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The Grumpy Programme
~Created by Grumpies, for Grumpies~
"Reactive: acting in response to a situation rather than creating or controlling it."
This word is used more and more to describe all manner of dogs whose behaviours are not always considered acceptable. If this word has been applied to your dog, read on...
Our programme for upset, anti-social, neurotic, aggressive, nervous, confused, overexcited, anxious, frustrated dogs and the people who own them has many happy graduates and many more current participants. At present we are beginning a new course every four to six months.
We know from our own experiences that these are not issues that can be addressed in a six- or eight-week training programme. Having Grumpies ourselves led us to create The Grumpy Programme: a unique year long programme with monthly practical sessions aim to improve the quality of life for other Grumpies and their owners. It is a slow-progression course - all learning takes place at the dogs' pace – that gives you the time to practice and develop the skills we teach. Be assured that no pressure will be placed on you during the course, nor will any judgement be made of you or your dog at any time. We all understand what you are going through and we are all here to support each other.
During the course you will learn what to do, when to do it, and how to improve your and
your dog's quality of life through training, guidance, and controlled real-life scenarios. The
welfare and sanity of dogs and people is paramount so even though we will push you at
times you and your dog will never be put in a situation that is too much for either party to
This specialised programme aims to gradually change your dog's emotional response to the
thing (or things) he struggles to cope with, and you will both find you are able to relax and
cope in situations that were once stressful. From our own Grumpies we know that this is not
something that can be totally cured, but with carefully-tailored management strategies we
can give your dog a new, brighter outlook on life.
You'll learn practical techniques for use in everyday life, gain an insight into the “whys” of
dog behaviour, and recognise your dog's feelings about its current situation through its body
language. A strong two-way communication will be created between your dog and you, and
the resulting mutual understanding will lead you both to a happier, calmer future.
So if you think The Grumpy Programme is what you are looking for, or would like more
information, please fill out the form opposite.
Alongside our year-long programme we offer other unique services specifically to help you and your Grumpy pooch.
Coached walking: a little extra help for you and your dog out in the real world. Is there a particular scenario you're finding difficult; would you and your Grumpy like to practice your skills somewhere new? We'll accompany you on your walk and help you tackle those challenges.
1-2-1 dog walking: ever been too ill or too busy to take your Grumpy for a walk, but been unable to book a regular dog walker as your dog needs a little something extra? Relax with Red Dog Training. We'll treat your Grumpy like one of our own, keeping him or her safe, exercised, and happy with a solo walk tailored to suit your dog's needs.
1-2-1 classes: dogs unable to take part in multi-dog classes, don't miss this! All our usual classes can now be booked for your dog (and your dog only) at our special 1-2-1 Grumpy rates. Agility, general training, tricks, gundog, and more.