As a Qualified Dog Training Instructor I teach you the techniques so you can work with your dog to achieve your goals.
My name is Gary Cole, MGoDT (MT) and I run Muttley Solutions. It was created to provide a one to one dog and puppy training service in Dorset.
The philosophy of the business is to provide a service which is tailored to the specific dog and owner, rather than a group class setting.
Purpose Secure Training Facility to practice many of the techniques
We are open when you need us and will work weekends and evenings.
Our prices are realistic, what you see is what you pay. I come to you and there are no travel costs within 10 miles of my base.
We offer your money back on the first lesson if you decide its not for you.
We have 3rd party liability and dog welfare insurance in place.
Latest training techniques used
Classical and Operant conditioning are used and give the dog choices. We reward the positive choices and re-focus those choices we don’t want the dog to make. The dog quickly learns which choices reward and which don’t.
Force Free Training with Choices
No punishment or pain inducing equipment is used or tolerated. We reward the positive and re-focus the unwanted. There is a balance between reward and consequence. We use the word ‘No’ once we teach the dog what it means.
Competitive on price
Muttley Solutions prides itself as being one of the most competitive on price for training in the area and further discounts are available. We offer a refund on the first lesson if your not happy with the plan I put in place.
Dog Training Techniques Used
There is a right and a wrong way to train a puppy or a dog. However, there are various ways of training the right way. Through all my training and exposure to different dog trainers, I have seen and tried many of these different techniques. Thankfully, I have a dog who would test the patience of a saint so the techniques I now use were used to train my juvenile delinquent!! Because he responded so well to these technique they became important tools in my training bag. However, it is important to remember all dogs are individuals so the approach and techniques I use are equally individualised.
The techniques I use are based around clicker training, don’t worry you you wont need a clicker!! A quick Google search will tell you all you need to know about this. I use a variation of this technique which plays well to the dog’s natural desire to try new behaviours to see if they are rewarding. This technique allows me to get the dog to work me rather than me trying to work the dog and get it to do what I want. Very quickly, the puppy or the dog learns they can manipulate you to reward a desired behaviour they have performed. I have found training escalates and its not unusual to have 12 week pups recalling to the whistle and starting to grasp the concept of walking on a loose lead. See the videos on the Puppy Training page.
I have worked with dogs for a number of years and have seen both my skill and knowledge develop as the demands of the business have grown. I am a member of the Guild of Dog Trainers and acknowledged as a Master Dog Trainer.
Having studied with the Cambridge Institute of Animal Behaviour and Training, I have completed a number of courses on varied topics around dog training and behavioural issues.
As part of my ongoing continuous professional development I attend various study days and seminars relating to dog training and behaviour. I have been accepted to train as a Pet Gun-Dog Instructor under the guidance of a well respected trainer. This will extend what I am able to offer at the training facility with regards to pet gun-dog training.
I have a particular interest in Springers, Labradors and other gun dog breeds and some of the issues they bring with them. Sometimes its just a case of meeting their special needs to see a big change in their behaviour. It was through this passion that I setup the Training Facility.
Please Note: In order to comply with the law and my insurance I cannot take on cases where the dog has shown any aggression towards people or other dogs. I am happy to review a dog who is nervous of other dogs, but has not shown any aggression. I can refer you to a specialist who would be able to advise you
My own dog is Henry, a 4 years old Springer/Labrador cross who sadly, had already had 3 owners by the time he was 1 year old, I was his fourth!!. Someone approached me and asked if I would take him on as his future was not looking good. Due to his poor start in life he came with a baggage of issues which we are working through. A major issue was he was a prolific puller on the lead. He is a challenge and tests my knowledge and resolve many times. By using the techniques I use in my classes I have trained him to a good level of gun-dog work. He is still work in progress and has this habit of when there is an audience his training goes out the window as if he had never been trained!!
Henry has taught me more about dog training than books could ever teach and he forgives me when I get it wrong. The most valuable lesson he has taught me is when a training session is going wrong don’t blame the dog, but look at myself or the owner first as that is usually where the problem is.
Just when I think I have cracked it with this fella he throws me another curve ball to keep me on my toes, that’s the reality of dog ownership and training!!