Photo Gallery: Training in class

See what it is like in our classes ...

Photos are of dogs in our current classes.

You might also like to see photos of the adult dogs and the puppies who come to out training classes.

 

watch command
keeping attention
by holding a titbit ...
watch command
rewarding the attention:
first stage of Watch ...
watch command
an excellent Watch
on command
watch command
another excellent
Watch command
watch command
Watch with
handler standing
sit in front of handler
sit in front
of handler
sit beside handler
sit beside
handler
sit beside handler
at first the dog follows
the hand to learn down
sit beside handler
reward only comes
with the dog in position
sit beside handler
reward only comes
with the dog in position
down
down in front of
handler: no bending
down
advanced down beside –
handler not bending
down
another down in front
of handler
control at a gate
control at a gate, first stage:
sit as trainer opens gate
control at a gate
control at a gate: dog to sit
before handler opens gate
control at a gate
control at a gate: staying in
sit as handler opens gate
control at a gate
control at gate: staying as
gate opens towards handler
control at a gate
control at gate: staying as
gate opens towards handler
control at a gate
control at a gate: staying in
sit until handler calls dog
control at a gate
control at a gate: dog follows,
sill in control
control at a gate
control at a gate:
handler stays slightly ahead
attention for heel
ensuring attention
before heel, using titbit
attention for heel
later stage, attention
before heel, no titbit
attention for heel
first stage teaching
heel, with titbit
attention for heel
first stage teaching
heel, with titbit
attention for heel
heel on lead:
with lovely attention
heel
heel on lead:
looking effortless!
heel
heel on lead:
another lovely heel
attention for heel
teaching a turn
with titbit
heel
using hand signal to
turn dog round handler
attention for heel
using hand signal to
turn dog round handler
heel
practicing turn into dog
with dog stationary
heel
next stage: using a titbit
while turning in heel
heel
heel turning towards
dog, still in heel
heel
heel on a bendy path:
signal directing outwards
heel
heel on a bendy path:
directing around handler
heel
heel on a bendy path:
turning into dog slightly
heel, lead in pocket
heel, lead in pocket to
prepare for off-lead
heel, lead in pocket
another heel
with lead in pocket
heel, lead in pocket
heel, lead in pocket:
close up of turning signal
heel on lead, road walk
heel on lead on road walk
– with a nice loose lead
heel off lead
heel off lead
 
heel off lead
heel off lead
 
heel off lead
heel off lead
 
heel off lead
heel off lead: hand signal
as turn away from dog
heel off lead
heel off lead
near another dog
heel on lead, passing in front of another dog
heel on lead passing
in front of another dog
heel on lead, passing behind another dog
heel on lead passing
behind another dog
heel on lead, passing between other dogs
heel on lead passing
in between other dogs
heel on lead, approaching head on
heel on lead when directly
approaching another dog
heel off lead, passing in front of another dog
heel off lead passing
in front of another dog
heel off lead, passing behind another dog
heel off lead passing
behind another dog
heel off lead, passing between other dogs
heel off lead passing
in between other dogs
sit stay
sit-stay, handler
walking round dog ...
down stay
stay in down:
handler close by
down stay
stay in down:
handler close by
stay
stay while handler
walks away
stand stay
teaching stay
in stand
stand stay
stay in the
stand position
recall
recall: first stage
is on a short lead
recall
recall: late stage,
from a distance
send to bed
early stage of teaching
send to bed, on lead ...
send to bed
... handler moving forward
to reward dog on the bed
grooming
grooming,
with dog controlled
health examination
health examination,
with dog relaxed
health examination
health examination:
examining ear
health examination
health examination:
examining mouth / teeth
distance down
distance commands:
Down with handler a few feet away
socialisation
keeping dog calm when greeting
another person by using the Down-Stay
recall
lovely recall — early stage off lead,
at a later stage, handler will avoid bending
recall
recall from distractions
of other people and dogs
recall
recall from distractions:
removing the lead calmly
recall
recall from distractions:
making it fun for the dog!
recall
recall from distractions:
making it fun for the dog!
road walk
practice for a road walk
using entrance track to the club
road walk
practice for crossing on a road walk,
using entrance track to the club
road walk
road walk
 
heel
heel: a good example of dog following
the hand when lure is no longer needed
heel with lead dragging
heel with lead dragging before moving
to heel off-lead: control at a turn
heel off lead when handler distracted
heel off lead: training ensures dog
stays in position even if handler is distracted
heel off lead past another dog
heel past another dog and handler:
one dog off lead
heel off lead past another dog
heel past another dog and handler:
staying in heel after the pass
controlled greeting
greeting another handler and dog:
instructing dogs to stay back
controlled greeting
greeting another handler and dog:
conversing with dogs under control
controlled greeting
greeting another handler and dog:
handlers have carefully put both dogs in sit
controlled greeting
greeting another handler and dog:
beautifully settled dogs here — well done!
food manners
teaching good food manners: starting with
a sit at distance and distraction with titbit
stay
stay in down, on lead for safety in early
stages; handler a short distance away
stay
stay in down, with lead dropped: lovely
stay, even though this dog is distracted
stay (group)
group stay exercise:
stay in Sit
stay (group)
group stay exercise:
stay in Down
stay (group)
group stay exercise:
staying while handler walks away
stay (group)
group stay exercise:
stay in Down
stay (group)
group stay exercise:
staying while handlers return
stay (group)
group stay exercise:
waiting before release from stay
recall
recall from other dogs: handlers with
the stationary dogs maintain calm
recall
recall in a group
(this is an advanced exercise in recall)
recall
recall into heel:
calling dog from same side as the heelwork
recall
recall into heel:
calling dog from the far side
emergency stop
emergency stop: handler
commanding a down during a recall ...
emergency stop
emergency stop: ... dog
completes the stop in the down position
emergency stop
emergency stop: the dog
can also be stopped in the stand position
send to bed
advanced send to bed:
redirecting to a bed during a recall
relaxed isolation
relaxed isolation: the dog learns
to happily accept absence of their handler
relaxed isolation
relaxed isolation: this dog
is also very relaxed when left
relaxed isolation
handlers set up their dogs for
relaxed isolation, with no fuss
relaxed isolation
part of a class in relaxed isolation:
a trainer checks with handlers out of sight
relaxed isolation
dogs can be in any position in relaxed
isolation: – stand, sit, down, walking around

A sequence from a class exercise in an advanced class

We will often vary a class exercise, depending on the experience of the dogs and handlers.
In this sequence, five handlers are working together. Three dogs are more experienced at stays, including with their handlers going out of sight. One dog is fairly experienced with stay, including with the handler going out of sight. The fifth dog has recently joined this class. The dog has a good stay, but his handler going out of sight is new to him. For this least experienced dog, the handler goes a distance away, but not in hiding, while the other handlers hide. Later, this handler will go out of sight for a few seconds and then return. She can build up the time out of sight gradually.

class stay
the five dogs have been left in a down stay,
a trainer is standing nearby for safety of all
class stay
the 3 experienced dogs are at the back:
harder when people are moving (see later)
class stay
the less experienced dogs are at the front,
nearer where the handlers move to
class stay
handlers move to the edge of the compound,
then into hiding
class stay
the handler of the least experienced dog
remains in sight
class stay
the dogs are staying for over
3 minutes, with over 30 seconds in hiding
class stay
after three minutes, one handler returns
to one of the less experienced dogs
class stay
the second handler returns,
all the dogs remain in the stay
class stay
the first two handlers stand by their dogs,
keeping them in the stay
class stay
the final 3 handlers return,
this involves a lot of movement ...
class stay
... the less experienced dogs are protected
because their handlers are next to them
class stay
all handlers stand by their dogs
without releasing the dogs from the stay
class stay
the handlers fasten the leads before
they will release the dogs from the stay

 

Obtaining photos

Bruce takes most of the photos for Four Paws. He is very happy to send any photo of your dog by an email attachment. If you see a photo you would like, please contact Bruce via our Membership Secretary email address. Please be aware that photos are cropped, and sometimes slightly altered, before being posted on the web, so the original may not be the same as on the website. Bruce enjoys taking photos ... you can always ask him if he'll take another of your dog, if he has the time!
Email address: info@fourpawstraining.co.uk

 

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