Willow Fields

Mountsorrel, Loughborough

07708 835961

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Mon - Fri: 8:00 - 18:30
Sat - Sun: 10:00 - 16:00

Dog Training

Learn and develop the Willow Way with force free and positive reinforcement training.

We offer both 1 on 1 and group dog training in Loughborough, Barrow upon Soar, Mountsorrel, Rothley, Quorn, Hoton, Sileby, Syston, Birstall & other surrounding villages

Learn & develop the Willow Way


Dog training the Willow Way

At Willow Walks we believe that training should not only develop ability and change behaviour but also grow trust, love and confidence. We believe that training should be constructive, safe, fun and rewarding at all times for both dog and owner. Your dog’s long-term wellbeing and happiness are always our core priority. This is why at Willow Walks our ethos and ethics revolve around positive reinforcement. No matter what you’re aiming to achieve you can rest assured that we will only ever practice and teach positive reinforcement and force-free training methods, ensuring you and your dog have the best chances of succeeding.

What is positive reinforcement?

Positive reinforcement is where we add a positive reinforcer that, when presented following a desired behaviour makes it more likely that type of behaviour will occur in the future. The important thing to remember is that the reinforcer must seem positive to the dog, some dogs could not care less about a toy reinforcer being given as a reward.

Training with reinforcers is all about teaching your dog that good things happen when they make a good choice.  When your dog gets a reinforcer, they will associate this with whatever they have just done. This will make it likely to reoccur. For example, if you give your dog a treat reinforcer when they raise a paw, they are more likely to do it again!

  • Science tells us that reward-based training is the best way for dogs to learn.
  • Training with rewards is fun and helps to build trust between dog and owner.
  • Positive reinforcement training helps to build confidence and encourages dogs to think for themselves.

As proud members of the IMDT (institute of Modern Dog Trainers), Willow Walks abide by The IMDT Code of Ethics:

  • To train dogs professionally with honesty, integrity and in the best interest of the dog, owner, the public and The IMDT.
  • Actively provide and promote force-free training methods and actively reject any methods or equipment that may cause physical or mental discomfort.
  • Continue Professional development through books, workshops, courses & seminars.
  • Respect the privacy and confidentiality of clients.
  • Carry suitable professional insurance including public liability.
  • Members agree to work within their professional limits and agree to refer owners with needs beyond those limits to a suitable professional.
  • Provide and promote science based, proven dog training principles to a high, professional standard.
  • Avoid positive punishment as a tool for training dogs.
  • Proactively benefit dogs and dog owners.

To find out more out the IMDT please visit www.imdt.uk.com

Puppy Skills - The Willow Way

Puppy Life Skills classes.

Our life skills classes include:

* Foundation behaviours
* Proximity & bond building exercises
* Recall
* General obedience
* Settle
* Behaviours that promote good choices
* Loose lead walking

Also discussed – Dog Law – Nutrition & Health – Body Language

Each session is supported by a take away step by step guide sheet that details all the techniques and tips learnt that week, ideal for non attending family members or to simply refresh your memory.
On completion of the course all our recruits are rewarded with a certificate and a bonus Tuggy toy!

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Online / Zoom Dog Training

Online Dog Training

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Evening & Weekend Online / Zoom Sessions

We can offer the following dog training services online via Zoom / Teams:

* Puppy life skills training 
* Behaviour consultation
* Nutrition & diet advice
* General obedience training
* Dog law advice 
* Behaviours that promote good choices
* Understanding body language

Our online dog training sessions are available in the evenings and at weekends (subject to availability)

Prices start from £20 per 40 minute consult.

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