Events & Seminars

At Standish Dog Trainer we try to provide exciting and educational events that will benefit dog owners, dogs, the community and also other dog professionals.  If you are interested in any of the events on this page, please email Jo on jo@standishdogtrainer.co.uk or call on 01257 423726.

 Cognitive Skills for Dogs  FULLY BOOKED

Saturday 22nd April 2017, 10am – 4pm

Get those canine cogs turning with the lovely Kay Attwood.

kayWhat is Cognitive Thinking? Cognitive development is the ability to think and understand. It is the part of the brain responsible for problem solving, processing information, conceptual learning, perceptual skills, memory, creativity and brain development using cognitive psychology.
This isn’t just any old ‘Match and Sample’ workshop. We’ll be concentrating on Visual, Audio, Scent and Sensual skills, to really stretch you and your dogs ability to work as a team and problem solve.
This workshop is for Dogs over 8 months of age (due to brain development). Some targeting skills would be useful but not essential. Each handler must be familiar with marking behaviour whether by clicker or verbal. We will be working with targeting via feet or nose, Indication signals for when the dog has found what we’re looking for and indicates it to the handler, discrimination skills (visual, sensual, scent and audio) as in ‘it’s not that one, or that one but THIS one’! These are very impressive skills for your dog to have and can help in many other ways, such as behaviour and general well being.

The presenter Kay Attwood has been teaching cognitive skills in her classes for a number of years and runs a very successful training school in Surrey.

This workshop will run at Standish Dog Trainer, Methodist Church, High Street, Standish, WN6 0HA.

Handler places cost £70, spectator places cost £50.  To get the most from this workshop, we will only take 8 dog and handler teams.  Handlers, please bring lots and lots of tiny treats, clicker, poop bags, a blanket for your dog to settle on and a water bowl for your own dog.

Parking is available on site and there are disabled access and facilities at this venue.

Refreshments will be provided throughout the day, but you will need to bring a pack lunch with you.

This workshop is not suitable for dogs that are fearful or reactive to other dogs or to people. Spectators are welcome to book and will be paired with a dog and handler team in order to facilitate their learning.

To book, please email Jo on jo@standishdogtrainer.co.uk

Precision Training; the skills that take us from competence to mastery

FULLY BOOKED

Saturday 26th November 2016, 10am – 4pm

clare-russell

Do you enjoy training your dog to carry out new skills and behaviours? I really do and I’m excited that Clare Russell will be joining us for a day of fun training on Saturday 26th November  to present a workshop where we can learn more about how we train our dogs.

Precision training is about carefully examining the skill we are teaching, analysing all of the steps and breaking the behaviour down, concentrating on planning; shaping each component carefully and ultimately bringing all of those slices of behaviour together and putting the finished result on cue.

Our plan for the workshop is to ensure each person thoroughly understands the project they are working on with their dog; to work together to learn how to keep a record of progress, plan cues and whether the cues will change as the behaviour starts to develop.  Learn how to adapt to criteria changes, how to deal with mistakes, learn about markers – function and timing. Reinforcement – what will to use and why.

The behaviour you want to train doesn’t need to be complicated, it may be you want your dog to sit straight , not on one hip, it maybe you would like your dog to stand still as a lead is put onto and taken off their collar, maybe you would like to work on your dumbbell pick-up, or maybe you have a cool heel work to music idea that you would like some help in refining.  This workshop is ideal for pet owners who want to think a little more about their training, for trainers who want to learn to make better observations, for dog sports enthusiasts who want a little more accuracy.

Clare has a wonderful knack for reading each individual and helping each person develop their own skills.  There are no set requirements; we can help you work on whatever you like!  Clare Russell DipCABT is a fully qualified pet behaviourist with over 15 years of class teaching. Clare has been coached and mentored by Kay Laurence since 2009 and is currently a staff member of Trainers Accredited by the Kay Laurence accreditation scheme.

Dogs of any age and breed are welcome.

This workshop will run from 10am – 4pm on Sat 26 Nov 2016 at St James Church Hall, Church Lane, Wrightington.  This is opposite the church and next to the vicarage at number 92 Church Lane.
There is ample car parking on site.
Refreshments will be available, please bring your own lunch.

Handler places cost £60, spectator places cost £40.  To get the most from this workshop, we will only take 8 dog and handler teams.  Handlers, please bring lots and lots of tiny treats, clicker, poop bags, a blanket for your dog to settle on and a water bowl for your own dog.

Parking is available on site and there is disabled access and facilities at this venue.

This workshop is not suitable for dogs that are fearful or reactive to other dogs or to people. Spectators are welcome to book and will be paired with a dog and handler team in order to facilitate their learning.

To book, please email Jo on jo@standishdogtrainer.co.uk

Saturday 13th February 2016 10am – 4.30pm

The Human, the Dog & the Wolf: A relationship explored…

Max July 2015 611Maxwell Muir is coming to England!!

On Sat 13th Feb 2016, we are looking forward to spending a day with Maxwell Muir on this brand new seminar.

We will explore the misunderstandings and misinterpretations in our perception of canine behaviour. We will take a close look at how that confusion has affected our lives with our pet dogs regarding our relationship, training, interactions, and our use of psychology regarding how we think canine’s view the world and their role in their lives with us.

What are the differences between dogs and wolves, their motives, and how they view the world? What are the similarities in the way wolves and domestic dogs think and express their behaviour. These are just some of the questions we will be taking a close look at.

The morning part will focus on the human and dog relationship and look at how our interactions affect the behaviour of each other. In the afternoon we will discuss natural wild wolf behaviour and how this is expressed in the domestic dog. We will also look at the human / wolf relationship in greater detail and how this has impacted the lives of domestic dogs over the years. Have dogs been given a raw deal with our understandings of canine behaviour and how we deal with those behaviours in our lives with our dogs?

About Maxwell

Maxwell Muir is a Full Member of APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers), Full Member & Country Representative of PDTE (Pet Dog Trainers of Europe), ABTC Registered Dog Trainer (Animal Behaviour & Training Council) and an
Affiliate Member of ISCP

Dogs have always fascinated me. From the domestic dogs we share our lives with to their wild and feral counterparts. And then there are wolves, the very beasts that captivated my imagination as a young boy and have instilled a passion in me that has been strengthened with every passing year of my life.

My training methods and interactions with dogs are motivated by a deep love and respect for the animal. I am in a continuous search for further knowledge and learning experiences to deepen my appreciation for dogs and the lives they lead. I share this knowledge with the aim to help owners and their dogs live fuller lives together. I also host regular seminars & lectures with some of the world’s leading names in canine behaviour.

This seminar will run on Sat 13 February 2016 from 10 until 16.30 at The Methodist Church Hall, High Street, Standish, WN6 0HA.
Tickets are £45 for the day; this will include refreshments, but not lunch.
There is off road parking and there are some lovely cafes / deli’s and sandwich shops that you can get lunch from. This is a spectator seminar only, but if you have dog care issues that may prevent you from coming, please get in touch and I’ll do what I can to help.

To book your ticket, please email: jo@standishdogtrainer.co.uk
You will be able to make payment by cheque, PayPal or Bank Transfer at the time of booking.

 

 

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