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Association of Pet Dog Trainers Activity Weekend 2019 - Book Now

When: Saturday 11 May and Sunday 12 May 2019
 

8.45 am to 9.30 am registration in the Marquee. Everyone attending must register.

9.45 am Activity
10.45 am Tea/coffee break
11.15 pm Activity
1.00 pm Lunch (lunch is not provided)
2.00 pm Activity
3.45 pm End of activities

Tasters run 9.15/9.30am and 1.45/2.00pm

Where: Top Barn, Holt Heath, Worcester, WR6 6NH (a map and directions can be found here)

Prices:MembersNon Members
One day handler (with dog)£80.00£90.00
One day spectator (without dog)£20.00£20.00
Two day handler (with dog)£160.00£180.00
Two day spectator (without dog)£30.00£30.00
Half day tasters (each)£45.00£45.00
Camping hook up (per night)*£6.00£6.00


*camping without electric hook up is free

Bookings:

To book, please complete the online form here and submit payment via the Paypal link below:

 

 

 


Whats on (full bios below):

 

Saturday 11th May

Sunday 12th May

Full Day Workshops

Search and Rescue 1 - Keith Warwick

Gundog​ - Jules Morgan

Proofing behaviour - Jane Arden
(WORKSHOP FULL)

Search and Rescue 2. Progression - Keith Warwick

Hoopers Progression - Calum McConnell
(WORKSHOP FULL)

Doggy Divas film work - Chris Mancini

Tasters

Scent work - Sue Pickering

​Mantrailing - Lyn Caldicott
(WORKSHOP FULL)

Recall - Sue Pickering
(WORKSHOP FULL)


 

Search and Rescue - Keith Warwick - Full Day Session

 

  • Open to all breeds and their owners.
  • Dogs must be physically capable to cover difficult ground.
  • Spectators are welcome and might have the opportunity to play the part of a missing person.
  • A good recall is an advantage.
  • Focus will be on reading and understanding scent that might be carried on the air.
  • Allowing the dog to “range” away from the handler without interference.
  • Dog’s location of scent and investigating its location.
  • Finding the “body”.
  • Returning to the handler.
  • Indication of the find.
  • Taking the handler back to the “body”.

 

Those who show good potential will have the opportunity to try:

 

  • Blind searches (to handler and dog)
  • Indication – bark, bringsel, tug toy etc.
  • Larger areas.
  • Inaccessible “bodies"

 

Notes

  • Good strong boots or trainers are essential as are long sleeved shirts/blouses and long trousers.
  • Ensure that you have water readily available for your dog.
  • Training is almost exclusively outdoors, whatever the weather so please come prepared.
  • This training can be very tiring for both dogs and their owners but it is great fun!
  • We look forward to seeing you.


About Keith:

Keith Warwick is an experienced dog handler, instructor and assessor. He worked as a volunteer in the field of search and rescue for over 25 years. He has been a member of the Search and Rescue Dog Association (SARDA), which he joined in 1986. He was appointed Training Officer of SARDA (Lakes) in 1992. He is a retired SAR dog handler & assessor and is currently a member of the Training sub committee of the National Search and Rescue Dog Association (NSARDA), the national umbrella group for SAR dogs in UK.

Keith has worked with many working dog groups in the UK including:

  • Mountain Rescue Search Dogs (English Lake District)
  • SARDA (England)
  • SARDA (Wales)
  • SARDA (Southern Scotland)
  • SARDA (Ireland)
  • Dog AID
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind
  • Metropolitan Police Dog Instructor’s Seminar
  • West Midlands Police Dog Section
  • Canine Partners for Independence
  • Cumbria Police Dog Section
  • Samsung Companion Dog Academy – South Korea

He has travelled to many places overseas to observe, instruct and advise in the training of search and rescue dogs, including: USA, Norway, Iceland, Finland, Malta and South Korea 

 He is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (MAPDT 01036).  He is married to Carol who helps him with the day to day running of training sessions. They have a two year old Hungarian Wirehaired Viszla Jabu.


Gundog - Jules Morgan - Full Day Session

 

 

I have been a dog trainer since 1993 and have run my own dog training business since 2002 teaching puppy, pet and gundog classes. Over the years I have worked closely with behaviourists and have in-depth understanding of the science and techniques behind behaviour training. The majority of my teaching is now gundog training and the increasingly popular series of Gundog Games Workshops held around the country.

I have been involved in shooting since the beginning of my dog training career, undertaking many different roles but chiefly as ‘picker up’ on a wide variety of shoots from both small and large syndicates, country estates and small farm shoots, rough shooting and wildfowling.  

I am a qualified dog trainer with the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), Accredited Animal Training Instructor with the Animal Behaviour & Training Council (ABTC), Accredited Trainer and Assessor for The Gundog Club, I hold the BASC Safe Shot Certificate and the LANTRA Shooting Assistant/Loaders Certificate. I have considerable experience teaching fellow professionals through interactive behaviour and training workshops and was principal tutor for PACT.

I believe my training history and experience as a ‘crossover’ trainer enables me to be extremely sympathetic to and understanding of the hurdles involved in that process but also to the considerable enjoyment of training this way for both dogs and handlers.

Currently I have three dogs, Fig and Otter are Labradors and the infamous working cocker Buckle who frequently join in the workshops and classes and can always be relied upon to make us laugh - usually at my expense!


Proofing behaviour - Jane Arden - Full Day Session

 

 

Proofing Behaviour This workshop will look at using the three Ds (Distance, Duration, Distraction) for proofing behaviours.

Helping you achieve behaviours that happen anytime, anyplace, anywhere. 

This will be a collection of creative and fun exercises for progressive and advanced training classes. 


Your instructor – Jane Ardern BSc (Hons) Dip CAPBT, CAP2​

Jane owns Wagga-Wuffins Canine College. She has been training dogs for over 20 years and has been working full time as a professional for over 13 years.

Jane has a BSc (Hons) in Canine Behaviour and Training from Hull University, an Advanced Diploma in the Practical Aspects of Companion Animal Behaviour and Training and CAP2.

She is the Kennel Club Accredited Instructor Scheme Dog Trainer of the Year 2015 a prestigious award presented to her at Crufts 2016 in March.

Jane has a City and Guilds Award in Education and Training.

She is a member of The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT UK) Membership no. 1058 and a Registered Animal Trainer with the Animal Training and Behaviour Council (ATBC).

She shares her home currently with five dogs, a 13 year old polish lowland sheepdog Snoopy, and four working cocker spaniels, Pickles, The Stig, Mia and Drift.

Jane breeds Working Cocker Spaniels under the Riverirk Affix and works them regularly through the season.


 

Hoopers Progression - Calum McConnell - Full Day Session



The workshop continues on from our session last year and will further cover:

  • Introducing the Hoops, Barrels, Tunnels, Gates
  • Chilling while others are Working / Queuing Skills
  • Increasing Distance Handling
  • Front / Rear Cross
  • Directional Cues
  • Simple Courses
  • Planning for classes

Handlers should bring: high value food rewards, favourite toys, water bowls, chairs.

Dogs do not have to have any previous experience in agility and all ages are welcome. Hoopers is a non-contact / no jumping activity and suitable for young and old dogs. It is also ideal for handlers with limited mobility as it encourages distance handling skills.



Diva Dog - ‘so you want your dog to be a TV star’
Chris Manchini - Full Day session


This workshop will cover

  • What goes on behind the scenes
  • Overview of the skills needed to be a star
  • What is a good agent, what is not so good; do I even need an agent?
  • Interactive day, dogs and handlers will have a mixed day of practical skills; these are skills used in everyday life, but the added distraction of a set.
  • Skills include:-Targeting; Send away; Hold; Waits; Recalls, positions at a distance.
     

Open to dogs and handlers with a sound understanding of clicker training, the dogs need to be comfortable in an environment with other dogs and people and able to settle between exercises.

You will need to bring, a crate or bed for your dog to settle, water bowl, a good supply of small tasty treats, a toy.

ABOUT CHRIS:

Chris has been involved with training dogs for over 30 years. She has a Diploma with COAPE and is a member of APDT, UK she has run puppy and dog training classes for eighteen years. Chris has been a member of the APDT, UK committee, and various sub-committees, for the past few years. She currently heads up the Education sub committee. She helped set up, and instructs on, the APDT, UK Pet Dog Training Instructor's course and, in 2010 she went to South Korea with Val Harvey to deliver the course to Samsung employees.

Chris is a trainer and assessor for Dog Aid.

Chris’s foray into film work started about twelve years ago when she was approached via a contact in agility, they wanted a dog to limp, down an alleyway.

Since then her dogs have appeared in many adverts, done multiple photo shoots. This has also led to Chris assisting clients with their acting pets at various shoots and The Royal Opera House.

Duffie and Betsy- her present dogs - have appeared in various TV adverts and photo shoots and Duffie especially loves performing to an audience. His starring role was when he played  ‘Tramp’ in Eastenders.


Environmental Scent Work - Sue Pickering - Taster Session



 

The workshop will cover:

  • A mixture of interactive discussion and practical sessions
  • How scent work can enrich your walks and benefit other aspects of training
  • Real life searches
  • The benefits of harnessing your dog’s natural instincts
  • Searching a large area
  • Seek back
  • Working multiple dogs


All ages and breeds of dog are welcome. This workshop is ideal for anyone who wants to learn more about scent work and have fun with their dog.

Dogs attending do not need to be well trained, however they do need to be comfortable in an environment with other dogs and people and to be able to settle calmly in between exercises.

You will need to bring: A good supply of treats, toys, water bowl, a crate or bed for your dog to rest in.

Led by: Sue Pickering

Sue runs Paws in Partnership in North Yorkshire and has been involved with dog training for over 30 years. She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) Membership number 01191 and a Registered Animal Training Instructor with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC).

Sue is also qualified with the British Horse Society and worked with horses for a number of years. She has lived and worked on a farm caring for a wide variety of livestock as well as training and working with sheepdogs.

Sue has a particular interest in training nose work and especially enjoys helping working breeds who find themselves in pet homes, lead an enriched and fulfilling life. Her passion is real life training and helping others to achieve the deep connection that comes from a true working partnership with their dog.

Sue currently shares her life with three dogs, Border Collies Tali and Merlin and Lola a Sprocker.

 



Mantrailing for Pet Dogs - Lyn Caldicott - Taster Session

 

Join this fun session and the perfect introduction to see if Mantrailing is for you! You will learn about how dogs are able to do this amazing job, the basics of the training process and why it's a great activity for any pet dog. There will be lots of practice runs to get you and your dog off to a great start and give you a good idea of what it’s all about. 

 

Mantrailing is searching for a specific person with a dog who has learned to ‘trail’ an individual scent. The dogs pick up the scent from an item of clothing that is left behind by the person – the dog sniffs this before trailing to seek them out.  Trailing has been widely used in search and rescue, police and military for many years, but only recently is becoming available for pet dogs and owners. 

The dog’s nose is hugely sensitive and can detect the minuscule particles that are left by all of us wherever we go.  The dog uses their incredible natural ability to read this trail and find the person.  Any scentwork is incredibly beneficial for dogs, providing them with a natural outlet for their instinctive behaviours and giving them a great mental workout - Mantrailing offers an opportunity to combine this with great physical workout for you both!

All that’s needed is a good harness, long line, sturdy footwear and probably waterproofs!  There are no limitations for the dogs – we’ve had a blind dog, a three legged dog and puppies from 12 weeks old!  It can be an extremely positive part of a puppy’s socialisation programme.  Although most people do like to work at pace it really isn’t a prerequisite; handlers with limited mobility can still take part as the dogs do learn to work at a walking pace. 

There are many benefits of mantrailing:  great mental and physical exercise, good for confidence building and positive socialisation, developing the handler / dog relationship, learning to read your dog and most of all you will have FUN WITH YOUR DOG!

 Lyn’s passion is to find ways to offer affordable, engaging, positive activities for pet dogs and their owners with the aim of provide appropriate mental and physical stimulation to provide a increased level of enrichment in the lives of pet dogs.  Regular classes currently include scentwork, agility and mantrailing; with Treiball and Parkour sessions over Summer!  She is a full member of the APDT (01295) and a Mantrailing UK Instructor.  


Recall and Connection Games – bridging the gap from training class to real life
Sue Pickering​ - taster session

The workshop will cover:

  • A mixture of interactive discussion and practical sessions
  • Why do dogs have a great recall in a class situation but turn into ‘Fenton’ the moment their owner takes them for a walk?
  • Practical recall and connection games.
  • Handling skills
  • Effective use of rewards
  • Equipment and how to use it safely
  • How and when to introduce rewards
  • Understanding how the environment affects a dog’s ability to learn.
  • Troubleshooting, what to do when your training doesn’t go to plan

All ages and breeds of dog are welcome. This workshop is ideal for owners wishing to work on their dog’s recall skills and for trainers looking for new ideas to share with their clients.

Dogs attending do not need to be well trained, however they do need to be comfortable in an environment with other dogs and people and to be able to settle calmly in between exercises.

You will need to bring: A good supply of treats, toys, water bowl, a crate or bed for your dog to rest in.

Led by: Sue Pickering

Sue runs Paws in Partnership in North Yorkshire and has been involved with dog training for over 30 years. She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) Membership number 01191 and a Registered Animal Training Instructor with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC).

Sue is also qualified with the British Horse Society and worked with horses for a number of years. She has lived and worked on a farm caring for a wide variety of livestock as well as training and working with sheepdogs.

Sue has a particular interest in training nose work and especially enjoys helping working breeds who find themselves in pet homes, lead an enriched and fulfilling life. Her passion is real life training and helping others to achieve the deep connection that comes from a true working partnership with their dog.

Sue currently shares her life with three dogs, Border Collies Tali and Merlin and Lola a Sprocker.
 


Have a look at some moments from the ACTIVITY WEEKEND 2017

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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