***NEWSFLASH*** 16th & 17th February 2019 Tammy Peters 2-day seminar.

Dynamic Training Systems for Dog Obedience – 2 day seminar in Cairns on 16th and 17th February 2019 with Tammy Peters from Precise K9, Brisbane. If you are passionate about obedience and working as a team with your dog, here is your opportunity to learn skills that can take you to the next level in performance. Limited positions available $200 for auditors. Handling positions SOLD out. Topics will cover:

Active one-way Engagement: foundation of dynamic obedience – a dog that pushes us to work.

Teaching your dog to be a “pro-active” participant in their role in the team unit; EMPOWERMENT: how do we promote it?

Power ups & other motivation techniques: inserting brilliance into your obedience picture.

The devil is in the detail: why proper mechanics are important.

The concept of “speed”: how to increase it and incorporate it into your training program.

The power of the team UNIT: you need a village; you can’t succeed without your team.

Email me for information and registration: cairnsdogtraining@gmail

 

What a Year 2016

I thought it could not get any better. But the competition year 2016 started off with a bang. At our first trial Shelby achieved 2 perfect scores in Open Obedience under 2 different judges – a first for Cairns and Queensland. Shelby gained her Rally Masters title, a new class this year, within a very short time and eventually scored another 10 scores of 190 & over to gain her Rally Obedience Championship. She also achieved her Australian Championship title – so Shelby is now a Dual Champion. 2016-12-18-cckc-9442

We also achieved our ‘Golden Dumbell’ award for dogs achieving 6 scores in CDX over 190.

We went on to gain another 2 perfect scores in CDX, which brought our total to 4 perfect scores for the year – breaking all records. We gained titles in UD, JDX and SPDX.

My beautiful girl, Shelby, is now known as CH RO CH Belgenbeau Dragon Heart RAE, UD, AD, JDX, SPDX, GD.

It has taken us 4 years of hard work to get here, and she is only 4 years old.

Well done my super girl, lets see what 2017 will bring for us.

Shelby, the Obedience star

North Queensland has an undisputed obedience star – Shelby aka Belgenbeau Dragon Heart, has had a dream start to the trialling season. Within only 5 weeks she achieved the necessary 6 Open Obedience qualifications over 190 points to be eligible for the ‘ Golden Dumbbell” award. Not only that, she achieved 3 perfect scores of 200 along the way. A first for any Cairns dog and handler team and most likely in North Queensland. These results do not happen by chance. A lot of training has gone into building a dog that is able to compete at that level, with very high accuracy and most of all, heaps of enthuHeeling rallysiasm. Shelby just loves to work! Because for her, work is fun. Using modern training methods with heaps of rewards, allowing the dog to gain confidence in a positive environment is the key to this success. Our relationship is built on trust, consistency and strict criteria. She knows what I expect of her and she wants to succeed, because she loves her rewards.

 

Shelby, you are awesome!

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Annual Awards at the Cairns City Kennel Club awards night for 2015.

Looking back on 2015 this girl has had an impressive list of successes. Our trialing season started in April and we started to seriously compete in Open Obedience. This was only our second season in competition and Shelby posted fantastic results of 199 points, 198, 197 and 2 x 196. We also had some failures, and that is what we learn from the most. We competed in the State and National Titles, where we were sitting in 3rd place out of over 30 dogs in this class. Shelby was a little frazzled by all the goings on and changed her stay position. But I can only blame myself for that. Shelby had 10 events in the one day, and in hindsight it was just too much for both of us.

Early in the year I decided to also take part in Rally Obedience competition. I did compete in Novice the year before and she gained her title straight away, but then decided not to go further. My aim was to concentrate on her Novice Obedience title and I thought competing in Rally Obedience as well would be confusing. So this year we re-commenced our Rally Obedience career. Shelby gained her Rally Advanced title very quickly and then also her Rally Excellent title. Once in Excellent, she never scored less than 90 points. All our deductions were due to me not executing the station correctly. She had 2 perfect scores in Rally Excellent and also gained the State Title in this discipline with 96 points.

These are just her results on paper, what I am always amazed about is her working attitude. She loves what she is doing and it is obvious for anybody watching us. Her focus is incredible, the speed at which she completes individual exercises is pure joy. Obedience can be fun and exuberance – she shows why.

This was also our second season in agility. After gaining her novice titles last year we moved into Excellent class this year. I am still having trouble with the incredible speed Shelby brings to the table and that is the major challenge I face. I will need to learn and step up to do Shelby justice. When everything goes well Shelby is unbeatable, with one run described as ‘the run of the day’ by Jody Brown, the judge from Brisbane.

So I think she deservedly gained the annual awards at the Cairns City Kennel club for Best Open Obedience dog, Best Rally Advanced, Best Rally Excellent and Best Agility Open dog. Plus she achieved the first dog to be recognised for the inaugural Belgianbeau trophies for any Belgian Shepherd dog getting the highest and most scores in Obedience and also in the combined Dog Sports.

All I can say I am so proud of you, Shelby.

Dog training for daily life

Recently I attended a dog walk with many other people. A comment was made, that people would not want their dog to be like mine, being a competition obedience dog.

This made me think. First and foremost, our dogs are our companions, our pets. As such I believe they need to be a well-mannered easy to live with dog at home and about. That is what I am aiming for with all my dogs. Regardless of whether we are training a companion or a competition dog, the same principles of rearing the puppy applies to all.

Ideally, when we get our puppy he will spend 80% of his time socialising. This encompasses learning new experiences, meeting different people and different animals, and of course, other dogs. Learning social skills is very important and will have an impact on the rest of the dogs life. Less time (about 20%) is spent on training good manners, like sitting for food, waiting at the door until released, no picking up food until released by the handler. At this early stage we are setting the ground rules of what our criteria are and the puppy will learn if it does not meet the criteria then there will be no reward of any kind. Clear criteria, consistency and timing are our most important tools when training our dogs for life as they are for performance.

As the puppy grows up after about 4-6 months, more time is spent of fun games that train the dog in a positive manner, forming a relationship built on trust and respect. The dog is learning how to handle his body in different situations, being aware of all parts of his body, being confident walking on different surfaces for example. A strong emphasis is placed on the value of coming back to the handler when called.

Only a small amount of time is spent on training heel, sit, drops and staying in position. All still very useful exercises, all trained in a positive manner that will teach our dog to want to interact with us, because they enjoy the experience.

When I take my dog out today, she is a model canine citizen. She is well mannered in human and canine company. All her interactions are being managed by me. She is happy just being a dog, running around, sniffing things out, finding sticks and meeting friends, but whenever I ask her she engages with me. She is incredibly focussed, obedient and able to control her impulses. All her interactions with me are happy, which is obvious in her body language. Her ears are erect and alert, her tail is up, her stance says ‘ready for action’.

In my eyes she is brilliant and most people who meet her would agree. So when she is brilliant and does an awesome job, I will reward her, because I think she deserves it. My rewards vary, they may be food, they may be a toy or it can just be being released to run free. Would there be any reason why I should not reward my dog for being brilliant?

I understand that most pet dog owners want their dog to walk nicely, to show good behaviour around others, to sit and stay when told, to wait for their food until released to it. These are all behaviours that I also expect all of my dogs to do and I know they will.

 

So why would pet owners not want their dog to be like mine? Would not every young rugby player strive to play like Jonathon Thurston? Not that I can compare myself with this genius. But what is wrong for aiming high?

I do not expect pet dog owners to want their dog to heel like mine. But I am sure I can help them work with their dog at a level that they require and make managing their dogs easier.

My aim as a dog trainer is to help other dog owners achieve a harmonious relationship, where dogs can learn with very clear criteria and be rewarded for doing a great job. Where dogs look forward and enjoy working with their owners.

Starting Dog Training classes at Clifton Beach

For all dog owners at the Northern Beaches, I conduct dog training classes every Saturday morning at 9 am. Meet me at the playground at Argentea at the end of Satellite Street/Osterlund Close, Clifton Beach. We will be working on good manners, walking nicely on leash, engagement with the handler under distractions, how dogs learn, a bit about dog behaviour. If you have any questions please give me a call.

Luna celebrates her 10th birthday

My lovely bully girl Luna has celebrated her 10th birthday in style. Surrounded by human and canine friends who all sang her happy birthday and a delicious liver cake. To top it off she scored a qual and 1st place in Strategic Pairs Excellent with terrier pal, Jools, the Jack Russel.