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Can help you
with training your dog:
All the basic
As well as
the many other problems faced with dog ownership today - aggression,
travelling in the car, chewing, separation anxiety problems and
destructive behaviour to name but a few - Any Breed, Any Age, Any Problem.
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Services can offer over 35 years experience in training all breeds, as
Rearing and Development -
Management and General Advice -
- Not to
jump up on people/worktops
nicely on a lead
- Not to
run through and open door/keep off furniture
- Competition Obedience - from beginners to championship open obedience.
Suitability Advice - which breed is most appropriate to you and your
Training Courses - 6 one hour group lessons in various locations.
Tuition (one-to-one) in your own home - Distance no Problem - Let me come
Home Visits and Courses are available on request.
Supplier of various Collars and Leads, Gentle Leader Head Collars, Aqua
Bowls, Dog Toys, Dumbbells.
a Dog’s View
Much has been
written about obedience competition by humans (it’s easier for them to use a
keyboard), so now I thought it was time that we the dog had our say.
The idea is to train your human (they like us to call them
‘Boss’, it gives them a sense of superiority) to a high standard in certain
exercises for the Obedience Competitions.
Detailed explanation of classes and rules can be
obtained from the Irish Kennel Club.
Below is my view of some of the exercises and
problems to look out for:
TEST – The idea of this exercise is to see if your Boss
has been trained to control his jealously and nerves to stand quietly by your
side as the judge admires and makes a fuss of you.
Happily very few humans have been known to bite the
HEELWORK – Heel on Lead and Heel Free.
In competition your Boss has to walk to your heel
where ever the steward (the one that shouts orders to the Boss) directs you.
At the same time the Judge (the one who admires
your ability to cope with the Boss).
Heel on lead involves your Boss gripping the end of
the lead as he walks.
The lead is attached to your collar thus giving him
confidence – remove the lead and watch him go to pieces.
He might even start a high pitched yap (panic) – be
careful you don’t let this get out of hand or should I say paw.
The heel work also involves some turns and halts.
When halting please make sure your Boss is standing straight beside you as
nothing looks messier than an untidy human.
Whilst negotiating the turns keep an eye on his
feet as unfortunately a lot of humans appear to have been born with two left
I know this sounds tragic but time and careful training
will remedy this affliction – surgery is rarely necessary!!!
For some reason most humans require us to be on their left
side – could it be that their balance is bad?
RECALL – Allow your Boss to unclip the lead, his hands may
tremble (nerves) when doing so because he knows he is going to have to leave
your side (humans hate being alone).
the steward’s command your Boss will tell you to sit and wait (may be more in
the form of a plea), after all that heel work take advantage of the rest!
He will then walk away from you, often looking over
his shoulder (worried you might desert him while his back is turned).
After walking a certain distance he will be told to
turn and face you, (the relief that you are still where he left you will be
evident on his face) and then told to call you.
If you have had sufficient rest and he calls you
nicely, get up and wander over to him, I can guarantee he will be pleased to see
Sit in front of him when asked, but if he forgets to ask
feel free to run past or around him – never let him become complacent. He will
then change his mind after you have sat in front of him and ask you to go to his
left side and sit (take your time and look at the view as you do so).
You may want
to wander over to your pals and say hello before you return to your Boss, but
this has a tendency to upset his blood pressure so I wouldn’t do it too often.
RETRIEVE – for this exercise your Boss will carelessly
throw a lump of wood away (fondly known as a dumbbell – means bell belonging to
Boss – the word dumb is self explanatory).
Then he will decide he wants it back again so will
ask you to fetch it.
Personally I feel if he is stupid enough to throw
something away he needs he ought to fetch it himself.
Still he appears to get some pleasure in seeing you
rush out (not too fast or you will get him too excited) and pick it up, so
After picking it up (don’t bother chewing on it cos it
isn’t tasty) bring it back and sit in front of him.
Don’t forget to hold onto it until he takes it from
you and if you have to drop it try not to hit the same toe each time.
This would only result in him limping and looking
for sympathy – not a pretty sight.
It will also cause him to anticipate and he will
start to shuffle his feet (nerves) on your return.
If he tells you to fetch things for him too often,
pretend you didn’t see where it fell and let him get it – helps to keep him fit.
STAYS – The stays involve your Boss leaving you for a
short period of time and then returning to your side.
This calls for a lot of will power on his part as
again the lead has to be detached (humans have been known to use a 12ft lead to
avoid having to unclip themselves from you).
On the steward’s command (your Boss may find it
hard at times to get a word in edgeways with all the talking the steward does)
your Boss will tell you to stay and then he will leave you.
He may appear reluctant to do so, but with time he
will gain more confident – in fact he may even get over zealous and start
leaving you for 10 minutes at a time).
When he returns please remember to wait until the
steward says the exercise is over and then your Boss gives you the release
command (don’t get confused when he says ‘thank goodness’ – this is not a
release command, merely relief from your Boss that he can now breath).
Jumping all over him before this may cause him to
anticipate his return and this is a habit that can take a long time to cure.
You will find that he will ask you to stay in one
of two positions – sit or down.
To avoid him doing lobster impersonations (going
bright red and waving his arms around), do not vary the positions on your own
The stays are designed to test the human’s confidence,
remember lack of confidence or bad training of him can cause him to return too
soon and disturb your rest).
The sit stay appears to cause most problems as all
you have to do is to lie down or to wander over to someone you know and the Boss
comes hot footing it back, quite often yapping (and practising his lobster
During the stays you may find it necessary to get up and
check on your Boss.
Personally I feel that if he is standing, (sitting
or lying – more common after a liquid lunch) where he ought to be and not
yapping or interfering with any other humans he should be left alone – enjoy the
peace while you can.
DURING THE EXERCISES:
– in times of worry the Boss may chew his nails and yap a lot.
ANTICIPATION – Boss will start exercise before you are properly awake.
ATTENTION – more common in the single male when a female walks by.
FORGETFULNESS – often caused by too many liquid lunches on the Bosses part.
Boss commit any of these errors do not be too hard on him – after all he is only
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