Professional Pet Care In Wiltshire
Would you like to have a happy and rewarding partnership with your dog and become a more responsible and caring owner?
The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme (GCDS) is the largest dog training scheme in the UK. Its aim is to promote responsible dog ownership and in turn, enhance our relationship with our pets and to make the community aware of the benefits associated with dog ownership.
To learn more about the scheme please visit:
There are four award levels: Puppy Foundation, Bronze, Silver and Gold:
- Puppy Foundation / (Click here to find out more - PDF)
- Bronze / (Click here to find out more - PDF)
- Silver / (Click here to find out more - PDF)
- Gold / (Click here to find out more - PDF)
If you have a need for puppy training, adult dog training, clicker training, one to ones or any other dog problems, then just call us and we'll discuss the individual needs of your dog. As well as training your dog we teach you (on a one to one basis) how to handle your dog.
Training dogs has changed a great deal in the last few years. It is no longer necessary, or acceptable, to use harsh methods in training, and the use of gentle, motivational methods are as successful as they are enjoyable to use.
Debbie (Doggy Dilemmas) training history:
Debbie (Doggy Dilemmas) has had dogs for 43 years, and before that, as a child, she used to train neighbours dogs and walk them at weekends and school holidays. She used to take her dogs to a dog club years ago where was told she needed to use choke chains and to hit her dog but Debbie could see that was wrong.
After trying several clubs with Debbie's so-called naughty dog, a trainer said to Debbie that her dog wasn’t naughty but just didn’t understand what she wanted from her. This person taught Debbie how to clicker train her dog and within 2 weeks Debbie had a different dog. This happened around the time that positive reinforcement began and was deemed a good way to train a dog. A year down the line and the dog club asked if Debbie would be prepared to become an instructor in their club.
Debbie is a Kennel Club Approved Examiner for the Good Citizen Dog Scheme at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.
"Debs has been training my 18months old Labrador for the last year. Shadow has not been the easiest dog to train, but Debs has shown patience, kindness and gentleness on every occasion. When firm handling was needed, this was also carried out with gentle persuasion, encouragement and authority. I have seen Debs train other, equally difficult dogs several times in the same way with fantastic results. I would highly recommend Debs Mackay to any dog owner who wants a dog trained to be well adjusted, obedient and happy."
- Sally and Shadow the Labrador
"I have a two-year-old brindle bullmastiff, and upon recommendation, I have been taking him to Debs Mackay since he was 5 months old, obviously with such a large and powerful dog control and obedience is paramount. From the very first lesson, it was plain to see Debs was devoted to all the dogs in the class and she has worked tenaciously to get my dog where he is today, that is having passed The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Bronze award and is close to his silver, he is also performing well in the show ring and socializes well with all dogs."
- Deborah and England the Bullmastiff
"You were recommended to me by a gentleman who had taken in a rescue crossbreed and was having tremendous trouble controlling him. He came to your classes and after weeks of care and assistance, you enabled him to learn how to handle his dog. This dog has now earned his gold medal for good citizenship. I brought Casey to your classes hoping to achieve the same results especially as Irish Terriers are notoriously single-minded. Carefully and with plenty of understanding all the things a dog owner should know were imparted to me. The most important aspect of training is the owner, as the dog can only do what he is consistently informed by his owner. You have shown me how to get the very best out of Casey and he has become a truly lovely dog. Everybody in my village loves him and we are welcome into anybody's house as they know he is so well trained. I put this down to your care and patience and the ability to put enormous amounts of effort and fun into how you train dogs."
- Phil and Casey the Irish Terrier