Dog training

Ben Randall’s Dog Training Tips: How to Ask a Question About Your Pooch

Over the past few months, award-winning dog trainer Ben Randall has been sharing his advice with Country Life readers.

Ben has worked with dogs for decades, honing his BG (Beggarbush) techniques to help people teach their dogs with kindness and understanding. Our very own Paula Lester has long been converted to Ben’s ideas, and her black Labrador Nimrod has come a long way since they started working together. You can read more about Ben’s dog training philosophy (and Nimrod too) in this article.

Earlier this year, Ben began sharing his expertise with readers of the country life website. Over the past few months he’s covered topics ranging from things many new dog owners encounter early on – how to teach a dog to sit, the leave command, how to stop a new puppy from crying at night , for example – to things that even seasoned dogs can struggle with. Walking a dog, for example, can be tricky, as can getting a dog to stop barking at the doorbell, or keeping a dog from going crazy when delivery people or visitors approach the house. .

We are extremely grateful to readers who sent in their questions – and if you have any, please email pattes-pour-pensé[email protected] We’re more eager than ever to hear more of your issues, because from July 27, Ben’s column will appear twice a week: once in the print magazine on Wednesdays and once more online on Sundays.

Below, for reference and inspiration, you’ll find some of Ben’s earlier columns; we look forward to hearing more about you.


For more detailed advice on Ben Randall’s proven, award-based and positive BG training methods, individual training sessions, residential training or five-star canine boarding at his BGHQ in Herefordshire, phone 01531 670960 or visit www.ledburylodgekennels. co.uk. For a seven-day free trial of the Gundog app, which costs £24.99 per month or £249.99 per year, visit www.gundog.app/trial


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