The Blog

2017

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

We have had a busy year here at Paws 4 Training with our regular puppy, obedience and agility classes and offering new training sessions to our clients old and new.

We have had some unusual breeds join us for training including a Catalan Shepherd, Kangal, German Spitz and Tibetan Terriers. It’s lovely working with new and unusual breeds as it gives us the opportunity to work with many different dogs who have different behaviour traits.

Puppy classes are continuing to be very popular. We now have the option to run three classes on a Monday evening during busy times. Our puppy classes are also held on a Saturday morning, followed by our obedience classes.

In September we started running Rally Obedience classes which also include some advanced obedience training. Rally obedience is a course of signs that are set out for the handler and dog to follow the simple instructions. Initially this training is done on lead then as the dogs start to progress with their training the courses can be done off lead. It’s a great way to continue your dogs training after you have completed our bronze, silver and gold obedience classes. We do have spaces for January 2018. You can enrol at any time.

We have run a series of Sunday workshops including obedience, agility and scent training. The training workshops condense the training into 3 hours and focus on fewer things to train but we work longer on each exercise to enable clients to perfect their training. We always welcome new ideas; please feel free to make suggestions by email to: info@paws4training.net

We have been very lucky to have Craig Ogilvie run interactive play skills workshops at our training centre. Craig is uniquely qualified in the U.K as the only person to achieve a Mondioring decoys license. Craig has travelled all over Europe with his sport testing and training dogs from all over the world.

He is also one of the few civilian accredited police dog trainers in the country, a dog behaviour practitioner, the author of the Interactive Play Guide and he is completely in love with helping dogs and people. Travelling all over the country delivering seminars, workshops and talks helping to motivate dog lovers and their dogs to achieve their goals and create their own amazing Interactive Play Experience.

The purpose of the Interactive Play Skills workshop is using interactive play to create a unique and special experience to share with your dog.

Which can help with:

  • Improving your existing play
  • Working motivation
  • Toy possession
  • Lack of interest in toys
  • Building a better relationships with your dog
  • Confidence building
  • A high value reward experience for training
  • Communicating with your dog whilst they are stimulated
  • Creating interactive experience that you can share  with your dog stimulates their body and mind
  • Most of all having lots of fun

Craig is returning to us at the end of January. Please visit our training workshop page on our website for dates and details on how to book.

Over the next few months we will be looking at other courses and workshops that we can offer to our clients. Please keep an eye on our website for further details.

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We have had a number of new girls join the team this year to assist with puppy classes but also to help out with our obedience, agility classes and workshops. Sara, Helen, Becca and more recently Lauren. All of the girls have a keen interest in puppies and dogs and are developing their skills to teach within our classes.

Over the past three years I have been very fortunate to have Vicki Utting as part of the team. Vicki started assisting me with the puppy classes and was a natural. Vicki qualified with the ADTB in 2015 and became a competent trainer taking on more responsibility running puppy classes, bronze courses and the Saturday silver and gold classes and also helping out with agility training and workshops. I am very sad to say that Vicki is leaving us at the end of 2017. Vicki will be missed by myself and the other team members and of course all the puppies, dogs and their owners who she has worked with over the past three years. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Vicki for all her hard work and dedication to Paws 4 Training for the last three years and wish her well for the future.

I have a few others to thank:

Emily Nudd, Outfox Marketing who creates all my newsletters, posters, flyers, banners and helps with marketing ideas. Thank you Emily for your continued support to help make Paws 4 Training the success that it is.

Of course I cannot forget to mention my husband Rob who puts up with me working very unsociable hours. He helps behind the scenes with the accounts and setting up agility courses and supports me with the everyday running of the business.

Paws 4 Training are closing during the festive period. We will be closed from Saturday 23rd December 2017 and will re-0pen again on Saturday 6th January 2018.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our clients that have supported us throughout 2017 and to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a happy and healthy 2018.

With best wishes

Naomi, Rob, Paige, Harley, Phoenix and Bumble Bee