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What are position boxes? Position boxes for dogs are also known as dog training boxes, shaping boxes or obedience boxes. Made from Marine plywood and topped with rubber, means they are weather resistant for long life. Finger joints provide strength and sturdiness to the position box meaning it is suited to supporting even the largest of dog breeds. Hand holds come as standard for ease of movement around your training ground   Why do dog trainers use a box? The dimensions of the box encourage a straight posture and limit movement. They are commonly used in obedience circles to sharpen...

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Platforms are raised surfaces that your dog can be trained to target with its paws. Target training is used throughout many disciplines where complex interactions between animals and humans are required. Breaking behaviours down into steps allows dogs to rehearse doing the right behaviour, meaning it becomes reinforced. As your training progresses by adding new challenges or phasing out using the board, the dog recalls the successful repetitions from your foundational training meaning that they're more likely to succeed when asked to perform that particular behaviour in future.   The dog training platform can be anything elevated that the dog...

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What In pet dog training, the stop behaviour is sometimes called an ‘emergency stop’; when a handler says “stop” that’s a cue for the dog to ‘stop and sit’ wherever they are. In gundog training, traditionally a single “PIP” on the whistle paired with a raised hand is the cue instead.   Why A stop whistle can be used as an 'emergency stop'. For example, if a dog were running towards their handler but with danger like a road between, as well as stop and redirect during hunting or a send out in gundog work. As a Dog Trainer, often...

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What is gundog casting? Casting means handling your dog at a distance to   Gundog skills: directional control In Gundog Training we teach the dog that: When we say “Back” as we raise a hand at shoulder height and move that hand forward away from our body, that’s a cue for the dog to ‘turn 180 ° and run directly away from the handler until they find their target’ When we point beside us with an arm raised at shoulder height, that’s a cue for the dog that ‘‘turn 90° and run directly away from the handler until they find...

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Using a place board as a target training mat in your practice cuts out confusion by allowing us to break down behaviours such as ‘sit’ and ‘stay’ in dog obedience as well as more complex exercises found in gundog and agility work, into smaller steps making it easier to communicate what we want to our dogs.

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