Residential Behavioural Training
We are occasionally asked to conduct residential training or behavioural rehabilitation in lieu of a home visit. Clients sometimes want their dog to undertake intensive work, but they themselves do not have the time to attend in person. Of course, we will always endeavour to provide such training, but would always point out to the client that it is far more effective if they can at least take part in some of the work.

There are many establishments who solely carry out residential training and most of these require the owner to leave the dog there and return in a week or two where they will get a formal hand-over. As I say, this is far from ideal and I would much rather that the owner took an active part in the rehabilitation work. Owners themselves have often played a role in the development of problem behaviour, so it stands to reason that the should also play a role in its rehabilitation.

If owners simply send the dog away for rehabilitation, then it is not unusual for the trainer to experience no problems whatsoever with the dog, who then reverts back to his usual behaviour when he goes home. So there really is no substitute for our standard one to one rehabilitation work, with full involvement by at least one of the dog’s owners.

If the dog in question has no behavioural problems, but the owner simply requires him to be trained to a better standard, then this is not such an issue although ideally, the owner will still take an active part in the training at least some of the time.

If residential training is the only option for whatever reason, we are happy to discuss options. We would generally still need to see him in his home environment first of all so that we get a clear idea of potential contributory factors to its behaviour, before the dog comes to us.

We do not normally accommodate dogs ourselves and normally board them locally at a reputable boarding establishment in a sort of ‘bed and breakfast’ arrangement, with the dog spending his working day with us in various training and socialisation environments depending on his specific problems.

If you find yourself in a situation where you need to send your dog away for rehabilitation work, then by all means give us a call and we can discuss the best way forward.

German Shepherd Bruno owned by Sir Frank Barlow was a good example of a dog whose owner felt it would be much better for him to go away for rehabilitation work, but Sir Frank took an active part in his training at the beginning and end of the two week course.

If you are experiencing problems with your adult dog, have a puppy who is developing behavioural issues, or simply want to give it the best start in life you can do no better than contacting Peter and Jayne Mounsey at Ashclyst Dog Training & Behaviour.