Gentle Modern School of Dog Training (GMSDT)News - July 2019
Hide & Seek: you Hide, your Dog Seeks!
Start simple - let your dog see you crouch behind a chair, call once and when she 'finds' you, reward her (food reward, tummy rub, handover a favourite toy, play tug, etc). Make it more tricky over time. Once she has the seeking idea, you can cue "Find Me!". Then, in a safe open area, hide from your dog and let her find you (be somewhere you can see her in case she becomes confused).
Games like this can be an addition to traditional recall strategies; this teaches your dog to look for you rather than vice versa.
GMSDT Ideal Dogs of Australia (IDA) Course
We're planning our second GMSDT IDA Course for 2019. We expect to begin the course in mid-August and it will run through to the end of September. More detail
Interested in participating in this course? Like to know more about it?
Please contact Amanda (email@example.com or 0418 371 060) before the end of July.
IDA is an accredited course under Victorian Government legislation.
Rodna doesn't just train Dogs
Those of you who've worked with Rodna know her appearance on the training ground excites the interest of a group of magpies :-) Using positive reinforcement Rodna has shaped one magpie's behaviour to the point that he will hop onto the handle of a ball-thrower on instruction and take food from her hand.
Is a Road Trip with your Dog on your Must-Do List?
The Pet Professional Guild of Australia (PPGA) is hosting a webinar on going on an extended road trip with dogs. We know you love to spend time with your dogs and thought you might be interested.
Barbara Hodel, President of the PPGA, will be reporting on her five week roadtrip in NSW with her two German Shorthaired Pointers. Topics will include:
* How to prepare our dogs for a road trip
* The main behaviours to train and the main socialisation challenges
* Importance of Planning – choosing the right time of the year and route
* The importance of suitable accommodation and where to look for it
* Daily routine and sight seeing
* Catering for the dogs needs and still have time for culture (real and coffee)
* Unexpected joys when travelling with dogs
The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, July 23, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Cost is $15.00.
To book your place go to https://ppgaustralia.net.au/event-3447517