I worked for the University of South Australia (UniSA) a few years ago and I’ve come to realise that some of the strategies we developed to promote maths and science to young people in the northern region of Adelaide could also be used to educate people in training their dogs for real life situations.
Some of the strategies to transfer to the dog-training world include:
- developing a curriculum that is relevant to real life
- curriculum that is contextually based
- hands-on learning.
As an urban planner who is also qualified in dog education and training, I cannot over emphasise the importance of training your dog for real life situations.
With suburban backyards shrinking and living densities increasing, there is less private open space for dogs to exercise and more reliance on exercising dogs in public spaces. As dog guardians, we are responsible for managing our dogs in both the home environment and in the broader community, which requires dogs to have good manners if we are to engage in public life with our pets.
Therefore, what dog manners are important for real life living?
In my case, I want Eb, my 10-year-old Bull Terrier X to know how to do the following things:
- come back when called at the local park (this requires a good recall)
- greet politely and not jump on visitors at the door
- walk on a loose leash without pulling ahead
- settle on a mat at the local cafe or in the home
- sit and wait for food
- focus on me in distracting environments, particularly outside the home.
Dog training for real life manners gives dog guardians the opportunity to get out and about more in the community with their dogs, with less hassle.
A course in Real Life Dog Training is starting on Saturday mornings from 14 February 2015 at the Prospect Petanque Club, Nailsworth (the Petanque Club is a little slice of heaven in the suburbs).
This 6-week beginner course covers basic dog behaviours for everyday living and includes:
- small group classes (max of 5 students) for individual attention
- hands-on learning, and lots of practice in class so you know what to do at home
- weekly training tips via email
- ongoing email and phone support throughout the course.
Do you want a better-behaved dog inside and outside of the home?
Book your place today as small classes fill quickly!
Book a place by contacting Fiona De Rosa at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 0431 863 357.
To find out more, visit our Dog Training page on this website.