Supported walks for you and your dog
Venue: Cannock Chase
Contact: Sheila Harper.
Tel: 01889 802685
Suitable for owners who need help, or who would simply enjoy walking their dog with 1:1 guidance.
Our walks will help with:
dogs that need help walking nicely
excitable or reactive dogs
dogs that are easily distracted or disconnected
dogs and owners that need support around other dogs and people
dogs that “pull” on lead
being able to understand the behaviours your dog is showing and why
What to expect
Sheila, Winny and their team initially work with dogs and owners on
a one-to-one basis. Our overall aim is to help you and your dog learn
together, rising to challenges, and equipping you with the tools you
need in everyday situations.
The aim of the first session is to find out more about your dog and his needs during the walk, according to his responses, so that handling guidance can be given. Initially the focus is on handling the lead and becoming more aware of the dog and what affects him.
During the second walk, the focus shifts to body language, particularly the responses between you and your dog. This, in combination with lead handling, will be helpful for knowing how you can help your dog deal with different situations.
An awareness of the environment and what it can mean for a dog will help you to be able to give your dog much more support in everyday life. Now, handling the lead, along with reading your dog, responding to him, and helping him to feel comfortable within the environment are key factors.
Depending upon the needs of you and your dog, there may be another dog (and/or person) present at a suitable distance, so that you have the opportunity to implement what you have learnt so far. You may be in a position to start helping your dog to communicate and show appropriate responses to other dogs. Of course, if you and your dog are ready for this before session 4, there may be opportunities to work on this aspect during an earlier session.
Many owners decide to continue with supported walks, possibly sharing the route with another dog and owner, eventually leading to small groups being formed. There will be opportunities for shared 1 to 1 input during the walk from a variety of team members so that your own skills, and those of your dog can develop naturally.
2019 fees (remain the same as last year):
Beginners: A single session: £30; or four sessions: £95
One of our team will coach you throughout the duration of your walk
Follow on 1:1 walks: A single session: £30; or four sessions: £95
For those who would like ongoing support. One of our team will coach you throughout the duration of your walk. You may have the opportunity to work in the presence of another dog and owner.
Group walks (shared input up to 4 dogs): A single session for £25; four sessions: £85
Group walks are available to anyone having completed a minimum of four sessions with us. During these walks you will have shared input with another dog and owner. One of our team will accompany you and give input for approximately half of the walk, while you benefit from guided interactions with at least one other dog and owner.