Train Your Dog and Puppy The Right Way
As a Qualified Dog Trainer in Dorset I teach you the techniques so you can work with your dog to achieve the goals.
My name is Gary Cole, MGoDT (MT). I am a qualified and experienced dog trainer based near Wimborne and I run Muttley Solutions. It was created to provide a one to one dog and puppy training service in Dorset which focuses on the owner rather than the dog!!
The philosophy of the business is to provide a service which is tailored to the specific dog and owner, rather than a group class setting.
We have a large training facility at Merley which can teach and test many training techniques. I mainly train in a live environment. We do offer puppy classes and dog scent training in a hall setting.
We are open daytime, evenings and weekends which gives you flexibility. We have a online booking system.
We are competitive on pricing and have a range of options for you.
Muttley Solutions offers your money back on the first lesson if you decide its not for you.
There is 3rd party liability and dog welfare insurance in place for your peace of mind.
By October 2021 I will be able to offer scent training as I will then be a qualified scent training instructor. This will enhance the training already in place.
Get a Qualified Dog Trainer
Dog training the right way is about ensuring your trainer is fit for purpose. Research them and if in any doubt walk away. Ask them to explain how the learning theory applies to dog training. See if they can explain the 4 quadrants of operant conditioning. If they look blankly at you walk away quickly. You don’t need to know, but they do.
There are many so called dog trainers out there who are not what they claim to be. Anyone can read a book, train their own dog and claim to be a dog trainer. If they get it wrong using outdated techniques then your dog suffers
There is no one fit fits all. I will assess the case and discuss with the client the best route forward given all the variables. What won’t be used are techniques which cause pain, suffering your stress to your dog. The foundations of my practice are Operant and Classical conditioning. The objective is to reward the dog for desired behaviours and redirect behaviours which we do not desire. We setup training for success not to test failure.
There are no guarantees any training will resolve obedience issues. Any trainer who says they can fix any issue is woefully wrong. They are usually using pain to do this. There are many variables and the most challenging to success is the owner.
My Experience as a Qualified Dog Trainer
I have worked with dogs for a number of years and have seen both my skill and knowledge develop as the demands of the business have grown. I am a dog trainer in Wimborne and the surrounding areas of Dorset
I am a member of the Guild of Dog Trainers and acknowledged as a Master Dog Trainer for the experience and studies completed.
Studying with the Cambridge Institute of Animal Behaviour and Training, I have completed a number of modules around dog training and behavioural issues.
I have a City and Guild qualification in Scent Dog Handling and offer dog scent training courses in the Poole, Bournemouth, Wareham, Blandford and Wimborne areas of Dorset. to help focus and build the relationship with your dog. It is great fun and any age dog/person can participate
As part of my ongoing continuous professional development I attend various study days and seminars relating to dog training and behaviour.
I have a particular interest in Springer Spaniels, Labradors and other gun dog breeds and some of the issues they bring with them. Sometimes it’s just a case of meeting their special needs to see a big change in their behaviour.
Please Note: In order to comply with the law and my insurance I cannot take on cases where the dog has shown any aggression towards people or other dogs. I am happy to review a dog who is nervous of other dogs, but has not shown any aggression and advise accordingly. Complex behavioural issues around aggression are best left to those who are experts in this field. if you have any issues around aggression then I can refer you to a qualified behaviourist.
Pain Free Training
No punishment or pain inducing equipment is used or tolerated. We reward the positive and re-focus the unwanted. There is a balance between reward and consequence. We use the word ‘No’ once we teach the dog what it means. We need to set the dog up for success so that it learns quicker rather than test to fail.
Competitive on price
Muttley Solutions prides itself as being one of the most competitive on price for training in the area. Further discounts are available. We offer a refund on the first lesson if your not happy with the plan I put in place.
Dog Training Techniques Used
There is a right and a wrong way to train a puppy or a dog. However, there are various ways of training the right way.
Through all my training and exposure to different dog trainers, I have seen and tried many of these different techniques.
Thankfully, I have a dog who would test the patience of a saint so the techniques I now use were used to train my juvenile delinquent!! Because he responded so well to these technique they became important tools in my training bag.
However, it is important to remember all dogs are individuals so the approach and techniques I use are equally individualised.
The techniques I use are based around clicker training, don’t worry you wont need a clicker!! A quick Google search will tell you all you need to know about this.
I use a variation of this technique which plays well to the dog’s natural desire to try new behaviours to see if they are rewarding.
This technique allows me to get the dog to work me rather than me trying to work the dog and get it to do what I want.
Very quickly, the puppy or the dog learns they can manipulate you to reward a desired behaviour they have performed.
I have found training escalates and its not unusual to have 12 week pups recalling to the whistle. They soon start to grasp the basics of walking on a loose lead.
Saying NO to your dog
Over the last decade dog training has changed for the better. Thankfully we are leaving behind the notion we should be the pack leader and we control the dog by fear and harsh control. My personal experience tells me we may have moved too far the other way.
There are some trainers who believe we should not correct the dog in anyway and it should only be positive. I believe there is a middle road where it is okay to say NO to a dog. We cannot apply a blanket practice to all dogs as they are all individualised.
We do not teach our children the world is only a positive place and that there are consequences for our actions. Dogs are not the same as children. However, life cannot be only positive without any addressing bad behaviour. I won’t use pain, but your dog will learn when certain behaviours are not acceptable as there will be no reward.
We will teach your dog what the word NO really means. Then we use it with our marker word to communicate with your dog. This allows use to reward the good behaviours and correct the behaviours we don’t want without using force or pain.
Henry: My own Dog
My own dog is Henry, a 4 years old Springer/Labrador cross. He sadly, had already had 3 owners by the time he was 1 year old. I was his fourth!!.
Someone approached me and asked if I would take him on as his future was not looking good.
Due to his poor start in life he came with a baggage of issues which we are working through. A major issue was he was a prolific puller on the lead.
He is a challenge and tests my knowledge and resolve many times.
By using the techniques I use in my classes I have trained him to a good level of gun-dog work.
He is still work in progress and has this habit of when there is an audience his training goes out the window as if he had never been trained!!
Henry has taught me more about dog training than books could ever teach and he forgives me when I get it wrong.
The most valuable lesson he has taught me is when a training session is going wrong don’t blame the dog. I need to look at myself first as that is usually where the problem is.
Just when I think I have cracked it with this fella he throws me another curve ball to keep me on my toes. That’s the reality of dog ownership and training!!