PET DOG TRAINING - INTERMEDIATE
Tuesday night, 7.00-7.45pm
Nine week course. Successful completion of Beginners is a pre-requisite for this course, or a certificate for a similar course with another training organization.
The aim of Pet Dog Training is to:-
Provide positive, force-free training to pet dog owners with the aim of helping your dog to become a well-mannered and welcome member of your family and community. Understand the basics of dog behaviour and responsible pet dog ownership so that your dog can look forward to a "forever" home with you.
Build on the skills and behaviours learned in Pet Dog Training Beginners.
There are so many reasons to continue training with your dog:
Training redirects your dog's natural behaviour to acceptable outlets
Training builds your dog's behavioural repertoire
The more acceptable behaviours a dog learns, the less room there is for undesirable behaviours
Training is fun
Training increase the odds that a dog will stay in the familoy for his lifetime rather than be given up due to behaviour issues
Training makes it possible to engage in many more activities with a well-trained dog such as:
- Advanced training classes
- Dog sports and games
- Animal-assisted activities (i.e. visit nursing homes, hospitals, school visits)
- Taking with you on holidays
- Tracking / Search and Rescue competitions
- Rally-O and Obedience competitions
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
Nine week course where you will be shown how to teach your dog real life skills using positive, force-free methods:-
- Introduction to Clicker
- Car etiquette
- Loose Lead Walking with Attention and Turns
- Leave it
- Give and Take
- Targeting (say Hi)
- Distance recall
- Stay - adding distance and distraction
- Handling - vet holds for ears and eyes
- Loose lead walking - aiming for No Lead Walking
- Meeting another dog
- Stay/Wait for a purpose (gaining distance)
- Wait at the door
- Tolerance to separation
- Stand for Examination
- Target Stick
- Rally Obedience
- Prompt shaping.
All dogs are welcome regardless of breed.
Minimum age and vaccinations - 16 weeks minimum age and vaccinated. You will be asked to declare that your dog is properly vaccinated when registering as training is undertaken in a public park.
Bitches in season - no bitches in season are allowed on the grounds - for obvious reasons!
Picking up - it is council law that owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets. Please bring your own plastic bag or they are available from the bluchouse.
No dog is too large or small or old to come to training. If your dog has an aggressive nature let us know when registering and we may recommend alternative arrangements for speialised training.
We will train you to train your dog using positive reinforcement training methods of praise, food rewards, gentle pattingm games and toys. Learn how to correct your dog's unwanted behaviour in a non-aggressive manner.
There are many factors that dictate the rate of learning, and it is important to understand that it is not a race to get through each class. Some dogs take more time than others to understand the exercise being taught. The amount of time you spend each day training is important, and bitches in season will lose a number of weeks each year when they can't be brought to class. Medical problems experienced by you or your dog may also bring training to halt for a few days or weeks. The important thing is - don't give up!