Virtual Training & Behaviour Consultation

We bring dog training to you.
Train your dog in the comfort & convenience of your home.

Virtual training or online training is not exactly a new thing in the dog training world. If you are new to this, do not be concerned!  You will find our online services beneficial in many ways. In some cases, online training and consultation are more suitable than group training. Whether your dog is fearful, handful and over-excited outside, mouthy or jumpy, you can join the training from home.  All dogs are welcome! In the home environment, you can build your dogs’ foundation concepts, including optimism, confidence, calmness, self-control, focus, flexibility, independence, and develop skills to help them deal with the world out there. Yes, you can home school your dog! 

There are so many more benefits!

  • Safety – it keeps you and your family safe at home!  
  • Time-saving – no need to drive to the training facility
  • Money-saving – no need to organise a babysitter
  • Distance – no matter where you are, we can reach you! 
  • Convenience & flexibility – you can view recorded videos as you like when you like (in your PJ if you want!)
  • Learning environment – you and your dog can focus on the task without the distraction of regular group training.  
  • Welfare of your dog – your dog isn’t comfortable with travelling in the car, or she is nervous, fearful, or over-excitable? Your home is a better place for training to build up optimism and confidence.  
  • No weather cancellation!
  • Family affaire – you can involve your family members easily at home
  • Speedy response – if you need help asap, online consultation is quicker.
  • Home-based – you can train in a variety of home situations, where you will need good manners most.  
  • Q & A – you can ask questions during the live or via WhatsApp group, FB, or messenger. We encourage you to post videos of your training to WhatsApp etc. if you have questions or want to show your progress!

What you need

  • Internet connection 
  • Computer, smartphone, or tablet with a camera and/or speaker

Process  

Here are the steps to follow. Once it is set up, you are good to go anytime. If you get stuck, please ask us.

  1. We will send you a Zoom meeting invitation each time. When you receive it the first time, you can hit the link in the mail to join the meeting. If you do not have Zoom in your device, you can download at this point. It is simple to set Zoom up by following the instruction. You can download it to your device in advance, too.  
  2. You will receive a reminder before the time, so you can use the link in the reminder to join the meeting at the time of appointment or just before the time.

Application required

Zoom for group session, and private sessions can be via Zoom, Skype or FaceTime session 

Virtual Behaviour Consultation & Training

Are you struggling with excessive barking, overreaction to noises, dogs, people, etc., pulling and lunging on lead, hyperactivity, separation-related issues, dog-dog or dog-cat issues, etc.? No matter what breed or rescue or age group, our professional behaviour practitioner and trainer is here to help! Private sessions are offered via Zoom, Skype or FaceTime. The process of online sessions is the same as in-person consultations, and now our assistance is more accessible!

During the first session, we will discuss your goals and primary concern, then assess your dog. Possible causes of the behaviour and options to manage the situation and modify the behaviour are explained. (In some cases, we may request a video recording.) You will receive a training plan with related handouts/video clips. Follow-up sessions are offered depending on the progress and needs of you and your dog. Support between the sessions are available, so you can contact the behaviour practitioner if there is any question or concern.  

Virtual Classroom

Canine Life Skills Course 1 & 2 – content and outcome

If you want to have a well-mannered dog that listens, a peaceful walk on or off-lead, strengthen the relationship, do something new with your dog, this course can help!  We use innovative game-based fun and positive training method and Tellington TTouch.  The course aims to have your dog real-life ready.  The course is for dogs older than 16 weeks old and no upper age limit.

  • General good manners including basic obedience
  • Building foundation concepts for skills development: optimism, confidence, calmness, self-control, focus, and flexibility
  • Developing your dog’s desire to work with you
  • Developing necessary & practical skills: recall, walking nicely, door manners, no jumping and more.
  • Managing adolescent and adult dogs without nagging and shouting by helping the dogs think for themselves to make good choices in a variety of situations.

Canine Life Skills Course 1:

  • For adolescent and adult dogs with no prior training
  • On Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm
  • One x 30 min private live session during the course included

Canine Life Skills Course 2:

  • For dogs with some training experience
  • On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm
  • One x 30 min private live session during the course included
  • Please contact Mari for details of the courses. 

Group Training

Group training is an excellent opportunity for our dogs to learn how to behave around people and other dogs. It will help improve your skills to manage your dog in an environment with a variety of distractions. For young puppies in the socialisation period, it is a safe and well-controlled environment to learn social skills.

Each dog is an individual and has her own preferences, learning style, strength and weakness. And so is each owner! This is why we keep our group size small. We would like to see each owner & dog team become successful together!

The course is designed for puppies between the age of 7 weeks and about 16 weeks old. This is super fun and educational puppy kindergarten course. Giving your pup opportunities for socialisation and building confidence in a safe environment will have a hugely positive effect on him in the long run. If you are getting a puppy, make sure to take advantage of this socialisation period. Teaching your pup by using fun game-based training will create a solid foundation. You won’t regret your investment!

Did your puppy miss a puppy class? Have you just adopted a dog? Or do you want to have fun with your dog? We got you covered! Adolescent and adult dogs new to training are welcome to this foundation course. Even if your dog has done puppy class long ago, you and your dog will find lots of new things to learn here. Game-based training will make training fun and teach our dogs the important concept of behaviour: optimism, calmness, self-control, focus, and flexibility. We will then build essential behaviours, including sit, down, and leave. We will discuss how dogs learn, care and management of dogs, as well as prevention of unwanted behaviour. No upper age limit.

Adolescent dogs can become challenging. Your adult dogs might have developed unruly behaviour reinforced for a while. Maybe you just want your dog to listen! Whatever the goal you have, we are here to help you get your dog real-life ready! Life skills mean calmness, self-control, and focus, as well as practical skills such as loose leash walking, reliable recall and general good manners. We build these life skills through our game-based training. The games we introduce can be played at home and in the backyard, even if the space is limited. Once your dog becomes familiar with the games, you can take them out & about to have fun with your dog! This course has no upper age limit.

Private Session

Training and behaviour consultation can be conducted in the comfort of your own home. We can offer a tailor-made programme to suit the schedule and needs of you and your dog. With the minimal distraction, you and your dog can focus on learning new skills. This option is also great if your dog is not comfortable with other dogs, new people and new places.

During the first session, we will discuss immediate concern and goals, then assess your dog. (In some cases, we may ask for a video recording.) We will explain possible causes of the behaviour and suggest measures to manage it. You will receive a training plan with related information and video clips. Follow up sessions are offered depending on the progress and needs of you and your dog.  Support between the sessions are available vis WhatsApp, e-mail and phonecall, so if you have any question or concern, feel free to contact your behaviour practitioner.

The method used for management and training is based on science-backed positive reinforcement principle. All animals are emotional beings. For animals to learn effectively in our context, they first need to feel safe and comfortable in the environment. Aversive methods are not necessary but can escalate the problems and create other emotional issues.

Tellington TTouch® is often a part of the behaviour modification plan and training. This holistic and gentle training method helps animals relax and release the tension of the body, improves learning ability, and helps deepen our relationship with our animals. The goal is to help animals think and respond to a variety of new situations rather than react to them. It also helps speed up the process of healing and recovery from illness and assist animals with physical issues by promoting good posture and balanced movement. Elderly pets will hugely benefit from the TTouch® method, too.

Dog Walking

Do you struggle with walking with your dog because she pulls, barks and lunges or simply because you do not have enough time? We are here to help you and your dog! We cater for each individual owner’s and dog’s needs. Please contact trainer/behaviour practitioner to discuss.

Tellington TTouch®

Tellington TTouch® is a unique and gentle teaching method for animals that incorporates bodywork (touches) and movement exercises. TTouch® helps reduce tension in the body, promotes better coordination, balance and posture, assists the healing and recovery process of the animals with medical and physical issues. It can increase confidence, self-control and self-awareness. Animals can think and respond appropriately to new situations rather than react. The unique approach of TTouch® also improves communication and understanding between the animals and their guardians. TTouch® is hugely beneficial for older animal’s well-being, too. TTouch® is used for a variety of species, including humans, and the course is offered at some vet schools in North America and Europe.

TTouch® assists animals with various issues: dislike of contact, noise sensitivity, fear of thunder and lightning, poor coordination, lack of balance, car sickness, pulling on lead, lack of focus and self-control, restlessness, hyperactivity, nervousness, fearfulness, excessive behaviour, separation-related issues and more.

For further information, please visit www.ttouch.co.za and www.ttouch.com.

While TTouch® works well with a variety of treatment modalities, TTouch® is not a treatment for medical conditions. It should not be used to replace medical treatments.

TTouch® is incorporated in our training and behaviour consultation, but we offer workshops, too. If you are interested in the TTouch workshop, please let us know.

Other Service

Adoption assistance

      

We can assist introduction of a new dog to resident dogs and cats, and help integration of a new dog to a new home and others related to dog adoption

Workshop

      

We offer Tellington TTouch Workshops every 3 or 4 months.  Please visit our Calendar page.

Public speaking

      

Topics can be dog behaviour, training and Tellington TTouch.  Please contact us for further information.