Having a well trained obedient dog around the home is usually a pleasure. A dog that can interact with family members, as well as friends and visitors, in a safe and non threatening manner is welcome in most homes.

A large percentage of pet dog owners are perfectly capable of successfully training the family dog and have probably trained previous family dogs in the past.socializing 1

However, the pressures of modern day lifestyles, work and family requirements and general stresses of coping on a day to day basis often leave little time for extra activities such as training your dog. In addition, training your dog is a time consuming activity, and good results depend on regular training with a consistent and patient style. Not always easy to achieve!

At Youngstead we have many years of training experience with most dog breeds. Our training methods are based on consistency and patience, with positive reinforcement over regular short training sessions proving to be the most successful.

We provide Socialising classes, Basic Obedience training for all dog breeds, Show Training for dogs,  and Handler Training for  new and experienced exhibitors.

Socialising classes

Our socialising classes usually take place on Saturday mornings, and cater for all breed types.  A full course takes 5 weeks. Costs are minimal.

All Breed  Basic Obedience Training

In order to achieve the above regular and consistent training sessions we require the dogs to live with us for a 4 week period. The dogs will live in our comfortable and secure kennels and will have regular exercise periods in addition to their training. Owners are welcome to visit their dogs if required although a 4 week holiday without any visits produces better results.

Training can begin at any time. The ideal age for most breeds is when the dogs are between 6 and 12 months old, although we do train older dogs as well.

Training fees depend on the breed of dog and include full boarding.  We can also usually assist with dogs that have developed problems, especially issues such as jumping on people, running out of the gate, and running away when called.Socializing 2

We do not train aggressive dogs or attack dogs!

Contact us by e-mail on youngsteadsaintbernards@gmail.com or on      073 223 5113 to discuss your needs and costs.

Show Training for dogs

With over 30 years of successfully exhibiting dogs of several  breeds, we are uniquely positioned to offer show training for the dogs themselves. The process of training dogs for exhibition is similar to obedience training but obviously has several vitally important differences.  Similar to our Inboard Obedience training, we take the dogs for a 4 week course and train them.

Show Handler Training

As a multiple Group judge and hugely experienced show Ring Steward, Kevin is well positioned to assist handlers to achieve greater success handling dogs in the ring. Many experienced handlers develop small faults and overlook vital areas of performance, resulting in less than expected show awards.  These are important issues that we assist handlers to correct.

This is training for Show Handlers, and not for dogs. We also teach new exhibitors the basic art of handling dogs in a show ring.

Important Note

Our training is available to anybody throughout SA. We are able to accept dogs from any province , and return them to any province. Dogs can be dropped off when owners attend shows in JHB, and collected in the same manner, or we regularly fly dogs to any major destination.

For details on training for you or your dog, please contact us by e-mail on youngsteadsaintbernards@gmail.com  or contact Kevin Young directly on 073 223 5113.