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Is it too late to train my dog?

There’s no denying that it’s best to get residential dog training when your dog is still young. But, while most people believe that once you’ve missed this window, that’s it, we’re here to inform you that this is not the case! Don’t give up just yet, as a dog can learn at any stage of its life.

Benefits of dog training

Whatever the age of your dog, there are always benefits to training. You can establish trust and respect, growing the bond between you and your pet. It may also result in your dog being easier and more enjoyable to live with. While untrained dogs may come across as though they don’t care, well-trained pets tend to be healthier and happier, which is always important.

Socialising an older dog

Your protection dog needs to become socialised so they feel confident around other animals and people. This is much easier at a young age, so if you’ve got an older dog, you will have to work hard, so residential training is often the best way to go. Trainers are experts at dealing with dogs who are afraid or aggressive with people and will help your dog become exposed to people safely and gently.

When it comes to other dogs, taking your dog to dog-friendly places with lots of free space can be beneficial. Treats and practising obedience when other dogs are nearby is usually a good trick. No matter how old our dog may be, it’ll always understand the benefits of a treat!

Modifying behaviour in an older dog

Modifying an older dog’s behaviour is different from a puppy, as it involves more than simply saying no. It’s all about interrupting unwanted behaviour and instead, making this unpleasant for your dog. When your dog no longer wants to do this action, they can be then taught to do something more beneficial instead. For this to be successful in the long term, this has to be something good for the dog so they’ll want to stick with it.

For help with training your dog, contact our friendly and professional team at Total K9 ®.

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Four tips to make your dog less anxious

Like humans, dogs can feel anxious. It might be because you’ve picked your dog up from an adoption centre and now you’re trying to figure each other out. Or maybe there’s something in the home that’s causing your dog to feel anxious. Along with enrolling your dog onto our residential dog training boot camp, there are some tips you can follow. What can you do to help your beloved pet? Read on to find out. Continue reading

Our guide to dog training bootcamps

Does your dog need to attend a dog training bootcamp? Would your dog benefit from regular training in an intensive environment?

Some dogs require more training than others and might find it hard to settle down around other dogs or people. Taking a dog out of their comfort zone and away from their owners might be the Continue reading

Can expert training make dogs happier?

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Yet one of the biggest questions that owners ask is, how can I be sure my dog is happy? Continue reading

Top 4 reasons why you should consider residential dog training

As a dog owner, it is important to tackle any dog training problems as soon as you notice them. This will avert a situation where they become life-long problems for you and your canine friend. Some dog training facilities don’t require the owner’s presence during dog training. However, if you have the time, you could consider staying with your canine friend in a Continue reading

How to diagnose – and resolve – behavioural issues

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How to get the best from positive reinforcement

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Our dog training methods

Here at TOTAL K9 ® LTD, we believe that every dog is genuinely unique and deserves the absolute best care. We provide a wide range of dog training services and packages for family pets as well as working dogs. We tailor our service to every dog’s specific needs and requirements. We cover the whole of the UK, so no matter where you live, you will be able to access our dog training services near you. If you choose one of our residential dog training packages, then we even offer a collection and delivery service, giving you complete peace of mind and seamless care.

Our dog training methods

We use several methods to train dogs Continue reading

Which are the easiest dog breeds to train?

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A well-trained dog is a happy dog.

A well-trained dog is a happy dog.

Dogs are social animals that respond well to an authoritative owner who has put the effort into showing a dog what their role is and when and where they are expected to perform it.

When attending dog training classes, a dog will learn obedience to their owner, but dogs are intelligent animals and enjoy having Continue reading

Training your dog to be a great companion

A dog can be a person’s best friend or its worst nightmare, and it all comes down to how well behaved your canine pet is. Regardless of the breed, the age or the gender, to truly enjoy the company of your dog you should take time to Continue reading

Are guard dogs a good way to keep your property safe?

Dogs have been the man’s best friend for thousands of years, the friendship going back the times man first domesticated beasts and to this day, dogs are still the most loyal animals around. Nowadays dogs are mostly pet companions but they are still used in other parts of the world as protection dogs by shepherds.

As many of us know there are many types of dogs, from small ones that are very energetic to the big ones that remind us they are the cousins of the still untainted wolf, so it may not be a surprise that the big ones are still Continue reading

Russia Unveils Dog Armour

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The terrorist attacks that took place in Paris last month have led to many people, organisations and countries considering how they can Continue reading

German Shepherds Ranked As Best Personal Protection Dogs

German shepherds have topped a ranking of the most popular personal protection dogs. Analysis from animal research firm Pet Breeds revealed the canines, which are often used for search and rescue operations, are highly sought after due to their obedience, fierce bite and trainability.

The analysis was based on Animal Planet data and the 2014 American Kennel Club Popularity Rankings. The final list had 29 breeds Continue reading

Genome Engineering Creates Extra-Muscular Beagles

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Researchers at the Key Laboratory of Regenerative Biology at the Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health say they now intend to create dogs that have other DNA mutations, such as those that copy human diseases like muscular dystrophy and Parkinson’s, the MIT Technology Review reports.

They believe they are the first to use gene editing in order to Continue reading

Top Breeds For Guard Dogs

Traditionally, you may be envisaging a German shepherd, which are well known for their strength and intelligence. In fact German shepherds are increasingly used as guide dogs due to their intellect and obedience. Continue reading

Top 3 Most Fearless Guard Dogs

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