Residential Dog Training
Award Winning Intensive training for puppies & adult dogs. We train your dog for you!
Here at Adolescent Dogs, we help busy families with dogs in the UK to go from stressful walks, to happy and relaxed walks that you can feel proud of
We take the stress out of training by fast forwarding your training for you, giving your dog the absolute best start, and then providing you with a clear and easy training plan so you can spend more time together and feel confident taking your dog with you anywhere
The best part about our residential training programmes, is that your dog comes to live with us in our family home whilst receiving daily training. We provide a completely bespoke training programme for your dog, transforming their behaviour in as little as 2 weeks
Deciding who to trust with your beloved family dog is a tough decision to make. Our team of expert trainers offer a caring, secure, positive and safe environment for your family dog and only use positive training methods. You'll receive regular photo & video updates throughout, and full owner training is provided to ensure lifetime success
Intensive training is perfect for owners who want to ensure they are getting the training right, and want the benefit of expert guidance from start to end.
Did you know, most dog owners simply don't have the skills, knowledge, access to daily distractions or time needed to build reliability around other dogs and people, and in different environments, so receiving intensive training from an expert is the perfect solution! You shouldn't feel an ounce of guilt about seeking help for your dog. You are being a responsible dog owner, and both you and your dog will reap the rewards of having excellent training in place.
Booking an intensive course is the best thing you can do for your family dog, so he can enjoy the freedom he deserves, and you can enjoy taking your dog out with confidence. We welcome all breeds of dogs, and cater training for puppies from 8 weeks of age, right up to old age. It's never too early or late!
If you want to train your own dog to become an Assistance Dog, we can help you to achieve this via our Owner Trained Asssistance Dog Programme and can get your dog ready for the assessments and Access Tests, as well as provide all of the tests!
Locations: Surrey, Hampshire & West Sussex
We offer Nationwide & European collection
From 12 weeks, we begin our obedience training programme, covering training, socialisation and toilet training.
If you want to ensure your puppy has the very best start to his training and socialisation and want to make sure you're doing everything right, then this programme is for you! Not only do we make sure your puppy has the best start to his education, we share the skills and knowledge with you, so that you can feel confident carrying it all on through to adulthood.
Puppies don't grow out of their unwanted behaviours, they only grow into them! At least half of our intensive stays are puppy clients!
The BEST age to start a puppy stay is between 12 weeks and 6 months of age. Don't wait for your puppy to develop problem behaviour, teach your puppy now so he can grow with his training!
Adult Dogs & Rescue Dogs
We provide re-training programmes for adult dogs and rescue dogs. If you're struggling to take your dog's training to the reliable level that you need, then our expert trainers have the skills and knowledge to get fast results for you! Many owners lack the skills, time or regular access to distractions to build any kind of reliability themselves.
Our team can quickly help to get on top of lead pulling, recall, jumping, barking, hyperactivity, toilet training, lunging at cars/dogs/joggers, behaviour around children, behaviour arounds cats/livestock, settling in the home and in pubs/cafes, settling in your workplace, assistance/therapy dog tasks and all basic to advanced obedience
Your dog is never too young or too old to learn! We take dogs as young as 12 weeks and as old as 10 years!
If your dog is lunging, barking or showing aggression towards dogs or people, whether through fear, frustration, over excitement, guarding or any other reason, we can help.
The best time to get on top of this type of problem is now! The longer you leave it, the worse your dog's behaviour will get and the longer it will take to change.
As with any training, you'll need to be fully committed to keeping up your dog's training once home. There is no 'fixing' reactivity issues. Dogs who are reactive will often need lifetime management. Training can put the essential groundwork in place and start to see improvements and changes (reducing the intensity and frequency of the behaviour), and training will be ongoing for life (along with natural regressions for life). We'll transfer the skills and knowledge over to you after the stay to ensure you feel confident handling your dog and continuing the good work started here.
Our training programmes are customised to your needs, but here are a few things we can cover
Basic to advanced obedience
Assistance Dog Programme! We can provide training & access tests for your owner trained assistance dog
Puppy training - toileting, crate training, play biting etc
Puppy Socialisation - intro to dogs,people, animals, noises, novelty
Manners meeting people without jumping/biting/excitement
Walking on a lead without pulling
Reduce barking & lunging at dogs/people/joggers/cyclists
Come when called away from distractions
Improve social skills with other dogs
Respond to commands under distraction
Reduce barking at noises, dogs, people, or for attention
Build control around animals (cats, dogs, livestock)
Household manners (toilet training, settling, stealing)
Training around children in a family home
Food / toy / stolen object guarding
Settling in pubs and cafes
Building confidence in nervous or fearful dogs
Rehabilitating rescue dogs
Helping rescue dogs from abroad to adjust to UK life
Teaching assistance /therapy dog tasks
Preparing your dog for Assistance Dog assessments & public access tests
Improving behaviour of dogs who are reactive to dogs or people due to fear, frustration, excitement or aggression
Separation Anxiety - dogs with separation anxiety are not suitable for residential training. Please contact us to discuss in more detail if you think your dog may have separation anxiety. Dogs must also be fully crate trained to be a good candidate for residential training
How many weeks to book
From as early as 8 weeks of age, we can jump start your pups toilet training routine, sleep training, separation training, teach household manners & training, and start building positive experiences with anything your pup will need to be able to cope with as an adult, such as children, adults, dogs, cats, livestock, noises, traffic, different surfaces, handling, grooming etc
From 12 weeks of age, we also start the full obedience training as below
2 week stays
Our minimum stay for intensive training is 2 weeks to teach your puppy or adult dog essential key skills and an excellent foundation of training.
In 2 weeks, there is time to teach your dog new commands & behaviours in a low level distraction environment. We can help to improve your dog's lead walking, recall, manners meeting people, household manners, manners at pubs, calmness, impulse control etc, and you will need to be prepared to continue advancing your dog's training to achieve more control around distractions
Includes: up to 5 commands taught in a low level distraction environment
3 to 4 week staysmost popular
Our most popular length of stay is 3 to 4 weeks. In week 3, we're solidifying the training from week 2, and starting to proof to distractions, and in week 4, we're immersed around distractions more frequently and building more reliability.
So if you need your dog to focus on you when around other dogs and people, this is the best length of stay to achieve this.
Your dog will have a foundation understanding of training around distractions, and so your dog will need many months of input from you to make this truly reliable
Includes: Up to 10 commands taught in busy environments
6 week stays
For additional reliability, or for dogs with behavioural issues such as reactivity, our 6 week stays offer the best level of reliability around distractions. Ideal if you'd like us to put a higher level of training in place for you and cover a broader variety of training exercises. Or putting the groundwork in place for reactive dogs (reactivity issues cannot be 'fixed', but training can get your training on track and help to give you more confidence in handling your dog out on walks)
Includes: Up to 15 commands taught in busy environments
Top up stays
The most reliable level of training is achieved through regular top up stays. So any time you go on holiday, your dog can come back for a refresher and advancement training. This helps to keep your dog's training fresh, and to continue building a reliable response to commands when out and about.
There is no minimum stay for top ups, but we do recommend that less than 2 weeks is ok for maintenance, and 2 weeks minimum to see improvements/advancement, 1 handover lesson is included.
Multi dog households
If you have more than one dog that you'd like to send in for training, then be prepared for lots of hard work!
First we must establish a good level of training for each dog on their own. Once a good level of training is in place (after 4 weeks), we can start to teach the dogs how to respond together. This takes a further 2 to 3 weeks, with ongoing training to be expected. You will need to be prepared to walk and train your dogs separately until you feel confident with each dog individually. This could take several months. If your dogs are reactive, there is a possibility that they will always need to be walked separately.
Full owner training is provided at the end of each stay. You'll receive a minimum of 2 x 2 hour owner training lessons whereby we will transfer your dogs training over to you. You'll be taught the skills needed to continue with your dogs training once home, so that you can achieve long term success. If you are shielding due to Covid 19, we can provide video handovers instead.
You'll also receive up to 6 weeks of free follow up lessons should you need them, a comprehensive training guidebook and video tutorials. You'll also have lifetime access to your trainer via email/phone for any additional support
50% of the training we do here is with your dog, but critically, 50% of the training is with you. You must be committed to attending your owner training lessons and continuing your dog's training. We can only put the foundation training in place, not send back a fully trained dog , so it is up to you to maintain your dog's training daily in order to see results.
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When you book any Residential Stay
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Every dog is different based on their age, breed, personality, previous learning history and environment. They all learn at very different paces and no two dogs can be compared.
Having said that, 95% of dogs thrive with intensive training and we get excellent results. Occasionally, dogs can struggle to transfer the training to their owners, and should this happen, we guarantee to continue providing free one to one lessons to help you with your dog's ongoing training
It is important to us that your dog's training course is successful and that you are able to see the same results that we achieved here.
As long as you are committed to putting the time into your owner training, then we are committed to putting time into your training too!
It is important to note that the training we put in place is foundations only. In 2 weeks we are teaching the foundation commands in low level distraction environments, and in 3 to 4 weeks we are building the foundations for responding to the training around distractions. You will need to commit to continuing your dog's training for life, so that the training becomes more reliable and understood in multiple envrionments. If you are wanting a robot dog who you have to put no effort into once home,then residential training isn't for you.