On The Scent Dog Training, Suffolk

About Us - Sophia Taylor and On The Scent

About On The Scent

Here at ‘On the Scent’ we try our best to provide training which is fun, kind and motivating for both the dog and the handler.

Dog Training in Bury St EdmundsOur classes are held in the East Anglia village of Great Ashfield which is situated between Bury St. Edmunds and Stowmarket in Suffolk, we are drawing clients from Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Essex and London and in 2012 we had a client travel from Germany over night to attend one of my Friday morning Classes, this was very humbling.

The classes take place outdoors on our new ten acre site, where we are able to train in a more natural environment, with all the smells and some of the distractions that may be encountered in everyday life.

We used to be in the village of Thurston, Suffolk on a smaller site, but as we expanded we felt we wanted to increase the type of training and services that could be provided.

We provide training with a ‘behavioural influence’ as the two go hand in hand, along with the skills needed to have a well balanced and happy dog.

All types of dogs are welcome to attend our classes, however, our speciality is in the ‘hunt, point and retrieve’ breeds and the ‘working cockers’. Our aim is to teach the handler to train their dog.

Swayne and Partners veterinary Surgery in Bury St. Edmunds hold five week ‘puppy socialisation’ classes for puppies who are not yet vaccinated and I was delighted when they asked ‘On the Scent’ to take one of the five sessions to discuss the importance of training dogs and their owners, as training and behaviour has moved on quite a bit in the last ten years. 

At the vet puppy socialisation class, handling skills, name recognition, the sit restraint and general obedience are discussed along with ‘controlled play’ with other dogs, inside and outside the home and the importance of timing, consistency and positive reinforcement.

We also train Dogs which are deaf, both in Obedience and Dog Agility.  For further information do not hesitate to get in touch with me.

Other instructors are also welcome to come and watch our classes, as we feel it is important to share knowledge with each other however great or small, as none of us will ever know it all and as most of us are aware, all dogs are different and all handlers are different and no two ‘dog/handler’ relationship is the same. 

This makes our work fun, interesting and challenging, which keeps us on our toes !

‘On the Scent’ do not profess to have all of the answers and are happy to call upon those more experienced in our field of work than ourselves for their help, support and advice, as this is another way in which we can grow and improve our skills for both our clients and their dogs.

May I just add by saying a huge THANK YOU to Paul, Teresa, Sara, Bethany, Eddie, Hannah and Rachel for all their ongoing help and support. We all work well together as a team.  I do appreciate all their help.  With them on board ‘On the Scent' has been able to grow. 

About our pets... we currently share our home with various animals but sadly we only have two dogs now, Guinness and Spider as Otis was put to sleep in September 2010 as He had a brain tumour.  He was only five years of age and is missed very much. With regard to our hen family, we only have Mary, Martha, Olivia and Octavia. (See gallery for photographs). 

Thank you and God bless you all.  Sophia

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Master Guild of Dog TrainersAbout Sophia, MGoDT (MT) Member Guild of Dog Trainers (Master Trainer)

Guild Master Dog Trainer (www.godt.org.uk) & KCAI Scheme Member working towards accreditation.

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As a child I was brought up with dogs, cats and horses and always felt I had an affinity with them.  My father and mother always encouraged my enthusiasm for animals and as I grew up I started to concentrate more on the dogs and the training that could be achieved through food reward and praise like teaching simple tricks and tasks around the home rather than the horses.

Sophia Taylor - Dog Trainer in SuffolkBack then dog training was mainly check chains and formality in the classes I attended and play was not incorporated in the class situation.  We didn’t know any different then.  Thank goodness training has progressed since then and I am delighted that the majority of clubs today now use play as well as food reward and praise to achieve results from the dogs being trained, whether for obedience competitions, gundog trials or agility. 

I had several different work placements sine leaving school and before starting on my dog training journey my main line of work was as the only Qualified Foundation Wear Consultant in Bury St. Edmunds and surrounding counties.  ( Measuring and fitting ladies of all ages with their undergarments).

I met many people from all walks of life from the shy young girl buying her first undergarment to the elderly lady wanting to be fitted with their old fashioned corsets. 

The most rewarding part of my work though had to be the ladies who would come to be via the Hospitals who had undergone surgery for a mastectomy.  I was able to help them feel like a shapely lady again and play a very small part in their re cooperation process.  These ladies had wonderful sense of humours and were a delight to meet and help.

Of course there were also the comedians at Christmas, the young men who were wanting to buy for their girlfriends who would pop in slightly merry as they felt they needed Dutch courage to come into the lingerie department of the store.

However, my heart was always with animals, especially dogs and slowly as time went on I started to help friends to train their own dogs as well as my own, eventually helping me to make the decision to start training other people and their dogs on a one to one and finally starting up the classes.

As of 21st Ocober 2009 I have been accepted as 'Guild Master Dog Trainer'. For further information please go to www.godt.org.uk .

I am a member of the KCAI scheme, working towards accreditation. The full title is ‘the kennel club accreditation scheme for instructors in dog training and canine behaviour’. Click here to find out more: http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/482.

Since starting up ‘On The Scent’ I am meeting some wonderful people and one of them, Teresa, has proven to be a real asset.  We hit it off straight away and discovered we have the same desire ‘to promote responsible dog ownership’ in a fun way. Since we first met Teresa has now gained her certificate in Canine Behaviour and feel that between us we will continue to make a great team.

After appearing in the November 2009 issue off the Suffolk Magazine,  I have been invited as of January 2010  to write a monthly column for them on Dog Training and Behaviour.  I feel extremely lucky and blessed to be given this opportunity to continue to promote responsible dog ownership to the general public.

I feel I would like to mention that for me personally if it wasn’t for my Christian faith my path may have been very different. 

Thank you for visiting the 'on the scent'  website.  We hope you enjoyed its content and will want to tell your friends about us

Visit us again soon!

 

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About Helen

Helen GoodallMy name is Helen Goodall and I have been a practising Dog Behaviourist since 2000, mainly in the Suffolk area.  I am certificated with the Canine Behaviour Centre. Working with organisations such as RSPCA and Action Aid for Animals, she has successfully rehabilitated and re-homed many dogs needing critical help.  I am a Veterinary Nurse and resident Dog Behaviourist for Haughley and Thurston Veterinary Surgeries. 

I have known Sophia for many years and encourage owners to join Sophia’s agility training as a vital part of a dog’s learning and positive experience process. Agility is a great way to improve a dog’s physical confidence and ability.  Sophia’s outdoor facilities create a calm open environment in which your dog can learn and have fun around other dogs, safely.   

Part of my service is to visit you in your home and work with you, developing a therapy and training programme that is specific to the needs of you and your dog.

During an initial consultation and progressing through hourly follow-up sessions, working with you and your dog on any behavioural problem. I specialises in dog aggression, socialisation, fears and phobias, separation anxiety, body language and the effects of stress.

“It is essential that I help an owner understand why their dog behaves the way they do. Devising specific methods of practical help and guidance enables the owner to feel more confident in situations. They can help their dog listen to them and trust them, rather than responding through fear or protection, for example. I encourage owners to keep in contact between sessions via phone or email, it is important to me that owners can feel supported throughout the process of their dog’s behaviour modification.” 

All behaviour modification therapy programmes devised by me, are based on positive association principles and the influence of positive guidance and leadership.

To learn more about me and my work, visit my website www.dogsbehavingbadly.co.uk For consultations and more information, call me on 01359 241890 or 07788  718852.

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Sophia & Paul's Dogs, and other animals!

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  • Sophia & Paul's Dogs, and other animals!
  • Sophia & Paul's Dogs, and other animals!
  • Sophia & Paul's Dogs, and other animals!
  • Sophia & Paul's Dogs, and other animals!
  • Sophia & Paul's Dogs, and other animals!
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  • Sophia & Paul's Dogs, and other animals!
  • Sophia & Paul's Dogs, and other animals!
  • Sophia & Paul's Dogs, and other animals!
  • Sophia & Paul's Dogs, and other animals!
  • Sophia & Paul's Dogs, and other animals!
  • Sophia & Paul's Dogs, and other animals!
  • Sophia & Paul's Dogs, and other animals!
  • Sophia & Paul's Dogs, and other animals!
  • Sophia & Paul's Dogs, and other animals!
  • Sophia & Paul's Dogs, and other animals!
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