Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme

Are you a Good Citizen?

I enjoy running the Kennel Club’s Good Citizen dog training scheme as I think it’s helpful to have goals to reach. I find it encourages people to focus on honing their dog training skills. And in an increasingly dog-unfriendly world, I think it’s important that us responsible dog owners do our best to fly the flag for …

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January Congratulations!

Kennel Club Puppy Foundation Ian and Rose with their sparky little Miniature Schnauzer puppy Indy 🙂 Ben Fitzgerald & Melissa Harding with handsome Alfie the Labrador puppy 🙂 Kennel Club Good Citizen Bronze Awards Nicola Pilling (Daybreak Instructor :-)) with her two superstars Ricky (9 months old) & Skye (3 years old this month!). Sandra …

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What Was That Treat For?

The question every handler dreads me asking them  But regardless, I shall keep on asking when I see dubious behaviours being reinforced with food rewards. Because when we do this, we create a great big rod for our own backs. For example, perhaps you’re trying to keep your dog quiet whilst in a training class …

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How To Teach ‘Stop The Dog’

This training exercise is part of the Kennel Club’s Gold Good Citizen Award: Exercise 6 – Stop the Dog The object of this exercise is for the handler to stop the dog at a distance in an emergency situation. With the dog off lead and at a distance, not less than approximately ten paces away, then …

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Have a special puppy or dog you want training classes for in Portishead?

People who know me well will tell you I never tend to make life easy for myself. Though in fairness, the next exciting opportunity which presented itself, was not something I was particularly looking for – it was a delightful accident! February was a very wet month for agility – and I should have been …

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Looking for somewhere special to do puppy training classes in Nailsea?

It’s been a crazy few months. I guess most people would just make major changes one at a time – there may well be some sense in that, but of course that’s not always how life works. If you’re given a great opportunity, my motto is grab it whilst you can – you don’t know …

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Ollie & Murphy’s journey – a poem :)

Ollie & Murphy’s  2 year training experience. There was a dog trainer called Gemma, Who, dog wise, was ever so clever We joined a puppy class, and learnt things fast This training lark is a bit of a blast   With the foundation class under our belt We knew our work was cut out Onwards …

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Click = Reward = Success!

Our training options Dog training is basically a handler reinforcing the behaviours that they would like to see repeated from their dogs.  There are four types of reinforcement available to trainers: Positive Reinforcement Adding something that the dog considers valuable such as a titbit to a response, to increase the likelihood of the dog offering …

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Liver Cake Recipe

At yesterday’s Kennel Club Good Citizen classes the focus was on reward, on what exactly it is your dog LOVES! It’s important for us to be specific about what rewards we’re using so that we can get the best responses from our dogs, and improve our training communications. Here’s the recipe for the delicious liver …

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