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Rehabilitation Dog Training

About Rehabilitation

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All about Rehabilitation for dogs

Rehabilitation dog training is a type of training that helps dogs with behavioural issues overcome their problems and become well-adjusted members of society. In the UK, this type of training is becoming increasingly popular as more people adopt rescue dogs or dogs with problematic backgrounds.

Rehabilitation training for dogs typically involves a combination of behaviour modification and obedience training. Behaviour modification techniques help dogs to unlearn negative behaviours and replace them with more positive ones, while obedience training teaches dogs to follow commands and behave appropriately in various situations.

One of the critical aspects of rehabilitation is working closely with a qualified and experienced dog trainer who can tailor the training program to the dog’s specific needs. This may involve one-on-one sessions, group training sessions, or a combination of both. We offer one-to-one sessions and residential training for dogs that require intensive training at Sheps Dog Training.

Some common behavioural issues that rehabilitation dog training can help with include aggression, fear, anxiety, separation anxiety, destructive behaviour, and excessive barking.

Rehabilitation may also involve socialisation training, which helps dogs to interact appropriately with other dogs and people. This is especially important for rescue dogs or dogs that have been mistreated or neglected.

Rehabilitation is an effective way to help dogs with behavioural issues overcome their problems and become well-behaved and happy members of their families and communities.

Dog Rehabilitation Benefits

The benefits of Dog Rehabilitation

Improves the dog’s quality of life

Dogs with aggression, fear, and anxiety may experience a lower quality of life due to their behaviours. They may not enjoy certain activities or social interactions with other dogs and people. Dog rehabilitation can help address these issues, improving the dog’s behaviour and allowing them to lead a happier and more fulfilling life.

Enhances the dog-owner relationship

Dogs with aggression, fear, and anxiety can be difficult to handle, which can strain the relationship between the dog and its owner. Dog rehabilitation can help improve the dog’s behaviour, making them easier to handle and reducing the risk of conflicts between the dog and its owner. This can help strengthen the bond between the dog and its owner, improving the overall quality of their relationship.

Increases safety for the dog and others

Dogs with aggression, fear, and anxiety can pose a risk to themselves and others. Aggressive behaviours can lead to fights with other dogs, while fear and anxiety can cause a dog to act unpredictably. Dog rehabilitation can help address these issues, reducing the risk of harm to the dog and others. This can provide peace of mind for the owner and allow the dog to enjoy social interactions and other activities safely.

Frequently Asked Questions

Before you give up on your dog, read these commonly asked questions we get at our dog training centre. If you need help assessing and evaluating your dog, please get in touch for a consultation to determine the best course of action.

What is rehabilitation dog training?+

Rehabilitation dog training helps dogs overcome behavioural issues or trauma, such as fear, aggression, anxiety, and hyperactivity.

What types of dogs can benefit from rehabilitation?+

Any dog can benefit from rehabilitation dog training. Still, it’s most commonly used for dogs that have experienced abuse, neglect, or other traumatic events or those that are struggling with behavioural issues.

How long does rehabilitating a dog take?+

The length of rehabilitating a dog can vary depending on the specific behavioural issues or trauma that your dog is experiencing. Some dogs only need a few sessions, while others require months or even years of training.

What training methods are used in rehabilitating dogs?+

Rehabilitation dog training typically involves positive reinforcement training methods, such as rewarding good behaviour and ignoring or redirecting bad behaviour. Other techniques, such as desensitisation and counter-conditioning, may also be used to help dogs overcome their fears or anxieties.

Can I train my dog for rehabilitation at home?+

While some aspects of rehabilitation dog training can be done at home, it’s important to work with a professional trainer who has experience in this area. They can help identify the underlying causes of your dog’s behaviour and develop a customised training plan to address those issues.

What should I look for in a rehabilitation dog trainer?+

When looking for a rehabilitation dog trainer, it’s important to find someone who has experience working with dogs with similar issues to your own. Look for a trainer who uses positive reinforcement methods and has a good reputation in the community.

Is rehabilitation dog training expensive?+

The cost of rehabilitation dog training can vary depending on the trainer, the length of the program, and the severity of your dog’s issues. However, it’s important to keep in mind that investing in your dog’s rehabilitation can lead to a happier, healthier, and more well-behaved pet in the long run.

Can rehabilitation dog training cure all behavioural issues?+

While rehabilitation dog training can be effective in many cases, it’s important to remember that not all behavioural issues can be completely cured. Some dogs may continue to struggle with certain behaviours or may require ongoing training and support.

Will rehabilitation dog training change my dog’s personality?+

Rehabilitation is designed to help dogs overcome behavioural issues, not to change their fundamental personality traits. However, it can help your dog feel more confident and secure, which may lead to a happier and more well-behaved pet.

Is rehabilitation safe for my dog?+

Rehabilitation training is generally safe for dogs as long as it’s done correctly and with the proper techniques. However, monitoring your dog’s behaviour during training and stopping if they show distress or discomfort is important.


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