Please note that a large number of unqualified dog 'trainers' and 'behaviourists' are operating in the Oxford area and in Oxfordshire.
At OABC, we are seeing an alarming number of clients who have had the misfortune of passing through their hands first, wasting their money on unsound, unscientific and in some cases dangerous advice. Some of the owners that end up seeking help from us are literally traumatised, and some of the dogs are emotional wrecks by the time they get to us.
Some of the 'trainers' that have come to our attention use outdated, inappropriate, aversive (rough) and in some cases abusive methods, while many of the so-called 'behaviourists' give out wrong and deleterious advice, and do not have required knowledge nor the skills to deal with complex issues.
Please see the Welfare in Dog Training website for more information on harmful versus safe methods in dog training.
Please do not engage the services of trainers/behaviourists who:
I implore Oxfordshire dog owners, particularly those in the Oxford area, to please check individual credentials and which methods are used thoroughly, before engaging the services of a dog trainer or behaviourist.
Oxfordshire Animal Behaviour Centre recommends the following training Schools: