainer that refuses to let you see their dog/s should be avoided at all costs.
Dog Whispers' aim is to help as many dogs and owners as possible for very competitive rates that are manageable for the owner.
In our first ten years, Dog Whispers specialised in helping rescued dogs of all ages, breed and temperament to fit in with their new owners and surroundings. In that time we have helped over 3,000 dogs overcome problems from a lack of confidence to dog on dog aggression, dog on human aggression and severe canine separation anxiety. We also offer our services to local rescue centres helping dogs in extreme circumstances and possibly facing euthanasia. In the last six years we have saved the lives of over sixty dogs by helping with behaviour problems and re-homing.
A great deal of people ask what the difference is between a dog trainer and a dog psychologist and how they will know which one they need. This is easy, ask yourself 'Am I the leader of my pack?' Look at the checklist below to help you:
If you answer 'no' to any of the above, your dog has leadership issues. If you answer 'no' to all, don't panic - all is not lost. With problems such as these you need a dog psychologist, not a dog trainer.