Avoiding Aversives (Choosing positive reinforcement over punishment)

You may have heard your Club instructors stating that we train through ‘positive reinforcement’ and that we ‘avoid aversives’ that might be punishing for your dog so I thought it might be useful to look in a little more details what these things really mean....

News Bulletin July 2021

Sherborne Vale Dog Training Club: News Bulletin for August 2021. Remember this weather, back in April? When we still couldn’t go inside each other’s houses? Becky and Jane toughed it out, sitting in Becky’s front garden, to plan for the beginners’ agility...

Training Techniques – The Training Chain

So Somerset is in Tier 4 and I've had to postpone the puppy obedience course yet again... so as a little compensation I thought I'd offer you this introduction to basic training techniques. Hopefully it will help some of you get started with your training and be a...

A ‘Bloody’ Tale for Halloween

31st October 2020 Recently I took my 18 month old to his first blood donation session. Deciding to donate my dog's blood was something I had a good think about since it could potentially be a stressful experience for him and, unlike a human donor, he can't give...