Dog training in St Albans

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Is your Dog not listening to you?

Changing the way you communicate with your dog can help to solve behavioural problems and help to prevent problems occurring over time.

Finding were to begin with your dog’s obedience training can be a tricky thing.  Here at Vicky Lawes & Associates, we will help you navigate through the difficult early stages of the training process and help you to communicate effectively with your dog.

We have many years of experience in training dogs and are fully qualified canine behaviour practitioners and master trainers.

Some of our core exercises

There are many different commands your dog can be taught and these are some of the core exercises that we believe your dog should perform to allow for a sociably acceptable companion:


Being able to train your dog to sit is one of the easiest and most useful commands you can teach them. It makes for a great place to start, as the command is useful for calming the dog when they get overenthusiastic.


This command stops your dog from going near things which could harm them and keeps them safe while on walks, on one of the most important and essential commands and should be trained accordingly.

Instant Down

This is not the simplest command for your dog to master at the start but with persistence it can be learnt and is an ideal command to stop your dog getting into trouble when out and about.


Very useful command, ideal for allowing you to enjoy visits to the local cafe, pubs or even just chatting to friends, by ensuring your dog is socially accepted and thus allowing you to do more with your dog, thus enriching your dogs life.


The ‘leave’ command helps keep your dog out of danger if they do wander towards something which could bring them harm. The aim of this training is to teach your dog that there might be something even better as a reward if they leave the object where it is and come to you.

These are all basic techniques which your dog can be easily taught, allowing your dog to enjoy more outings with you and so enriching both your lives.

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Canine Behaviour Consultations

Whether you are an experienced dog owner or a new owner it is not uncommon to find your dog has developed some unwanted behaviours, often to such an extent that you are no longer finding enjoyment walking your dog or inviting visitors into your home.

Vicky covers a whole range of behaviour reformation, here are just a few of the more common types Vicky is asked to reform:

  • Lack of Recall
  • Pulling On The Lead
  • Chasing Joggers, Cyclists etc.
  • Aggression Towards Dogs or People
  • Excessive Barking, in the home or out
  • Food Scavenging
  • Car Sickness
  • Coprophagia (eating feces)
  • Hyper-sexual Behaviour
  • Phobias

If you believe that your dog suffers from one or more of these behaviour issues and you wish to book a consultation or discuss a specific problem that you feel may be useful from a consultation, please contact us via our contact page or email

The consultation is a meeting with you and your dog in the comfort of your own home. During this meeting a practitioner will guide you through the issues they have gathered from observing the dog, as well as collecting background information. They will then put a training plan into place which you will agree to work though together to ensure it is practical for you and your dog.