Private Training Services for you/your family
and your Puppy/Dog
with *Positive Reinforcement*
Proven gentle training methods based on the psychology
of how dogs think and learn!
How do we provide our Services and what do we provide?
All our services are tailored to you and your dogs specific needs and requirements!
At your home and at your convenience, we will visit you/ your family and your dog for the first session/consult, as this is where all doggy training begins!
You are not required to purchase a block of training sessions, as a set number of sessions are not always appropriate for everyone.
We don't 'just show you what to do' so 'you' can then do all the work to teach your dog! We are working for you, with you, unique to you/your family and dogs needs.
It is important for you and your dog, that you are hands on as much as possible with the learning. Not only to equip you going forward, but essentially, it strengthens the 'pet-owner' relationship and hopefully is enjoyable as well as rewarding for both you and your beloved dog.
However when your time, work, family commitments are a juggle, we will work alone with your puppy/dog, getting one or two sessions of work in initially, handing over periodically so you remain totally in the loop.
Whichever the way, we will set you and your dog up for success!
From pups to older dogs, big or small, we love them all!
Services we offer, at your convenience...
A glimpse on the services we offer (more detailed information below) ...
The basics, such as: Sit, Down, Stay, Wait, Come, This Way, Leave it, Focus, Release/Free! Loose lead walking (without pulling) to Mat training, Crate/Kennel training, Targeting etc...or you may just require your dog to be fluent in particular behaviours such as, Recall and/or Stay.
Undesirable behaviours, such as: Jumping up, pulling on the lead, crossing in front when walking, bursting through door ways, digging, barking at washing trolleys, vacuum cleaners, brooms, wheelie bins, lawn mowers and so on....
Concerning behaviours, such as: Fear reactivity to other dogs, phobias, separation anxiety, second fear imprint (further notes under critical fear imprint) and more..
For our session and pricing information, please see 'further' below.....
How may we be of service?
Does your dog have Unwanted or Concerning Behaviours?
For Simply Love Dogs, a good part of our services is directed in helping to replace undesirable behaviour's that puppies/ dogs are exhibiting, with good ones! Therefore we will address this service first.
At your home and at your convenience, we will visit you/ your family and your dog for the first session/consult. Depending on what behaviour your dog is exhibiting, one or two sessions may be all that is required to replace the unwanted behaviours with good ones!
If it is a behaviour that is more concerning, such as fear reactivity, separation anxiety, it takes more time to address. Together we will formulate a plan that works in with you/your family and your beloved pooch. Through behaviour modification/training, together with love, support and consistency, it still remains heart warming to see how much can be achieved in these sessions. Yay!
If there is a behaviour that your dog is exhibiting and we cannot treat alone, we will recommend that you visit your vet to ensure there is no underlying medical issue and/or a doggy behaviour specialist. Whatever the case, we will provide all the relevant background information/referral letter and support you through this process every step of the way!
Would you like your dog to focus and understand you more clearly? Learn or brush up on the basics? Learn Good Manners? Be 'fluent' in Recall, Stay or other?
Whether you have a puppy straight out of puppy class, an adolescent or a mature aged dog, 'who you think is stuck in its ways', they are all capable of learning new things!
For many of us, training often falls by the wayside for our beloved dogs, simply because there is so much else going on in our daily lives that can sap our time and energy! Whether you are thinking of picking up from where you left off or continuing the teaching post puppy class or starting a new......!
The Good News is, it is never too late!
In fact interacting with your beloved dog through training, play or simply taking time out together to sit under the shade of a tree, can have an osmotic effect for you both! A great reason to don the cap, walking shoes and leash, and enjoy some R & R with your beloved pooch!
Your dog has never been shown the basics or you want to brush up on their skills
You would like your dog to be fluent in a particular behaviour: i.e. Recall, Stay, Leave it.
You want your dog to learn a particular behaviour: i.e Go to their mat when visitors come to the house, sit with your calmly at a cafe, happily go to their kennel/crate at home or when traveling in the car
You would like to know how you can help your new rescue dog to learn the true meaning of a TRUST relationship between you and him/her and how to keep that Trust Bank Account FULL! LOL
You would like to know how to further engage and communicate with your dog, through better understanding your dogs body language and behaviour
Whatever the call, Simply Love Dogs would love to be of service!
Puppy Training Services
As all our services are based on working with you/ your family and puppy individually, it is particularly important that during your puppies first 16 weeks of age that you they attend puppy classes.
Why do both? The answer is, you don't have to do both.
It is ideal to do both and we will explain why (further below). However before we do, we will express, that should you need to select between private and puppy classes, then we would suggest the Puppy Class option.
The reasons for this: All puppies attending puppy class need to be at the same age/stage of development within a safe environment particularly when puppies are within their first few months of vaccinations. Whilst private training can still be provided in conjunction with puppy classes, it is the social aspect that is important for the puppies to experience.
Puppy classes are highly beneficial for your puppies behavioural development and wellbeing during and up to 16 weeks of age. (A most vital stage in their learning!) Whilst we cannot speak for all trainers, most puppy classes are provided in safe, happy, healthy, controlled environment at which your puppy can have the opportunity to meet other puppies their same age (other than their own siblings) under the gentle guidance of a professional trainer.
For some puppies this can be a tad scary the first time.Therefore it is important that puppies feel safe, so learning can begin! Puppies can gain information about their 'class mates' through 'smell' and learn to read 'vital doggy language' and 'signals' from each other.
Signals such as: Turning their head to the side to show another puppy 'they are no threat' or learning to play nicely. (If a puppy is playing too rough, the other puppy will usually get up and walk away to let his playmate know, 'I'm not playing with you when you are too rough!") This may seem common information, however it is valuable information for puppies to learn 'how to be' around their other canine friends. Unfortunately, not all puppies get a chance to learn in this way and often this is where behaviours such as fear reactivity to other dogs begin.
We are happy to recommend puppy classes within your area...
Why do 'both' Private and Puppy Class together?
The earlier you start, the better (and usually easier) for you and your dog! This is the time to build a bond, develop a Trust relationship, get some clear communication and training underway. Positive based trainers use the same training methods in puppy classes and therefore they are not contradictory to what we are teaching your puppy (if at the same time).
Whilst your puppy will benefit from puppy classes, he/she will learn more in private training as the entire focus is on your pup and you/your family requirements. Whether it be learning some of the basics which you did not get to practice in class, practice more of what you did learn or teaching your pup to be fluent with certain behaviours such as: walking without pulling or recall etc... By helping your pup develop good behaviours now, they are less likely to develop undesirable behaviours down the track.
When your puppy is permitted, introductions when walking around the streets are a great way to 'socialise' with other puppies/dogs. However sometimes people can say their dogs are friendly and you find it is quite the opposite! Learning to read other dog's body language plus that of your own puppy, is important before introductions can be made. Bad experiences can happen and they can leave negative effects on everyone.
Whilst it is vital to socialise our puppies to other canines, people, their environment safely, as trainers we are often helping clients who have dogs that strain on the leash every time they see another dog or person. Therefore we also teach your puppy and you the skills to be able to walk past these distractions calmly.
Our private puppy training service also provides further social interactions for your puppy, together with another certified trainer and behaviourist. This is so your puppy can have the opportunity to be introduced to other dogs of different sizes, ages and breeds (one on one initially) in a safe controlled supervised environment, when suitable for your puppy.
This friendly strategy enables your puppy to learn his/her vital doggy communication with other puppies and canine peers, without intimidation or being too much all at once (flooding experience) as this can have a negative impact presently and in future! Please note: There is no extra cost on top of our regular session/sessions, simply because we care more about your puppy learning the necessary skills to be confident and happy within their canine world.
Not unlike children whose valuable learning, groundwork and foundation develops between 0-5 years of age. For puppies it is particularly their first 16 weeks of life. Puppies who are given a GREAT START through private training and puppy classes combined are more likely to be well ahead with their progress. With this on board, your pup is likely to develop into a well mannered, confident, fun loving dog who is able to live harmoniously with their families as well as their outside world environment with all its diversities.
For private puppy sessions, your puppy needs to be fully vaccinated, so he/she are safe outdoors (C3 + C5 Vaccinations, approx 14-16 weeks)
If you puppy has not yet completed their vaccinations then training sessions will continue to be conducted at your home and/or back yard in the interim.
What now after Puppy Class?
Learning continues after puppy class, it is ongoing, as it is for us all!
The benefits of training post puppy class..
Your puppy does not know he/she has completed puppy school and needs further teaching and guidance from his/her family. Training/learning does not only help your puppy to become a happy healthy confident dog but it helps provide him/her with the skills, desired behaviours they need to live happily and harmoniously with their owners (and their outside world) and therefore, less likely to be given up due to undesirable behaviours.
Often due to other clashing commitments, a puppy class is missed or you did not really get the whole run down on a particular subject such as: The importance of timing when reinforcing a desired behaviour with your pup. Sometimes distractions from other owners halt your memory on the question you were going to ask.
Now that your puppy is getting to explore 'a bigger world' around them, it is helpful to him/her that you are both going forward confidently....
Your puppy needs further assistance with his/her: Sit, Down, Stay, Wait or other...
You would like to learn how to build upon your puppy's newly learned behaviours, so they will listen to you under distractions...
You would like to further practice or learn loose lead walking, so it is an enjoyable experience for you both..
You would like to teach your puppy to be fluent in a certain skill
Your puppy is extra exuberant and you would like to teach him/her how to enjoy being calm and relaxed....
You would like to know and learn matters that may concern your puppy, when the exploration of their outer world is broadening. Noises and sights such as......
Buses, speeding cars, motorbikes, rattling trucks, leaf blowers, lawn mowers, birds, humans, prams, cycles, skateboards, loud music, other dogs can be scary if your pup does not learn to associate these things in their world as being good, ok, great, the norm, positively. Learning to understand what your puppy is communicating to you through their body language and behaviour will help you to assist your puppy to go forward confidently and happily in their world and less likely to develop phobias etc...
Whether we have the pleasure of working with you and your puppy privately from the very beginning or the opportunity to work with you and your puppy post puppy class, we would love to be of service to you and your pooch!
It is important to us that you have the right 'Fit' with your needs and requirements...
We would love to be of service! However, if you feel this is 'not for you' we then hope that we may be able to refer you to another AAPT or PPGA positive based trainer to have the opportunity to assist you. There are still trainers who use force, fear and pain, often resulting in the need for a positive based trainer to go in after issues have formed.
Sessions and Pricing
Our pricing (below) is standard across all of our services;
First session/consultation are normally 1-1/2 hours and charged at $85.00 (once off, should you require further services throughout the course of your puppy/dogs life)
All other sessions for any of our services are priced at $60.00 (minimum of an hour).
Each session can go longer, depending on the situation. There is no additional charge if the sessions go longer.
We like to give as much as we can as opposed to, as 'little' as we have to!
For whatever your goal is for your beloved pooch, enjoy them and have fun along the way. They will love you for it!