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DOG TRAINING UK FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Here are the answers to some of the questions we here at Dog Harmony Dog Training UK are most frequently asked.

Absolutely. Depending on the severity of the situation, we typically recommend either my residential 10 day Boot Camp . With bootcamp you would pay per dog but with private lessons you pay per hour. Private Lessons can be a cost effective way to modify the behaviour but in more serious cases Boot Camp may be a better option.

I have dealt with several clients who have heard this from other trainers. If this is the case, please call us for a free evaluation. Chances are good that we can fix the problem behaviour that other trainers can’t. I firmly believe that 99% of dogs can become balanced with the right leadership and guidance.

My training focuses on creating well-behaved dog through the development of respect and trust. Your relationship with your dog is the most important factor.

I’m not like a lot of other trainers. What I offer is something truly unique — unique because I break down the walls that are keeping you from living the best life with your dog, and then i rebuild from the ground up together.  My training is intense and life changing.  Working with me means you have to bring as much to the table as I do (and I bring a lot!).  I don’t accept just any client.  You have to be willing to work hard and be committed to make the changes in your life that need to be made.  If you think you’re ready to go the distance with your dog, then we might be a good match

I’ve used just about every tool in the dog training market. What I do is not punishment; rather, I believe you should be able to tell your dog no, and the tools for that particular allow this this in a safe and effective way. We have to remember that as sweet as our dogs are and however much we may love them, they are still dogs and therefore need to be given boundaries. Trust me when I tell you I’ve seen nearly every type of behaviour going and I use a vast amount of tools with every single client dog and have found HUGE results.

Yes…I believe in positive training but also that there is a consequence for a undesired behaviour. This is nature. 50% of my clients have already been to another trainer and its not worked. My training is based on science, nature and 35 years of experience.

Unfortunately, No. Most dogs who are eligible for this program have some serious issues. Separation from their owner is part of what makes this work so well. The home environment and the owner can represent bad habits and in order to truly make the change, it is best for your dog to focus on the work and then be reintroduced to you when she is in a much more confident, structured place.

Because of the many variables that come into play when creating a balanced, well-behaved dog — including owner commitment, consistency, and follow through — it would be wrong for me to give a 100% guarantee. There are too many things out of my control. However, I only work with the most dedicated clients who bring their A-game to every session, and I only work with clients that are willing to make certain sacrifices in order to give their dog the best life. Because of this policy, I have never worked with a dog that didn’t find huge success and I’ve never had a client that was displeased with my services!

I want to make everything easy for you.  You’re coming to me because your dog is doing something undesirable and you don’t understand how to fix it.  I do.  I keep everything really simple and easy to understand, and I base my techniques in fostering a more balanced relationship between you and your dog. Because of this approach, you see faster and more effective results.  I’m here for your dog, but more importantly, I am here for you.

We have been able to work with many Vets over the years to stop medicating for many different issues including separation anxiety and aggression. Veterinarians ultimately want the best for your dog, and many are open to working with us to reach this goal. We have worked closely with a large amount of Veterinarians during the weaning off process. Under the very rare situation we think that meds are a good fit for your dog, we are open minded to working with you, your dog and your Veterinarian to find the best scenario for your dog.

I most certainly do! I obviously can’t guarantee that your dog will be perfect, every minute of every hour or every day. But I can guarantee that I will stand by you during the training process and continue to give you support until you feel that you are happy with your dogs progression. Some dogs progress rapidly in training, and some at not as quick to progress, not to worry as I will help you as long as you need my help. 

Typically, household manners, all their basic obedience commands, an offleash recall and offleash responsiveness to the obedience commands, and the ability to do all that in public under distraction.

I get the dog out training 4 times a day for about 30 minutes. The dog is then left in a quiet place to keep the dogs mind in a calm state. In between the training the dog is out twice a day socializing with other dogs. My aim is to get the dogs mind in a calm state as this goes a long way to stopping behaviours we do not want. Lots of one 2 one training and socializing but keeping the dogs mind calm and not allowed to go into that “red zone”

Unfortunately, No. Most dogs who are eligible for this program have some serious issues. Separation from their owner is part of what makes this work so well. The home environment and the owner can represent bad habits and in order to truly make the change, it is best for your dog to focus on the work and then be reintroduced to you when she is in a much more confident, structured place.

Because of the many variables that come into play when creating a balanced, well-behaved dog — including owner commitment, consistency, and follow through — it would be wrong for me to give a 100% guarantee. There are too many things out of my control. However, I only work with the most dedicated clients who bring their A-game to every session, and I only work with clients that are willing to make certain sacrifices in order to give their dog the best life. Because of this policy, I have never worked with a dog that didn’t find huge success and I’ve never had a client that was displeased with my services!

I BELIEVE THAT 98% OF ALL DOGS CAN BE TRAINED TO HAVE BASIC MANNERS, RESPECT AND UNWANTED BEHAVIOURS REMOVED REGARDLESS OF BREED, SIZE, SHAPE, OR AGE!

REVIEWS

When my partner, Keith and I decided we were going to get a Rottweiler puppy we were both rather anxious. Unlike me, Keith had never owned a dog before and was concerned about making sure the puppy was trained correctly. My concerns were because we had just finished a two-year renovation of our home, and I didn’t relish the thought of a puppy wrecking it! As it turns out neither of us had anything to worry about. Peter has been absolutely amazing and I am so happy that we contacted him. After a brief conversation with him, we decided to go for the ‘puppy training package’. In two-hour session prior to the puppy’s arrival Peter talked through everything we needed to know about getting the puppy home and our first few days together so that Keith and I felt confident and well prepared for the task ahead. Bobbie’s arrival (including the six hour journey home after picking her up) was completely stress free and by following the advice we had been given we were both amazed at the speed at which she became comfortable with her new family and home. Over the following weeks Peter has worked with us and given us the knowledge and ability so that Bobbie is growing up to be a well behaved, confident and loving puppy. If we ever needed advice we knew we could always call him and the support he gives has made this experience amazing. I would recommend to anyone who is getting a puppy (even if you have owned dogs before) that if they want to give their new arrival the best start they possibly can, then they should arrange to see Peter. Keith, Bobbie and I cannot thank him enough and we will forever be grateful.read more
Jeremy Felton
Jeremy Felton
00:12 03 Aug 18
I have a large collie that was reacting all the time against other dogs and I have no idea why. I have spent hours on the internet but was just getting more confused. I got a dog trainer in but all he did was yank my dog quite sharply on its lead. I thought it was heavy handed but seem to work. I walked with the trainer and the dog was well behaved. However as soon as I started working with my dog all it did was react against other dogs. I contacted the trainer and the response was he has done his job and that was the end of that. After a month I contacted Peter Hargreaves and it was explained to me that the problem was my fault as I was nervous around my dog. Peter supplied proper equipment and with 2 hours my dog was walking and not reacting against other dogs. Soon after I let my dog off its lead in the local park and it came back. I am delighted my dog is now well behaved, I have the tools to walk my dog with confidence and the whole relationship is much better. I would recommend Peter Hargreaves to anyoneread more
Rob Linton
Rob Linton
16:36 30 Jun 18
The difference in our dog is amazing. She's relaxed and happy - and so are we. Peter really helped us understand how to help Catty comfortably become a member of our pack. It's only been a week since she's been home from her board-and-train, but we've already seen so many positive changes in Catty towards us and our cats that it's almost like magic! Thank you, Peter!read more
Kathleen Katty
Kathleen Katty
20:53 06 Jun 18
I know we have not been to see you in a while and have been busy with lot of things so far this year. I wanted to let you know that Rosie is doing great. She is a completely different dog. That little beagle that tried to bite you on the first day is so much calmer now The dog that had no confidence has become the social butterfly of the neighborhood. She enjoys playing and meeting new dogs and has adjusted well with our 2 Maltese. The kids absolutely love her to no end and she has become a wonderful addition to our family. This is the same dog we had apprehension of after we got her in dealing with her issues. The time investment and commitment has been well worth it all. Sure, she is not perfect and we need to work on a few things but she has come full circle. Peter, I really wanted to thank you for the service that you provide to help people and dogs to find harmony together. You are great at what you do. We spread the word of you to every dog owner we meet. We wish you continued success.I look forward to seeing you around town walking with my now calm dogread more
Steve McDonald
Steve McDonald
19:59 01 Jun 18
I would like to say a big thank you to Peter. Benji is a rescue puppy from Bulgaria. My sister in law took him on as a family dog but unfortunately he turned out to be a very nervous dog and completely shut down. She asked me to take him as I had experience with dogs. Benji would not move from the settee, wouldn't go out in the garden, i use to have to carry him. Wouldn't eat until during the night when no one was around. He was frightened of anything and everything. Wouldn't let anyone stroke him or even play with other dogs. I contacted Peter. He came to see us both. Within the first three hours he was here he turned Benji around. Had him walking in the garden, walking down the road on his lead. What a difference. He slowly started to play with other dogs when we went out and actually walking, not me carrying him! He then came back a few weeks later as Benji still wouldn't let people near him and again within a couple of hour's Rick was stroking him and walking him down the road. Benji has so much more confidence now. Still some way to go though. Peter is amazing. Such a caring person. There at the end of the phone. He's not only helped Benji but helped me also how to understand Benji's mind and what he is going through. I would recommend him to anyone who needs help with their little one. Thank you so much.read more
Jane Killowen
Jane Killowen
18:12 31 Mar 18
Google Rating
4.7

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Absolutely. Depending on the severity of the situation, we typically recommend either my residential 10 day Boot Camp . With bootcamp you would pay per dog but with private lessons you pay per hour. Private Lessons can be a cost effective way to modify the behaviour but in more serious cases Boot Camp may be a better option.
I have dealt with several clients who have heard this from other trainers. If this is the case, please call us for a free evaluation. Chances are good that we can fix the problem behaviour that other trainers can’t. I firmly believe that 99% of dogs can become balanced with the right leadership and guidance. My training focuses on creating well-behaved dog through the development of respect and trust. Your relationship with your dog is the most important factor.
I'm not like a lot of other trainers. What I offer is something truly unique -- unique because I break down the walls that are keeping you from living the best life with your dog, and then i rebuild from the ground up together.  My training is intense and life changing.  Working with me means you have to bring as much to the table as I do (and I bring a lot!).  I don't accept just any client.  You have to be willing to work hard and be committed to make the changes in your life that need to be made.  If you think you're ready to go the distance with your dog, then we might be a good match
I've used just about every tool in the dog training market. What I do is not punishment; rather, I believe you should be able to tell your dog no, and the tools for that particular allow this this in a safe and effective way. We have to remember that as sweet as our dogs are and however much we may love them, they are still dogs and therefore need to be given boundaries. Trust me when I tell you I've seen nearly every type of behaviour going and I use a vast amount of tools with every single client dog and have found HUGE results.
Yes…I believe in positive training but also that there is a consequence for a undesired behaviour. This is nature. 50% of my clients have already been to another trainer and its not worked. My training is based on science, nature and 35 years of experience.
Unfortunately, No. Most dogs who are eligible for this program have some serious issues. Separation from their owner is part of what makes this work so well. The home environment and the owner can represent bad habits and in order to truly make the change, it is best for your dog to focus on the work and then be reintroduced to you when she is in a much more confident, structured place.
Because of the many variables that come into play when creating a balanced, well-behaved dog -- including owner commitment, consistency, and follow through -- it would be wrong for me to give a 100% guarantee. There are too many things out of my control. However, I only work with the most dedicated clients who bring their A-game to every session, and I only work with clients that are willing to make certain sacrifices in order to give their dog the best life. Because of this policy, I have never worked with a dog that didn't find huge success and I've never had a client that was displeased with my services!
I want to make everything easy for you.  You're coming to me because your dog is doing something undesirable and you don't understand how to fix it.  I do.  I keep everything really simple and easy to understand, and I base my techniques in fostering a more balanced relationship between you and your dog. Because of this approach, you see faster and more effective results.  I'm here for your dog, but more importantly, I am here for you.
We have been able to work with many Vets over the years to stop medicating for many different issues including separation anxiety and aggression. Veterinarians ultimately want the best for your dog, and many are open to working with us to reach this goal. We have worked closely with a large amount of Veterinarians during the weaning off process. Under the very rare situation we think that meds are a good fit for your dog, we are open minded to working with you, your dog and your Veterinarian to find the best scenario for your dog.
I most certainly do! I obviously can’t guarantee that your dog will be perfect, every minute of every hour or every day. But I can guarantee that I will stand by you during the training process and continue to give you support until you feel that you are happy with your dogs progression. Some dogs progress rapidly in training, and some at not as quick to progress, not to worry as I will help you as long as you need my help. 
Typically, household manners, all their basic obedience commands, an offleash recall and offleash responsiveness to the obedience commands, and the ability to do all that in public under distraction.
I get the dog out training 4 times a day for about 30 minutes. The dog is then left in a quiet place to keep the dogs mind in a calm state. In between the training the dog is out twice a day socializing with other dogs. My aim is to get the dogs mind in a calm state as this goes a long way to stopping behaviours we do not want. Lots of one 2 one training and socializing but keeping the dogs mind calm and not allowed to go into that “red zone”
Unfortunately, No. Most dogs who are eligible for this program have some serious issues. Separation from their owner is part of what makes this work so well. The home environment and the owner can represent bad habits and in order to truly make the change, it is best for your dog to focus on the work and then be reintroduced to you when she is in a much more confident, structured place.
Because of the many variables that come into play when creating a balanced, well-behaved dog -- including owner commitment, consistency, and follow through -- it would be wrong for me to give a 100% guarantee. There are too many things out of my control. However, I only work with the most dedicated clients who bring their A-game to every session, and I only work with clients that are willing to make certain sacrifices in order to give their dog the best life. Because of this policy, I have never worked with a dog that didn't find huge success and I've never had a client that was displeased with my services!

I BELIEVE THAT 98% OF ALL DOGS CAN BE TRAINED TO HAVE BASIC MANNERS, RESPECT AND UNWANTED BEHAVIOURS REMOVED REGARDLESS OF BREED, SIZE, SHAPE, OR AGE!

REVIEWS

When my partner, Keith and I decided we were going to get a Rottweiler puppy we were both rather anxious. Unlike me, Keith had never owned a dog before and was concerned about making sure the puppy was trained correctly. My concerns were because we had just finished a two-year renovation of our home, and I didn’t relish the thought of a puppy wrecking it! As it turns out neither of us had anything to worry about. Peter has been absolutely amazing and I am so happy that we contacted him. After a brief conversation with him, we decided to go for the ‘puppy training package’. In two-hour session prior to the puppy’s arrival Peter talked through everything we needed to know about getting the puppy home and our first few days together so that Keith and I felt confident and well prepared for the task ahead. Bobbie’s arrival (including the six hour journey home after picking her up) was completely stress free and by following the advice we had been given we were both amazed at the speed at which she became comfortable with her new family and home. Over the following weeks Peter has worked with us and given us the knowledge and ability so that Bobbie is growing up to be a well behaved, confident and loving puppy. If we ever needed advice we knew we could always call him and the support he gives has made this experience amazing. I would recommend to anyone who is getting a puppy (even if you have owned dogs before) that if they want to give their new arrival the best start they possibly can, then they should arrange to see Peter. Keith, Bobbie and I cannot thank him enough and we will forever be grateful.read more
Jeremy Felton
Jeremy Felton
00:12 03 Aug 18
I have a large collie that was reacting all the time against other dogs and I have no idea why. I have spent hours on the internet but was just getting more confused. I got a dog trainer in but all he did was yank my dog quite sharply on its lead. I thought it was heavy handed but seem to work. I walked with the trainer and the dog was well behaved. However as soon as I started working with my dog all it did was react against other dogs. I contacted the trainer and the response was he has done his job and that was the end of that. After a month I contacted Peter Hargreaves and it was explained to me that the problem was my fault as I was nervous around my dog. Peter supplied proper equipment and with 2 hours my dog was walking and not reacting against other dogs. Soon after I let my dog off its lead in the local park and it came back. I am delighted my dog is now well behaved, I have the tools to walk my dog with confidence and the whole relationship is much better. I would recommend Peter Hargreaves to anyoneread more
Rob Linton
Rob Linton
16:36 30 Jun 18
The difference in our dog is amazing. She's relaxed and happy - and so are we. Peter really helped us understand how to help Catty comfortably become a member of our pack. It's only been a week since she's been home from her board-and-train, but we've already seen so many positive changes in Catty towards us and our cats that it's almost like magic! Thank you, Peter!read more
Kathleen Katty
Kathleen Katty
20:53 06 Jun 18
I know we have not been to see you in a while and have been busy with lot of things so far this year. I wanted to let you know that Rosie is doing great. She is a completely different dog. That little beagle that tried to bite you on the first day is so much calmer now The dog that had no confidence has become the social butterfly of the neighborhood. She enjoys playing and meeting new dogs and has adjusted well with our 2 Maltese. The kids absolutely love her to no end and she has become a wonderful addition to our family. This is the same dog we had apprehension of after we got her in dealing with her issues. The time investment and commitment has been well worth it all. Sure, she is not perfect and we need to work on a few things but she has come full circle. Peter, I really wanted to thank you for the service that you provide to help people and dogs to find harmony together. You are great at what you do. We spread the word of you to every dog owner we meet. We wish you continued success.I look forward to seeing you around town walking with my now calm dogread more
Steve McDonald
Steve McDonald
19:59 01 Jun 18
I would like to say a big thank you to Peter. Benji is a rescue puppy from Bulgaria. My sister in law took him on as a family dog but unfortunately he turned out to be a very nervous dog and completely shut down. She asked me to take him as I had experience with dogs. Benji would not move from the settee, wouldn't go out in the garden, i use to have to carry him. Wouldn't eat until during the night when no one was around. He was frightened of anything and everything. Wouldn't let anyone stroke him or even play with other dogs. I contacted Peter. He came to see us both. Within the first three hours he was here he turned Benji around. Had him walking in the garden, walking down the road on his lead. What a difference. He slowly started to play with other dogs when we went out and actually walking, not me carrying him! He then came back a few weeks later as Benji still wouldn't let people near him and again within a couple of hour's Rick was stroking him and walking him down the road. Benji has so much more confidence now. Still some way to go though. Peter is amazing. Such a caring person. There at the end of the phone. He's not only helped Benji but helped me also how to understand Benji's mind and what he is going through. I would recommend him to anyone who needs help with their little one. Thank you so much.read more
Jane Killowen
Jane Killowen
18:12 31 Mar 18
Google Rating
4.7
 
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