Like the 'real world'...but less random!
The Gnasher Club offers support to owners of dogs that show aggressive or noisy behaviour directed at other dogs - whatever their motivation is - and to give them the opportunity to work with and around other dogs under safe and controlled conditions. We don't just throw a bunch of reactive dogs together - meetings are carefully managed so the dogs work at safe distances, at a level they and their owners are comfortable with.
Members work together in a relaxed and supportive environment to help each other. With the expert and qualified guidance from Paddy and the Teamwork Training Team (human and canine) it gives owners the opportunity to practice and review the skills they need to work around other people and dogs. The aim is for them to learn how to manage and change their dog's behaviour within the constraints of their normal exercise routines out in the 'Real World'.
If the mix of dogs allows it, and with dogs that have begun to trust each other over a period of time, they might meet and greet each other, so if they are able to, can learn the communication skills they are lacking. If they need to stay at greater distances, and don't want to be sociable, they do that - and that is fine.
The Gnasher Club meets at South Hykeham on the first Saturday of every month, 10am - 12 midday but do check here for any cancellations. It is not suitable for every dog, and they must be assessed before joining if they haven't previously done any one to one work with Paddy. Dogs undergoing training with other behaviourists or trainers are welcome to jpoin us so long as the techniques used are compatible with the Teamwork Training ethos and techniques.
Gnasher Club members have their own FaceBook Group (approval needed to join).