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Dog Training Advice – Never too Late to Train Your Dog

UK Dog News
It’s never too late to train your dog with “Smiles”

When Judi Robertson met Hampshire dog trainer Sarah Miles she was at her wits’
end as her 18-month-old cocker spaniel chased anything that moved and totally
ignored commands.

Like many untrained dogs, Gemma was frequently running off – responding to
her “hunting instincts” – and failed to take a blind bit of notice as Judi called in vain
for her to return.

Fearing the dog was a bit of a lost cause, Judi entrusted Gemma to Sarah – who
runs Dog Training with Smiles – and now describes her as a “super little dog”
who responded perfectly to the East Meon trainer’s tried-and-tested, professional

Judi said, “I love cocker spaniels and now have three of these busy little dogs and
it is essential that they are under control and respond to my commands, I consider
the training with Sarah to be very important and also ongoing. My dogs love her and
really enjoy their training sessions and I continue to learn a great deal. I am often
complimented on my dogs’ good behaviour and have frequently recommended
Sarah’s training to those in need of help with their pet or working dog

Judi’s three cocker spaniels are just an example of Sarah Miles’ many success
stories and her new workshops are going from strength to strength and are set to be

Sarah works by observing each dog and then tackles any behaviour issues by
observing its nature and innate tendencies of the breed. She also helps owners to
carry on the good work and to understand their dogs’ needs. Her key message is that
happy owners, make happy dogs - KISS – Kind, Informative, Sensitive and Simple.

Sarah’s notched up particular success with older dogs – some of whom have been
dismissed by other trainers as being too old to train. The most common issues

- Disobedience to the recall
- Lack of heeling both on and off the leash
- Over excitable behaviour
- Aggression
- General disobedience and failure to sit and stay.

Sarah said, “In an ideal world one would start training your puppy the moment it
comes home, however at this stage it is not called training it is conditioning. A simple
example of this is when feeding your puppy, stand in front of your pet with the bowl
of food and if the pup is standing just hold the bowl above the puppies' head and wait
until the puppy sits. Immediately this happens, then give the puppy the food. After a

while bring in the word sit, and by the time the puppy is ready for more formal training
you will have a dog sitting on command.

”However life is not always perfect so I get all types of dogs coming for training at
all ages - some people leave training too late, some accept behaviour patterns in a
young dog/puppy then the dog grows and the sweet little puppy that used to jump
up is now a large dog which is heavy and frightening when it jumps up. The longer
you leave the training of a dog and the inherent bad problems they pick up the more
difficult it is to resolve. The older the dog the bigger the footprint of the type of bad

Sarah runs one-to-one training and classes from her Hampshire base. In addition,
once a month she holds a workshop based on "Understand your Dog", helping
owners to recognise and understand what their dog is communicating to them and
how you, as the owner can communicate with them.

She said, “Psychology of both people and animals plays a large part in the way that
I train and I observe the dog for some time to see what type of nature it has. With
animals the signs you are giving them can be very subtle – just the movement of
your hand can be enough to signal that you want them to do something.

“A lot of people treat a dog like a person and they are not – they are animals with
animal instincts and behaviour. However, they are very happy to be trained and
understood. They then become a well-behaved, loyal companion and friend for the
duration of their lives.”

For more details about Sarah’s training methods and classes, visit or call

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