Dog Training Classes at Pwllyn Farm 2017
Classes Starting Spring 2017
Fun Nosework for Dogs - Introduction to Scent Work (Level 1)
A six week course which will introduce you and your dog to the joys of scent work. Scent work is a fast growing new dog sport that dogs love. Scent work engages 'hunt drive', and accesses the parts of your dog's brain that helps to both stimulate and focus him. A great exercise for both mind and body, scent work is a fantastic confidence builder, de-stressor and all round fun game for your dog! As an added bonus it will seriously tire him out ... perfect for your busy youngster or high drive dog. Train and hone your dog's natural instinct, learn to read your dog and work as a team through an increasingly challenging series of scent puzzles.
- Six week course
- One and a quarter hours per session
- Cost £65 to include written material and links to videos/web articles as appropriate
- Four dog and handler teams per class
- Course will need to be paid for in full one week before start date
- Option to progress to Intermediate (Level 2) Scent Work class
- Email or ring for further information or to book a place
For those who were training with me last year, follow on classes Scentwork Levels 2, 3 and 4 will also be available from early April
Ultimate Skills for Life - for you and your dog!
This course is far more than just a basic 'walk round the hall' dog training class! Designed to teach you how to train your dog to cope with life in the real world, the course will give you practical training skills and indepth knowledge of your dog's behaviour, to help you understand your dog, avoid common problems and pitfalls, and train your dog a variety of different behaviours which will help him learn to be the dog you want - a life long companion to take anywhere, a dog that you can be proud of and a dog who enjoys being out and about with you. Most importantly the course will help develop and strengthen the bond and connection you already have with your dog.
Please note - this course will take serious training commitment from you in order for both you and your dog to achieve your desired goal. Expect to spend ten minutes two or three times a day working and playing with your dog, as well as providing him with enrichment opportunities, regular, appropriate exercise, and using management to prevent rehearsal of unwanted behaviours. There will also be homework - reading and/or short videos to supplement your class learning.
The course runs for 12 weeks and is suitable for the majority of dogs aged six months and over. Please note that a class environment is not suitable for dogs that show fear aggression to other dogs or people - one to one training is available to help these dogs.
There will be four dog-handler teams on the course to allow for maximum individual attention. Course cost is £150 for 12 weeks and is payable at the latest one week before the course starts. Dates will be confirmed nearer the time, but the first course will begin in mid to late March. Please note that if you miss a class it may be possible to attend another to catch up, if two or more courses are running simultaneously, and handouts will be supplied so that you do not miss out on any exercises or topics covered in class.
Course Structure: Each weekly session will last approximately two hours - an hour of practical training with your dog, followed by a well earned cup of coffee, and a half hour 'mini-seminar' where, each week, we will cover an important aspect of your dog's behaviour. This is followed by a half hour question and answer session, where you can ask questions as necessary - either general, or directly related to your own dog.
Training your dog - practical skills:
- How dogs learn and how to train
- Lead walking
- Greetings on lead - dogs and people
- Play skills for you and your dog
- Building the connection
- Training for grooming, nail trims, vet visits and general handling
- Impulse control exercises
- Training for calmness
- Training for attractions and distractions
- Dealing with fear and reactivity
- Taking it on the road - training in the real world.
Understanding your dog:
- How dogs learn - understanding the appropriate training techniques and developing the skills to train your dog
- Enrichment - teaching your dog independence and fulfilling his behavioural needs
- Breed specific behaviour - who is your dog?
- The terrible teenager - understand your adolescent dog, and how to manage him
- Body language - dogs communicating with each other
- Body language - dogs and humans communicating
- Dogs and children - keep them safe
- Play - the what, whys and hows!
- Walking the dog - there's more to it than you think!
- Resource guarding, separation issues, and car travel - recognise, manage and avoid common problems
- Understanding and preventing aggression
- Why does my dog ...?
Cancellation Policy for all classes
Payment for classes is due one week before the start date by bank transfer or cheque. Once a booking form is received the place is held and you are obligated to make payment for the full course. There is a no refund policy in place and once payment is made your place remains open to you for the full 6/12 weeks of the course.
Non-payment on the due date will deem the place not required and the place will be allocated to the next person on the waiting list.
My most satisfying aspect of animal training is a very simple moment. After a show when I leave the stage door... and there is a crowd gathered, sometimes I hear someone say the following and it makes it all worthwhile. "How did they make that dog do that?" I smile because I am the only "they" and I do it with love.
William Berloni, dog trainer, about transforming a severely abused dog from the pound into 'Sandy' in the Broadway production of 'Annie'