meet your specialist trainer Alex Fraser
Manchester Puppy Training. Fast, Effective, Long Lasting
or call 0808 100 4071
Updated 5th January 2021 - I offer a variety of options to conduct lessons whilst maintaining social distancing. This includes home lessons where appropriate, conducting lessons in your garden / open spaces and using video conferencing. We have introduced a "Home Lesson Risk Assessment" to help to combat the spread of the virus.
If you're looking for puppy training in Manchester, then you've come to the right place. I’m Alex Fraser, your Bark Busters training and behaviour therapist for Manchester Central and I’d be delighted to hear from you if you need help with any aspect of your puppy's behaviour or general obedience.
Whether you’re an experienced dog owner or a first-time puppy owner my personal training plan will ensure that he or she grows to be the happiest, most relaxed and responsive dog they can be, whilst making the process fun and enjoyable for all.
Puppies can be hard work. They will have unavoidable toilet accidents, explore their new world with their mouth and teeth and are likely to steal anything left in their reach - underwear and socks are especially tempting!
As they settle into their new home they may well start to jump up, play bite or nip, or demonstrate separation anxiety, barking, whining, crying and showing distress, scratching at doors or more frequent toilet accidents. All these behaviour problems can be prevented or rehabilitated. I am also there for you if you simply want to get your new puppy off to the right start and avoid unwanted behaviours ever becoming an issue.
My tailored programme gives you everything you need to successfully educate and bond. The training takes place one to one in your home and the initial lesson takes around two to three hours. The lessons will be fun for you and your pup, they are kind and gentle with no harsh methods. We will use body language and voice tones in a stress free, relaxed and friendly atmosphere to help you become the proud owner of a responsive and happy puppy.
The puppy training programme covers:
- Fast track to best toileting habits
- The benefits of introducing a crate
- Appropriate diet and good food manners
- Recall - coming when called
- Gate and door control
- Sit, stay and down training
- Correct holding of the lead and walking
- Walking to heel
- Distance control (staying with you when there are other distractions)
- How to successfully socialise your puppy
- How to de-sensitise, for example, vacuum cleaners and car travel
- Protecting your puppy from being traumatised by e.g. other humans and dogs
- Accustoming to handling, bathing and grooming
- Bad behaviour management and prevention e.g. jumping up, mouthing, play biting and chewing
I’ve been working as a Bark Busters behaviour therapist and trainer for several years now and have trained hundreds of dogs. I took over the Manchester Central area after many years in a corporate job and have never looked back. I relish every day that brings me the opportunity to work with dogs of every size, age, breed and whatever the behaviour problem and love making a difference for dogs and their owners.
Puppies are always a lot of fun to work with but, as cute as they are, I know from my own puppy just how difficult some of them can be! I had been looking forward to taking on a puppy to add to our family and so Ollie, a 16-week-old Tibetan terrier, came into our lives looking like butter wouldn’t melt. Like all pups, he nipped, chewed, jumped up, had toileting accidents. He had a nervous character and started to show signs of becoming reactive to people and other dogs. He loved our older rescue dog, Max, a collie cross, who happened to have a very fluffy tail; hours of fun for our naughty pup – not so much for Max who wanted to be left in peace!
Thankfully my Bark Busters’ knowledge and training helped Ollie overcome his anxieties, he soon learned to trust our decisions and changed his behaviours. It can be hard work but with patience, consistency and fun mental stimulation and training games he progressed rapidly and is now a friendly, relaxed and happy family dog. Of course, he still has his playful (and sometimes mischievous!) personality – but we wouldn’t have him any other way!
My experience with my own dogs and a multitude of challenging dogs and puppies, means that I totally understand and appreciate the anxieties and stresses you may be facing. Whether it’s basic commands, recall and lead training or more complex issues such as aggression, sibling rivalry or separation anxiety I will work with you to give you and your new puppy the best start in your new life together.
Feel free to contact me for a no-obligation chat about your needs. You can also read my client reviews to see what other people have to say about me and my training.
Alex was friendly, professional and non judgemental. He equipped us with tips and tactics to address elements of our dogs behaviour. He demonstrated techniques and allowed us to practise with the onus being on our continued effort in maintaining the new behaviours going forward. We practised techniques both in the house, in the garden and on walks. Bark busters won’t “cure” your dog’s behaviour but it will give you the tools to change your behaviour and address issues with your dog- we can see a difference already!S.J.15th July 2020
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how we can help you and your furry friend
The Bark Busters communication methods help solve behaviour issues such as aggression towards people or other animals
- Cure embarrassing habits like barking, jumping up on people, scratching & whining at doors or inappropriate toileting.
- Create an obedient dog or puppy that will happily walk on the lead without tugging, sit or stay on command, and come immediately when called.
- Set off-limit areas.
- Reduce the stress of separation anxiety without the need for sedatives or drugs.
We teach you to communicate with your pet.
Do you find yourself shouting? Do you think your pet isn't listening to you? Maybe you're simply not speaking their language. The Bark Busters communication method is based on the way how our dogs communicate with each other and how they learn from older, more experienced members in the pack. This is what makes our training unique and effective.
Why do we train in your home?
Your pet lives with a family, in a home. This is where he spends most of his time and misbehaves most often, so this is where our programme is most effective. Our dogs learn by association. Bark Busters teaches him to listen in the home environment. If he does not listen at home, he will most probably not listen outside where there are far more distractions.
In your home we teach a one-on-one system without other distractions or the stress of being sent away from you to learn.
Of course, where you are experiencing problems outside the home such as pulling on the lead or dog aggression etc..., we will set up controlled situations in the park or wherever is most practical.
Your trainer is an independent business owner who operates their own business under a franchise agreement with Bark Busters. Mutts With Manners Ltd trading as Bark Busters, is a franchisee of BBDT (UK) Limited, the Master Franchise holder.