WOODLAND TRUST - UFFMOOR WOOD DOG TRAINING
I am excited to announce that I will be offering the 'Dog Training with a Difference' sessions again, from June 2021. There are four sessions to the course, which meet fortnightly on a Tuesday morning.
This is part of a much larger project to increase community interaction and promoting "Woodlands and Wellbeing." It is a fantastic opportunity to join in with the Uffmoor dog walking community.
THE ESSENTIAL SKILLS SERIES
The Essential Skills series consists of 4 workshops which cover all of the skills needed to get your dog off to the right start when out and about in the countryside. It would be of most benefit to attend all 4 sessions, with the “Think Dog” session being compulsory.
The sessions will be booked via The Woodland Trust and will be charged at £7.50 per session or all 4 for £20.
1. LOOSE LEAD WALKING
It is hard to enjoy going for a walk with a dog who is pulling our arms out yet, more often than not, loose lead walking is so very boring for both dog and owner. This results in a dog who switches off and pulls like a small steam engine, and an owner who does not enjoy going for walks or who just lets their dog off the lead because it is far too stressful otherwise.
During this session we look at how to engage with our dogs on walks, how to be way more interesting than the distractions of the woods, but also how to use the woodland around us as reinforcement and enrichment. You will be given the skills to go away and practice, practice, practice, in a fun way.
2. THINK DOG
This is a session without your dog and the most important to attend!
During this session we consider the behaviour of dogs, debunk myths, and look at why they behave in the ways that they do.
We take a walk through the woods and discuss what we can feel, smell, and hear, and the distractions that you may be up against when walking your dog.
We look at why dogs behave in certain ways, how to combat this, and different methods to reinforce the right behaviours to build a strong bond with your dogs.
We also discuss the best types of walking equipment for comfort, safety, and welfare. We then discuss dog walking etiquette, the Yellow Dog scheme, before going for another little stroll to see what body language that we can find from dogs in the woods. Finally, there is time for your questions and discussion.
Having a reliable recall is something that most owners only dream of. Why would our dogs want to come back to us when the environment is so much more interesting and exciting? It can be difficult enough in an open field but even those with a half decent recall can find it a little too much to come back when on the trail of a deer, or even a rabbit.
This recall session is the foundation session for the advanced recall, 2 session, workshop, later on. We look at key methods for engaging with our dogs throughout our walk, to make recall easier, as well as fun games and techniques to make coming back to you fun.
Dogs will be required to be on a longline (not a flexi lead) for this session. Please bring a longline, of 5 meters or more, with you.
4. WOODLAND GAMES – PARKOUR, SCENTWORK ETC
Recall and loose lead walking are great skills to have, essential skills, yet, let’s face it, they aren’t that much fun. Yes, we can teach them using fun games but how do we keep our dogs interested in us and wanting to be with us throughout the walk? We play interactive games!
Ask any qualified behaviourist or trainer and they will tell you just how much they hate ball flingers. Owners think that their dogs enjoy to play fetch, and I am sure that they do, yet to repeat this over and over again results in an over aroused dog which can cause problems for hyperactivity and anxious or reactive behaviour.
This workshop teaches you how to use the environment to enrich your dogs life, to get them using their brains to think about what they are doing, to be methodical in their actions, calm even. You will find that your dog is mentally exhausted, even if you have not walked very far, and for dogs who are not always comfortable in their environment, or usually run off to interact with other dogs or people, you may well find that they begin to look for the next Parkour obstacle, rather than focusing their attention on other dogs!
TRAFFIC LIGHT ATTENDANCE SYSTEM
To make it easier for you to understand which group is best for you and your dog, we have devised a traffic light system.
PUPPIES - UNDER 20 Weeks Old
Please get in touch or check out the Perfect Puppy Course.
Currently we are not offering any puppy specific group classes as these sessions are ideally for dogs who have received some foundation training and are now ready to progress that to working in a distracting environment.
Puppy, and Beginner, sessions are best taken as 1-2-1 training, rather than in a group (which used to be the traditional train of thought) as it allows a much more personalised approach in the clients own environment.
Calm and Sociable
Dogs who are comfortable around other dogs and people and show no signs of anxiety. Dogs should display relaxed body language and behaviour with other dogs and people within close proximity. Dogs should not be excessively pulling and vocalising to get over to interact with other dogs or people.
Body language should be soft and relaxed. Please see attached body language guide which can be used as an example.
Anxious or Excitable
Dogs who display anxious behaviour such as cowering, avoidance, submissive behaviour, whimpering, etc but not aggression (barking, growling, lip curling, snarling, snapping or air biting, biting).
Dogs who show aggressive behaviour only if another dog gets right up in their face may attend this session if we are notified at the time of booking. If you are unsure please check .
REACTIVE TO DOGS OR PEOPLE
Please get in touch, or visit the Behaviour Consultation page.
Dogs who display obvious signs of distress and discomfort when around other dogs or people. This may be in the form of signs of panic, barking, growling, lunging, snapping, biting.
This also includes dogs who have a bite history (have bitten in the past) and those who do not show obvious signs and will “bite without warning.”
There are no events available for "Red Dogs" you will need to book behavioural assistance.
If you book on to a session which is not suitable for your dog, you may be asked to leave and book on to the next suitable class instead.
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