The basics in understanding and knowing how to train your canine

Aim

The idea of this training class is to produce a dog that will allow examination by its owner. To display a calm manner on lead and behave in a natural manner by its owner side. To have the obedience of sit, down, stand and stay. To be under control when walking through or past distractions. You and your dog should be able to demonstrate a good level of recall to voice and hand signals commands and to a whistle command. Your dog will also learn good etiquette when walking through doors and gates.

Eligibility

Previous attendance of puppy training classes  would be beneficial, especially if you attended my puppy classes. However it is not essential, but long as your dog is up to date with its vaccinations, you also have a minimum of 6 poo bags in your possession to clean up after your dog. You must also have your dog microchipped and have the appropriate and correct information on a dog tag. The id tag should have your name and full address including post code by law. I also recommend a mobile number or other alternative number engraved on the other side.

The atmosphere and standard

Handlers should have a openness to my training techniques and teachings in canine obedience. A emphasis will be drawn to every day situations that dog owners could find themselves in. Owners should be of the understanding to the responsibilities of owning a dog. How it is important to train their dog and understand their canine needs to demonstrate calm and a content dog, when exposed to neighbours and strangers and other daily life exposures. Standards are set to maximise the quality of the classes and this why there is a minimum amount of dog and handlers per class, set to 6. With all that said the classes are informative, good humoured and relaxed to help maximise you dogs training and owners knowledge too.

To maintain the standard and atmosphere within the class you should not enrol your dog if you there is

  • Uncontrolled mouthing 
  • Excessive and unstoppable barking, towards other dogs
  • Growls to people or other dogs
  • Excessive whimpering and shaking. 

Should you have any of the above then I recommend a 121 with my self to work on these issues first.

location is, 

Hardingstone Village Hall

Equipment required for this class

  • Dog must have suitable collar, lead or other setup with ID tag (No flexi leads)
  • Handler provides suitable food treats to reinforce wanted obedience
  • Handler to provide poop bags
  • Whistle (ACME 210 1/2)
  • Long line
  • Oversized tennis ball or toy
  • Soft grooming brush

Obedience training and more

Exercise 1 – Equipment, collar and lead setup

This exercise is to train a dog in accepting taking off and putting on dog collar, or other equipment. To assist dog handlers with their current equipment setup. Lots of times I see owners with equipment setup wrong, A few adjustments or recommendations to a new setup might be all it takes to give owners a change in control and heel.

Exercise 2  – Walking by handler under control

Touching again on equipment, this will now transition into this exercise. This exercise is all about training dogs to walk alongside owners and what action to take if the dog pulls forward or back. This area of training will incorporate left and right turns. All the essential training when walking your dog.

Exercise 3 – Good manners at a door or gate

Its important to have control of a dog while passing through doorways, gates or around other street furniture. Training exercises will simulate these activities. Often I witness dogs displaying confusion resulting in uncontrolled behaviours, or rush past owners often almost tripping them up.

Exercise 4 – Walking past or through people and dogs 

The aim of this exercise is to achieve a good level of control walking past people or other dog owners, or through a crowd. Teaching a dog to walk to heel daily as part of your regular training programme is so important. This important learning of heel work will pay off when your dog faces these challenging experiences.  Again equipment exercise will pay its part for this exercise.

Exercise 5 – Staying in position for 1 minute

There are many times that you want your dog to stay for a period of time. School gates, chatting to people on a walk, in your home, by doors or gates, side of the road and so on. My puppy classes we achieve 15 second stay positions. In this class we train to 1 minute stay. This may sound unachievable, but its achievable.

Exercise 6 – Examination of the dog 

Its important to be able to inspect a dog all over in cases of suspicion of injury or general daily health checks. Its important to be able to check, ears, throat, teeth, eyes, stomach, paws, tail and mouth. I have some great tips for assistance.

Exercise 7 – Grooming

Bring a soft brush, we will have a groom exercise. This is because some dogs will try to mouth owners while brushing or towelling. Advice on how to reduce agitation and better associations with grooming if your dog displays a fear response.

Exercise 7 – Return to handler when called

Along with walking to heel, recall is joint top on the obedience list. There is a complete difference to a dog that returns out of insecurity, or on occasions, to a dog that when hears the command immediately, with pace returns to its owner. This training exercise is all about training the dog to whistle command and hand signal to achieve a reliable recall.

Sharing of knowledge and demonstrations

In additions to group exercises I will where applicable demonstrate the training on clients dogs during the class. I will also share experiences of real life cases of 121’s where necessary. My classes are more than just dog obedience. I talk about a dogs body language and the appropriate approach to take, what a dog thinks in situations too. Eradicating internet myths on training are important especially .