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  1. “My dog only knows sit”!

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    (This is a copy of the advertorial that many of our customers who receive the Pepperpot may have read in this months issue...)Dog Training in Guildford and Godalming

    You are on a lovely off lead walk with your dog, Fido, when suddenly a deer runs across your path and Fido chases it towards a busy road...  At home Fido almost knocks over your elderly aunt in an overenthusiastic greeting…  You walk into the kitchen and see Fido up on the counter about to steal tonight’s steak…  These are familiar scenarios to many dog owners!

    You could work on a variety of different cues to prevent or deal with these situations.  Or you could simply use Sit, an instruction many dogs know.  Fido cannot chase deer, jump up, or steal steak if he is in a Sit.  That humble Sit suddenly seems a little more useful doesn’t it!  Unfortunately many owners know that their dog wouldn’t even manage a Sit in these cases – why?

    Because dogs don’t generalise well.  They need to be trained in a variety of different environments to really learn to do something every time they’re asked - so if they’ve only ever learned to do Sit at home and in your garden, this is not enough.  Did you learn to drive by only driving up and down your road, or did you need to practice on lots of different roads?  As they say, practice makes perfect.

    Simple training can effectively solve and prevent a wide range of dog related problems in home and out and about.  But what do you do if you don’t know where to start with training your dog or puppy?  A professional dog trainer can help. 

    ForPaws is owned and run by Corrine Lisle, a professional dog trainer and a member of the APDT, IMDT and Pet Professional Guild - these memberships assure you that you will be taught modern, effective and force-free techniques.  ForPaws coach you to effectively use positive reinforcement training methods to motivate your dog to follow your instructions.  We offer a variety of training options to suit busy families including:

    • Adult dog training classes - next starting 13th July.
    • Puppy classes - next starting 27th July.
    • Private home training courses or consultations at times to suit you.
    • Training sessions to spend time training your dog or puppy on your behalf.

    ForPaws also offer Dog Walking and Cat Feeding services.  For more information or to book, visit or call us on 01428 748188.

  2. Dog Training Class Assistants Needed

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    We are currently looking for some volunteer assistants to help us with our dog training classes on Monday evenings in Shalford and Saturday mornings/lunch times in Hascombe, Godalming.  

    We would like to find people who have a passion for dogs and who want to learn all about dog training.  Our assistants will help us in ensuring that our customers get the best out of their training sessions and that they really enjoy the time they spend with us each week.  This includes friendly and positive coaching and encouragement during our training exercises, helping us to set up for each exercise and most critically ensuring that our customers are fed and watered during our coffee breaks!

    Experience isn't necessary - we are very happy to teach you if you are willing to learn.  Please note that ForPaws only teach and promote positive reinforcement/negative punishment training techniques - we actively reject 'positive punishment' and dominance based training methods - so we are looking for people who want to learn about training dogs using modern, kind and scientifically valid dog training techniques.

    If you would like to join us as a volunteer ForPaws Training Class Assistant, please email us to tell us a little more about yourself, any experience you have with dog training and why you would like to help and we will be in touch soon!


  3. Dogs and Children

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    Corrine Lisle is a licensed Dogs & Storks presenter and a dog and baby expert.A couple of months ago I was listening to the fantastic In the Doghouse radio show, presented by Nando Brown and Donna Saunders and they interviewed Jennifer Shryock, founder of the Family Paws Parent Education (FPPE).  Jennifer, owner of 2 dogs and mother of 4 children, was enthusiastically explaining about her two programmes, Dogs & Storks and the Dog & Baby Connection.