As we enter a new month and reflect on all that happened in September, what amazing wins we have seen our students have! First time competing in agility (well done Barry and Jess!), going on holiday and having a super relaxing time with no stress, off leash walks, canicross runs…just to name a few! A massive shout out for Matt and Classic and their amazing agility win qualifying them for Cruft 2022 – that photo is for sure a winning smile from Matt!

Last week

We started looking at what qualities and skills you want your dog to have to be an agility star! Desire is the first ingredient, what does your dog desire? Your next skill to build is having amazing boundaries. The ability to stay put transfers to so many aspects of agility. Turning taking while training, conserving energy and staying calm in between goes which means a faster dog when running the course, and it is the foundation for a brilliant start-line where your dog waits until you are ready to start the course!

What do you need to do to get started with boundaries?

First you need a love of the boundary itself, you achieve this by feeding the bed, your dog will actively start to seek out the boundary as reinforcement appears whenever they get on it. With the love of the boundary, you want to then build up your release cue, this is permission to get off the boundary and is the secret to a dog who stays put, your dog will be waiting in anticipation for you to release them. Then you start adding in levels of difficulty to your boundary sessions with distractions, adding distance, and expecting more duration. Over time your dog will develop the skills to remain on their boundary and this helps massively with having a calm dog in the home. All of our classes and workshops, in person and online, incorporate boundaries in every session, it is such an important foundation skill!

Are you looking to turn your struggles into strengths? 

Do you have a challenge with your dog that you need some help to solve?  Our trainers are here and love to help!  Book a Stay and Train and we would love to meet you! Have a look at our next Stay & Train availability and drop us an email to find out more:

Monday 11th October – Friday 15th October
Friay 15th October – Monday 18th October
Friday 12th November – Monday 15th November

Do you follow us on Facebook?  Like our Facebook Page.  What have you been doing out and about with your dog? We would love to see some photos on our Facebook Page!

If you can’t make it to us, we are always running online workshops, keep an eye on the calendar!

Fabulously Fit – 4 Week Online Workshop
4 October @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Foundation Skills for Everyone – 4 weeks Online Workshop
4 October @ 4:45 pm – 6:15 pm

Jump Grids Filmed Event and Worskhop (INVITE ONLY)
11 October @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Filmed Pro Dog Trainer Day with Lauren Langman (INVITE ONLY)
12 October @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Focus on fitness – Putting It All Together!
15 October @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm

Tis the Season for All Things Novel Online Workshop
23 October @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Rock Star BOUNDARIES – Online 4 Week Workshop
1 November @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Home Alone (& with Visitors) – Online 4 Week Workshop
1 November @ 4:45 pm – 6:15 pm

Devon Dogs Christmas has Gone to the Dogs Bake Off
3 December @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Pro Dog Trainer Growth Days plus Zoom Call
3 December @ 10:00 am – 4 December @ 4:00 pm

Reach out to us and stay connected!  We are here to support and help you!

Are you looking for some help with your dog? Are you having struggles? Maybe barking, pulling on lead, jumping on people? Do you need some help? We have a solution for you whether that’s in person or remote. We can help you from pet dog training to the next agility or sports superstar, from search work to gundog… as we say, There’s A Game for That!

Our in person Weekly Classes are ideal if you can come to us regularly: Naughty Dogs, Life Skills, Monthly Classes and Sports Training. Or are you a bit further afield, take a look at our workshops and in person bespoke training packages where we can design a plan just for YOU! Not able to make it to us, we offer Consult Calls and regular Monthly Optimism Top Up calls where we keep you on track and accountable to your goals. Drum roll please our brand new offering is Virtual Online Classes and Groups, something for everyone and food for thought – get EXCITED 🤩