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Welcome to Border Collie Rescue Scotland
Registered Charity in Scotland No SC040796
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 this we are only listing those with websites, but - buyer beware - it's your responsibility to check it out. How they work with dogs and communicate with people is important.
Argyll and Bute -
Dumfries and Galloway - Dunbartonshire - Falkirk - Fife - Highland
Inverclyde - Lanarkshire - Lothian - Moray - Hebrides - Orkney
Perth and Kinross - Renfrewshire - Borders - Shetland - Stirling
Please contact us if you have any further need to locate a dog trainer in Scotland to help you