Muttley Solutions: Who are we?

As a Qualified Dog Training Instructor I teach you the techniques so you can work with your dog to achieve the goals.
Dog Training Dorset

My name is Gary Cole, MGoDT (MT) 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 3 training facilities which can teach and test many training techniques.

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. 

Dog training the right way is about ensuring your trainer is fit for purpose. Research them and if in any doubt walk away. 

My Experience as a 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 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.

As part of my ongoing continuous professional development I attend various study days and seminars relating to dog training and behaviour.  

I have been accepted to train as a Pet Gun-Dog Instructor under the guidance of a well respected trainer. 

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. It was through this passion that I setup the Training Facility. 

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. I can refer you to a specialist who would be able to advise you

Force 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.

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.

Gun Dog Instructor Training with Lez Graham

I have been fortunate enough to secure one of the 8 places Lez Graham offers  for her Accredited Pet Gundog Instructor® programme. 

It will be a fantastic opportunity to train under the guidance of Lez and I am looking forward to starting the programme in January. This will allow me to develop further my interest in training for Pet Gun Dogs.  

It will be great to have a recognised qualification which will allow me to  nurture and support the clients who come to me for training.

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.

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!!

Henry