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Spring is coming

February 2012 Blog – Ingrid Grayling

My garden is now looking a little brighter even though winter is still here, the snow drops, daffodils and tulips are appearing and it does make you feel that spring, and the warmer weather, is just around the corner (although up here on the fells we have to wait a little longer for both of these things to happen!).

As I train all my young dogs outside these conditions make it a little harder for us, even though I do have a sheltered spot to train it still takes dedication to soldier on through wind and rain.

I firmly believe, and have proved over the many years of training, that working outside with your young dog or puppy is in the long term the best possible thing that you can do.

Having distractions at an early age and being in a natural environment teaches these young puppies that whatever is going on around them they still have to listen , learn and work with their pack leader and trainer. Whether dogs live outside or in a house, it's natural for them to be out and about in the world whether they are going for a walk, playing or just pottering in the garden. Training outside right from the beginning becomes normal for them thus making them more confident and steady with the world becoming a relaxed place to be in.

Ideally the age to start training is 4½ months as the puppies have been socialized within the home, toilet trained, have settled with the family and into the environment that they live in. By the time it reaches this stage puppies usually start to assert themselves. They start to become a bit of a handfull at this age, and this is when you know that they need something more to keep their interest by using their brain, hence training time beckons.

Getting your young dog to be linked in with you, and to respect you is all part of the time that you spend training together. Training on a one to one with just you and your dog outside for 4½ hours a day, 7 days a week, over a period of 6 weeks will ensure that this happens.

At the end of this time you will have a calm well mannered dog that heels on the lead, heels off the lead, sits and stays, responds to the away command and has freedom when you tell it, and comes back on the recall whistle every time with or with out distractions. These distractions include livestock, people, cars, and any other moving vehicles.

All of this is achieved through hard work and respect built up between you and you dog. It is not achieved through bribery with treats and tit bits.

Training outside on your own is easy, without the constraints of being confined to the inside of a building with other people, dogs, and noises which are highly distracting you. Outside you will be able to achieve a well trained dog ( not a robot) in a short space of time, a four legged friend who is obedient, listens to you, loves you, and is very happy to be free under control having fun and a fulfilling life together.

Training the owner to train their dog is the way I successfully train.

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