Frequently Asked Questions

  • What method of training do you use?
  • When does the next training course start?
  • Did we not answer your question?
  • Which breeds do you train?
  • Can I train a dog of any age?
  • How long does puppy training take?
  • What follows after puppy training?
  • At what age can I start puppy socialisation?

What method of training do you use?

At Manderston we use positive reinforcement. "All dog training is an association of good ideas."

Manderston believes in a Synergistic Approach to dog training. This approach is the combination of Ethology (the scientific study of animal behaviour) and practical outcomes based obedience training, offered by trained Animal Behaviourists with the practical knowledge of ongoing obedience training.

We do not believe that giving you and your dog a manual-driven fixed term course is either practical or sensible. As is the case with us humans, each dog learns at his or her own pace, and may need more attention in some areas than others. Our approach to training allows us to be "learner driven", giving you and your dog all the time you need to master the objectives of the training.

When does the next training course start?

Puppy Classes
There is a puppy class every Saturday and Sunday. You can join us at any time.
Adolescent and Adult Dogs
We have a variety classes on Saturdays and Sundays. As with the puppy classes, you can join in at any time.
Won't we be behind the rest of the class?
No. The class content is repeated regularly to help puppies and their owners practice, so you won't miss anything. It is natural for your dog to feel a bit nervous or 'out of sorts' during the first one or two classes, just as you might feel uncomfortable in a new situation. You'll catch up quickly and be on par with the rest of the class in no time.
Why do we do it this way?
Being able to start immediately is great. You get to join school when you need to. If you will be training your puppy, you get to train him or her at the ideal time, i.e. from 8 weeks old. You never have to wait weeks or even months to join a training programme, as is the case with many other dog schools.

Being promoted from class to class works seamlessly, giving you a better training experience.

Did we not answer your question?

Please Contact Us with your questions. We'll see to it that you'll get an answer. We also invite you to join us on our Google+ Community, where you can ask questions or simply read interesting information.

Which breeds do you train?

At Manderston we train all dog breeds. We even train dogs that have been "shown the door" at other schools. We believe that all dogs deserve the opportunity to learn and reach their potential.

Can I train a dog of any age?

Yes! No dog is to old. You can teach an old dog new tricks. 

How long does puppy training take?

Puppies learn very quickly, especially up to the age of about 16 weeks. Once a puppy has grasped a concept, say "sit", it is simply a matter of practice to get what you want, when you want it, every time.

Most puppies master our puppy class objectives in about 8 weeks. There are some factors that influence the rate at which your puppy will learn all the things that are required of a modern good canine citizen. Some of these include:
  • Your puppy's attention span
  • Your puppy's breed
  • Your puppy's temperament
  • Your puppy's age
  • Class attendance
  • Practice
We don't believe that a x-week-course that is cast in stone is either practical or sensible. You and your puppy may reach the puppy class objectives much faster than the norm, or it may take a little longer. Either way, we work with you at your puppy's pace, rather than force you to stick to a rigid programme.

We strongly recommend that you stay with us and progress through the intermediate and advanced puppy classes. This will help you manage while your puppy goes through those difficult adolescent months of its life.
 

What follows after puppy training?

Once your puppy has achieved the objectives of our puppy class, he or she will be promoted to the intermediate puppy class, followed by the advanced puppy class. Older puppies as well as puppies joining us from other schools will usually join one of these classes.

These classes build on the skills already learnt and add new skills. They also serve to help you maintain a healthy relationship with your adolescent dog. Puppies can bee very difficult when they enter their "teens". We help you develop those special "parenting skills" and provide guidance to cope with your adolescent puppy.

We strongly recommend that you stay with us through your puppy's adolescence.

At what age can I start puppy socialisation?

The most impressionable time for puppies is up to 16 weeks. The ideal age for your puppy to join us is about 8 weeks. Our puppies learn through play, exploration, gentle guidance and reward.

Older puppies are always welcome and enjoy their training just as much as the babies do!
 
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