Training

CARE Dog Training is run by Alton Matherne who is an Accredited Animal Behaviourist, recognised by the Animal Behaviour & Training Council (ABTC).

CARE Dog Training is run by Alton Matherne who is an Accredited Animal Behaviourist, recognised by the Animal Behaviour & Training Council (ABTC).

Alton has been training dogs and working with problem behaviour for the past 30 plus years.

He has recently resigned from the Association of Pet Dog Trainers where he was an Assessor for new membership applicants and 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.

Alton is co-founder of Canine Aid, Rescue & Ethology (CARE) which rescues and re-homes around 50 dogs a year. Alton lives with his wife, Daphne, plus 8 dogs, in East Anglia where he conducts basic training and behavioural referrals from two veterinary practices.  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.

Alton is a PRAMA trainer.  Mainly using Positive Reinforcement (reward based) training to change the dogs behaviour.  In some few cases, rewards simply do not work, for those,  the use of a very mild and minimum aversive may be the best and quickest way to change your dogs problem behaviour.  No choking, no shock, no pain is used, but boundaries are set to help the dog learn self control and change for the better.

Alton conducts private (one to one) training, in your home, and works with dogs of all ages. Please phone to make an appointment for Alton to visit. Basic pet dog training can usually be completed in 2 lessons and will cover sit, down, recall, loose lead walking and stay or any other training you wish such as go in the bed, on/off settee, give, and other simple behaviours.

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.

Alton is available for talks to local groups on various topics of dog ownership, training, behaviour and rescue.

Contact us on 01493 653955.