Group Classes

Group Classes

First group class was held at Riverway, Sunday December 8th 2019.

We had two male Golden Retrievers, a male Rottweiler, a female GSD/Kelpie X and a male Black Labrador/Mastiff X.

What made this session so special was the fact that there's a dog in this group which is highly reactive, not that you would know by looking at the picture. :)

➡️The owner of this very large boy, was told by another trainer here in Townsville that she would never be able to walk this dog in these kinds of locations, unless the dog was medicated.❗️ :(

➡️The owner did not accept that "professional advise", sacked the trainer and somehow found me. :)

🔥Well, here we are, the dog is working nicely alongside dogs he has never, ever met nor seen before - without being, nor ever having been, medicated❗️

I am really pleased to say the guys rocked it, the "reactive" dog is smack, bang in the middle of the pack in the photo below left.

The moral of the story? Don't take everything at face value, especially if a "trainer" tells you right off the bat that your dog needs to be medicated.

That does not mean that no dogs should never be medicated at all, some dogs have to be medicated, but it should not be the first thing you reach for.

But, then the wet season happened, putting an end to group classes for a while, and of course then COVID-19 came, so that was that for quite a while. :(

But, restrictions are slowly being lifted here, and te above video is from our second group class since restrictions were eased and we are once again able to enjoy training dogs in public parks.

Nice mix of dogs; Rottweiler, Staffy, English Pointer, Golden Retriever and a large mix breed dog,

Observing strict social distancing due to to COVID-19.

May 30th 2020

There's a dog in this picture, and in videos to the right, that, not that long ago, would not have been able to be this close to any dogs due to severe reactivity - but which one is it....  :)

Three Border Collies, all young adolescent males, and yet, neither of these three dogs could be trained using identical training protocols. One is seriously high drive and confident, one lacked confidence and needed to be built upm and one was a bit insecure and anxious. 

Three dogs of the same breed and sex, and yet totally different, only proves there are no "one size fits all" kind of dog training protocols and "systems".

Bottom, right; My female Rottweiler, Gypsy, overseeing the class.

Below, impulse control training in front of the duck pond, and yes, there is a horse being trained across from us.