Pet Dog Training in Perth and Kinross
In-Person or via Zoom!
Whether you want to teach your new puppy the basics or reform a rambunctious rover, K9-Kind has the package for you. K9-Kind specialise in pet dog training, helping owners understand why dogs do what they do and using what motivates them to train the behaviours we want.
An independent company, K9-Kind is run by Director and Head Coach, Aileen Hodgson. Aileen has a passion for force-free training and is an accredited APDT and PACT trainer and a proud member of the Pet Professional Guild. She is a Pet Dog Ambassador Assessor and has undertaken studies with PPG, IMDT and Canine Principles among others and maintains her continual professional development by regularly attending seminars and workshops and keeping up-to-date with the latest developments in canine behavioural science.
Methods used for training are always force-free and based heavily on positive reinforcement.
K9-Kind is a fully compliant and insured service, which prides itself on a consistently enthusiastic response from all our clients - two and four legs!
Private Puppy Training
Get one-to-one support and coaching in the comfort of your own home with our Perfect Puppy Package
Puppies are amazing and cute and full of personality, however, they can also exhausting. Getting your puppy to settle through the night, get toilet trained and quit using your hands as chew toys are just some of the many challenges you may be facing. Luckily we specialise in puppy training.
Right now we are offering a Private Puppy Package which consists of;
OUR PUPPY CLASSES FOR THE YEAR ARE NOW FULLY BOOKED - PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE PUT ON OUR WAITING LIST OR DISCUSS ALTERNATIVES
This is a 6-week course for puppies aged from 11 weeks to 24 weeks old which provides a foundation of learning that you can continue to build on for years to come.
Class numbers are limited to 6 puppies per class to ensure that everyone gets the attention they need.
The course includes;
You'll have fun teaching your puppy basic behaviours like Sit, Lie Down, Stay, Recall, among others and make a start on Loose Leash Walking. In week one you are asked to attend without your puppy so that we can teach you basic clicker skills, discuss equipment use and explain how to deal with common puppy pitfalls before getting stuck in with the practical stuff with your puppy on week two. You will also receive weekly notes and homework to help you and your puppy progress.
Training methods are always force-free and are designed to avoid stress and frustration for your puppy.
The full cost of the course of six classes is £75.00 and is payable in advance in order to reserve your space. If you interested in attending the next block just click the "Book Puppy Class" button below or drop us an email at email@example.com if you have any queries.
Training is something that everyone in the family should enjoy and while COVID-19 restrictions have now eased meaning more people can attend our classes again, we do ask that everyone attending wears a mask in class for the time being. If you are unable to wear a mask then please get in touch to discuss alternative training options.
OUR NEXT JUNIOR COURSE AVAILABLE FOR BOOKING STARTS 5TH OCTOBER AT 7:30PM AT MID ATHOLL HALL BALLINLUIG, PH9 0LG
This is a 6-week course for puppies and dogs aged over 6 months old that have attended our puppy classes or had one-to-one training with Aileen and have mastered the basics but need more practice around other dogs and people. If you haven't attended a previous class or trained with Aileen but would still like to attend please contact us on 07704 616306 to see whether you would be eligible before registering.
Class numbers are limited to 6 juniors per class to ensure that everyone gets the attention they need.
The main aim of this course is to work on your dog's focus around other dogs, people and other distractions. This is done in a safe and controlled environment, your work on introducing distance, duration and distraction to your basic cues, practice parallel walking with other dogs and people, practice meet and greets, recalls with distraction among other exercises.
Even if you think your puppy/dog knows most basic behaviours, practising working around others will make attending the class worthwhile and the coaching you'll receive will help you move your training on to the next level.
The full cost of the course of six classes is £75.00 and is payable in advance in order to reserve your space. If you are interested in attending the next block just click the "Book Junior Class" button below or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries.
Training is something that everyone in the family should enjoy and while COVID-19 restrictions have now eased meaning more people can attend our classes again, we do ask that everyone attending wears a mask in class for the time being. These restrictions will be reviewed and updated in line with Scottish Government guidelines. If you are unable to wear a mask then please get in touch to discuss alternative training options.
Private Puppy/Dog Training
Get one-to-one support and coaching in the comfort of your own home/garden (also available remotely via zoom)
These sessions offer a personalised training service in the comfort of your own home or garden (or via Zoom), concentrating on the behaviours that are important to you. Perhaps you have an adolescent or adult dog who didn't make it to puppy classes or perhaps you've rehomed a rescue. Private sessions are a great way to get your training up to speed. Whether it's working on the basics, getting a rocket recall, nailing that loose leash walking, stopping jumping up or just helping your dog be calmer in the home, we can help.
In this initial session, I spend 1-2 hours with you and your dog discussing your training needs and observing your dog at your home (and sometimes out for a walk depending on your training needs) and getting you started with some practical training.
At the end of your first session, I will recommend and tailor any further required training sessions to suit what you and your family need the most.
We cover Perth, Aberfeldy, Dunkeld, Pitlochry and surrounding areas. If you're not sure if we cover your area just get in touch to find out.
How Would You Like to Trade Your Old Dog Training Equipment for Great Discounts?
We want to swap great discounts on our most popular services FOR your choke, prong or shock collars or any other qualifying pet gear. By participating in “Project Trade” you can earn up to 15% off our most popular services simply by giving us old pet gear* you have laying around. It couldn’t be easier!
What is “Project Trade”?
Project Trade is the Pet Professional Guild's (PPG) international advocacy program that promotes the use of force-free pet training equipment by asking pet guardians to swap choke, prong and shock collars (and any other devices that are designed to change behavior through pain or fear). Because we want all pets and their guardians to experience the huge advantages and long-lasting effectiveness of force-free training and pet care, we will give you great discounts on our most popular, effective, fun and pain-free training and pet care services in exchange for your old gear.
Effective, humane animal training and pet care methods are the foundation of any animal’s healthy socialization and training and help prevent behavior problems. Since a wide variety of equipment and tools are commonly used when training pets, the pet-owning public needs to be aware of the potential problems and dangers some equipment may pose. Specifically, the use of collars and leads that are intended to apply constriction, pressure, pain or force around a dog’s neck (such as ‘choke chains’ and ‘prong collars’) should be avoided. Distinguished veterinarians and behaviorists worldwide are joining the discussion and calling for the elimination of such devices from the training efforts of both pet owners and professionals.
What Do the Experts Say?
Respected veterinarian and thyroid expert, Dr. Jean Dodds, recommends against choke or prong collars “as they can easily injure the delicate butterfly-shaped thyroid gland thatsits just below the larynx and in front of the trachea. These collars can also injure the salivary glands and salivary lymph nodes on the side of the face underneath both ears.”
Bestselling author and canine behaviorist, Jean Donaldson, says: "These devices (choke and prong collars), when they work, do so to the degree that they hurt. With the advent of modern methods and tools they are irrelevant.”
According to veterinarian and veterinary behaviorist Dr. Soraya V. Juarbe-Diaz: "Using punishment to stop behaviors is not new. Notice I say ‘stop’ rather than ‘teach’ -- I can stop any behavior, but I am more interested in teaching my students, animal or human, to choose the behavior I want them to perform because they can trust me, because I do not hurt them and they are safe with me, and because the outcome is something they enjoy.”
PPG thus encourages all pet owners and pet professionals to embrace modern, scientifically based, training techniques and tools, especially the latest generation of no-pull harnesses which are free of the risks posed by traditional collars and offer far more benefits. So swap your gear and help create a kinder world for you and your pet!
To learn more just visit PetProfessionalGuild.com.
*qualifying pet gear = prong collars, shock collars, pinch collars, choke chains, citronella collars and the like.
We offer a 15% discount in exchange for the following items.
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Our Amazing Clients
Tally the Lurcher's owner
We thought, having always owned dogs, that we were experienced and responsible dog owners but we took on a lurcher puppy two years ago and quickly found ourselves becoming out of our depth. Contacting Aileen was an excellent decision which changed what was becoming a worrying and stressful relationship with our dog into one we could all enjoy.
Aileen is very skilled at working with dogs and owners. She quickly established a rapport with all of us and working with her over several sessions became very interesting and enjoyable - and confidence-boosting. As well as her obvious knowledge and experience, she has the happy knack of being both clear and reassuring and her guidance gave us lots of ideas and techniques to work on. She also provides much practical written information and material as reinforcement. She continues to offer much helpful and accessible advice and we hope to continue the work in one of her classes when they resume. Working with her has made all the difference.
Ruby the Cock-a-Poo's Owner
We have just completed four one-to-one puppy training sessions in our own home with Ruby, a 16 week old cockapoo. Aileen first came when Ruby had been with us for only 2 days and it gave us a real sense of security knowing that we had someone coming to help us in these early days. We soon realised that we'd struck gold with Aileen! Not only did Ruby love her to bits, we found her so easy to work with and felt she really understood our situation. Never at any point did we feel patronised or silly for not getting it right or asking very basic questions... in fact, it was the complete opposite and we knew that Aileen really wanted the best outcome for us as owners as well as for Ruby. Aileen's knowledge and expertise of puppy behaviours and training techniques, as well as her undoubted love of dogs, instilled us with confidence that embarking on these classes had given us all the best start! We can't recommend Aileen highly enough and have found it a very positive experience to work with her in every way. Thanks again!
Misty the Collie's Owner
Our Misty has just completed her basic puppy training course. As this was our first puppy the course has been absolutely brilliant, it concentrates on building a bond with not only you but your family with your pup (course has a of a maximum six pups but all family members are welcome to attend training sessions) it provides the whole family with fun basic training techniques.
Fun for both pup and trainer would definitely recommend.
Tramp the Briard's Owner
I certainly would recommend Aileen . I had a one to one prior to the classes commencing as I thought I would miss this first class ( I didn’t ) and it was excellent and very helpful and enlightening. I also thought Jane was a great assistant trainer and also very interested keen and helpful ... I’ll miss further training opportunities ...Aileen was an excellent and very patient and understanding instructor ... the dogs loved her and she seemed to have a natural affinity for the animals in the class and vice versa... Jane was also a great asset in every class
Bernie the Springer Spaniel's Owner
Booked a one-to-one session for my springer and it was fantastic! Aileen is super friendly and informative and my dog loved her. Her tips have really made a difference already - would definitely recommend!!
Holly and Max's Owner
Can't rate Aileen's puppy training classes highly enough. Our two cavapoos have benefited so much from all the techniques we've learned, the information and even the socialising with other dogs has been fantastic. What I love is the whole approach is calm and force-free. You learn that force would never be needed and learn a lot about bonding with your dog and understanding each other. The dogs were never for a moment stressed or unhappy. Aileen is an absolute wealth of information, from food, to toys, leads, breeds and of course training techniques. She has a perfect balance of discipline and affection for the pups and it's just what we were hoping for from a trainer. Kids were made very welcome when they attended the classes with us also. So approachable and helpful. Don't hesitate to use K9 Kind, I'm so glad we did! Thanks Aileen x
20th Aug 2018
I cannot find words to say how much we have benefited from Aileen's training classes. Our Henry completed puppy and junior classes and both blocks were absolutely amazing. It was not only about training techniques but also about getting to know your dog better, understanding his needs, language and what was so important to me - creating a special bond with your dog. Thank you so much Aileen for your amazing approach to our little Henry, for your patience, reassurance and priceless tips we continue to use in our everyday life. Thank You.
Molly the Fox Terrier's Owner
Thank you for coming over this afternoon. I found it to be very interesting, informative and productive. You have a lovely approach to helping dog and owner and I am enthused to continue with our new tasks. You left a happy owner and a totally pooped pup. She has hardly stirred since you left.
Lillie the Labrador's Owner
Booked a one to one session with Aileen and to be honest was not sure what to expect! Wow the information we received was great. So lovely to hear views on what you are doing right or alternatives to help us. Also with Aileen coming to the house we could show her around and ask for advice. Great value for money too. The report you receive after the session is great too, with loads of interesting links to things that you had discussed. I would recommend Aileen to anyone with a puppy or dog! Not to mention our puppy loved her, especially as she had some great toys and treats with her. THANK YOU
Koda the Cocker Spaniel's Owner
11 June 2016
Massive difference in behaviour of all pooches at start of classes versus end. Huge improvement for Koda and it's reassuring to know Aileen does 1-2-1 training for refreshers going forward.
Lolly the Yorkie's Owner
8 August 2015
I recently completed a dog training class with my wee Yorkshire terrier, Lolly which was run by Aileen. I can't recommend it highly enough! We learned so much and there was plenty of one-to-one time as well to ask for extra advice. Was such good fun and met some lovely other people with their dogs too.