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Frequently Asked Questions

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Which areas does Muttamorphosis cover?

We offer private training and behaviour modification covering a 30 mile radius around Newcastle.  Our classes take place at Denton Burn Community Centre, Slatyford Lane, Newcastle Upon Tyne. Muttamorphosis currently offers a daily dog walking service from Lemington in the South up to Great Park in the North.

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How does a one-to-one consultation work?

At a time which suits you, and preferably when all the family are present,  Sue travels to your home to discuss the challenges you are having with your dog.  Each session lasts up to an hour and a half and costs £55.  Very few issues are rectifiable in one session as there is no magic wand when it comes to dog training.  The first consultation normally consists of information gathering and setting some foundation training which owners work on for a couple of weeks until a follow up session. Written back up notes are provided for the whole family to implement the new training routine.  Follow-up visits usually involve an opportunity to see the dog and owner practicing their new training routine whether outdoors in the park, or in the home environment.  Sue has several dogs which are used to help with training as a distraction for your dog and in dog/dog aggression cases.

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What is the best age to start dog training classes and what should I bring along?

Muttamorphosis Dog Training & Behaviour recommend that following puppy’s final vaccination, this is the perfect time to begin classes. The sooner socialisation and training starts, the more well-adjusted and adaptable your dog will be.  Puppy Socialisation classes are run for all dogs up to 16 weeks old.  The Kennel Club Good Citizen Puppy Foundation Award is a follow on class which focuses on training your dog the basics in good manners and handling.  It is for all dogs aged less than 12 months old.  Finally, Muttamorphosis Dog Training & Behaviour also runs the Kennel Club Good Citizen Bronze Award.  This is for all dogs aged 6 months and older, owners whose dogs attended puppy class and would like further training, or for those with rescue or older dogs who need some help.  There is a strong emphasis on reward in all our training classes. Just like humans, dogs work best if they are motivated and rewarded. Therefore all owners are asked to bring along dog treats and their dog’s favourite toy. A flat buckle collar or head harness is recommended for controlling dogs in class.  In compliance with the code of conduct of the  APDT UK, dogs wearing check chains or prong collars will not be allowed to attend.

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Why does my dog not come when called?

The main reason dogs do not come when called is that a more attractive alternative is available rather than returning to their owner.  Owners need to work hard to make themselves more exciting and worth being around than their surroundings.  It is very common for owners to only call their dogs to them when a distraction such as another dog becomes visible.  Another reason why dogs ignore the recall command is that they know the owner is not in control and cannot make them come back.  Only when your recall is reliable should you consider allowing your dog off leash.  Muttamorphosis  Dog Training & Behaviour can help you to improve your dog’s recall and feel more confident about allowing them the freedom of off leash play and exercise.

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I would love to give a rescue dog a home, where do I start looking?

There are so many reasons why dogs end up in rescue looking for a new family. Most of them are not the fault of the dog. When you begin your search looking for a rescue dog, have a clear list which describes the perfect dog for your family.  What age and size of dog would you consider?  Remember an older dog will generally cause less trouble, be less destructive and will often settle quicker.  Ideally you should look for a dog whose history is known to the sanctuary or who has lived in a foster home so that he/she will suit your family.  Most good sanctuaries fully assess a dog before allowing it to be rehomed.  Do you have other pets to consider?  What is your lifestyle like and how much time do you have to give to your new companion?  Are you planning a family in the near future? Be prepared to have a home check; members of the sanctuary should come to your home and assess that the environment suits the dog you have chosen, that you have a suitably high garden fence and the whole family is behind the decision to get a dog.  Finally consider joining a dog training class with your new companion where you can clearly train your house rules in a kind and rewarding way and help your dog to bond with you through fun games.  Remember, your new dog will need time to adjust to his new life also.

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How to I get my dog to stop pulling on the leash?

Dogs pull on their lead because it works.  Their owner keeps going forward each time a dog pulls.  Through training techniques, which change the dog’s perception of what happens when they pull, it is possible to alter their behaviour and encourage them to walk beside you.  We also stock highly effective head and body harnesses which give your dog less strength to pull and make them more manageable during times of high distraction.  There are many head and body harnesses on the market and very few actually help stop your dog pulling.  Our experience can help you choose the correct walking aid for you and your dog.

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