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New Rescue

Whether you prefer 1-2-1 coaching or group learning we have a service to fit your needs which will set your new rescue up for life.

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Frequently Asked Questions
Puppy Training

FAQ’s

Dog Training what is it really?

When you first bring your new rescue dog home you are excited, energised and sometimes overwhelmed. There is a lot to read, research and according to many resources there is a tiny finite period of time to do it all in. 

Guess what? It is ok to breathe, take a moment to digest and then just be with your new dog. These are some top tips from us on how to raise a healthy dog

Sleep

If you have rehomed a rescue dog from 8-20 weeks old they will need on average between 16-20 hours of sleep a day. When they are overtired they get nippier, more restless, more excitable and doing more is NOT the answer. An adult dog needs on average 14-16 hours of sleep a day and manic, frantic behaviours can be a result of sleep deprivation.

Water - Should it be left down overnight?

Your dog needs access to fresh water at ALL times. Yes, this includes overnight. It is one of their 5 Freedoms Under the Animal Welfare Act. Removing it will NOT help with toilet training, contrary to popular belief. In fact, denying them water can have the opposite effect. Imagine waking up yourself in the night thirsty, if you have a glass by your bed you are likely to drink and go straight back to sleep, but if you have to get up and go to the kitchen you are more awake and likely to need to go to the toilet too. It is the same for your new rescue, whether they have lived inside before or not.

Training - How Much & For How Long?

Short 5-10 minutes of training 2-3 times a day can be far more useful to your new rescue dog than one single long session.

Focusing on key skills such as settling, engaging with you around distractions or even learning some basic cues to superior levels. Such as being able to sit when asked once and without needing to be asked to ‘stay’ despite food being dropped in front of them.

Socialisation & Habituation

These words are often associated with dogs racing around in circles chasing one another. Here is where we let you in on a secret, this is NOT socialisation. This is NOT useful to your rescue dog without a clear structure and a goal on what you’d like your dog to learn. Having dogs race around after one another will only teach them to play this way with EVERY dog and ignore you if there is an alternative playmate. These aren’t lessons people want their dogs to learn when walking in busy local parks. In fact, you usually want your dog to be able to focus on you despite the opportunity to play, then they can play for short durations, comfortably and confidently

Crate Training - To do or Not to Do, that is the Question

We like to help rescue dogs learn skills for life, and as there is bound to be a time that your dog will need to go to the vets, crate training for us is a way to make this less stressful for them. So whether you use it to help keep them safe and contained overnight or solely to future proof, we do recommend it.

However, NEVER leave your dog in its crate when it is distressed, it will not make your dog like their crate more if you ignore them. Often we suggest starting with the crate in your bedroom, so you can hear them wake and take them out to the toilet quickly, they aren’t alone and can learn to bond with their new family. This isn’t for life but it can be the BEST way to set your new dog up for success.

Do I need to walk through every door first?

In short, NO!

It isn’t even possible to do this, can you imagine having to jump up to walk through every single doorway before your dog?

Every time they change room, every time they need the toilet and it is pouring with rain, every time they want to go and get a drink etc. It won’t teach your pup anything other than you are very strange.

Your puppy is not trying to take over your life. You control their diet, exercise, access to outside, where they sleep, when and how they do all these things too. Your pup actually has very little control over their own life. Why not treat them like any other family member, with respect and giving them a choice. It will lead to a much healthier long term relationship

Exercise

If you have rescued a puppy they need around 5 minutes of exercise per month they are in age. Over-exercising them can result in a more nippy and unsettled puppy, it can also cause long term health issues. With an adult dog with unknown histories, you want to build up their exercise and exposure to new environments very gradually. Everything in moderation is a far better approach.

ABOUT

Group or 1-2-1 Training?

Historically people have been told to attend ‘Dog Training Classes’ with the notion that this is the Number One place for your new rescue dog to learn how to behave in society. Sadly, this has long not been the case, in fact if a dog training class is run as a ‘free for all’ where they run around in an enclosed space with limited intervention, all they are learning is to get over excited in the company of other dogs and ignore their humans. This is really not a safe lesson to teach any dog. 

Instead it is far better, for all involved, to teach key skills such as Dropping items, learning to offer attention despite distractions, walk well on a lead together, come back when called, stationary positions such as a Sit or Down and Settle alone. All of these can be taught most successfully at home where they are most confident and most likely to progress to superior levels. So this is where we teach all our Group and 1-2-1 lessons. 

Puppy Training

“BUt i need my dog to stop jumping all over other dogs”, I hear you cry

In person group classes held in Church Halls or other indoor facilities are, for us, a thing of the past. Teaching in environments where there are lots of other dogs and people has long been the way everyone taught their puppies, but no more. We always bring our clients the most up to date accessible training techniques and we have identified that learning at home is the absolute BEST way to set new rescues dogs and owners up for success in the real world.  

At home we can work at your dogs pace and make sure they are learning in the best possible way, making transferring these skills outside so much easier and much more successful. 

We train in calm locations, to help you learn and absorb what we are teaching and when to progress the difficulty. Asking a new dog to learn to do a sit whilst you walk away from them is hard, let alone when in a hall with 6 other dogs and many other family members all speaking at once. It isn’t a good way to learn for humans or dogs.

Instead we have cut out all the downsides to training classes and designed state-of-the-art learning in the comfort of your own home. You will learn alongside other dog guardians, where you can share stories, ask questions and access expert training support too.  

why we teach our group classes online

  • No more church hall or school sports halls with the echo of barking  dogs and slippery flooring⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • No more worrying that your dog is actually too excited to learn anything⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • No more concern over your  dog embarrassing you or being too scared to do any training⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • No more travelling to the venue with a travel sick dog who is bouncing off the seats⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • No more cancellations due to weather being too hot or too cold⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • No more forgetting your equipment or food ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • No more panic and exhaustion trying to get the whole family out the door on time ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • No more worry over getting them home for bedtime either⠀
  • No more forgetting half of the class due to the distractions yourself⠀⠀

Choose whether to work in a Group Learning environment or 1-2-1 below and set your new rescue up for success.⠀

Beginner Group Classes

Would you like to enjoy classes from the comfort of your own home? Or, do you have a dog that struggles in a group class environment? Then these classes are PERFECT for you.

50% off our Body Language Course 

You not only get THE best course content, an expert Tutor live each week, access to your course behaviours before each live class but also amazing resources discounted to help you thrive. 

OVER 6 WEEKS YOU WILL COVER:

Building Confidence and Trust, Walking together, Dropping items, Stationary positions, Recall, Free Work, and so much more. 

The course lasts 6 weeks and our focus is on teaching life skills – such as self-control, being calm, being able to listen and having good manners – rather than basic obedience, although you will still finish the course with a good sit / drop / recall etc and the knowledge to progress them further if you wish.

With only 6 dogs in each online class, you will have first-class help and support throughout the course.

Suitable for dogs of all ages. We welcome all family members to join, so that everyone can learn how to help your puppy grow up to be a well mannered, well socialised, positive member of your family.

The next class with spaces available will be starting Tuesday 25th 7:15pm August 2020. Classes held at  6pm ONLINE.

Click the link below to grab your spot

Tuesday 25th August 7:15pm 2020 

Pre-New Rescue Consultation

Before you bring your new rescue home use use as Encyclopedia Dog and we will set you up for success even before you have your dog home with you.

We can guide you on the following:

  • Picking up your dog from the rescue
  • Sleeping arrangements
  • Toileting and house training
  • Crate training
  • Setting up your dog for success
  • Agreeing on household rules
  • Routines 
  • Feeding​
  • Introducing the dog to other pets
  • Toys and Games
  • Essential equipment (and what to avoid wasting your money on!)
  • Socialisation/ habituation
  • Training methods
  • ​How to manage children and your dog
  • Avoiding problems later in life
  • How to deal with play biting/ mouthing
  • Any other issues you want to address​
Puppy Training

ONLINE PRE RESCUE CONSULTATION

Avoid problems later by all getting started on the right paw with our Elemental Pre New Rescue Consultation lasting 90 minutes, making sure you are fully prepared to welcome the new member of your family.

This includes a video recording of the session to look back on.

New Rescue 1-2-1 Training

We have a selection of packages to meet your needs, some people prefer one-off consultations to get them started and others love having us on hand to progress their training further. Below are the options we provide to support you in successfully raising your new rescue.

£135

ONLINE

Suitable for all new rescue from as soon as they come home. In fact, the sooner the better to start you on your path to successful rehoming. 

Our Initial 90 minutes consultation, establishing a training plan & starting to implement specific behaviours within the session.

1 x 90-minute Initial Consultation

This includes a recording of your consultation and all handouts to support your plan. 

If you would like to add Supplementary Sessions after your initial consultation this can be organised.

£265

ONLINE + 2

If you’d like extra support and guidance then this is the package for you. You not only get your Initial 90-minute consultation where we establish a training plan & start to implement the training within the session, but you also have two extra supplementary 1-hour sessions to really keep the motivation going.

1 x 90-minute Initial Consultation
+
2 x 1-hour Supplementary Magic Training Sessions

Unless otherwise agreed the full package would be used within 2 months of your initial consultation.

£375

ONLINE + 4

If you’d like the best of the best with ongoing support and guidance then this is the package for you. You not only get your Initial 90-minute consultation where we establish a training plan & start to implement the training within the session, but you also have FOUR extra supplementary 1-hour sessions to really keep the motivation going.

1 x 90-minute Initial Consultation
+
4 x 1-hour Supplementary Magic Training Sessions

Unless otherwise agreed the full package would be used within 2 months of your initial consultation.

Testimonials

From Our Clients

We and our pup Ludo have recently graduated from Eryn’s Basic Life Skills course and I can only thank her for the help and support she’s offered the three of us. We now feel much better prepared to understand his needs and body language, and know techniques and strategies to solve issues as and when they arise. Her enrichment games are great and she is a source of constant useful suggestions through her massive experience. It’s worth noting that you need to put the effort in, but with her help the improvement has been tremendous. We can’t wait to start the Transitional classes when they’re next available

Ludo