WHAT IS GAMES-BASED DOG TRAINING?
Games-based training uses easy, fun and effective exercises to train your dog and develop a great relationship between you. Not only will you both get great enjoyment out of simply playing, but the games will teach your dog important life-skill concepts such as focus (on you), confidence, calmness and self-control, which will allow him or her to deal with daily life and be a happy and confident member of the family. It is recognised that children learn best through play, and this applies equally well to dogs.
WHAT SORT OF PROBLEMS CAN THIS TRAINING HELP WITH?
Reactivity to other dogs
Pulling on the lead
Barking at the tv
Being scared of the vacuum cleaner
Not wanting to give up an object
Growing a relationship with a new/rescue dog
Whatever your training problem is, the first step is to identify the reasons why your dog behaves this way, and then to work on the games which address those reasons. All the games develop several concepts which will work to shape your dog's personality, and use either a toy or part of your dog's daily food as a reward.
Even if you don't have any particular challenges, or just need inspiration for new ways to have fun with your dog, these games are a great way to boost your relationship. Short sessions of just two or three minutes are all you will need to fit the games into your day.
WHERE DO THE GAMES COME FROM?
This system of training was developed by Absolute Dogs which is based in Devon and run by Tom Mitchell, a veterinary behaviourist, and Lauren Langman, one of the UK's top agility handlers. Their training programme is used worldwide for all types of dogs, and the results are highly effective.