K9 Dog Training
(Formerly Black Banks Kennels & Training)
Our Senior Dog Trainers are Andy Coates and Dave Davies MBIPDT, who is also a behaviourist. Both are members of the Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme and are working towards accreditation.
Andy has been training dogs for security companies and game keepers since 1986. Dave is an ex-Durham Police dog handler and trainer with even more experience and has attained membership of the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers.
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In the world of dog training there are so many dog trainers and behaviourists with differing methods and opinions. We are often asked which dog training method is best? Our reply is "It depends on the owner and the dog". But everyone seems to agree that the best approach is to work on communication between the dog and handler.
If you take the problem of a dog pulling as an example there are nearly as many methods and philosophies as there are dogs. You can use a clicker, a choke or check chain, the Canny Collar, Halti, harness, only positive reinforcement, whistle blowers, dog listeners. We think most methods that do not involve cruelty have merit and the best way to find the right method for your dog is to find a trainer that has experience of as many methods as possible. At K9 Training we have studied most of these methods and have a good working knowledge of them. We prefer to stay open minded and find out what works for your dog rather than just saying that one method or the other is best.
We believe that each dog and handler are different and what works for one might not work for another. After an initial assessment with us, we will work with the owner and the dog to find the most suitable method. We are careful to avoid cruel or outdated training methods. We use a combination of techniques to suit each individual situation. We believe every situation is unique and there is never one method that fits all. Dog training is best achieved by creating a strong bond between handler and dog then communicating with the dog as to what is and what isn't acceptable behaviour. Dogs do not automatically know what is acceptable behaviour. We have to teach them that then use positive reinforcement to get them to repeat this behaviour.
So how do we do all this? We start by showing the dog what we want it to do then rewarding him/her every time they do it. We then make this into a fun set of exercises which both the handler and the dog enjoy.
Dog Training Packages
At K9 Training we have responded to our clients needs and have expanded our training services to include the following:
- Residential boarding and training via our partner Sadberge Kennels
- One to one lessons
- A local mobile service where we come to you
1) Boarding & Training Residential Dog Training
Various options are available starting with a simple activity holiday where we work with your dog whilst you are away on holiday doing two training sessions with your dog per day (sessions run Monday to Friday).
Giving your dog something to do and think about whilst your away would give your dog an extra fun time and let him or her learn a new skill or polish up an old one.
As well as boarding we will do some of the following activities with your dog depended upon each dog's needs and ability.
- Loose lead walking
- Beginners Agility
- Elementary Searching
- Sharper recall
- Emergency stop
- Send to bed
Loose lead walking
There is not much pleasure in a dog dragging you along the street or through a door or gate we can work with your dog to ease this problem.
Doing agility exercises with your dog can be great fun and an exhilarating experience for both the dog and the handler we can start your dog off on this journey with getting them to do the tunnel, the long jump and a clear jump.
Ever lost something in the grass and wanted to find it a dog can locate objects with human scent on using their nose much quicker and easier than you can with your eyes this training starts your dog off learning how to search for hidden articles.
Does your dog fly back to you or wander back when they please our skilled trainers will work with the dog to improve the recall so even under some minor distractions the dog will be faster to respond.
Some dogs pick up balls and other toys without having to be taught and enjoy fetching them back to their handlers others have to be taught this process. The Retrieve game is one of the main foundation exercises in modern dog training and builds up a bond between dog and handler.
Are you able to stop your dog whilst he/she is at a distance from you ? Being able to shout wait at a distance and getting your dog to stay put is a useful thing to teach any dog and could one day save their life.
Send to bed
When you need your do to be safe and out of harms way sending them to bed is an ideal way done in the right way it will be a pleasurable experience so your dog will be happy to comply.
If you want something more formal then choose from one of our packages or should you need anything different or have a problem not highlighted please do not hesitate to contact us and discuss it with us.
There is Basic Obedience which we call the Bronze Package. This includes 3 weeks boarding giving great value, particularly if you are going on holiday anyway. Which ever package we will need to do an initial assessment lesson and consultation with you and your dog prior to the commencement of this training to check suitability and work out the best method.
Our dog training packages are usually based on the Kennels Clubs Good Citizen Test, an award designed for dog and handler. We can not give you or your dog this award however. If you wish to receive a Good Citizen award following the successful training of your dog, you can enrol on a local Good Citizen course. You will find the exercises on the course are very similar to the ones which your dog has been trained to which will make it easy for you to complete. You would then be independently assessed for the Good Citizen award.
2) One to One lessons at our Training & Activity Facility
Come to our fully equipped and secure training facility where we have the choice to train in quiet, distraction-free surroundings or, as you and your dog advance, we can train under the distraction of other dogs and humans walking about. The duration of the lesson is between 50 mins to one hour depending on the dog's attention span. Learning to train your own dog is usually a rewarding and fun experience for both the handler and the dog and you will learn a new life skill. We will teach you how to communicate effectively with your dog using positive reinforcement to get your dog to show the behaviours you want. Sessions usually run on most days except Saturdays. If you need a weekend appointment this would have to be on Sunday morning.
3) One to One Lessons At Your Home Or Place Local To You
We will come to your home or a place close and convenient to you. The duration of the lesson is between 45 mins to one hour depending on the dog's attention span. Learning to train your own dog is usually a rewarding and fun experience for both the handler and the dog and you will learn a new life skill. We will teach you how to communicate effectively with your dog using positive reinforcement to get your dog to show the behaviours you want.
Our mobile dog training service covers the following areas: Darlington, Bishop Auckland, Catterick, Northallerton, Stockton on Tees, Middlesbrough, Yarm, Barnard Castle and even Newcastle and Tyneside (subject to a small premium to cover fuel costs.)
Seminars And Displays
Great fun for show societies, rescue centres, vets, groomers or the general public. Dave Davies, our dog behaviourist, will come to a venue of your choice and deliver an interesting and humorous seminar on a wide choice of dog related subjects. e.g. Practical Dog Behaviour, Scent, Work for Dogs. etc. Dave and Andy also run Police Dog type displays showing criminal or scent work.
Specialist Dog Training
As responsible dog trainers we are only too aware of the problems dangerous dogs can cause in the wrong hands. We get many calls from irresponsible people wanting guard dogs that snarl, bite, attack, etc. for whatever reason. And they want them tonight or tomorrow! If you are one of those people, please don't waste your time calling us, the answer will be no! We only do specialist training with a select few people and then only after both the dog and handler have gone through a strict selection process where obedience training and assessment for temperament and suitability are carried out.
Of course, each dog is an individual and if you have specific problems with your dog or you have any further queries please feel free to give us ring and arrange a free assessment at our training facility in Darlington. We are also happy to carry out home appointments. We cover the Tees Valley and County Durham areas including Middlesbrough, Stockton, Durham and Bishop Auckland.