Leading the way in innovative and effective teaching

Heelwork Course

Online course for dog sports enthusiasts. Building a balanced, confident athlete. Teach accurate self-positioning, transitions, performance and competition preparation.

Clean Training

Online course on learning the training skills that leaves no doubts, no confusion and no uncertainty for your learner.

 

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.

Course FAQs

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 …

Training based on science and understanding

Delivered with experience and empathy

Reinforced from the heart with passion, joy and enthusiasm

Workshops

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

Places available for spectators and participants.

Workshops FAQs

For everyone

For all types of dogs

For thoughtful training

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?

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.

Reasons to use a clicker

The concept of “being a clicker trainer” is always going to lead to argument and misunderstanding because it cannot exist alongside the science and technology. It is a “fakery” of our time. The clicker itself is a simple tool that when used in conjunction with technology provides clarity and understanding in teaching.

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

For new comers: an explanation of the site (these are not active links, use the menus at top and bottom of the page)

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