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   A. Beattie

       Experience & Expertise Since 1982





Our passion

Many dogs are frustrated, unable to do what they were bred for.. frustration is a stress, and stressed dogs exhibit behaviours that are often attempts to alleviate stress.. it may be that they or you cannot participate in such a manner to its fullest ..but there will be some sport or fun you can have that brings out the best and satiates their needs.. 

Gundog trials & training, Search & Rescue, Agility, Rally-o, HTM, KcGCA, Man-trailing, that thing with the yoga balls, IPO- Shutzhund, Going-to-Ground. 

There is not much better than watching a working dog do what it has been bred to do.. (not their raw instinctive behaviour)..but those instincts that were once harnessed and then trained to be used to work alongside humans. 

Trained until experienced with rules, repetition, opportunity, forging a relationship with the handler and boundaries.

We work daily with families having issues with the behaviours of working dogs in family homes, not every working dog will be frustrated but for those that are. ..the highly driven, the ones with low thresholds and hyper-aroused.. those companion dogs are just crying out to participate in what they were bred for. 

By giving most of these dogs opportunity to 'work', creating dogs that use brains in the face of following instincts, the ability to follow instruction and be controlled until able to self-control .. many of the problems seen within family homes would be alleviated.

Treat them like a dog ..give their species and breed the respect it deserves.

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Hi, If you are already familiar with us, you'll recognise our little helpers.. Cupar and Balfour. 

They often work alongside the client dog, to mentor, demonstrate, befriend, distract, excite or just to add numbers.

You can see more of what they get up to on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

Certain breed types will have natural abilities and aptitudes for particular tasks and skills, And there is often more variation within a breed than there is between breeds.

But what are some of the natural abilities associated with different dog types?

Gun dogs are relatively easy to train and very sociable from all their time spent with their masters and following orders.

Hounds were used for following trails and have great stamina. Their acute sense of smell means that breeds such as beagles are often used as sniffer dogs – and are fond of a game of hide-and-seek with an object.

Pastoral dogs are used to following orders and like to be kept active.

Terriers were originally bred to control vermin and are often described as feisty and fearless. Tug-of-war is a favourite activity for these breeds.

Toy dogs were bred as lapdogs or pets. Over time this has made them fiercely loyal to their owners and they are often very good watchdogs.

Utility breeds are those dogs that were bred for a particular purpose, but it was classified as neither sporting nor working. For example, Dalmatians used to run in front of horse-drawn carriages to help clear a path and are classed as utility dogs.

Working dogs are often big powerful breeds that have been developed to guard livestock, rescue fishermen or pull sledges. They respond well to activities that relate to their original purpose.

It can be useful to bear these attributes in mind when training, but keep in mind, every dog is an individual