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Halliloo Dog SchoolStephen Bulled

I have been training dogs for other people and for sale since 1979. I started out on a large estate in North Yorkshire as a gamekeeper, and learnt about training a large variety of dogs from two very experienced retired keepers. They were both excellent trainers, one very soft, the other much more a disciplinarian.
This variety in techniques stood me in good stead, and allowed me to identify different types of temperament, and develop a host of strategies for training them.

I then returned to the Southeast and worked at the Metropolitan Police Dog Training establishment for ten years. For the last five years of that I was responsible for the day to day running of the breeding program, rearing up to 18 litters of puppies a year. This was an excellent opportunity to test my training abilities on a variety of dogs of different ages and temperaments.

Since leaving the Police in 1992 I set up my own dog training school, and haveĀ been offering a variety of training programs. These include; domestic training for dogs of all ages and breeds including behavioral problems, and also specialist courses in gundogs and guard dogs. The bulk of my work now tends to be pet dogs, particularly the ones that have been left high and dry by the more airy fairy dog training systems that have gained popularity over recent years. I am not worried about training using the techniques that are needed with a dog either sensitive or bolder. Some behaviourists will not accept that some dogs quite like being aggressive or that some so called behavioural problems are just normal for an untrained or poorly trained dog. Also that motivational training can struggle to alter certain behaviours as they are self rewarding above the scale of anything they have to offer in their repertoire.

For these dogs it is no use training in a behaviour, i.e. sit heel down come or anything else unless the dog understands obedience and that you were telling the dog rather than asking it or bargaining with them. Then some dogs and puppies can respond very well to reward based training , providing you can recognise when it is starting to be challenged by some and adapt where needed. When you go to a trainer , I would recommend seeing them with at least another dog otherwise you might be talking to someone that has watched a few dog whisperer episodes, been on a postal training course or paid for a training franchise , but actually does not know any more than you !