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Small Breed Group Course
Open to ages: 16 weeks - 10+ years
Most behavioural problems develop because people don't know how to communicate in a way that their dogs understand. Most anti-social behaviour problems develop due to lack of proper socialization at an early age.
I`ll show you how to completely understand your dog and how to give them the best life possible...
This is a group course specifically designed for ANY age small breed dog. This is a unique course that will give you an insight into how your dog experiences their world. It will give your dog the opportunity to socialize in a safe and controlled environment, learn obedience and address any behavioural issues you may be experiencing. You will learn invaluable knowledge on how to achieve a balanced and harmonious relationship with your dog.
Why a mixed age group?
In any social structure the young learn from the old! These unique group classes give dogs the chance to learn and grow the way nature intended, from each other! Older dogs teach younger dogs proper social etiquette which is essential to developing their social skills and avoiding reactive behaviour in the future. You can rest assure that James Fruze supervises all interaction throughout the course so your dog gets the best possible experience.
Do you experience or want to avoid these behaviours?
Do you want your dog to be calm and relaxed in any situation??
99% of people will experience behavioural problems with their dog at some point. Dogs need our guidance and LEADERSHIP. The difference between a well-behaved dog and a bad dog is always the LACK of leadership towards the dog. What is leadership? how do we effectively communicate this with our dog's?
Here's the good news: You can learn how to be a good leader for your dog you just need the right knowledge and information. Dogs are very simple creatures psychologically; the problem is they become humanized by us. Sound familiar?....
Dogs communicate primarily through energy. For us it's a language, a spoken language. If you went to a foreign country and spoke English to someone who doesn't speak English would they understand what you're saying? Of course not!
The key to getting your dog to behave is to communicate with them in a way that they understand
Once you start communicating with your dog on their instinctual level, you will gain complete control and I want to show you how.
Dogs learn the best from EACH OTHER!
This unique group course is open to ANY age dog. In any social structure, the adults teach the young. This course gives younger puppies the chance to learn social etiquette from older dogs which is absolutely CRUCIAL to developing their social skills and avoiding dog reactive behaviour in the future. Most dog reactive behaviour develops from a LACK of proper socialization!
What will you learn on this course?
The fundamentals of dog psychology.
How to read your dog's body language.
How to use your energy to influence your dog's behaviour.
Understanding dog socialization and when to intervene.
The Role of the Pack Leader.
How to create and maintain Rules and Boundaries for your dog.
Mastering the dog park visit.
How to reduce Fear and anxiety in your dog.
Enrol NOW and participate in four info packed classes!
Not sure if your dog will suit this group course? CLICK HERE to take the suitability questionnaire and get an instant response!
In order to get your dog to behave you must first know how to communicate and also have an understanding of how they experience their world, known as the dog's 'umwelt'. Once you understand what your dog needs from you to be a balanced dog, you can focus on providing those needs. The result will be a calmer, more obedient dog that will WANT to follow you! On day one you will get a fascinating insight into how your dog experiences the world and learn:
The fundamentals of dog psychology.
What is 'Energy' and what it means to your dog.
How to use your energy to influence your dog's behaviour.
How to get your dog into a fully relax and calm state.
Establishing Rules and Boundaries
Just like every child, all dogs need rules and boundaries. Do you have a dog that is good some of the time but uncontrollable at other times? If we don't consistently provide rules and boundaries, then provide consequences when they are broken, your dog will be less controllable and obedient. setting rules and boundaries and maintaining them is essential to a dog's obedience. Day two will teach you how to:
Correct bad behaviours immediately.
Take control of unwanted behaviour in absolutely any situation.
Stop your dog from getting overly excited.
Control excessive jumping on people/children.
Control resource guarding/aggression of food, toys or other objects.
Set the foundations for recall and other obedient behaviours.
Dog Socialization Basics
Dog socialization can be a valuable tool in providing your dog with an outlet of mental and physical stimulation through play. However, it can be a tricky activity to understand and more importantly, control. Allowing your dog to play with the right dogs will be extremely beneficial for your dog. Not avoiding the wrong dogs can cause anti-social behaviour traits to develop in your dog. On day three you will:
Learn how to assess any dog's body language and energy to determine if that dog is a suitable dog to permit interaction with.
Learn what normal dog socialization looks like.
Know when to intervene or break up unhealthy play behaviours.
Know what play behaviours to allow to carry on.
Learn how to understand the difference between aggressive and normal play behaviours.
Put everything you have learned during the course into practice! We attend the James Fruze Dog Academy where all the dogs will be able to put their new skills on show. All under the watchful eye and supervision of James. On the final day you will:
Learn how to best enter social situations with your dog to avoid altercations.
Implement the tools and strategies you have learned in assessing other dogs behaviour/temperament.
Demonstrate an assessment of the energy of other dogs in the dog park.
Demonstrate your ability to Intervene in unhealthy play if required.
Learn about natural recall and how to get your dog to follow you.
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Frequently asked questions
Do I need to pay in full to secure my position on an upcoming course?
What days and times are the courses run?
How much does the course cost?
Does my dog have to be up to date with their vaccinations?
Yes. It is very important that we provide a safe environment for all the other dogs so up-to-date vaccinations are a must. Proof of vaccinations will be required before the first dog class (You will be sent a link to upload a photo of your dog's vaccinations during the course).
What do I need to bring?
You will need to bring a suitable collar and lead. Everything else is provided.
My dog doesn't get along well with other dogs. Will my dog still be suitable?
Your dog is required to be 'mostly dog friendly' to enrol in this course. For example if your dog is mostly okay with dogs off lead but is reactive on the lead they will still be suitable for the course. This course provides a safe, controlled environment to help dogs learn the socialization skill they need to co-exist with other dogs. If you are unsure about your dog's suitability for group classes, you can fill out a suitability questionnaire and get an instant response by clicking HERE.
How do I know if my dog is suitable for this course?
My dog is quite timid and fearful of other dogs, will this training improve their confidence?
The short answer is yes. A fearful dog will never overcome their fears if we allow them to keep avoiding scary situations. This course provides dogs that are generally fearful an opportunity to overcome their fears in a safe and controlled environment at a pace that is comfortable for them whilst still encouraging them to build their confidence. If your dog has a habit of 'nipping' or 'snapping' at dogs or people don't let this stop you from enrolling either. This is just their way of telling us that they do not like what is happening. As you will learn on the course there are multiple ways to avoid that behaviour by providing the right leadership, so your dog trusts you in any situation. This course has worked wonders for fearful dogs, and they are now living more happy, comfortable lives.
What happens if I don't make a session scheduled on a course?
Please only commit to the course if you are able to make all four classes as each class is important. No refunds will be given for missed classes.
Can I bring more than one dog?
My dog is very naughty. Is it possible for a dog to be TOO naughty for this course?
No. These courses are specifically designed to accommodate dogs with a variety of behavioural problems. Never be embarrassed and think that your dog will just make you look bad. No dog that comes on the course is perfect and that’s why they are there, to learn! Everybody is expected to support one another as we all have the same goal which is to teach our dog's how to behave.
Are there any age limits for this course?
All Dogs 16 weeks or older are accepted on this course. Puppys are required to be up to date with their vaccinations and cleared for socialisation by your vet. There is no maximum age limit for this course.
My dog is only young. Will they be okay with older dogs?
All younger dog interactions with other dogs on the course is carefully monitored by James, your course trainer. Dog socialization is an important part of puppyhood. Older dogs will teach your young dog proper social etiquette which will empower them with the appropriate social skills to handle future social situations. Remember: All dog interaction is done under the watchful eye of your course trainer and dog expert, James Fruze. Dogs must be 5 months or older to participate in this group course.
Does this course accept rescue dogs?
Absolutely. Despite what a dog’s past is, it’s more often than not the humans that hold a dog back from making progress. If a dog has had a rough start to life and developed behavioural problems because of that, this course will give both the owner and the dog the tools and knowledge they need to overcome the past of the dog. If you're unsure about your dog's suitability for the course, you can fill out a questionnaire and get an instant response HERE.
Do you do one on one training aswell?
Yes. If you feel that your dog may be suited to one on one training, please fill out a contact form by clicking HERE.
Is the training ground fully enclosed and safe for my dog?
Yes. The training area is fully fenced.
Does a course like this work?
This course has shown incredible results for the dogs that have completed it. The owners learn Leadership and the dogs learn invaluable social skills that will give them the confidence to deal with day to day situations they will encounter.