Higher level classes – Improvers and beyond…
Covid update: at present these classes can only run online due to tier 4 restrictions.
New handlers and dogs
If you have come to us and have experience of clicker training, or have trained your dog to a reasonably high level we may put you straight into one of these higher level classes. We will give you additional support in class to enable you to hit the ground running….
What if I have a well-trained dog? Or I’m an experienced handler?
We have lots of people join us who are experienced in teaching their dogs, or may have dogs which have been ‘conventionally’ trained. This doesn’t mean that you can’t enrol in our classes just because we are clicker trainers….
Clicker training is a method of training – you can teach non-clicker trained dogs using this style. Its more about the patience of the handler than the skill level of the dog! It takes time for a dog to learn to use his brain to work out what is needed, and as a handler you have to have patience whilst he learns…Also it can be initially tricky for handlers to allow their dog time to learn. We ourselves were ‘conventional’ dog trainers many years ago and so we remember what its like to go through this process. It’s all about getting your dog to think for himself, so that you can refine and improve what he knows.
Do I need to clicker train?
You can use the technique and use a verbal marker as well or/ instead of the clicker. In fact, we encourage you to use both!
What are the classes? What will we learn?
We run several Improvers classes, a mixed afternoon class and a Top class. Al are set around continuing to work on developing your dogs weaker skills and stretching his stronger skills.