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Gundog Training: Trick AND Treat for a Happy Howl-o-ween!

Updated: Jan 5

Happy Howl-o-ween! For this spooky season, how about trying your hand at training a trick – it could be picking up a trick or treat basket, wearing a costume or climbing into/ onto/out of something!

Why would we do this?

It’s not just silly costumes, and Instagram moments for our own sake; when we work with our dog in a positive way to get them used to something strange (a bat costume, a spider hat) then it all helps develop our dog’s comfort with unusual items and wearing something that they don’t normally wear. Where else could this be useful?

Well, think about trips to the groomer, or the vet, or your own maintenance at home. If they are already used to holding something plastic, then a toothbrush in the mouth is more familiar; if they have surgery and have to wear a surgical suit, or cone- hey, that silly costume training helped make it more familiar. Teaching them positively to let you know what they are (and are not) comfortable with allows for a much more cooperative relationship when it comes to these typically stressful situations.

If you want to learn more about the power of positive cooperation, and incorporate some fun tricks for Halloween festivities, why not book our Trick AND Treat Halloween training on Saturday 28th October?

Just make sure your dog doesn’t get their paws on any of that Halloween chocolate – very toxic for our furry friends!

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