fbpx

Training Courses

STUDENTS ARE REQUESTED TO CHECK IN ON THIS PAGE PRIOR TO EACH LESSON AS THIS PAGE IS UPDATED ON A REGULAR BASIS.

Norfolk K9 Training reserve the right to change course training dates at short notice when faced with circumstances beyond their control.
Should we ever have to change dates for whatever reason, we will ensure that notification is given wherever possible and that lessons are accommodated for appropriately. 

IN LINE WITH GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES THERE WILL ONLY BE FIVE TRAINEES AND ONE TRAINER ALLOWED IN EACH TRAINING SESSION ONE FAMILY MEMBER WILL BE ALLOWED TO SPECTATE BUT WILL HAVE TO REMAIN IN THE ALLOCATED AREA AWAY FROM THE CLASS PARTICIPANTS

Training Dates Proposed for April & May 2021

Sunday 11th April

Sunday 18th April

Sunday 25th April

Sunday 2nd May

NEW COURSES START
9am Previous Puppy Class WK4
10am  Puppy Course WK1
11am Improvers Class WK1

WEEK 2
9am Previous Puppy Class WK5
10am Puppy Course WK2
11am Improvers Class WK2

WEEK 3
9am Previous Puppy Class WK6
10am  Puppy Course WK3
11am Improvers Class WK3

WEEK 4
10am  Puppy Course WK4
11am – Puppy Class
11am Improvers Class WK4

COURSES FULLY BOOKED

Sunday 9th May

Sunday 16th May

Sunday 23rd May

Sunday 30th May

WEEK 5
10am Puppy Course WK5
11am Puppy Class
11am Improvers Class WK1

WEEK 6
10am  Puppy Course WK6
11am Puppy Class
11am Improvers Class WK2

NEW COURSES START
10 AM Puppy Course
11am Puppy Course
11am Improvers Class WK 3

WEEK 2
10 AM Puppy Course
11am Puppy Course
11am Improvers Class WK 4

COURSES FULLY BOOKED

PLACES AVAILABLE

Training Dates Proposed for the remainder of 2021 will appear later.

COPYRIGHT: NORFOLK K9 TRAINING

Whilst thinking of the content for this course, my mind drifted back to my childhood, many, many moon ago needless to say, and to one of my grandmother’s and mothers favourite proverbs.
“From Little Acorns Do Mighty Oaks Grow”.

As a gentle reminder to us that big things often come from exceedingly small things.

In those days, very much similar to today really with what the world is facing at present, this proverb was aimed towards future finance and getting you to put your hard earnt pocket money safely away rather than rush off to the sweet shop and waste it all.

My grandmother related it to my Grandfather, who used to spend most of his retirement days proudly and successful in his vegetable garden which was his pride and joy.

I remember  him showing us how to pot up seeds and watch them turning into little seedlings, repotting them on and watching them develop into strong healthy plants, which when ready were then picked and cooked for Sunday Lunch and special occasions throughout the year.

The message my Grandparents were trying to portray was to, “Remember that some things take time to develop and grow, be patient and keep working hard and maintain the ability to nurture.”

 

Okay, I hear you patiently murmur, but! ‘What has this got to do with Puppy Training?’

Well, if you think about it and then look at what we are studying, you will soon see (hopefully) the greater picture.

 

Many may be thinking, well what have Acorns & Oaks Trees got to do with training my Puppy?

Simple, I am using them as an example of how I train using a natural based method.

 

I look at a Puppy as a living creature

In order for this tiny little Puppy to grow and flourish into a valuable member of my family I have the responsibility to nurture and communicate based on observation of their behaviour, so that I can capture the behaviours I desire and like and simply ignore the behaviours offered that I do not require or need.

When we take ownership of a new Puppy, that Puppy comes as a blank canvas. The only learning that has taken place up until that point has been the natural learning of how to  communicate and behave around its peers and parents.

Therefore, anything the Puppy learns from the moment we bring them into our homes and from that point onwards is basically human intervention interfering with natural instincts be it good or bad.

Once in their new homes with their human family, the puppies training begins.

So, we teach primary foundations first and foremost – these are the roots to all learning and are discussed in full in the first module of training class.

Once we have the foundations in place and solidified, we then start forming the skills framework and eventually bringing in life skills that will help all the family including the puppy build stronger bonds, understanding and relationship. This is performed by breaking each skill down into small achievable chunks.

I really do take my time training these two section as I do not want to have to many failures or shortcuts that are possibly going to stunt learning or worse still present problems within the training structure later on.

Skills can then be branched off into various directions in order to build and maintain the dogs learning capacity.

When I have trained my dogs through Primary to Secondary Foundations and having developed the skills displayed in the training tree canopy.

I will then move on to proof them individually and then start to gradually increase the skills to a higher more advanced level. Even if I have a dog competing at Novice level, we always teach some of the advanced skills early, purposely for the dog moving up the grades progressively.

 

 

Our view on Dog Training

Dog training is the application of behaviour analysis which uses the environmental events of antecedents and consequences to modify the dog behaviour, either for it to assist in specific activities or undertake tasks, or for it to participate effectively in contemporary domestic life. While training dogs for specific roles dates to Roman times at least, the training of dogs to be compatible household pets developed with suburbanization in the 1950s.

A dog learns from interactions it has with its environment. This can be through classical conditioning, where it forms an association between two stimuli; non-associative learning, where its behaviour is modified through habituation or sensitisation; and operant conditioning, where it forms an association between an antecedent and its consequence.

There are a variety of established methods of animals training, each with its adherents and critics.
Some of the better-known dog training procedures include the Koehler method, clicker training, motivational training and relationship-based training. 

The common characteristics of successful methods are knowing the animal’s attributes and personality, accurate timing of reinforcement or punishment and consistent communication.

The use of punishment is controversial with both the humaneness and effectiveness questioned by many behaviourists.

Relationship-based training

Derived from the theories of symbolic interactionism, relationship-based training exploits the patterns of communication, interpretation and adjustment between dogs and their trainers. Building on a positive relationship between them, the method sets out to achieve results that benefit both the dog and the trainer, while at the same time enhancing and strengthening their relationship.

The basic principles include ensuring that the dog’s basic needs have been met before beginning a training session, finding out what motivates the dog and using it to elicit behaviours, interpreting the dog’s body language to improve communication between dog and trainer, using positive reinforcement to encourage desired behaviour, training incompatible behaviours to replace unwanted behaviours, and controlling the dog’s environment to limit the possibility of unwanted behaviours. 

A relationship-based approach to dog training is not necessarily reliant on using training aids or treats but posits that the connection between dog and trainer is sufficiently powerful to achieve the training goals.

Consistency of the owner’s application, their level of understanding, and training/behavior and level of engagement can influence the effectiveness of any technique.

.

We set our Courses to help you achieve just this ....

Our Courses

Please note: We do not hold puppy parties in the form of puppy socialization, whereby puppies are all let of their leads for a free for all introduction for example as we consider these non productive and lead to problems that could have well be avoided.

We do the opposite and train your puppy to be able to work in the presence of others under full control and to focus on you as their friend and entertainment zone.

At Norfolk K9 Training we don’t believe in training puppies in a classroom environment until they are at least 16 weeks of age. It is too much for them both physically and mentally to deal with before that.

But we do have our own training manuals available on request to help you in the meantime to be able to start some simple training at home and start to build that all important relationship and bond with your puppy.

Puppy Foundation Course
This is  a basic training course purposely designed to help you start to training the foundational life skills with your puppy. Not only will puppy be getting some training but so will the handler as you will be introduced and taught how to use training skills and the different types available in order to help puppy and yourself succeed and more importantly know what you are doing.

Adolescent Dog Courses
This is a course for teenage dogs and teaches them how to rise above the problems associated with being a teenager.

This course is an ideal follow on from the Puppy Foundation Course, whereby we move on from the basic life skills learnt and in fact develop them further with the introduction of other skills for example teaching everyday retrieving exercises being just one.

You cannot copy content of this page