Here at PlayPaws we are proud to work with Marie Howard-Deeth of Woofington Grammer as our training partner. Marie Howard-Deeth has been working with and training dogs for 8 years. She has a degree in canine training and behaviour and is working towards her Kennel Club Accredited Instructors award. She specialises in both obedience and agility and also offers one-to-one personal training and behavioural consultations. Woofington Grammar School for Dogs was launched in 2015. It provides a professional, reliable and trustworthy service. Marie works with integrity and commitment to help you train your dog. She only uses positive, reward-based training methods – that’s food, toys and praise when training as she believes punishing a dog does not get the best results.
The principle aim of dog training is to teach focus, control and to build confidence, it should be fun for both owners and dogs alike. Dog training should be high on any dog owners list of priorities as it fulfils the health and well-being of their dog and prepares them for the busy world we live in. It promotes levels of domestic obedience skills, reduces potential unwanted behaviours and increases the confidence levels of both dog and owner. Joining a class ensures owners learn about ethical and moral responsibilities of dog ownership and promotes the benefits that dogs can bring to peoples’ lives. A variety of training methods are used here at PlayPaws including clicker training and are all positive, humane methods to teach the dog how to respond appropriately and build a stronger bond between dog and handler. Obedience courses are a good introduction to training for other activities and no dog is too old to learn.
This course is predominantly aimed at puppies, although it can be used as a foundation course for all pet dogs who have not received any training and can be particularly beneficial for dogs entering new homes. It aims to socialise puppies with other dogs and people and raises awareness of responsible dog ownership. Alongside basic exercises, there will be play exercises to build the bond between client and their dog. This 6 week course will cover the basics of responsible dog ownership, focus, play, noise distraction, basic commands, handling, food manners and will be carried out on lead.
Obedience – Beginners
This course covers basic commands like sit, down, recall and stay and walking in a controlled manner on a lead. It also covers responsible dog ownership, handling and good manners. Distractions will be gradually introduced to help improve self-focus and prepare the client for a multitude of daily situations when out walking their dog. All exercises will be carried out on-lead. This is a 6 week course
Obedience – Intermediate
This course is a progression from the beginners’ course and builds on the skills already taught to the dog. Exercises will include controlled greeting, vehicle and road control exercises, play exercises and added distractions on previous taught commands. All exercises will be taught with a combination of on and off-lead.
Agility is often seen as the most fun of all dog sports. It tests the dogs fitness and the handlers’ ability to train and direct their dogs over and through obstacles. These can include jumps, weaving poles, tunnels and contacts. Dogs that compete in agility competitions are categorised as small, medium and large and there are 7 grades of competition with beginners starting at grade 1. The beginners agility course is designed as an introduction to agility concepts for dogs and owners. As there is no high impact work it is suitable for younger dogs (8-12 months of age). The dogs will require a reasonable standard of obedience before attending the course. There is a lot of self-control required in agility and dogs can get very excited because its good fun. They should be comfortable in a class environment and be able to sit, stay and recall off-lead. This course will be over a 6 week period and cover the safe introduction to agility equipment and learning to build focus and confidence. The owners will learn the basic concepts of handling but only one handler per dog is allowed for agility to ensure consistency of handling. All dogs will be assessed for suitability to do agility before attending the course.
Bespoke training will include
Scentwork – using your dog’s nose
Walkies – how to enjoy walks with your dog
Loose lead walking
Jump – how to stop your dog from jumping up
Massage – how to handle, care for and massage your dog
…and many more
A behavioural consult can be required if your dog has some unwanted behaviours that are causing problems in a household. These can range from jumping up, not coming back to the owner, house soiling or destructiveness. More serious behaviours would be reactivity or aggression to other dogs, people or things in the environment.
Marie undertakes a full assessment with the owners in their own homes and then produces a behavioural modification plan which includes detailed information on how to change the behaviour. Success is greatly enhanced with full owner/family participation and regularly practising of the behaviour modification. That’s why the behaviour modification plan will come with a set of at least 3 training sessions with Marie and the family members to ensure that your dog has the best chance possible of success.