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Top Dog Training School & Home Boarding is one of the most popular, most recommended training school in Kent.
We have been recognised one of the best business in Bexley for 2019, and now Top 3 Dog Trainer in London in 2020. I am extremely proud with these achievements as I could never even dream about it. For the first few weeks I kept pinching myself and asking my friends to log in from differnt computers to see if its actually true lol
Top Dog Training school & Home Boarding its not just a business, its a family business, big dog family, an amazing dog community.
The community which encouraged me to start my business, supported me when i first started and have been with me throughout all the years.
Since then, our dog family grew and all the community got closer supporting each other.
Our school is very different from all other school that anyone ever known ( that what we been told by many of our customers) as my training is designed for dogs and owners to learn in a positive environment, while they have fun and enjoy the learning.
We train owners to understand their dogs better, so they can live in mutual understanding and harmony. Nothing worse for a dog- when the owner don't know what they doing, have no confidence and always worried what if!
Many, often believe that their dogs only need to complete an initial Puppy 'socialization' course in order for their dog to be well trained, but this stage is just the beginning. Training doesn't stop after 1 hour in the class or 6 weeks course, training starts as early as puppies are born, all away through their life as we all know that PRACTICE MAKES IT PERFECT
Some- think that dog is born programmed and should know how to behave without any training. They do have some traits- breed specific- retrievers retrieve, pointers point, hounds use their nose, but they wont know how to sit, stay, recall.....
Some- tell their dog "watch and learn" and get mad when they don't! Dogs can copy each other just like humans, but they won't know what word Sit means
I am very lucky to meet many dogs during and after training as most of them use our home boarding services, so I can see, what training works, what we need to improve or maybe change it.
At the end of the course, we ask customers to give us their feedback and write a review to tell everyone if and why they enjoyed & loved our classes- and I am very glad to say, how happy customers are to leave the review and you can read all amazing and positive reviews on Facebook and google. Of course, I can't please everyone- no one can, so there may be someone who was unhappy, but if they haven't told us the problem, we could not fix it and change what we did wrong
I also ask my customers to inform me, if there is anything that they may not like- so I can improve right away and make sure all my customers are happy.
My father always taught me: "its not new customers who will change your life, its the returning customers" and i work very hard to make sure our new customers enjoy our classes that they are happy to return and recommend to all who are looking for an amazing Dog training school to give their puppies and dogs best start in life
For me dog training it's not all just about sits, down, stay, roll over or have a robot dog!
I personally love dogs with character and a little bit of cheekiness- that makes training much more fun! It's about your relationship, connection, communication and understanding between you and your dog. Just like children between 1.5y- 3y, they can't explain to you what they want, so you have to understand and work out what they trying to tell you. Dogs may not speak human language, but if you learn how to understand babies and each other by watching them and working out how they feeling and what they want, you can easily learn what your dog wants and how they feel by observation and learning of their body language and actions
How do dogs think? How dogs seek attention? What are praise and punishment? How and when give them attention? How and when you need to be in control of your dog and why is your dog doing things they do? What is dominance? Why dogs aggressive on the lead? Why some dogs always on the lead? What kind of leads better? What treats is good to reward your dog? Why my dog is nipping and how to stop it? Is crate good for a dog? What is used for and how to train them to like it and enjoy it, how to use it correctly? There are so many things that we as owners need to know because if we don't, we will teach our dog's the wrong way and then you will pay a lot of money to fix it later in their life.
Dog, like us humans love being praised for good behaviour. if we are treated well, praised- we will repeat that behaviour again and again. If we get paid well for the job well done- we will work as hard and even harder next time for even better pay. Humans, get paid money, dogs much simpler than that, they only ask for tasty treats (chiken, hot dogs, cheese, cocktail sausages), love, trust and cuddles- lots of those
When you finish our classes, you will be armed with lots of information for rest of your life to keep working and enjoy life with your dog. We will always be there for you if you ever need to ask a question, use our daycare or boarding or even just come for a dog walk with me and pack in the park.
I never walk alone:
in many years of training, dog boarding and daycare, we have met hundreds of amazing dogs and people and many of those dogs are still in our life, coming for their holiday and catch up lessons to make sure they dont forget what they learned. Our walks in the park became extremely popular all around Kent, our customers don't just come to socialise their dogs, but come to socialise with each other as we always have topics to chat about and its not always about dogs. We normally go home with belly hurting from laughter and smile on our faces as its an amazing start of the day.
We do not allow aggressive dogs in our group to avoid any disagreements and problems.
There are rules to follow in our group to be considerate to other park users and make sure they are not a nuisance and problem for others! Just because you love dogs it don't mean that other users like them or not scared of them, so it dont matter if you are in a group or the park on your own, make sure you have control of your dog
How it all started:
Before opening our school, I wanted to do research of what dog owners like, love and also hate in training?
So, there I was enrolling to different schools, learning from different teachers, different approaches, different attitudes, listening to students who attended with us of what they like or dislike. My customer's opinion matters to me the most. Sometimes, I film myself running a class, just to make sure I am happy of how I do it.
We observed, listened and learned and when it was time to teach I knew how:
Nervous- of non-knowing what to expect from dog training,
Exited- to teach your new puppy/dog new tricks and watches him learn,
Scared- as you may have a bad experience before and not sure if it's a good decision to do it again,
Embarrassed- as your dog's behavior is very stressful and unwanted, and nobody wants to walk with you,
Last chance- you give your dog, as you just can't cope with naughty behavior, barking, not coming back and being dominant
Before starting teaching dogs and their owners:
I taught swimming children and adults from 2years- 70years. One, who never been in the water- and the one, who was petrified of water and refused to go anywhere near it and Children with learning difficulties
Worked as a management team- working with teenagers, with all teenager problems you could ever imagine, they could not tell anyone else, teaching how to do their job without being too harsh or too soft
With teaching skills I learned in my previous jobs, I could apply these teaching, observation, understanding techniques in teaching my dog owners and dogs
With management skills- I can manage big groups, deal quickly to find the best solution for the situation, so everyone in the class leaves happy.
Working with children- I know how quickly dogs and humans lose interest to do the same thing over and over again, my job is to keep classes interesting and entertaining, so everyone would like to come back for more and more training Working with adults and elderly- I have learned to have even more respect and even more patience, to listen and to do everything in my power to help people to have well-behaved dog and enjoy the rest of their lives together.
Seeing and knowing how all of my customers feel, we set our training classes accordingly to suit everybody.
So, look around, check out the training page, and our pictures and let us know what you think. For more pictures and real customer comments please visit our Facebook Page- Top Dog Training School, read their reviews
I can't wait to meet you all and know you will have a fantastic time at training
Remember- "A happy dog is a trained dog and one whose owners know what they doing"
Kevin, is my husband and he is a very big part of Top Dog. Without his support and patience over there would be no Top Dog. Over the years Kevin has learned how to understand what you and your dog need He is the sensible, smart, funny and bit crazy one and dogs love his energy.
Kayden was born into, and raised around many dogs, different breeds and sizes dogs and don't have a lot of interest in dogs. He is more than happy to be around them but that is it- unless, he likes a dog (never know what breed it may be)- then he wants to cuddle, otherwise ....
Stanley is over 1 year old (English cream) Kobi is 6 months old & Bengy is nearly 12 years old . These boys have very important job at Top Dog House. Bengy is the Boss and thanks to him, there is always calmness around him. Stanley is the playful one and all dogs love to have crazy run around with and Kobi is the baby of the family who always entertains all other puppies.
I first started working with Top Dog Training School soon after I got my puppy. After the first few lessons I loved the bond that I had developed with my dog, as training helped us to understand each other, and I knew this was something that I wanted to continue.
Ineta not only teaches the skills needed to become a responsible dog owner, she also ensures that both owners and dogs are learning in a fun and positive environment, which is one of the reasons I love working alongside her.
Each course I look forward to working with so many different breeds and meeting their owners. I love watching the puppies progress through each class and seeing how dedicated owners are to ensuring that their new fur babies grow into well behaved dogs.
Thanks to Ineta’s never-ending knowledge, I am continuously gaining more understanding of all different breeds and their behaviours, and I am so grateful to Ineta for taking the time (and having the patience) to teach me.
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