Suitable for any breed or age of dog (puppies need to have received all their vaccinations before attending). Dogs that prefer space to feel comfortable are welcome. We work with all tracking teams on an individual basis, therefore dogs do not need to encounter others. The Foundation workshop is the follow on level to our Tracking Taster session. It is also the route into all our other tracking fun.
Dogs can already track, so, the emphasis in this workshop is on helping handlers join in without impeding the dogs. We aim to help handlers manage their own handling skills so that dogs can continue to track (nose down, accurately sniffing and following the most dense part of the track). We will show people how to establish and maintain a ‘keep tracking’ cue which ultimately means that dogs can easily be asked to track in any environment with the same great results.
Individual differences that we may need to address are
Some dogs experience of prior training may mean that they are used to waiting for instruction from handlers and vice versa handlers are used to instructing dogs actions. We will use a track layer and a positive reinforcement evidence based approach to helping transition the locus of control, from handler to dog (you’ll need to learn how to trust your dog for successful tracking)
The practicalities are
New toilet and kitchen facilities on site, tea/coffee available all day, large building to shelter in, loads of space for dogs that struggle around others.
Refreshments provided but please bring your own lunch each day.
We have a Hire a Harness service. We recommend the Happy Dog harness and have a small supply for sale at the farm.
Places to stay
Dogs that appreciate more space in order to feel comfortable are welcome.
Regret strictly no observer places.