Courses for the love of Training

Training for the inspired and those with active seeker circuits. booking and more details ....

SportsDog 2017

Very few folk set about choosing a dog sports to dedicate their weekends, evenings, lifestyle, vehicle choice and outfits to. We all sort of morph towards a common element we may enjoy with our dogs, accessibility and shared social activities.

Probably the key element in choosing our dog sports is the training resources -beginning with a trainer who has the experience and knowledge to reliably guide us towards achievement and enjoyment from our investment.

These days there are few limitations on the SportsDog dog we choose but essential for all young dogs is a pathway that provides the essential, and particular, foundation skills needed for competition training and competition performance.

The vast knowledge available today enhances our understanding of how learning happens, how to develop top, consistent and reliable performers. When I begin 40 years ago the style was to copy a successful handler and hope with luck and a following wind that the same principles that worked for them would work for me and my dog. I was lucky and achieved the highest success with my first dog.

Since then what was "just a hobby" has expanded into a lifetime interest and continually fascinating learning experience.  

I have 2 new courses for enthusiastic trainers who regard their weekend investments a little more than "just a hobby".

Folk with a passion to train their dogs in the very best way possible that is based on:

clear ethical boundaries:

  • where short cuts to achieve results are simply not considered as an option,
  • teaching dogs to want to achieve consistent, accurate behaviours. No room for the bullying tactics, no "must do", no compulsion, no leads, no pressure.
  • keenness, confidence, anticipation, understanding. No frenetic, stressed or over aroused dogs.

sound scientific knowledge

  • an clear understanding of how appropriate reinforcement processes are going to build your dog's skills, build their understanding and allow them to become active, puzzle solving partners
  • structured curriculum that requires daily input to achieve the sort of dog we all dream of. Dogs are very consistent at responding to the training in the best way they can. They do not choose to let us down unless they are pushed beyond their capabilities. A balanced curriculum builds and expands those capabilities.

experience across the range of training protocols

  • using a variety of strategies to be able to explain to the dog what we are asking them to learn, how to do it and trust that their success is our priority - shaping, luring, modelling, moulding
  • training protocols that expand beyond the sport specifics into the instinctive behaviours, lifeskills, developmental periods and can match the skills of the partnership

performance skills

  • learning how to teach the dog for the future not just for now.
  • what performance cues the dogs will need to learn and select and how to develop these from training cues
  • building confidence and comfort for ring conditions, no anxiety, no stress.

And of course a dog who shines and competes with a glitter in their eyes for the extra special hours you enjoy together.

The courses are limited to 10 dogs trainer teams over four, monthly workshops. These workshops will be long days starting at 9am and finishing about 6pm. All participants are expected to completed several pieces of training exercises between workshops.

This training is no breeze, it is going to be hard work and requires time and commitment.

Foundation Course

This is for new or young dogs from 16 weeks to four years old to learn the foundation skills: focus, duration, response, fluency, fitness, stillness, awareness

Performers Course

This is for dogs already entering competitions that require additional skills to enhance their chance of success. These may be foundation skills or re-adjustment of existing training.

All training is within my ethical boundaries, no aversive techniques, no bullying, no pressure or corrections. We simply do not need to do it. Training by subtracting what you don't want (punishment) to have the residue your desired choice is ridiculously illogical when the "residue" behaviours are expected to achieve a consistent and joyful level of performance.

We use brains, knowledge and experience to make sure your dog has the best experience to enjoy our choice of hobby. Constructing behaviours, building experience and confidence, developing trust between partners is the future of training better.

Training better, training harder. Getting results. Nothing quite so fulfilling as knowing you have done the work, prepared your team, and then step into a chance to compete.



Tomorrow’s Trainer 4 day course

TomorrowFascinated by training your dog? Want learn more about training? Want to be the best trainer you can? Want to question, research, explore and discover? Want to put methods and solutions under the microscope and understand more as to why and how, and why not ? Want to learn about dog-centric training, not trophy training?

Be a trainer of the future - create a passion for constant improvement. Learn the skills to build for the rest of your life. Learn what the skills are, learn how to practice, learn what to practice.

Practical work covered reflects the material in Clicker Revolution: The View From Here. It is advised you read this book before the course. Familiarity with clicker training is recommended. Dogs welcome from 16 weeks old, no upper age limit.

Topics covered:

    Reinforcement: Reinforcement as a process; how delivery, pace, placement and energy affects behaviours; treat loading and management; the use of different markers.
    Cues: What exactly is a cue, cue delivery, changing a cue, cue attachment, teaching with default behaviour cues.
    Teaching strategies: Choosing a teaching strategies. Shaping and using targets, components of a compound behaviour. The model to set-up the learner for success. Introducing micro-shaping. Building the skills required for luring.


Play Master 3 day course

Play together. Live together.playmaster

Play is ultimate communication that enhances our relationship. From gentle, sleepy games to exquisite physical exercise.

We should all “enjoy” play. We need to play we clear purpose, good intention and a defined objective. Dogs will be more than happy to teach us play skills, but we should never forget that what we are practising can quickly, super quick, turn into permanent.

The return with the toy that morphs into a fly-pass. 
This can be shaped to a masterly retrieve for pleasure. 
The ball catcher that plays get-it-from-me-if-you-can. 
This can be safely develop to building fitness and speed. 
The tugger that see shoulder surgery as a necessity. 
This can become a shared give and take without conflict. 
The Whippit chasing that goes beyond sensibility. 
This can used to develop exquisite co-ordination. 

Games can be your most valued classroom, teaching skills, used as reinforcers, changing emotional states. 

This course will teach a wide variety of games, their safety limitations, risk analysis and values.

  • How to draw out the instinctive behaviours of the individual dogs giving the added incentives.
  • Using games to relieve stress, build fitness, replace conflicting outings.
  • Merge these play-skills into usable training and build a long term process of reinforcement.



Novice Clicker Trainer with Lesley Buxton

Clicker training has now become a very welcome and familiar part of dog training. It gives us simple clarity communicating with dogs, it allows us to teach simple behaviours exquisitely, and complex behaviours that amaze. It demands we learn about the underlying science and more we discover the more we realise that the dogs are the super learners and we are just along for the ride. A fascinating journey to enjoy with our friends.

A Two day course learning how clicker training works and developing your basic skills



Virtual Learning?

Technology is zooming ahead, changing the way we interact and influencing the way we learn. Or maybe not? I do not think we learn any differently but we certainly have easier access to what we want to learn in a format that is much, much more accessible. .... read more





07 February 2017

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