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Cottage Farm Dog Training We practice a force-free, positive reinforcement, and relationship-centered approach to canine train

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Starting Saturday 24th September - New Group Class Schedule10am - Novice11.30am - Intermediate/AdvancedThis coming Satur...
22/09/2022

Starting Saturday 24th September - New Group Class Schedule

10am - Novice
11.30am - Intermediate/Advanced

This coming Saturday we will begin our new schedule for our pay-as-you-go classes and we hope to help dogs and their owners skill up and increase reliability in some key areas over the coming weeks.

NOVICE GROUP
😀Developing focus on a loose lead
😀Growing each dog's confidence & resilience to support essential canine life skills
😀Chanelling each dog's individual drive and motivation to enhance all training activities while improving impulse control.

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED
😀Fine tuning loose lead and heel work and with an emphasis on the style that suits your individual dog.
😀Increasing the 4Ds of dog training - for example, your ability to work with your dog at a distance and under various levels of distraction.
😀Developing and progressing your off-lead heel work.
😀Working the dogs in a greater variety of settings.

Newcomers will be welcome to join after an initial 121 - this is so that we can keep classes progressive.

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22/09/2022

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16/09/2022

Hiya, the group class is on tomorrow(Saturday 17th) at 10am. Everyone is welcome to attend this session.

The following Saturday I will be offering two classes with Novice at 10am and intermediate/advanced at 11.30. The classes will continue on a pay-as-you-go basis as usual.

14/09/2022

NEW PAY-AS-YOU-GO CLASSES

We have a new schedule and some new classes starting from Saturday the 24th of September and will be as follows:

Saturdays:
10am - Novice
11.30am - Intermediate/Advanced

Tuesday Mornings:
10.30am - Novice - New starters welcome without the need for induction 121.

Until the 24th, the existing classes and times will carry on as usual.

Some of you will be welcome to go up a class - if you are unsure which class is right for you then get in touch. The criteria for the intermediate/advanced class are as follows:

✅Dogs to be good on the lead and able to walk on a loose lead within a class setting.
✅Owners and dogs are confident with a variety of basic formal recall exercises.
✅Owners can do some work in class off-lead OR are ready to progress towards off-lead work.
✅Owners are familiar with a variety of obedience training exercises.

Classes are £10 per session and pay-as-you-go. Please get in touch to let me know which class you would like to attend - once you have been allocated a class you can turn up as and when you want without the need to book.

We will work in most weather. I do have some indoor space that will soon be available for escaping showers, however, this is not a huge space. So, if the weather is dreadful I may cancel in which case I will always provide an update here on the page.

07535 040602

ABOUT OUR GROUP CLASSESI get lots of inboxes with many people asking what we do in class at Cottage Farm.  The short ans...
12/09/2022

ABOUT OUR GROUP CLASSES

I get lots of inboxes with many people asking what we do in class at Cottage Farm. The short answer is that we do a mix of obedience, canine life skills and enrichment activities BUT even though these are group classes, I do try to bring in content to suit all of the individual dogs and owners.

For me, dog training is more about responding to the dog's present need and finding opportunities to enable the dog to succeed in a manner that is beneficial and productive.

The process begins with us the owners becoming super responsive to the dogs because then they become responsive to us! That is when the training becomes good fun, super progressive and the potential much more exciting.

Dogs and their owners of all ages, abilities and of all types and breed are welcome to attend our classes. I learned many years ago that just turning up to a group class is not easy for every dog and owner.

It is often the case that the two distinct areas of dog training and behaviour are very much separate, however, in order to reflect the needs of our dogs, Cottage Farm is a place where training and behaviour merge.

Some owners turn up needing help with their dog's behaviour and some do not have problems but aspire to high standards of training. Both categories can and do achieve high standards of training and both ultimately progress through the same classes and activities.

So, we do some obedience training and our activities and drills are adapted to suit the dog's needs and the owner's interests. For example, many dogs and owners benefit from a good and reliable sit BUT a sit is no use if you want to show your dog or your dog's conformation doesn't suit a sit! In which case we adapt the exercise to suit the individual.

We work towards developing beautiful heelwork - but conflict-free and happy close-quarter work will do!

Some dogs have focused heel work genius wired into their DNA and this might be their favourite activity while another dog might prefer to do this in a different style. Ultimately, whether you plan to take up competition obedience or you just want a peaceful walking companion, the drills and exercises pave the way AND this helps with recall. Seriously, a dog who is excited to work with you at close quarter is easier to call back under distraction.

Recall is important to everyone! We do a variety of both formal recall exercises and games to fine-tune this important skill while channelling your dog's drive and motivation to ping back reliably.

Skills are progressed at your dog's pace and comfort while we focus on developing each dog's confidence, focus, impulse control and ability to cope with distraction.

Everyone wants a calm, happy and resilient dog. When you think about it, many dogs these days live in quite a different world than what our parent's and grandparents' dogs lived in. Today, many of our dogs live in busy, urban areas that are frankly a sensory assault for a dog. Even our rural walks are not so quiet and peaceful these days and a great deal is actually asked of our pet dogs right across the board.

So, when we play games or do obstacle courses with the dogs or work in the fields, it is not just for the fun of it. Fun is important and different styles of work, enrichment and training are important. But, really, the aim is to help our dogs to live happily and peacefully in the world in which they must exist.

Our dog's well-being is at the centre of all that we do, however, at Cottage Farm Dog Training, the humans are important too! I always hope to ensure that my classes are friendly and that everyone feels welcome and at ease here.

NEW PAY-AS-YOU-GO CLASSESWe have a new schedule and some new classes starting from Saturday the 24th of September and wi...
12/09/2022

NEW PAY-AS-YOU-GO CLASSES

We have a new schedule and some new classes starting from Saturday the 24th of September and will be as follows:

Saturdays:
10am - Novice
11.30am - Intermediate/Advanced

Tuesday Mornings:
10.30am - Novice - New starters welcome without the need for induction 121.

Until the 24th, the existing classes and times will carry on as usual.

Some of you will be welcome to go up a class - if you are unsure which class is right for you then get in touch. The criteria for the intermediate/advanced class are as follows:

✅Dogs to be good on the lead and able to walk on a loose lead within a class setting.
✅Owners and dogs are confident with a variety of basic formal recall exercises.
✅Owners can do some work in class off-lead OR are ready to progress towards off-lead work.
✅Owners are familiar with a variety of obedience training exercises.

Classes are £10 per session and pay-as-you-go. Please get in touch to let me know which class you would like to attend - once you have been allocated a class you can turn up as and when you want without the need to book.

We will work in most weather. I do have some indoor space that will soon be available for escaping showers, however, this is not a huge space. So, if the weather is dreadful I may cancel in which case I will always provide an update here on the page.

07535 040602

10/09/2022

A huge well done to Paddy & Debbie for coming 2nd in his junior class and qualifying for Crufts! We are so proud of you both ###x

08/09/2022

THURSDAY CLASSES CANCELLED - 8th Sept

Hiya, I have decided to cancel classes as it looks like the rain and storms are forecast to continue over the day. Sorry about that.

If the weather looks ok then I will do classes next Thursday. After that, I will move them to Saturday mornings.

This coming Saturday we have a class at 10am - if you missed today then you are welcome to come along on Saturday if you would like to.

It has been a lovely week at Cottage Farm Dog Training!  I am really impressed by the amount of hard work and effort tha...
04/09/2022

It has been a lovely week at Cottage Farm Dog Training!
I am really impressed by the amount of hard work and effort that owners have been investing into their dogs - the progress and results are a pleasure to see.

The lovely photo of this gorgeous dog was sent in by a customer who was in class last Thursday. While we were all working our dogs the weather turned wonderfully stormy! Sudden dark clouds and spectacular thunder and lightning and we were able to enjoy without rain at that point.

I love a storm and the dogs were all completely calm and not bothered in the slightest so it was fun - the dog training was on-point too!

Anyway, I think this is a fab photo of a very handsome and very clever dog ###x

YOUR REACTIVE DOG CANNOT HELP ITSELFMany of you will have heard me explain that reactive dogs are not naughty, they are ...
04/09/2022

YOUR REACTIVE DOG CANNOT HELP ITSELF

Many of you will have heard me explain that reactive dogs are not naughty, they are not making a choice and they absolutely cannot help their behaviour - this is why they need owners who can help them!

Reactive behaviour is much more than a habit or choice that a dog makes, in fact there really is no choice-making involved and instead these behaviours stem from deep physiological processes.

Whenever a dog is exposed to a trigger, a part of the brain, the amygdala, is activated. The amygdala is a section of the limbic system, located in the forebrain, that receives information from all the sensory systems in the body. This sensory information is translated into emotional responses and other parts of the brain are activated by it autonomously.

So when a dog perceives danger, this sensory information is dealt with directly by the amygdala without going to the cerebral cortex first. The relationship between the “thinking brain” and the limbic system is very important to understand. Once the latter is activated, the cerebrum is by-passed. The dog will no longer “think” on how to handle the situation but will react in an impulsive, automated way.

If the amygdala is activated it will trigger the release of stress hormones and activate the sympathetic nervous system. The body tries to re-find its balance by switching between the sympathetic (fight or flight) and parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous systems and strives continuously towards an equilibrium.

Stress is a collective term used for being in a state of high alert. It’s the body’s response to danger or a stress-provoking event.

If a dog is exposed to a stressful situation, the level of hormones will become unbalanced. Once the situation has passed, the body will strive to return to a balanced state. The level of adrenaline may be cleared out of the system swiftly, often within 15 minutes. The effects of an increased cortisol level on the other hand can take from 48 hours up to 6 days.

If the dog would be exposed to another stressful situation during this recovery period, the cortisol level will not be able to return to the normal level and the dog will eventually become chronically stressed. As a result of this constant increased cortisol level, the body will undergo certain changes, common side effects of ongoing stress are a reduction of “feel good” brain chemicals, resulting in a tendency to be more irritable, become more reactive and have less self-control.

Showing reactive behavior is often a self-sustaining cycle. As described above: if a dog feels threatened by a certain trigger his brain, nervous and endocrine system kicks-in to anticipate on this perceived threat. The “thinking brain is bypassed and the sensory information is sent directly to the amygdala, which in its turn activates the brain stern for one of the 4F responses. All this happens in the blink of an eye.

The dog is ready to react to the threat.

In the end, the dog will form a “neural pathway” telling him how to react when being exposed to a certain trigger. Every time the dog is confronted with the same situation, the same neural pathway will be activated, strengthening the neural connection. This is called “long-term potentiation”.

If on the other hand, this neural pathway is used less the neural connections will become weaker, being “long-term depression”. An organism will always choose the path of least resistance, it is thus our task as owners of a reactive dog to “weaken” the reactive brain path and strengthen the new “normal behaviour” one.

So, I hope that I have been able to provide a little basic insight as to how and why a dog might develop reactive behaviours and why a reactive dog simply cannot help itself.

The rehabilitation of a reactive dog is a complex and multi-approach process that I would describe as recovery. Many of the popular approaches to dealing with reactivity tend to focus on addressing the symptoms as a method of solving the cause. I get a lot of worried dog owners who believe that they have tried everything to stop their dog from reacting and barking at other dogs for example.

These owners will usually explain that they have tried distracting the dog away from the trigger, perhaps with high-value treats. often they have combined a bit of distraction with exposure to the trigger, in the hopes of getting the dog used to it.

My opinion is that in some cases, elements of the above might be helpful, or in some cases, in fact, these methods can be harmful and exacerbate the problem. Either way, these approaches are simplistic and fail to get to the heart of the matter - this is why so many people try hard and fail to get real results for their dog.

I would encourage owners of reactive dogs to be very hopeful that they can achieve amazing transformations, however, the process of recovery for a reactive dog will be complex and will require:

✅Canine skills - the dog will need to learn the skills that a non-reactive dog has.
✅Owner skills - the ability to help a reactive dog is not easy and takes understanding and practice - but you can do it!
✅Time and patience - the changes you require will take a lot of time, patience and work - aside from practical skills, your dog needs time to adjust on the deepest physiological level.
✅Confidence - this will be super important for both the dog and the human.
✅Management - every aspect of the dog's lifestyle must be managed super well, this includes everything from diet, to sleep and rest and everything else!
✅An individual approach that take into account the individual dog as well as the owner and so many other factors.
✅Appropriate progression that is based entirely on the dog's ability to cope and succeed - this of course requires the ability to understand the dog as well as the ability to respond to the need at every step.
✅Committment to look further and deeper than the obvious symptoms. I do not blame anyone for feeling distressed by frequent and excessive barking and I do not blame anyone for wanting to stop the barking! However, it is crucial that we focus beyond the barking and work toward treating the causes so that we achieve real and permanent results.

I write all of this because I meet so many owners who are baffled, confused and distressed by their dog's reactive behaviours. I find that many owners do think that their dogs are making a choice when they kick off and ultimately spoil everyone's day.

Dogs cannot help these behaviours BUT owners can learn to help their dogs.

It is not always easy to solve a problem such as reactivity and it is nearly always easier to avoid these behaviours...but that is another subject.

My final comment is that even if helping your dog to recover from being severely reactive is hard work, surely that is still easier than living with the problem for the dog's lifetime?

07535 040602
https://www.cottagefarmdogtraining.co.uk/
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Well Worth The Effort

A well trained and well adjusted dog is a happy dog and a pleasure to live with. I often hear people say, “only a pet dog.” However, in reality, pet dogs need a lot of skills under their belt such as excellent social skills, they need to walk nicely on leash, they need good manners and they need to be calm in a variety of situations. Owners require their dogs as a minimum to be well behaved both at home and out and about and many owners actually aspire to a dog with many advanced skills such as reliable recall in high distraction environments.

Therefore a happy, well behaved pet dog is a highly trained dog and many, many hours of time, effort, patience and training is required to achieve this level of training. Investing your time and effort into your dog’s training is actually easier in the long run as owning an unruly, untrained dog for 15-20 years is truly the definition of hard work and not much fun!

Training and working with your dog is an enjoyable pastime and with a little success it can become quite addictive. Whether your dog has bad habits, whether he or she is young or old, it is never too late and always worth the effort!

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CALM HAPPY CANINE WORKSHOP COURSE - STARTING 4TH SEPTEMBER

✅Socialisation
✅Calm handler & calm dog skills
✅Heelwork
✅Loose leash work
✅Basic obedience
✅Fun & games
✅Resilience & confidence development

We are very aware that so many dogs and their owners have found it difficult to socialise their dogs throughout the pandemic or access all of the essential training opportunities for puppies and young dogs. We have decided to offer a short course of workshop-style training sessions to help owners and dogs get their training on track!

The course will consist of 4 sessions over two weekends to provide continuity.

Sat 4th September - 11am-1pm
Sun 5th September - 11am-1pm
Sat 11th September - 11am-1pm
Sun 12th September - 11am-1pm

The course is designed to suit the needs of adolescent to adult dogs who lack socialisation skills, manners, confidence and basic training skills.

IF YOUR DOG IS REACTIVE TOWARDS OTHER DOGS OR PEOPLE OR YOU STRUGGLE TO MAINTAIN ANY REASONABLE CONTROL OF YOUR DOG THEN YOU MUST ATTEND A 1-2-1 IN THE FIRST PLACE.

The cost of the course of the 4 workshops will be £100 per dog/handler. A 50% deposit must be paid to book your place.

We provide:
✅All dog treats
✅Water for dogs
✅Parking
✅Toilet

Our training is based on positive reinforcement and works through removing conflict while improving the human/dog dynamic. This way it is possible to solve problems and train your dog through fun.
For more information about Cottage Farm Dog Training:
https://cottagefarmdogtraining.co.uk
Also please like my FB page: https://www.facebook.com/cazdogtraining/

Telephone: 07535 040602
Thank you for a brilliant class today - so proud of this one, even if she does still have a lot to learn 😂🥰😍 and thank you to the other class members for being so patient with her 💖💖
Cottage Farm Dog Training has a social group that you are all welcome to join. I know that lots of you who come to my classes want to connect with other owners to organize walks and share secure exercise fields - so feel free to use the group.

You don't need to be a Cottage Farm Dog Training customer - any local dog owners welcome.

Canine business adverts and recommendations very welcome also.

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DOG TRAINING COMPETITION
Add your dog training photos and videos in the comments below in order to enter our DOG TRAINING COMPETITION!

Whether you have taught your older dog to walk on a loose leash or you have nailed a beautiful sit or amazing recall then here is your chance to show off the fruit of your yard work!

PRIZE - ONE OF OUR DOGGY SUPRISE PARCELS FULL OF NATURAL TREATS, CHEWS, TOYS & PAMPER ITEMS

IN ORDER TO ENTER:

1: VISIT & LIKE OUR PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/cazdogtraining

2: FIND THIS POST ON THE PAGE & POP YOUR PHOTO OR VIDEO IN THE COMMENTS

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The winner will be announced and prizes will be posted to UK addresses.
WEDS - ALL ROSETTES NOW POSTED. This will be my last post for this show, but thanks again for your wonderful support and generosity. We will be back soon with another crazy themed event, but having a little break for now. Enjoy your dogs and post pictures of them in their rosettes. Until the next time....

AND HERE ARE THE RESULTS! Congratulations to everyone who entered for your beautiful photos of lovely dogs.

Class one - The Lion King AKA Best dog
1) Zeus - Lenka Mercer (you also get to choose a handmade collar from Stella Delcheva)
2) Trueno - Ellie Phillips
3) Bolt - Lesley Broomfield
4) Hunter - June Kelly
5) Hugo - Megan Sears
6) Blue - Denise T Dee

Class two - Queen of the Jungle AKA Best female dog
1) Amber - Ann Colyer (you also get to choose a handmade collar from Stella Delcheva)
2) Harley - Sophie Norris
3) Mabel - Gina Timberlake
4) Mia - Gemma Wemma
5) Lucky - Toni Maree Langridge
6) Millie - Alice N Matthew

Class three - Sleeping Lion/s - best picture of sleeping dog/s
1) Ozzy - Abby Hampstead
2) Albert - Elizabeth Humphreys
3) Alfie - Sue Le-Heup
4) Blue - Denise T Dee
5) Gary - Ann Jordan
6) Arwen - Christine King

Class four - Born Free - best action shot of a dog/s
1) Harley - Janette McCleave (hope I have that right)
2) Mika - Stacey Leigh
3) Indie and Alfie - Lex Reed
4) Nellie - Gigi Bazalgetta Bland
5) Ballou - Francesca Green
6) Lexa Mai - Candace Stapleton

Class five - Pride of Lions - best dog pair/dog family photo
1) Ballou and Bobby - Francesca Green
2) Kelly Mendham's group
3) Perry etc - Tina Lobel
4) Mia etc - Gemma Wemma
5) Ivie etc - Rachel Norlander
6) Chester etc - Gemma Blackwood

Class six - The Elephants' Graveyard - best picture of a Rainbow Bridge (passed away) dog
1) Dave - Gordon Rowland
2) Digby - Sarah Abajo
3) Ronnie - Laura Creasey
4) Glen - Judy Armstrong
5) Milly and Hunny - Chelsea Wood
6) Boo - Ann Jordan

Class seven - The Old Hippopotamus - best picture of a dog wallowing/covered in mud, mud, glorious mud!
1) Missy - Julie Young (you also win a leopard print dog bowl and cheesy dog biscuits)
2) Zeus - Neil Weston
3) Rufus - Tina Lobel
4) Kingsley - Helen McGuirl
5) Sophie - Kerry Feek
6) Lily Rose - Jessica Anne

BEST IN SHOW WINNING A ROSETTE, DOG TREAT HAMPER DONATED BY Cottage Farm Dog Training and a £25 Amazon Voucher.......
Ballou and Bobby - Francesca Green
We have a yummy selection of natural and healthy treats and chews for dogs.

✅No artificial colouring, flavouring or preservatives.
✅Many benefits for health & well-being
✅Perfect treats for training & enrichment

Available in small quantities or your dog can try out a variety with one of our Natural Treat Selection Boxes! Any questions, please do get in touch.

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