Vet Nurse Sonia Gregson teaches private lessons, puppy preschool, adolescent and adult dogs.
Sonia is a fully qualified practising veterinary nurse of more than twelve years and is a certified dog trainer with the Delta Institute.
Everyone loves a puppy, but we especially love a puppy with manners. One who sits to greet visitors, is toilet trained and comes when called.
Training classes are force free and contain up to date positive training methods. Training has been shown to be the single most important thing that keeps dogs with their original owner for life. It strengthens the bond between the family and pet.
I will help you create a simple list of words and hand signals that you can use with your dog on a daily basis. This creates an easy to understand line of communication between you and your dog. I encourage pre-empting unwanted behaviours rather than waiting to correct them.
My aim is to help reduce the number of young healthy dogs being surrendered to shelters due to unwanted behaviours.
The RSPCA website states that during the 2013-2014 period, 70% of the dogs euthanized were because of severe behavioural issues.
The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) recommends the use of positive reinforcement training methods for dogs as the preferred method of training. The RSPCA supports reward-based training methods whereby the dog is set up to succeed and then rewarded for performing the ‘good’ behaviour (positive reinforcement).