- Agility Training -
COURSE II : TRICKS & TREATS
Course duration : eight weeks Cost: £60
One of the cornerstones of training success is communication, so our dogs understand what we want from them. We aim to help you lay that cornerstone and build the solid foundations that are essential to future progress.
By teaching your dog a series of fun and even useful tricks, you will be learning how to communicate better and to enjoy each other's company. This course is open to dogs and youngsters over six months of age.
This is NOT a traditional obedience training course. We assume a pre-existing level of basic obedience, which we aim to build upon to broaden your relationship. This course is suitable for you if your dog:
These are some of the areas we work on:
Self-Control– Your dog needs the element of self-control to be able to hold a wait until you give the release command. There is a lot going on in the big, wide world, so this will also help your dog to contain his excitement and maintain his focus even when seeing other dogs working around him. Self-control is taught through a variety of tricks and games including choice games and old favourites such as the biscuit-on-the-paw.
Clicker Training – you will be taught the correct use of a 'clicker' – a simple but wonderfully effective method for communicating and encouraging correct behaviours in dogs. Developed initially as a method of communicating with dolphins, clickers can be used with a wide range of animals and have even enabled adults and children with learning and communication problems.
Clicker training is so useful in training dogs that one evening of the course is a dog-free evening. Devoted instead entirely to fun with clicker-training, prepare for lots of laughter and chocolate as you attempt to clicker-train your class colleagues!
Balance, co-ordination and confidence
Whether it's teaching your dog to wave a paw, high-five, touch his nose, roll over or even dribble a football, all of this is helping your dog to appreciate (and in some cases, simply acknowledge) the full extent of his body.
'Settle' and Time-Out
In our rush to teach our dogs everything that is new and exciting, we sometimes forget to teach them how to take some down-time, too.
We work with a mat and teach your dog to find his mat, lie on it and settle peacefully for a few minutes whilst the rest of the world goes by. This is a great stress-buster for the dog and his mat can become an easily-transported place of refuge and security when he needs to chill especially in places such as buses, trains, vets and so on.
Be ready to train a new trick each week.
An informal assessment is held on week seven so you can see how much progress you've made.
Certificates of Attendance are presented on week eight, which is our 'Show-Offs' session. Mini-certificates are presented throughout the evening for the 'Top Dog' in each of the tricks we have taught. It's a light-hearted final evening of games, relays, run-offs and outright showing off everything your dog does best.
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