20th February 2012 - Fearful Fidos, Runaway Rovers and Howling Hounds

Pets in Practise invites you to a talk about canine behaviour to help understand why dogs display aggression, bark and donít always come back when you want them to. Find out the best tips and techniques for the prevention of behaviour and training problems from a highly qualified behaviour and training expert. Also, your chance to get a peek into the daily life of a behaviour and training expert and find out some of the techniques they use to help dogs with behaviour and training problems. 

"Fearful Fidos, Runaway Rovers and Howling Hounds"

 Held On: Sunday 22nd April
In: Burghfield Village Hall, Burghfield Village, RG7 3EN
From: 10am - 3pm

Please complete this booking form and return to guarantee your place.

7th February 2012 - Neutering is not so neutral

Nick Thompson will be discussing new research which he feels contradicts the prevailing view that neutering is a relatively benign procedure.

"Neutering is not so neutral"

Held On: Saturday 12th May
In: Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 6JS
From: 9:30am - 4:30pm

Please see here for further information and details of how to book.

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18th January 2012 - Relationship Building and Motivation in Dog Training

Do you want to learn how to build a better relationship with your dog to avoid the development of behaviour problems?

Do you want to be able to motivate your dog better using fun training to avoid the development of training problems?

Pets in Practise invite you to a morning of theory followed by an afternoon of practical training and exercises. 

"I 'WANT' to, not I 'HAVE' to......"

Held on: Sunday 18th March
In: Burghfield Village Hall, Burghfield Common, RG7 3EN
From: 10am Ė 4pm

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9th January 2012 - Puppy Training and Socialisation Walks

NEW FOR 2012!

We will meet every Thursday morning at 10am in Car Park 3 at Frimley Lodge Park for a puppy training and socialisation walk.  All fully vaccinated puppies under the age of 20 weeks are welcome. 

This is an excellent opportunity to learn the essential skills needed for enjoyable walks with your puppy, with a highly qualified and accredited trainer on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Please see here for further information.

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18th September 2011 - Chicken Training

Today I attended a chicken training workshop and was able to practice my training skills on a new species - chickens! Armed with a 'clicker' and a sense of humour I  spent the day applying the concepts of learning theory to chicken training with some great results.  See below for some footage from the day:

Associating the 'clicker' with the arrival of a pan of food

Teaching my chicken to peck at a piece of red card

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21st February 2011 - Natures Menu Treats now in stock!!!

Paws Off now stock Natures Menu mini dog treats.  Not only are they healthy but they quickly grab the attention of most dogs during training sessions.

"I haven't met a dog yet who doesn't like them and use them in all my training classes" - Nicole.

They are wheat and gluten free as well as being free from artificial colours and preservatives. The packs are re-sealable making them longer lasting than some other treats.

Contact us today and purchase these 95% real meat treats in Beef, Chicken or Lamb & Chicken flavour.

natures menu

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5th November 2010 - Nicole talks to Reading 107fm about pets and firework fear

Nicole spoke to Louise Lewis at Reading 107fm today regarding how to keep your pets safe during Firework displays this weekend.  The pre-recorded interview will be played on the news throughout this afternoon to provide useful information to pet owners in the Berkshire area.

Listen to the programme live here.

29th October 2010 - Nicole becomes a UK Rally Judge

Rally Obedience is a wonderful sport that originated in the US.  The US Association of Pet Dog Trainers has kindly given the UK Association of Pet Dog Trainers permission to bring this exciting sport over to the UK.  Please visit the APDT Website for more information on the sport.

Nicole teaches Rally Obedience classes in Berkshire for Pets in Practise and recently applied to become a UK Rally Judge.  She successfully passed the test and has been awarded the APDT UK Rally Judges certificate (Licence No. 00120), allowing her to judge APDT UK Rally Trials (Levels 1 & 2) across the country.

Nicole hopes to bring the fun sport of Rally Obedience to the Camberley area in the New Year so watch this space!!!

19th October 2010 - Pedigree films 'Puppy School' Graduates

On the 18th August Pedigree came to Camberley to film for their new 'Training Academy' videos (available on YouTube).  Nicole was asked to provide some puppies for filming and the final videos of Snowy (owner Kirsty Wray) and Phoebe (owners Tom and Rhian Wooldridge) can be seen below.  Snowy and Phoebe both attended 'Puppy School' classes in Camberley and Snowy has just finished a Beginner - Improver course (for puppies over the age of 6 months).

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23rd September 2010 - Paws Off welcomes the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC)

Worryingly, up until this year there has been no regulation within the animal behaviour and training industry.  Absolutely anybody has been free to set up as a 'behaviourist' regardless of experience or qualifications.  As a result, many puppies and dogs have been subjected to poorly run training classes and many owners have been given behaviour advice that, is not only incorrect, but could also have a dramatic impact on the welfare of the animal.

The newly formed Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC) will set and maintain the standard of knowledge and practical skills required to be an animal trainer or animal behaviour therapist and it will maintain the national register of appropriately qualified animal trainers and animal behaviourists.

Nicole is a member of several of the Founder Groups of the Council including; the Companion Animal Behaviour Study Group (CABSTG), Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) and Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT).  She is also working towards accreditation with the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB). With such strong links with a number of the organisations involved with this regulatory body, you can be assured that the services provided by Paws Off are of the highest quality. 

You wouldn't want an unqualified teacher to teach your child so why settle for an unqualified trainer to train your puppy/dog?

16th September 2010 - Good Luck Sam!

Sam Bailey started assisting at the Paws Off classes in July 2009.  We were very proud when he passed his A-Levels this summer with fantastic results and accepted a place at Sheffield University studying Landscape Architecture.  We will be very sad to see him go but wish him the best of luck for his future.  Good Luck Sam!!!


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16th May 2010 - Calthorpe Park School Association Companion Dog Show

The Calthorpe Park School Association hold a Companion Dog Show each year and this year, Paws Off supported the CPSA charity by holding a stall at the event.  The rain held off (only just) and a great day was had by everyone who attended.  Classes included: Puppy 6-12 months, Best condition, Veteran 7+, Junior handler (children aged 7-16 years), Waggiest tail, Cutest eyes, Best rescue dog and Best in show.




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