No responsible parent would deprive their child of education, yet thousands of well-meaning owners do exactly that to their dogs.

They indulge and spoil them while failing to impart any meaningful knowledge.

When adult dogs jump on visitors, drag their handlers down the road and lunge at other dogs it has nothing to do with the dog’s personality – it’s lack of education.

I’ve seen hundreds of wild ‘uncontrollable’ dogs turn into wonderful companions once they know what’s required. No one expects an uneducated child to behave correctly so why would a dog?

Most of the unfortunate canines languishing in rescue centres are not there because of neglect, they are there because they are difficult to handle and the reason for that is…yes, you’ve guessed: No education.

Your dog can’t educate himself.

That’s your job as an owner, just as it is with a son or daughter.

Ignorant children do not receive invites to parties and ignorant dogs are not welcome anywhere.

Good parents bring up their children to be well mannered and respectful and you must do likewise if you want a happy, balanced dog.

No sensible parent would tolerate unruly or aggressive behaviour from a child so why accept it from your dog but yelling is not the answer?

You must communicate calmly and consistently.

Unmanageable dogs are impossible to re-home so by neglecting his education you are condemning your dog to life in a shelter should you find his behaviour too much to handle.

Regardless of age, dogs are always ready to learn.

Are you?

On the weekend of May26 and 27, I am running an outdoor master class for all those owners who want to train their dog but cannot commit to a regular weekly class.

I will condense our usual eight-week course into one weekend.

Why not join us? You will find full details on my website or text me direct on 07590 560012.

By The Dogfather