Q&A

Question: What training style do you use?

Answer: We are using the reward based training technique. We are complient with ABTC’s codes of conduct and follow LIMA guidelines. While we do not completely ignore bad behaviours, our training methods are based on positive reinforcement (R+).

Q: My dog doesn’t require the whole course. Can you help with tailored training and what would be the price?

A: We understand not all dogs require the full course. There is an option to have 1-2 training sessions to tackle some specific needs/commands.

Initial appointment/assessment session/lesson 1 will cost £90. Follow up (if required) – £75.

If your dog suffers with some serious behavioural issues (aggression to dogs or people, separation disorders) that will require several sessions, it would be reasonably cheaper to book the course to sort out this particular issue/s. This is all discussed during the initial appoinment.

Q: How long does a session last?

A: The initial appoinment/assessment may take up to 1.5 hour. It depends on the situation. The session will not end until your instructor finishes the assessment and provides you with advices/exercises to enable you to start.

Outdoor sessions will take 45 minutes – 1 hour depending on a dog. Sometimes it is worthy to finish earlier if the dog works well. We always stop on the highest point.

Q: Will my dog be fully trained after the course?

A: No. Dog training is an ongoing process. In our practice, our aim is to train you as a dog owner to empower and enable you to train your dog on your own. We provide with education, knowledge and practical tools for you to continue when your instructor is not around and maintain your healthy human-dog relationships during all dog’s life.

Q: What is your experience?

A: Dog Training Planet was founded in 1994. Training experience is around 38 years working with all range of dogs from duty – Police and Army dogs – to companion dogs.

Q: Where the training sessions take place?

A: Wimbledon Common for Londoners as it provides a variety of different training places from very quiet to very busy.

If you are based in Surrey, we may do lessons in Leatherhead, Wisley (Wisley Common), Norbury Park, Epsom Common.

Q: What is your success rate?

A: This question doesn’t have an answer as there is no criteria for measurement. Dogs are different, the same applies to their owners. There is a full range of issues they may experience, different environment, nature and nurture, genetics etc. We may see success differently. How would anyone be able to calculate the success rate in these settings? But if you do not start working with your dog, the issues will always become worse 100%.

Q: Do you train non castrated dogs?

A: Of course. To say more, there is no need in castration/sterilization until your dog is at least 2 years old. Modern vets would also suggest to do later. If your vet asks you to do the procedure at 7 months, change your vet. You can’t remove hormons from the underdeveloped dog without facing some health and behavioural issues. Studies show that castrated dogs are more aggressive than intact dogs. There is a biological reason behind this. Male dogs do not require castration lifelong in most cases, especially those that are not from the show lines. Mostly, cancer in dogs comes from inbreeding – when close or many relatives are paired to “maintain” the breed. That is why we see cancer and many other diseases in lots of show dogs. Female dogs are at higher risk of developing pyometra, mastitis, malignant neoplasms after say 5 years of age. It would be reasonable to prevent by sterilisation at this age.

Important note: Behavioural issues will not be removed by sterilisation. Most of the time castration will make things worse. Normally, the dog will become quieter naturally by the age of 1.5 years when the teenage period is over.