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The Connection Collective

Our wonderful new page of contributions from dog and horse trainers sharing their  understanding of connection.

A recommended browse for rainy days.

Training with Food
We have a great resource for learning how to deliver food safely, confidently and effectively – the very centre of our training.

explore …

Zip unzipped
Recently arrived puppy.  I am learning what she enjoys and teach her how to bloom and be the best Zip that any Zip could be.

follow Zip …

Living with dogs

From new puppies to old dogs, from sleeping at night to every day walks.

for all dogs every day …

Workshops & Courses online

A blend of practical training and presentations keeping us busy over the Winter months.

TARGET FOUNDATIONS

Learn target acquisition through shaping and luring and teach: chin target, stationing, the visual follow and paw isolation.

Online courses with Kay Laurence

Starting in January 2019, 6-8 lessons.

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Places on workshops available
for spectators and participants.

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For all types of dogs

For thoughtful training

What can’t you teach with a target?

Targets are, by essence, pro-active openers. They are not used to associate something to keep away from, but something to seek and respond to. Targets are gateways to rewards and are greeted with enthusiasm and confidence.
Targets are often a lifetime of language or they can be a temporary step to a future cue. What they should always be is thoughtful, pro-active and for the welfare of the learner.

When you lose something

The moment the alarm sounded, Dolce was nosing the blankets off me and, unless cued otherwise, would nose me until I got up in a fit of laughter. It was a wonderful way to start the day.

Stop doing that ….

Can we an effective Cease That Behaviour? Absolutely. We can teach that positively, without harm, and we should teach them the skills of stopping that and doing this instead.

Nose Target. No thanks

Nose target is a popular behaviour taught to many dogs, and other animals. It seems easy to teach and have practical application, but it is often not such a pleasant experience for all dogs. There are many other options available that give the same practical benefit, without the unpleasant extremes.

Clean Training

Clean training is about really clear communication between two different species. Both listening and learning during the interaction. An exchange that leaves no doubts, no confusion and no uncertainty. A check list for clean training.

Release cue or stay cue

Many of us begin with teaching sit or down, and this is one of the earliest experiences of training with reinforcement. From this point forward we are setting a pattern of the delivery of reinforcement. It needs questions to be answered before we embark. Is the sit, or down, going to be a terminal behaviour, or a temporary position?

What is important … ?

… when your dog is sick and fearful? If you have a dog who is sick and fearful you can feel lost and alone. The weight of opinion, expectation and information can be overwhelming. What is right? What is true? What is best? Throughout this journey I have allowed my ethics to guide me. The individual who is Merlin is at the heart of every choice I make.

Think carefully

We cannot presume a cue is a reinforcer unless we can shape a new behaviour using that cue as the marker. Read carefully. Think carefully. Consider multiple perspectives. Sometimes it seems easier to let someone else do the thinking for you and just copy, but we need to become thoughtful trainers.

Dogs can only behave like dogs

We should not be trying to change dogs, but change the world in which they live. This extract from Every Dog Every Day brings light to the conflict that can sometimes occur between people’s expectations of dog behaviour and the reality – what dog’s actually do.

Just because it is better than it was

Are we coasting or are we improving? Is time so precious that we cannot invest in doing better? Looking at “Leave it” protocols, which are just another way of saying “no”. If we focus our training around what we don’t want the dog will focus on what to avoid. Focus on what we do want.

Benefits for members
Power of anticipation

Exploring concepts using the focus and motivation that can be used in anticipatory conditions.

The Fade-In Protocol
A project collecting a variety of techniques where Fade-In is used successfully.
Living with Dogs

The collection of chapters from the Every Dog Every day book for all Members to enjoy.

LEARNING

Whether practising training skills, learning to understand our dogs or developing youngsters for integration into our lifestyle, we offer a range of different learning opportunities.

We have resources to enjoy: in book-format, projects to follow training plans, articles to stretch your thinking.

Join as a member to explore our libraries, research projects, clubs and benefit from discounts on courses.

WORKSHOPS

An all day blend of presentation and practical training with your dog.
Held at various venues around the country.
Limited number of handlers, spectators and apprentice-teacher places available.

Note books essential

ONLINE COURSES

Courses online run in Moodle format, with classrooms, forums, lessons and exercises.

From short courses of 6 lessons to the 2 year Trainer Accredited by Kay Laurence

Great variety of topics covering training strategies, lifeskills, dog sports and deep learning.

SEMINARS AND PRESENTATIONS

Presentations covering many topics that expand our learning about dogs. Shorts talks from 30 minutes to all day seminars, conferences and evenings.

Video and slide based, usually available pre-recorded.

BOOKS

Books are in two formats:

You can browse the web-pages of the books or alternatively, you can buy the printed BOOKS by Kay Laurence

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