Whilst I am one of the trainers from the first TV series of Dog Borstal, you and your dog won’t be staying in tents if you come! Residential training is not an option to be taken lightly, it’s still up to you to do some of the work. Read about our private training options.
Sadly Dog Borstal is long gone, after several series TV moves on. Training with your dog intensively though, remains a great option.
It is true that residential training can have a bad name. many companies offer it and say they are doing behaviour training, but actually just do obedience in a sterile field, with the same dogs and people around. People are understandably impressed when they collect a dog behaving beautifully in the field, take it home and it is exactly the same when people come to the door or they go for a real walk. This version may improve obedience, but it isn’t behaviour training and it won’t solve a problem. Residential work isn’t a get out for lazy owners either. Unless you have a proper handover of several hours at least, you will not be able to play your part in the cure. You are part of the reason there is a problem, so you are part of the cure.
Your dog needs to be somewhere where there is a real life situation. With someone competent and safe. Training isn’t just about walking round a field or even down the road, it is about visitors, other dogs and manners.
Read about one of the dogs we trained residentially several years ago, a very difficult GSD/Rottie cross called Leo. Read Leo’s Story here These are some of the many owners who have kept in touch.
Leo has a new companion, a lovely GSD girl and I was lucky enough to be able
to visit him in 2011. He is 11 now, a little grey around the face an a bit slower these days, but it was so wonderful to see the life we all gave him. His tail was so badly chewed, it was almost amputated, thankfully he found me before that happened. Leo’s owners would be happy to talk to you about their experiences, I recently gave them some tips for his new girlfriend.
There are plenty of other cases there, livestock chasing, aggression, general problems, this is a more recent one and interesting as it is a Dalmatian with some serious mental problems. Read George’s story here Again I was lucky enough to visit George after his move to Scotland and although it’s fair to say he doesn’t like me, he lives a great life and has an amazing owner.
Our current versions of help vary from a home visit to collecting your dog for a day to having your dog stay with us for a week. Mostly we do this in London and home counties, but as we travel a lot along the M4 we will consider other areas too. Our work is very much in real life, although your dog may have to be kennelled, training means out and about. Your job is to come and do a day at the end.
If you want to come and do some one to one work, our 3 day option is best. We do these often at a holiday centre in South Wales as there are dogs, livestock, people and lovely walks. You can do some options for three days with your dog or a week or two without, with a day training at the end for you.
It won’t be a Dog Borstal tent although some places do have campsites!
We don’t use shock or prong products, we do use body language, games and sometimes homeopathic back up treatments.
Maybe you prefer a few hours in your home, maybe you would like us to take your dog for a day or two and train you at the end?
As someone whose 4 dogs live indoors and sleep in my room with 7 cats, I know how important a loving, affectionate relationship is and good training should not mean you can’t have that too.
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