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New Trainer’s Course

Enrolment now open ......

TAKLlogoTraining skills are an ever evolving and re-evolving learning cycle. We learn, we apply, we return to the beginning and learn again. We explore, we expand, we integrate and blend learning from experience and the dogs we share the learning with. We may begin this spiral of learning with small circuits. These are the dangerous ones, they hook us into wanting to learn more without giving us an idea that we will never learn enough. As we progress up the spiral we will at some time make a massive jump from interested to fascinated. This new course will satisfy The Fascinated stage of your spiral and give you the foundations to keep moving upwards.

Moving upwards is satisfying, successful and self-motivating when based on excellent training skills, clear foundations of teaching and learning and strong, sound core behaviours. Confidence, for both trainer and learner, ignites enthusiasm, desire to learn more and build a relationship in trust.

Dogs are incredible teaching masters, they may not tell us what to learn but they do give us clear feedback on what we have learned and how we are doing. We need skill to interpret this feedback and identify how to improve our communication. From successful planning, observation and analysis, to our personal awareness and motor skills. All can impact on the quality of our teaching enhancing a relationship of trust and confidence.

This is a new course combining everything that is excellent from the last 5 years of my on-line courses, what I teach at Wagmore Barn with me Super Trainers and lightly sprinkled with tastes from the adjacent worlds of behaviour analysis, neuroscience and psychology.

It is a 2 year practical study course covered in 12 units. Certification is available through successful completion of the criteria for each unit. Criteria will require video evidence of competency and written assignments. From enrolment for Assessment you have 3 years to complete your full submission.

You can choose to study, work towards certification, attend the workshops, any or all of these options.


At the Barn - 2015 dates

I am thrilled to welcome Emma Parsons to the Barn (Mar 10 & 11th). She is very experienced in helping people with reactive dogs and has put together a comprehensive course for anyone who runs classes.

The very popular Super Trainer courses will be running through the year in 5 days, and monthly formats. I am very pleased to announce for the serial learners that you get your fourth run of the course for FREE!

Many of you want to continue to work on your skills and keep moving forward so we now have the Extra Super Clicker Trainer days for those who have completed the course running regularly over the Winter.

Having been freshly milled by Merrick and experience the current Age of Objection I am sharing my learning in day workshops. Puppy One for those up to 6 months, or even thinking of future happiness, and Teenagers 6-16 months for those seriously questioning their sanity. Ideal if you want to come along with your own pup or teach classes - lots of ideas, which are probably a little Outside the Box.

Two new workshops to expand your thinking:

Reinforcer Dynamics. May 3

I consider reinforcement the centre of any training plan. It is the daily good manners that show appreciation and maintains the lubrication of our relationships. It is not faded, intermittent or avoided under any conditions.

It is dynamic and multi-dimensional. It can be threaded through our interactions and sewn into the very fabric of the behaviours. Our passion for training often takes us into the worlds of performance. An environment where our training reinforcers are no long valid or obvious. With forethought and clear understanding of how the process affects behaviour we can ask for top quality performance that exceeds training expectations without damaging our relationship.

This workshops is a mix of presentation and opportunity to work with your dog to lay down the basics of multi-dimensional reinforcers. Limited to 6 participants with observer places available.

Training fit and fitness in training. 11 Jul

It would not matter what dimension we expect our dogs to train in, they all deserve to be “fit for purpose”. Whether this is physical fitness or mental fitness it is our responsibility to prepare our dog for the expectations of the environment. From learning to live with social intrusion to repetitive moments in performance. Training for fitness, for a specific purpose, gives strength to the behaviours and an inner confidence that is pure pleasure to develop and be a part of.

This workshop will look in depth at building the skills in our dogs for their future lives – climbing mountains or head-high trotting. Limited to 6 participants with observer places available.


I have the usual popular workshops for Border Collies, Treasure Hunting and Lesley will run her Great Day Out Wagmore Workshop


Clicker Revolution now in SpanishCRev spanish

Congratulations to the Spanish Team: Ana & Nuria for getting Clicker Revolution translated and published in time for my recent December workshops. You can buy a copy in Spanish here

Madrid is now becoming THE place to be for opportunities to move your training onwards and upwards with recent visits from Ken Ramirez and Jesus Rosales Ruiz (both in Spanish) Debbie Martin and Julie Shaw. I shall be adding my regular December trip as a permanent feature to my diary.


IDTC2014To Julie Van Schie and Barb Buchmayer in attaining their Certificates with my Endorsement in the first 2 year course of the Intelligent Dog Trainer Course.

I have been honoured to be able to work with a great group of people and read their assignments. This has given me complete confidence in endorsing them as trainers.

Very well done.


Five Went To Sea

Presentation videos now out

I am very pleased to be able to share some of the amazing presentations from the cruise - just a pinch of the pleasure we shared. Four hours of presentations plus 1 hour 40 minutes of “talking heads”. When the four of us get together we love to talk training, protocols, strategies, ideas, understandings. It is a challenge to stop us!

The presentations and audio are on discs  More details .....
or download: More details ....

Now addicted, totally loyal to the Ship, and a lifetime Five Go To Sea sailor.
What an amazing adventure. New experiences shared with great company. Learning, leisure and luxury combined. More stories and pictures from the Cruise…..

Alaska 2015 registration is now open: view the Agenda ......


Life’s adventures continue:

Merrick is now 6 months old - read about The Age of Objection blog ...

 “... all the carefully, thoughtfully taught behaviours are falling apart. Despite maintaining and increasing the reinforcement “mass”, the behaviours such as:

    speed control: “Merrick” = run towards me and plan to stop
    responding to cues: “off to bed”= in your crate
    separation: “you stay there” = as I walkout through the gate

are deteriorating.

Yes, it happens to the best of us!


Book of the Moment

chaserI can highly recommend John Pilley’s “Chaser”. Unlocking the genius of the dog who knows a thousand words. A much appreciated birthday gift from someone who knows how to buy the perfect gift. The book is detailed enough for any trainer, scientifically clear without the woolly references, and a testament of dedication. Even if you have not experienced training a collie this is an authentic, genuine book about the love of teaching a dog.

If you heart belongs to collies, or your friend’s heart does, then don’t hesitate, this will be one of your favourite books and a perfect gift.  

(I’ll not include a link as searching will source your best option)

Clicker Revolution FB Group

Clicker Revolution has topped over 1200 copies sold so to celebrate I have started an informal group on Facebook-Clicker Revolution for opportunities to explore your revolution: Pop along for a chat and meet the other revolutionists!

Official blurb and options to buy .....


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