We had a Successfull first DogFit session with Simon despite the weather. There are no fair weather dog handlers at Doberdayz 🙂 Everyone wrapped up warm, put on their waterproofs and braved the rain. Thank you all for supporting us on this fun new dog training course.
These group dog walks run every Monday and are only £10 a session. Keep fit in the nicest way possible, with your favourite Canine companion. The walks are held in and around Chorleywood, Hertfordshire. Simon, our new trainer will lead you over the beautiful Chorleywood countryside in a 90 minute walk which will include a little dog training and dog socialisation. It’s a wonderful way to spend a Monday morning.
Please get in touch if keeping fit with your dog is something you would like to try. And well done to all those who joined us, see you next week for round 2!
NEW INSTRUCTOR – SIMON ALLEN
Barking Mad Rickmansworth are absolutely thrilled and honoured to announce the addition of Simon Allen to the Doberdayz Training Team. Simon has had a long career working with dogs and brings with him a wealth of experience, knowledge and passion for dog training. A former police officer and police dog handler, Simon worked and owned German Shepherds for General Purpose & Firearms Recovery and has a love for larger working breeds.
Since retiring from the Police Simon owned and ran his own fun positive reward based dog training school which offered private consultations at home. Simon is an experienced dog behaviourist and holds an extensive list of qualifications in both Dog Training, Behaviour Management, Nutrition, Communication and First Aid.
Simon will introduce a whole brand new package of dog training classes and courses which will offer new and exciting exercises and tasks for both you and your dog. BRAND NEW IS Simon’s CSI Package (Canine Scent Investigators) will include Tracking, Suspect Search and Property Search courses. These courses are open to all breeds, whatever your level of training, using your dog’s instinctive behaviour and channelling it into positive stimulating and fun exercises mostly involving your dog using his nose in scent detection. The Courses will be run at different levels culminating with a Certificate at the end of each module. It will then be open for you to take part in our ultimate and thrilling adrenaline rush “Detect and catch the Criminal” Course which will bring all your newly honed skills together and will involve you and your dog working together as a team in order for you both to scent clues, track and catch the criminal! These courses will be fun, friendly and reward based and will build a solid fun based working relationship between you and your dog.
Junior Dog Handler Training
The hardy gang at KidsClub braved the elements on Saturday to practice their junior dog handler training skills in chilly Chorleywood.
Molly and her Beagle puppy Bailey battled the flooded lanes and highways from Watford to get to training. Adam and his Border Collie Jake travelled from Hemel Hempstead to ensure they made their fortnightly training session. Having taken a couple of weeks off over Christmas both children and dogs could be forgiven for being less than enthusiastic. But everyone was in high spirits and raring to go.
After a warming round of heelwork to get us going Adam and Molly persuaded their dogs to perform impressive recall exercises.
The children have been working very hard on developing their relationship with their dogs and this was fantastic to see during this exercise.
Both dogs are immature males, but their focus on their young handlers was fabulous to watch.
Working on the sit/stay command has been a gradual process, keeping both kids and dogs calm has been a challenge in itself! However Adam and Jake made this look effortless this week. Adam was able to leave his Border Collie using the stay command. Molly and Bailey the baby Beagle worked a short distance away. Both handlers have worked a great deal on the focus they get from their dogs and this is becoming increasingly obvious.
The picture below shows both handlers and dogs weaving through bowls of food. No mean feat considering the bowls contained chicken livers. Both dogs performed this brilliantly and gave the children an opportunity to work on the ‘leave it’ command. The dogs did leave it, which we were ALL relieved about! We celebrated by revising our trick routines. Both dogs are now spinning, twisting and weaving through legs. Adam and Jake spent a great deal of their time giggling too! Didn’t our junior dog handler Jake do well!
Both children are working towards a achieving their Bronze Star award.
We had all the ladies at training today (and Diego :-). Everyone is working towards their Gold Award and we are all nearly there, just one of two exercises left to complete. So after a little heel work practice we did some out of sight sit stays and then agility. Work also started on our hoop shaping exercise.