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  • in reply to: Introduction to Agility #79114

    Well if its the Tracey that I think it is, then you are in very very safe hands.  🙂
    She is an excellent handler and a very nice lady. 🙂
    enjoy it and relax!

    Say Hi from me! Denise   

    in reply to: Introduction to Agility #79112

    From what I know (or used to know) Beacon are very good. And patient. And produce some very good dogs and handlers.

    Who are you training with – do you know?

    And then on to Sutton Park for a mass dog walk. Lucky you!

    in reply to: How to find a pup/dog #75734

    Unless they want a Border Collie and then I would say ISDS dogs are better. They have on/off switches is how I think TBW or Moseyflame described it and that is a good description.

    I wouldn’t get another KC reg BC unless there was a ral good reason or unless it was dual registered.

    in reply to: Introduction to Agility #79070

    Sound like you had a good time. Well done ;).

    Greg Derrett. Most excellent handler. Nice bloke actually, spent many a drunken night and lunch time with him and his crowd (though he was a whipper snapper then, still good handler though).

    Fame went to his head a bit a few years back I think, what with teaching abroad and training full time, charging big bucks and perhaps that is where the “knob” bit comes from. When people do well they sometimes forget that it is a priveledge and not a right to be good.. He set up a non KC rules agility competition circuit with his own rules if I remember right. Brace move, though not heard much about how it went. Not as well as EMDAC shows I reckon, or maybe becasue thats more my area? 

    Not seen his video but he is one of these handlers who usually has the best for his dog at heart, or at least he used to. You will not go far wrong following his techniques methnks.

    Good luck and enjoy it. 

    in reply to: How to become a dog trainer #76998

    Michelle you are already a very good dog trainer with your own dogs. You are a very nice person. You can overcome your quietness.

    Michelle has been taking parsts of my classes already. And is doing very well.

    Gemsy, Have you seen my post on dog training-training as it where? Am looking at running a course to introduce people to all aspects of runnign dog training classes. There is more to it than teaching people to teach dogs. Let us know if you are interested in the course. Denise

    in reply to: How to become a dog trainer #76993

    Feel the fear and do it anyway – Susan Jeffries. I think. Excellent book  🙂

    in reply to: How to become a dog trainer #76992

    You will notice that I have been on several different courses. You will notice that none of them where related to the ability to spell,  or type. My apologies  🙂

    in reply to: How to become a dog trainer #76990

    HI, Im Denise and have a dog training business. We are currenly taining approximately 90 dogs per week. This usually rises to around 120 after Crufts. We have 7 instructors, allbut one,  ex-customers. So I hope that I can help you achieve your ambition. 

    I find mostly that confidence when teaching, comes from a self belief that the knowledge you have is worthy of the effort it takes, to dispense it.

    To train dogs (people) you have to have many people skills. It is the people that you teach primarily. Yes, you have to be able to spot relationship problems between dog and owners and you have to have an understanding of how dogs work and think and learn, but mostly it is about delivering your knowledge in an interesting and hopefully entertaining way, that keeps the attention of your audience. Your human audience.

    To train a dog well you have to be able to deliver something knew, in a clear, concise and stimulating way that is understandable for that particular dog. With respect to its prior learning and its ability to learn. One dog may learn one activity easily, while a different dog finds the same task very difficult. 

    It is exactly the same process with people. Except that in a class situation, you have to deal with all those learning abilities at once. And deal with the dogs or help the owners deal with the dogs, at the same time. 

    Before becomming a dog trainer, I was very fortunate enough to go on the following non dog training courses via my previous proffesion. I find that all of these have helped me to some degree in my current role. Look to see if you can find anything similar, in addition to the course you are due to attend.

    The psychology of learning (diffeent people learn in different ways. ie visually, auditorally, imaginatively, via understandable analogy)
    Training the trainer (Teaching someone else, to teach someone else).
    Meditaiton and self hypnosis techniques. Great for staying calm and knowing that no matter what may happen around you, you are still calm inside.  Easier said than done sometimes 🙂
    Presentation skills (Several different courses)
    Public speaking
    Man Management skills. Motivation, stimulation, and building trust.
    Crisis management. Usefull for when the shi* hits the fan  😉
    Crisis news media management. Usefull when really massive shi* hits massive fans. 😉
    Self confidence and self control.
    About twelve different dog taining courses, seminars etc., with various different dog proffesionals.

    More than anything thoough,  you have to really believe in yourself and your aquired knowledge, whilst remaining open to aquisition of new skills, learning from others,  new techniques and progressive thinking.

    My main advice would be to goto lots of other peoples dog training courses and try to get involved.

    Some of my customersevolve into instructors, over a long period of time. First they show particular ability with their own dog, they show commitment to new learning, they show an aptitude for people communication, they show and express an interest in becoming an instructor.

    Then they come to all of our classes and start to get involved and bit by bit, they start taking a part of a class thet they are confident with under suervision, then when they feel and I feel they are ready, they take a whole class. Then a whole course. This can take anything from 6 months to 18 months, in my experience.  They are encouraged to take on new learning and to introduce new methods where we are all satisfied that it is good. They also spend time with me and each other watching my and their classes to aquire new techniques and provide critiques to other instructors.

    We regularly train, eat and walk our dogs together, so that we can talk about new ideas and air concerns or differing opinions.

    In my view if a job is worth doing it is worth doing well. You will only be confident in your own ability once you are confident in your own ability if that makes sense. So start with your own dog, then someone elses class, then get involved.

    And stay focussed on your intent., yes it is scarey and it is frought with self doubt, but everyone has doubt about their ability to do something, until they have actually done it!

    I remember my very first class – I was sick and couldn’t eat for days. Now I cant run a class without eating  ;D

    Remember how you felt before you started your own business? Scared right? How do you feel now its up and running ? Less scared right……? Same with dog taining 🙂

    Usefull non doggy Books.
    Feal the fear and do it anyway, by someone whose name I can not remember. But it is very well read, try the spiritual, psychological or self development department of your bookshop. 
    Confidence by Barbara De Angleis.
    Any book by Barbara De Angelis.   

    There are also a number of books about running dog training classes, mine are all out on loan right now so can’t remeber the authors. 

    Hope that helps…..
    Good Luck

    in reply to: Feeding – bev’s on a rant #91679

    I ate seme red berries from next door neghbours tree as a kid and then lay down to die. Was very disturbing for my parents apparently.

    in reply to: Feeding – bev’s on a rant #91673

    Oh Kiz, you surprise me, I thought you’de take it a lot worse than that  :).

    I still think a proper natural diet is still best! I hope that that came across OK.

    Trophy. I checked out the ingredients at the plant and I would happily have eaten them.

    I always think a good test is to say to people, would you eat what you are feeding your dog? If they say yes, I say go on then, show me…… And if you wont’t, then why are you feeding it to your best friend?

    I would and have eaten trophy. In fact one day, when we where in the car stuck on a motorway,sataionary, I did have quite a lot of it…….. It wasn’t my favourite meal, but it filled big gapo I had and I have’nt had any funny turns.

    I know the protein content is pretty high, but my dogs did OK on it, even nutty Cloud. Though they are pretty fit and well and have masses of excercise.

    I think that is the highest protein content that Trophy do. Normally suggest lower to customers. Though low protein commercial diets are pretty high to come by. l 
    I’l check out the post on salmon though, didnt know there was a problem there. I just ate a load of it. Ooops.

    THanks for not killing me Kiz. I feel only mildly battered. 


    in reply to: Feeding – bev’s on a rant #91667

    I know im gonna get slated on this but here goes…..

    Im all for natural feeding. I’ve done the research and read the books, and listened to all thats said on here. And Ideally,  yep I’d agree, its by far the best.

    HOWEVER. For some people I beleive it really is impractical or at times impractical. last year I was travellling up and down the country sometimes twice a week, staying in hotels, hardly had time to get to the shop. Also we had no freezer where we lived down south not even a fridge top one. We lived off sandwiches from the back of a car for a while.

    My best mate is a canine nutritionalist and together we did lots of research into the ‘best’ or a ‘good’ commercial food.

    I can detect hackles rising all over  ;. But somtimes needs must……

    And we belive Trophy is it! Have been to the plant to see the ingredients and the processing.

    it’s all human grade. ingredients. Trophy was one of the first companies to  be approved under the BUAV no animla testing standard.

    All meat is from animals fit for human consumption. 

    There are no GM products ( in the premium range),  no artifical colourants, preservatices or flavourings. The meat is meat and declared on the wrapper. It is not by products.

    the one I feed/have fed is… Trophy pemium hypo allergenic.

    The ingredients are listed below and declared on the packet and in the publicity
    Supreme basmati rice 35%
    Salmon meat23%
    grouond wholegrain yellow maize
    Brewers yeast
    Chicken oil
    beet pulp
    Salmon oil
    Whole egg powder
    Vits A 21,000iu/kg
    Vit D3 1,750 iu/kg
    Vit C 50 mg/mg/kg
    Vit E 440 iu/kg
    Copper 20 mg/kg

    & mins
    it has clucosamine and chondroitin added for joints .
    Preserved with antioxidants Vit E & reosemary oil

    Where I have recommeded food changes and only a dry food is acceptable to the persons, I have recommended this one. If I’m wrong then tell me. But if someone will only feed dry, they will only feed dry.

    Where people have shifted from one food to this one we have seen dramatic changes in bahaviour (honest) 🙂

    There ya go, slate me, stone me, hang draw and quarter me, slag me off…………………….Go crazy


    in reply to: How to find a pup/dog #75727

    If you are interested in a second hand dog, try your local dog training club. They may have ideas of where dogs are looking for new homes.

    And they might even be able to tell you a bit about the dog too.

    Good Luck. 

    in reply to: How to become a dog trainer #76987


    Well Im managing without. Good job too, becasue my youngest dog keeps running off with mine and she left it in a muddy ditch – utterly inaccesible today. She was tired of chasing ball it seems.

    Thanks for your comments

    in reply to: How to become a dog trainer #76984

    Ok. I’ve read a few more of the replies and this is for the attention of Kiz, can I call you kiz?

    I totally agree with you on the subject of canine behaviour and psychology courses. I am currently operating in an area where a number of people have been on them. They are now working as bewhaviourists in this area and I too spend time picking up their pieces.

    I have recently heard of A dog/owner agression case where the ‘qualified’ behaviourist had ‘resolved’ the problem over the phone in 10 minutes without meeting either dog or owner. The owner has since been bitten several times, and the dog has now been destroyed.

    Anyone interested in dog training please hear these comments. You can only learn how to train a dog by being taught, by a dog! Dogs are always the best teachers. And the more dog teachers you have the better a trainer you will be. Animals have a language of their oiwn. If you listen and watch carfeully you can pick it up. Some people do so intuitively, but others can be taught. 

    Courses can provide a lot of techinical jargon to use and also a lot of really useful information and case studies. But you have to get in there with the dogs to really find out where it’s all at.

    Watch dogs, walk dogs, train dogs, watch other people train their dogs, watch the good and the bad and spot the difference.


    in reply to: How to become a dog trainer #76983

    Hi, THanks for the welcome. Looks a very interesting and informative site. Im not too good as using it though! How come everyone has fancy pics and I dont. And how come I suddenly can’t spel!  🙂
    Thanks again for the welcome

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