Platforms, Puppies & Pesky Pooches

Wow! What an action packed weekend it has been, we are all thoroughly tired not least Monty our very youngest addition to the Barking Mad gang. Monty joined Annie’s 13:30 puppy class today and despite being small in stature he made a big impact! 

Sarah’s puppy class is now on week 4 and everyone is doing brilliantly. The Border Terrier Brothers Billy & Alfie are wowing us all with their lovely focus and heelwork, Daisy the Golden Retriever and Sammie the Cavapoo are our Trick Queens with fab displays of ‘Touch’, ‘Spin’ and ‘Paw’. Phoebe has fantastic drive for a toy and her owner Claire is building on that drive to work on retrieve and recall. Alfie our clever and curious Staffordshire Bull Terrier has shown that he has the edge in competition, he performed for his owner Andy to help his team come from behind to clinch the half time competition? It is brilliant to watch the pups grow (so quickly Sammie!) and progess. Well done everyone ??

Lovely Annie hosted our very first Platform Taster Session yesterday. Both handlers and dogs tackled the training with gusto and did amazingly well. Platform Training has a range of benefits, ranging from improving your dogs position for heelwork, helping your dog to stay in one place when performing distance commands and as a low impact exercise for when your dog may be recovering from illness or injury. Karen, with Millie, a blond Labrador, found it ‘very interesting, with challenges and good fun!’ Further sessions will follow in the future – so watch this space ?

Lots of obedience classes took place today. Annie’s 11:30 class ventured to Chorleywood House Estate to incorporate some Out & About training into the regular lesson. Incorporating what we learn in lessons when you’re out on a walk is an invaluable way of proofing your dogs training. We often hear that dogs can ‘do it at home’ which is brilliant. The next step is to work on him being able to do it when he is outside and faced with a myriad of distractions, whether it be on the training field or out on a walk. To achieve solid reliability and focus from your dog practise what you learn in training when you are out and about… and don’t be shy! Your dog will love it and you will soon be the star in your class! ? 
Annie’s class faced all manner of distractions this afternoon…from a football tournament, with children and footballs passing close by ⚽️, a burger van with a very tempting aroma ? and one or two pesky pooches who obviously realised that we were having so much fun that they wanted to join in… Nonetheless everyone’s heelwork, distance work and recall & focus was brilliant (almost brilliant if your name is Mikey ?).

The gang also worked on shaping exercises – sending their dogs out around a tree and  search and retrieves for small articles such as toothbrushes, spoons, socks and bizarrely a tourniquet ?

Thank you to everyone who trained with us this weekend, we hope you had as much fun as we did!?

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