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
an excellent Watch
on command
watch command
another excellent
Watch command
sit in front of handler
sit in front
of handler
sit in front of handler
sit in front
of handler
sit beside handler
sit beside
handler ...
sit beside handler
... example of developing
a strong hand-signal
sit beside handler
sit beside
handler
sit beside handler
sit beside
handler
sit beside handler
sit beside (as
handler stops walking)
down
at first the dog follows
the hand to learn down
down
reward only comes
with the dog in position
down
reward can be
praise and touch
down
down in front,
bending in early stage
down
down in front
with no bending
down
advanced down beside –
handler not bending
control at a gate
control at a gate:
sit as a trainer opens gate
control at a gate
gate: staying in sit as
handler opens gate inwards
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
heel on lead:
with lovely attention
heel
heel on lead:
looking effortless!
heel
heel on lead:
another lovely heel
heel
perfect heel
by a young handler
heel
... excellent timing in
occasional rewarding
heel
practicing turn into dog
with dog stationary
heel
heel turning into
dog, still in heel
attention for heel
using a titbit to teach
dog turning round handler
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
hand by dog is free,
preparing for heel off-lead ...
heel
hand by dog is available
to direct the heelwork
heel
for some dogs
a higher hand is better
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
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:
walking round dog
stay
stay while handler
walks away
stand stay
teaching stay
in stand
stand stay
stay in the
stand position
send to bed
early stage of teaching
send to bed, on lead ...
send to bed
... handler moving forward
to reward dog on the bed
health examination
health examination,
with dog relaxed
health examination
health examination:
examining ear
health examination
health examination:
examining mouth / teeth
play
play in class:
ensuring fun for dog and handler!
play
play in class:
fun, but always safe and under control
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 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 in parallel
socialisation exercise (and start to heelwork):
parallel walking
heel in parallel
socialisation exercise, now with control in heel:
parallel walking
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:
instructing dogs to sit – closer together this time
food manners
teaching good food manners: starting with
a sit at distance and distraction with titbit
stay
stay in sit: walking round dog, with lead dropped
– this dog clearly knows what is required
stay
... and we love seeing the reward coming
as praise and touch
stay
stay in sit: walking round dog, with lead dropped
– a lovely stay even when handler behind dog
stay
stay in down: walking round dog, with lead dropped
– this dog is being well trained!
stay
stay in down:   if your dog doesn't like the surface, we
start the stay on a mat, then slowly wean off the mat
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
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: another
dog coping without their handler nearby
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 very experienced at stays, including with their handlers going out of sight. One dog is moderately 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 stand
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

 

return to top