Dog Trainer and dog home boarding in Ovington, Thetford, Norfolk
Water End Farm, Church Road, Ovington, ThetfordOpening at 06:30Open today until 18:30Opening at 06:30 tomorrowSorry, we're closed
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Posted on 19-Nov-2018

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Dog home boarding, dog day care and dog training

  • Dog home boarding

    Your dog stays in our home with us and is supervised 24/7. Your dog will come out to class with me and sleep in my bedroom at night. Your dog will never be left alone! Max 4 dogs in the house per day (including day care dogs). No kennels. At least 1 long walk per day (minimum of an hour), plus lots of time out in our 3 acres for fun and play.
  • Dog day care in a home environment

    Leave your dog with me for a day of fun play, walks, cuddles and constant human contact (the dogs are with me 24/7). Prices start at £2/hour/dog and go up to full boarding fee of £25/day/dog (if leaving your dog for more than 10 hours), depending on how long you leave your dog with me.
  • What to expect

    When boarding your dog at DogBasics, you can be assured that he/she will never be unsupervised. I take the dogs with me to class, when I've got one and they sleep in my bedroom at night. No kennels! Your dog will have days of fun play with other dogs and me, walks and lots of TLC.

Dog Training lessons

  • Basic to Advanced dog training Pay As You Go lessons

    At DogBasics I only offer Pay As You Go lessons, not set courses. The reason for this is so that I can divide your dogs into separate groups, depending on how big, boisterous, nervous or confident your dog is, so that we can let them off to play in between exercises.
  • Dog Handling class

    In this lesson we go through a variety of ways to handle our dogs - health check of your dog, claw cutting, grooming, preparation for bandaging/blood pressure check at vets, how to grab their collar without a fight from them, how to calm your dog down, teaching them to not snatch and a wait exercise.
  • What to expect

    My dog training classes are based on reward training and I try to teach you a better way to communicate with your dog and to understand them. The lessons are Pay As You Go, not set courses. This is because I place your dog in a group with other dogs that are suitable in size and boisterous level, so that we can let them off the lead for play in between exercises. Socialising with other dogs is as important as training them to behave well.

Fun days for your dog!

DogBasics is a dog training school, owned and run by Caroline Kjall Jackson, who has been a professional dog trainer for over 24 years. I also offer dog day care and dog home boarding at our house.  

We are located in Ovington, Norfolk, IP25 6RZ. DogBasics has also been located in Thetford, Norfolk during summer 2015, in Ingham, Norfolk for 1 year, Hertfordshire for 12 years, London for 5 years and initially 3 years in Stockholm and Uppsala, Sweden. 

The aim is for both dog and owner to have a positive experience at DogBasics. There is no need for violence or cruelty in dog training, so only positive reinforcement will be used in the training and we will always work with the breed and individual in mind. All dog breeds have specific behaviors that needs to be taken into consideration when training. I aim to help you build a respectful and loving relationship with your dog. The aim is co-operation between dog and human, not blind obedience. I will train you to train your dog using your voice, body language, touch, treats and toys. During the classes or private lessons, you will learn about the psychology of dogs, their background (ethology) and how their breed/breeds affect their behaviour - these are the basic corner stones in the courses. With these basics, you will be able to develop a closer and more understanding relationship with your dog. 

About Caroline Kjall Jackson 
I'm Swedish, but I have lived in the UK since winter 1997. I took my first dog instructor diploma at an Anders Hallgren school in Sweden, in 1994. I quickly followed that with an instructor diploma in Agility and one in Competitive Obedience, for Kent Svartberg. I've taken a clicker course run by Cilla Danielsson at Hundens Hus. I've also been training privately for Eva BodfältI have held courses in: Puppy training, General obedience, Competetive obedience, Agility, Shaping, Search, Tracking, Activity exercises, Private Training and Behaviour Consultations. My favourite book to date is Follow Me - A deal with your dog (Kontaktkontraktet) by Eva Bodfält. You can buy it via Amazon. 

Rescue and Rehoming
I have worked with rescue dogs and dogs with behaviour problems in Sweden as well as in Britain. In Sweden I worked in two rescue organisations - HOPP (shut down in 2006) and Hundframjandet. In the UK I've worked at Battersea Dogs Home, in their rehabilitation unit. Working in rescue centres has taught me so much about dogs. Not only do you get to see a multitude of breeds, you see so many 'problem' behaviours every day and can see which training techniques work and which ones don't, in a very short space of time. 

Dog Day Care and Dog Boarding at home
What has taught me more than anything is my dog day care and dog boarding. The dogs live with us in our house, as part of our family. Living with a changing pack of dogs, watching the interactions between dogs of different breeds, sex and ages, has taught me more than years of reading about dog behaviour. 

I don't believe in the dominance theory 
The dogs at our house sleep on a selection of sofas and dog beds. They often curl up next to each other in a small bed or sofa, even though there is plenty of space for them elsewhere. As true pack animals, they like to be together!I often sit on the floor and cuddle with one or more dogs, with another dog lying on the sofa above me. I don't believe in the dominance theories, where dogs are not allowed to be 'taller' than you and not allowed to lean against you. Most dogs love close body contact, not to dominate you, but because it makes them feel better, being close. Just like most of us do... I respect dogs and they respect me. I've earned their trust by being kind and loving to them, building up their confidence in me, not by treating them as a lesser being. I wouldn't dream of alpha rolling a dog! I feed them before I eat and I let them out through the door before me, because that gives me more space to get my gear ready for the walk. I don't like dogs jumping up at me, so I simply reward them for keeping their paws on the floor and ignore them when they jump up. It works a treat! 

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Water End Farm
Church Road
IP25 6RZ
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Opening Hours

Mon:6:30 am – 6:30 pm
Tue:6:30 am – 6:30 pm
Wed:6:30 am – 6:30 pm
Thu:6:30 am – 6:30 pm
Fri:6:30 am – 6:30 pm
Sat:6:30 am – 6:30 pm
Sun:6:30 am – 6:30 pm