My Training and My Courses

 

My training philosophy and background

I've been training animals since childhood. Mice, hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs, parakeets, budgies, insects, frogs, fish, snails, chickens, pigeons, horses, dogs ... everyone has had their dose of training but with slightly varying results :o) I love to train and spend time with animals and I'm fascinated by the whole world of animals.

I started training dogs more seriously in 1994 when I got my first dog, Frances who was a jack russell terrier. 1997 I began agility with Frances and my first border collie Lotus for the talented and proficient dog trainer Irene Stjärnås. She gave me generally a solid ground for my dog training. The same year I also went to an education to become a dog instructor. In addition, I have taken courses in clicker training, herding and pedagogics.

The rest of my knowledge is based on experience from training, competition or own courses. I have held courses around the world since 2000. I have always tried to share with people what I know, but I have also always come home with new experiences and new knowledge after each trip. I train with an open mind and am constantly trying to develop myself as a dog trainer, instructor and agility competitor. My brain is always looking for new ideas: o).

I prefer to work with the cues that dogs responds naturally and then reinforce it by reward. Dogs have, scientifically proven, developed an ability to read our body language through the 1000-year-old domestication and cohabitation with humans. What I am trying to work with and assume in my entire dog training, especially in agility.

The basis of my dog training is motivation, joy, clear rules, trust, patience, good attitude, humility and a great relationship. My dogs are mostly my family but also my training partners. I spend a lot of time with my dogs outside training and competition and for me everyday life with my dogs are at least as important as training and competitions.

My dogs come with me on everything and I want it to be easy to take them with me. They have followed me for long and short trips, sailing holidays, when I've been working on animal clinics, retirement homes and in school, when I go to a party, is in large cities or in the countryside, among other animals. For me it is important that they can relax, concentrate and work in different environments.

My courses

 

I have a belief that all dogs can learn everything and despite people's different requirements, there are no limits. With enough commitment, dedication, imagination, courage and curiosity all can reach their individual peak!
 
I always try to give all my students full attention and I don't have an immediate solution to a problem, I try to find one. I help each team on their individual level and ensure that they receive the necessary tools for further work and to achieve their specific goals.
 
I push my students as much as I can and I'm not satisfied with mediocre training results. I give everything and appreciate that my students do the same. But dog training should always be fun, so at the same time I try to embed a great deal of humour in my requirements :o)

Handling & course walk

 

My handling system is very simple; it's based on the body working as two separate parts. The upper body is the present time and the lower body is the future. All I want the dog to do right now I show with the upper part of the body while I try to turn and move in the most effective way forward in the course, so that I can be located in good places and prepare for upcoming turns. I complement my body language with verbal commands.
 
To make it easier for the handler, I also have a few guidelines on how to best plan and time his handling moves, so the dog always knows where to go. I work a lot with preparing my dog for what comes next so that he can plan his way as efficiently as possible, to land in the right direction in tight turns, search for the right obstacles in discriminations, optimize its speed in the drive lines and so on.
 
I also have an idea on how to make it easier for yourself when you do the course walk. It's important to use your time as efficiently as possible, have a system for how to choose the best handlings moves in different situations and to find a smart way to remember how to move in the course.
 
Some keywords are to trust the dog, dare to make mistakes and have fun! Then you will improve! :o)