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Sunday October 28th K9 Nose Work® Clinic @ St Ives Showground.

Posted on 06/09/2018

Like every other training journey we embark on with our dogs, successfully hunting out hides in a K9 Nose Work® search requires a lot of smaller behavioural units to be trained to a high standard separately and then built back into the overall search. If one of these areas is weak, eventually the whole thing will come crashing down, especially as we move into more complex scent puzzles for our dogs. As always with our training, the devil is in the detail. This K9 Nose Work® clinic is designed for teams that are working at or towards competition level NW1 or NW2. Each team will nominate the area/s they want to improve in and will have the opportunity to watch and learn from the…

A picture is worth a thousand words…

Posted on 10/12/2012

A picture is worth a thousand words… Below you can find examples of my work. I adore working animals for film and theatre when the right animal is selceted for the job, which is probably the most important part of this work. Like many humans, some animals are not performers and are instead stars in their own home. Magic can be made however when the right animal is selected and the time, empathy and effort is made by the trainers to build the animal’s confidence and trust. While many people may think ‘making’ an animal work is cruel, 20 years of working alongside everything from mice to vultures has prooved to me that forcing an animal never gets the best out of them (funny…