It is important that we enjoy and learn from our dogs as we both need to work in a partnership. Your dog is a huge part of your life, so having a well trained dog with whom you have developed a strong bond is of the utmost importance, as you will be spending many rewarding hours together.
At Higgscroft one of our main goals is to encourage new people to train and work their dogs, whether in competition of working tests and field trials or picking up. We also strongly encourage young handlers to become involved in training and working dogs. These people are the future of our sport.
We design a program tailored for each individual handler and their dog. We will spend time teaching the handler to use methods of positive reinforcement on a reward basis to train your dog; this may mean using a clicker and treat/toy reward.
This type of training is rewarding and fun for the dog and for the handler. We find that using our methods dogs gain a better attitude and respond well to their training and work. The dogs become more willing and responsive towards their handler, achieving the behaviour they want from their dog.