Training and Caring for Your Dog

There are many websites with ideas and advice and many styles of training. Most research has shown that positive reward based training is the most successful.


Vital for puppies/young dogs and also rescues. With other dogs, people, situations and noises

Withdean Park – has a secure, fully enclosed area to meet other dogs and owners. See

There is also an excellent resource from the dogs trust with a range of sounds designed to help socialise both puppies and older dogs. It’s free and includes fireworks. Available hereThis takes a few weeks but works well for many dogs.


Brighton is well served with local trainers and behaviourists. Anyone can claim these skills so look out for qualifications, references and recommendations. It is always advisable to do your homework when deciding the best trainer for you and your dog and any specific needs to focus on. Read reviews, check qualifications and experience, talk to the trainer, meet for a no obligation chat.

Mike Garner of Rainbow Dogs  and Planet Dog are local behaviourists who we have collaborated with in the past.

Learning recall. Always a challenge, especially with so many exciting distractions! Vital for puppies and rescues. A fenced area provides a safety net or alternatively a long line. 

Sheep-proofing. Dogs should always be on a lead near sheep and other livestock. However there is a risk that dogs may spot sheep before you do on a walk. A shepherd in Kent runs a sheep-proofing course that helps make your dog wary of sheep and not to chase them. See And their facebook page –