Norfolk dog trainer holidays with dogs

Published:
20:00 February 21, 2022



A Norfolk dog trainer is giving holidaymakers the chance to take a well-deserved break while teaching their doggies good behavior.

After qualifying four years ago and being a host on Airbnb, Debbie Betts from St Olaves decided to combine her experience and offer weekend breaks by the Broads complemented by bespoke training sessions.


Debbie Betts, owner of Paws and Train in St Olaves, trains Saber with Emily Tanner. Photo: Danielle Boden
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Whether it’s a skittish terrier or an anxious Airedale, Debbie works with people and their dogs to try to improve their behavior and encourage them to work better as a team.

Debbie has first-hand experience of “roller coaster” travel training after rescuing her own dog several years ago. “I went there to be able to identify myself,” she explains. “I understand that people walk around at midnight not to meet anyone.

“People feel judged when they have a dog that barks at other dogs or people, and it’s usually a scared dog. The only way it can tell is through its voice and language. corporeal.“
For potential customers, it all starts with an initial phone call and conversation to see if said pup is a suitable candidate. For example, she is reluctant to accept those who live far away and who become stressed from long journeys because they need time to relax before good learning can take place.


Legs and train at Reedside in St Olaves.  Photo: Danielle Boden

Legs and train at Reedside in St Olaves. Photo: Danielle Boden
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New arrivals are welcomed on Fridays and guests, two and four-legged, are ushered into their studio-style apartment with kitchenette, living area and large bathroom.

The weekend starts the same afternoon with a fun introductory session in Debbie’s large secure garden. “Free work allows the dog to de-stress,” she explains. “There are a lot of different objects, surfaces and platforms and it takes all that pressure off them.”


Debbie Betts, owner of Paws and Train in St Olaves, trains Saber with Emily Tanner.  Photo: Daniel

Debbie Betts, owner of Paws and Train in St Olaves, trains Saber with Emily Tanner. Photo: Danielle Boden
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It’s important, Debbie says, that the dogs feel safe and secure, which is what she aims for in her training over the weekend. A member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT), she only endorses caring and ethical methods and each program is tailor-made for each new client.

“It’s about building relationships and getting people to understand their dog’s body language and what they’re actually saying. Build a partnership and be a team,” she says.

“Some dogs thrive on routine and some don’t. High-strung dogs like to have a routine and when that routine is upset, things get out of sync and you may experience distress and separation anxiety.


Debbie Betts, owner of Paws and Train in St Olaves, Alaskan Malamute named Saber.  Photo: Danielle

Debbie Betts’, owner of Paws and Train in St Olaves, Alaskan Malamute called Saber. Photo: Danielle Boden
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While there’s a lot of learning to do, it’s still a public holiday for everyone, and with that in mind, Debbie offers a dog-sitting service on Saturday nights in case her human visitors feel like spending some time. ‘a night at the local pub or restaurant, as long as the furry one is happy to be groomed with her, that is.

“I’m pretty flexible too, so if there’s a session booked at 9am and they sleep in it, that’s no problem,” she laughs.

You can follow Debbie on Facebook for more information: Facebook.com/PawsTrain

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