CARE Dog Training is run by Alton Matherne who uses only positive reward based
methods. Alton has been
training dogs and working with problem behaviour for the past 21 years. His
love of dogs began with his first dog at age 7 and there has seldom been a phase
of his life without a dog. He is a member of the Association of Pet Dog
Trainers where he is an Assessor for new membership applicants as well as a lecturer
on Learning Theory for the APDT Basic and Advanced Dog Training Instructor’s courses. He is also
a Full Member of The Canine Behaviour and Training Society (formerly the UK Registry of Canine
Behaviourist) and has served on the Board
of Directors from 2006 to 2013. Both of these
organisations have a Code of Practice and a complaints procedure to protect the
Alton is co-founder of Canine Aid, Rescue & Ethology (CARE) which
rescues and re-homes around 150 dogs a year. Alton lives with his wife,
dogs, in East Anglia where he conducts basic training and behavioural referrals
from two veterinary practices.
CARE Dog Training use Clicker training to work with
normal and problem behaviour. Clicker training is the application of two
of the quadrants of operant
conditioning and incorporates a marker signal to aid the dog in rapid learning.
Clicker training has proven to be safe and very effective with all animals
especially the fearful and shy.
People are constantly amazed at how quickly their dog can learn when the proper
techniques are put into place. For example a "Sit" or "Down" can
usually be taught in about 10 minutes. Practice over the next few weeks
makes the exercise very strong and reliable.
Clicker training is rewarding for dog and
the owner. Practice builds two way communication and gives the dog some
influence over his environment. By learning acceptable behaviour the dog
becomes a much more valued family member and many unwanted behaviours reduce or
disappear. Good dog training is about building relationships between dog
and owner and producing a dog that wants to please and in many situations knows
how to please. At the same time the owner should gain a better
understanding and expectation of their dog.
CARE Dog Training conduct private
(one to one) training classes for
dogs of all ages. Please phone to make an appointment for Al to
visit. Basic pet dog training can usually be completed in 3 lessons and
will cover sit, down, recall, loose lead walking and stay.
Behaviour problems such as jumping up, destruction or soiling when left,
difficult toilet training, noise phobia and all types of aggression are dealt
with on an individual case basis. Charges vary depending on severity and
time required. Al is one of the first and very few Behaviourist to have
studied and use the new Constructional Aggression Treatment (CAT) in the UK.
CAT is a real breakthrough in dealing with aggression and provides exceptional
No choke chains or harsh methods are
needed. So you don't have to hurt your best friend.
Alton is available for talks to local groups
on various topics of dog ownership, training, behaviour and rescue.
Contact us on 01493 653955.