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We hope you have enjoyed the challenges and learning experiences that you and your dog have worked through during the length of this course.

Remember that although you are now at the end of this course, you are still only at the beginning of your journey into the world of Tricks.

All the tricks, behaviours and teaching methods you have learnt in this course provide you with as a strong foundation to achieve many more varied and complicated tricks. Use your imagination to come up with new and exciting tricks and use these foundations as tools to get you to your desired result.

What next? We are planning on building an advanced trick class which will show you how to teach complex tricks to your dog, so watch this space and keep an eye on the CANINE Pawsibilities Facebook page for news on this.

In the meantime, keep joining us on our Facebook trick page. We will continue to provide some challenges for those of you who have completed The Tricks for Treats – Beginners school. We would also love to see videos of how you get on and progress.

If you could please provide us with a photograph of your dog performing one of its many tricks as we would like to send you a personalised certificate of accomplishment that includes a photograph of your dog.

We would like to say a big thank you trusting us to guide you through the fundamentals of teaching your dog tricks.

If you are interest in learning new skills with your dog, why not test its scent ability with the Nose Works School? Encouraging your dog to use his nose is an amazing journey which will make you realise how our dogs are “witnessing”/Living/feeling the world in a completely different way than we do.


The Nose Works – Tracking

Teach your dog to follow its Nose with this comprehensive 8 week online training programme and Facebook support group.

Chaining Tricks

Until now you have mainly taught your dog isolated tricks. As your dog is developing a strong motivation to interact with you and it is understanding and performing individual tricks skillfully, you are entering the next stage of your training journey. It is time to challenge your dog a little bit more by developing more complexity by building sequences of tricks. You can achieve this by “Chaining” together some of individual behaviours that your dog has learnt.

When introducing “Chaining”, start with only two tricks and focus on using the tricks that your dog really likes. Remember that you should never be asking more than twice for your dog to give you a behaviour otherwise you are teaching it to ignore the command.

You can also start to change the pattern of your rewards; sometimes reward after each verbal cue, sometimes reward after 3 or 4 behaviours (if you are at the stage where your dog can chain 4 behaviours). Your dog should not be able to predict when it will get a reward. If the reward is predictable, your dog will learn to stop at the stage in the sequence where it is usually rewarded

Be careful of not making the sequences too long or your dog will lose interest and remember, especially when you are teaching a new chain, to reward often.

Don’t forget to change the environment that you do your training in. You need to generalise the games so that it is possible to play them in any environment and scenarios. In doing so, your dog will learn to interact with you no matter what else is going on around it.

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