I've been interested in how quickly Friday rolls around each week - and I've decided that if this trend continues I need another 24 hours in a week please! ;)
My job is rich with interest and passion, but poor on time to plan expansion in order to help more owners discover how to get the best from their beloved dogs.
Fortunately I have a great team of people surrounding me and they've been asking me some good questions. The sort of things that really prompt me to drill down and work out how to make the most of the limited time I have available.
So from the beginning of April I will no longer be available for 1-2-1 appointments, but have come up with another way to assist those people looking for more private training.
Previously, if you had a young dog who hadn't attended formal training or a rescue dog that you'd welcomed into your home, we would have asked you to see me for a 1-2-1 assessment in order that I could place you in the most appropriate class.
Some dogs struggle in a group session, particularly if they haven't had any formal training before, and heading straight into a course isn't always the best option. Doing so can result in the need for ear defenders which doesn't foster the Daybreak enthusiasm for training in you!
So instead of a private session, we will now be holding assessment classes that will guide you in the following ways:
- Your dog is confident in the group assessment and continues into one of our regular group classes - Youngsters, KCGC Bronze or Foundation Agility
- Your dog is over-aroused and excited in the group assessment, so we advise joining us for one our new 4-week specialist training courses
- Your dog is fearful or worried and would benefit from the help of our behaviourist friend Rosie Bescoby of Pet Sense. After a veterinary referral she can visit you at home for further help which can usually be claimed back on your pet insurance policy.
We will cover the topics that people have regularly sought help for in 1-2-1 training:
- The dog who's a 'bit of a handful'
- Dogs who are reactive (barky, anxious, lunge forward) around other dogs
- Adolescent dogs over 5 months of age who haven't done any formal training
- Rescue dogs settling into their new homes
- Over-excited, barky dogs who find regular group classes too exciting!
- Jumping up on family/ visitors/ people out on walks
- Loose lead walking in the real world, not just in the training hall
- Recalling away from distractions such as other dogs/ people/ wildlife etc.
The groups will have a maximum of 4 dogs and handlers in each session and will take place both at our indoor training hall in Clevedon and our outdoor training venues in Nailsea/ Kingston Seymour. We expect that people are likely to start in the indoor sessions and then move to the great outdoors as their training progresses.
Nicola and I have been busy creating the plans for these new courses and we can't wait to share them with you all. But we're a bit stuck on names and we are hoping you might be able to help us? We need 3 in total:
- Initial assessment
- Indoor training sessions
- Outdoor training sessions
We'll take suggestions up to the end of Friday 25th March and if we use your idea we'll send you a £10.00 voucher code that you can use against any of our courses or products as a thank you. Can't wait to hear what you come up with :)