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Links to Dog Trainers in Scotland

Having a well trained, obedient, well mannered dog is an essential part of owning one.

Current legislation requires dogs to be kept under control in public placesChanges to the law under the recent 'Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act' now make it a criminal offence for a dog to be out of control in a public place.
For more details of the laws covering dogs in Scotland, see our 'Legal' section.
and penalises owners who's dogs act in a way that causes damage to people, property or other animals.
A dogs owner, or handler, could be held liable for damages and face criminal prosecution if a dog's behaviour causes fear or distress to another person or animal.

Many folk are quite capable of training their own dogs, but sometimes help is useful.There is no 'universal' method of training 'all' dogs.
Dogs will respond to different methods of training in different ways.
A good dog trainer will adjust their approach and the method of training to suit the character and temperament of each individual dog, in order to get the most effective response.
If you are having problems training your dog, this may simply be a matter of communication and method.
Seeking help from a more experienced dog trainer may save you and your dogs a lot of time and stress!

Times have changed and public expectations of obedience are higher, tolerance of poor control lower.
Dog behaviour has become a relevant issue to all dog owners, underlying problems that cannot be overcome by training and needing a greater understanding of the reasons behind them.

The causes that make a dog behave (or misbehave) in a particular way can be complex.
They may lie in its breeding (genetics), socialisation, past treatment or physical health.
It is therefore unwise to apply a generalised remedy to the symptoms as visible issues may be the result of different (or combined) causes and what makes one dog show aggression may not be the same cause as aggression in another dog, even though their behaviour appears to be the same.
What works to improve dog 'A' may not work on dog 'B' and could even make things worse because the reasons behind the behaviour are different. An individual approach is needed for each dog.

Many dog trainers also specialise in behaviour and will recognise and understand a wide range of issues that result in such problems so they can recommend a course of action that is individually tailored for each dog.
But there is no legal regulation covering qualifications for dog trainers or behaviourists and anyone can call themselves such - so watch out for cowboys!
There are a number of different associations a dog trainer or behaviourist can join, and recognised qualifications they can gain, which will help you pick a good one if you look into it far enough - but remember that qualifications may not guarantee a good choice as experience counts for a lot in this field.
Word of mouth and personal recommendations, based on results, are what you should be looking for.

This list of dog trainers, behaviourists, clubs and classes has not been vetted by us at Border Collie Rescue and we can not, and do not, endorse or pass comment on any of the methods used by any of them.
It is up to a dogs owner to check out any class near them before enrolling.
To aid in this we are only listing those with websites, but like all things in life - buyer beware - it's your responsibility to check it out. How they work with dogs and communicate with people is important.

*Names between *asterix* are listed below the regions as covering all Scotland*

Ayreshire - Aberdeenshire - Angus - Argyll and Bute - Clackmannanshire
Dumfries and Galloway - Dunbartonshire - Falkirk - Fife - Highland
Inverclyde - Lanarkshire - Lothian - Moray - Hebrides - Orkney
Perth and Kinross - Renfrewshire - Borders - Shetland - Stirling


Dog Trainers listed by alphabetic region

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  • The Western Isles Dog Training Club has closed.
    Local SSPCA run occasional classes

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  • Shetland Dog Club - 01950 477478

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