for learning, for exploring

Targets for 1001 possibilities


following touching, walking backwards, circling, looking, carrying, pulling, jumping, go under, holding, tapping, pushing, leaning, lying, sitting, resting, standing

3 & 4 Nov 2019

held at Forest Oak Farm



A target can be our goal, or an object and the verb, to target, can mean a laser controlled missile or the dog’s paw on your shoe.

Target training encompasses 1000s of possibilities.

Teaching a target requires us to plan ahead. What behaviour or action will the dog perform when the target is presented? This can vary from follow, touching, walking backwards, circling, looking, carrying, pulling, jumping, go under, holding, tapping, pushing, leaning, lying, sitting, resting, standing. What specific part of the dog focuses to the target? This can vary from a specific paw, their chin, the bridge of the nose, their shoulder, all four feet, only two feet.

Targets a usually temporary cues that initiate the desired behaviours whilst we build the strength, consistency and quality of the behaviour. This can vary from 2 weeks to 2 years depending on the complexity of the training.

Targets are cues, excellent cues that are easily recognised, chosen for their presentability, consistency, clarity. We have many to choose from and can choose new targets should we need to. Additionally we lock the behaviours to these targets and can avoid behaviour being offered unless the targets are present.

We need to understand the process of graduating from the target to the long-term, life cue, or performance cue.

Advanced targets where more than one target is present can teach complex behaviour with simplicity for the dog to understand.

Targets are the real Go-To for teaching with clarity and, yep, there are a 1001 possibilities to explore!

Participating with your dog

Participants for this weekend should be Training Geeks – happy to think and talk about training even when they are not training. Dogs suitable for participating should have experience of shaping and building behaviours with markers and frequent, high level reinforcement, and be comfortable working in room with other dogs. The workshop is limited to 10 participants.

Learning by Watching

You may attend as a spectator and your dog may attend if it is comfortable resting in the car during the workshop. You are likely to learn just as much as participants without the anxieties of participating. Use the coupon code “watch” at the checkout for a 45% spectator discount.


Terms and conditions

Workshops are held at training different venues around the country. Please check individual events for details.
Details for  Forest Oak Farm


We usually start at 9.30, please do not arrive before 9am, and finish by 5pm. We have a short break mid-morning and mid-afternoon, with lunch for 45 minutes.

What to bring
The dogs usually train one at a time which means your dog may not be active all day and you must make arrangements for them to rest. You can bring a crate or leave your dog in your car, provided they can rest without continually barking, and you are prepared for all weather conditions.
Please bring food for training. We recommend chopped sandwich meats, home made treats, cooked chicken pieces, sausage, but not packet treats. Your dog may be eating large quantities so please select appropriate foods.
If you are bringing non-participating dogs they should be familiar with resting all day.
You may arrange to video your own training. At no time can you video, or record, anyone else training or teaching.
Lunch Refreshment

We do not provide lunch, but tea and coffee will be free flowing.
We stop for about 45 minutes midday, with a break mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
Lunch can be ordered on arrival at workshops held at Forest Oak Farm

If your dog is unwell please do not attend the workshop, some diseases are highly infectious, particularly kennel cough.
You can still attend as a spectator, and maintain the option to transfer your place to the next similar event.
Please do not bring bitches in season.
Refunds can only be given if notification is more than:
3 months before: 100%; 28 days before: 75%
Where possible we will try to transfer you onto a similar course. Refunds and transfers administration fee is £5.

Please contact us for BACS Payment by Bank Transfer (IBAN) and Internet Banking

Booking your place

Choose your workshop selection and go to the check out to complete the order. You can participate with your own dog or book a place as a spectator.
We accept credit and debit cards and PayPAL.
The confirmation of the transaction is sent via email and indicates that we have received your booking and that you agree to the Terms and Conditions
We reserve the right to postpone or cancel a course, workshop or seminar if numbers are insufficient. The only reason we have ever needed to postpone and event is due to extreme weather. In the case of a change of price, we will always contact you first to ensure that the price is acceptable.
Workshops reminders will be sent 7 days prior to the event.

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