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About Tricks 4 Treats
Tricks 4 Treats was formed in October 2004, and since that time has built up an impressive client base, helping pet dog owners to overcome the various problems that arise. We pride ourselves on our reputation for offering modern, kind and constantly supportive training and behavioural advice.
Jo is the principle training instructor who is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (MAPDT 00953), with many years of experience with training dogs' and advising on behaviour modification. Jo prides herself on keeping up to date with modern theories and continues to study via COAPE (Centre Of Applied Pet Ethology), aswell as undertaking a variety of workshops, seminars and courses in order to expand on her knowledge base. Jo is married to Paul and enjoys the company of her furry family, Bo and Roo, both German Shepherd Dogs' aswell as Dotty and Bubbles the two very entertaining Mini Lop house rabbits.
Paul is also a training instructor with Tricks 4 Treats & has worked with Jo since Tricks 4 Treats started. Paul is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers UK (MAPDT 01039) and believes in continued professional development in order to develop his knowledge and techniques. Paul very capably instructs in a number of our classes, both pet dog obedience and fun agility groups.
Sarah has completed all levels of pet dog training with Tricks 4 Treats, with her two Spaniels, Indy and Lara and continues to take part in the Advanced courses as they are always changing and providing different and new challenges for the 'Spanners'. Sarah joined us at Fun Agility in the beginning and continues to train with both of her dogs'. Sarah not only enjoys the benefits of continued training with Indy & Lara, but she also assists in the pet dog obedience classes and at our Fun Agility. Sarah shares the same passion for dogs' and along with Jo & Paul she continues to improve her knowledge base, keeping up with modern theories and proven training & behaviour methods.
The Tricks 4 Treats team also work using TTouch methods. TTouch is a wonderful and very modern approach to help overcome behavioural issues and offers dogs' the chance to become more physically balanced, therefore aiding their learning abilities. The benefits of TTouch are seemingly endless and have proven techniques to help reduce fears, strengthen owner/dog relationships, overcome confidence issues and much more.
The APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) is a voluntary organisation established to improve the welfare of dogs and the competence of dog owners through the promotion of training skills and techniques based on up to date, researched, methods that apply the principles of kindness, fairness and effectiveness and are in keeping with modern learning theory.
All members of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) have been assessed according to a strict code of practice and have agreed to abide by kind and fair principles of dog training which Tricks 4 Treats strongly believe in. The code of practice includes such items as:
The ABTC (Animal Behaviour and Training Council) is the regulatory body that represents animal trainers and animal behaviour therapists to both the public and to legislative bodies.
It sets and maintains the standards of knowledge and practical skills needed to be an animal trainer or animal behaviour therapist, and it maintains the national register of appropriately qualified animal trainers and animal behaviourists.
It promotes the welfare of animals in their interactions with humans, lobbying for humane methods in training and behaviour modification, and for the education of the animal owning public.
Both Jo and Paul are Animal Behaviour & Training Council (ABTC) Registered Practitioners.
Tricks 4 Treats belongs to the 'Buy with Confidence' scheme and is the first Pet Dog Training company to be accepted in the country.
We have been vetted by Trading Standards and have had background checks to ensure we comply with the scheme's requirements, which include:
For more information about the scheme, please see the Buying With Confidence web site.
What We Offer
Tricks 4 Treats offer a range of training courses: Novice, Intermediate and Advanced to give owners different options of how far they wish to take their training. For those that may have already had training and feel that their dog needs some specific help, e.g. recall, loose lead walking, jumping up, we also offer One to One dog training. Our intake age is 12 weeks and fully vaccinated. The younger the pup, the better they learn...as long as the correct methods are being employed. In addition to the various levels of pet dog training, we offer Fun Agility in the local vicinity for dogs that have good general obedience. Intake age for fun agility is 12 months, this is breed dependant based on the necessity to ensure full skeletal growth.
Along with training, Tricks 4 Treats also runs an online web store called Your Dogs Needs, selling dog training aids, dog treats and dog toys. All products have been 'tried and tested' by our own dogs', so we are able to personally recommend what we sell. Having the benefit of being run by Jo & Paul means Your Dogs Needs are able to provide products that will not cause unnecessary pain or suffering to any dog.
Tricks 4 Treats and Your Dogs Needs often come together at dog shows held locally. We are keen to assist in raising funds for various charities aswell as holding stalls with a good level of products on sale. We also run 'have a go' fun agility and Fun Agility Demonstrations with our teams, so please do keep up to date with our news & events page as you may have the chance to come and meet us and give fun agility a go!