Tricks 4 Treats Pet Dog and Fun Agility Training
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News, Events & Information

News and Information

21st December 2012  

Merry Christmas from Tricks 4 Treats

A very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year from all at Tricks 4 Treats.

Tricks 4 Treats will be breaking for Christmas as of Friday 21st December. Normal office hours and business resumes on Monday 7th January 2013.

If you have any questions, queries or require advice, please feel free to contact us at any time via email or give us a call and leave a message if outside of normal business hours. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Novice, Intermediate and Advanced Courses: All courses currently ongoing will resume on 9th/10th January 2012.

Agility Classes: We will be returning on Saturday 12th January 2013, weather permitting.

Once again, have a fantastic Christmas and see 2013 in with style.

Best 'festive' wishes from all at Tricks 4 Treats.

14th December 2012  

Looking for Christmas Presents for Your Dog?

If you're looking for something for your dog this Christmas, please take a look at our sister site, Your Dogs Needs. We have a variety of great toys, mentally stimulating toys and games, treats/training rewards, training aids, treat bags to keep your training rewards handy.

Stuck on what to get them? Why not take a look at the Christmas Presents area to get you started.

To save on postage costs, you can opt to collect your order from our training classes. Take a look at the products available on the Your Dogs Needs web site and either select the "to collect" delivery option or email us with your order and we will get it ready for you to pick it up at our training classes on 19th/20th December 2012.

16th November 2012  

2012 Novice Courses

All 2012 Novice Courses are fully booked. We are now accepting bookings for January 2013.

For dates/information, please see our Novice Course page.

15th November 2012  

No Training on Thursday 15th November

A quick reminder that due to the Creekmoor Community Centre being used as a polling station for the Police & Crime Commissioner Elections, there will be no training on Thursday 15th November. Classes resume at their normal times the following week.

5th November 2012  

Your Dog and Fireworks - Tips for Tonight

Don’t leave your dog on their own tonight during the fireworks. Provide plenty of toys, chews, etc for them to keep themselves occupied.

When the fireworks start, if your dog reacts, do not punish them or they will associate a problem with fireworks. Neither should you try to soothe them as they may see this as praise for their behaviour. Instead, try to get them to play with some of their toys with you.

Create a den like area with at least two sides enclosed under a table with a blanket for your dog and have your television or radio on. The constant 'noise' will help to reduce the level of noise coming from outside. Make sure you draw the curtains to reduce the effect of flashes and try not to react to the fireworks yourself.

For more tips, see Your Dog and Fireworks.

1st November 2012  

Your Dog and Fireworks

If you need help with your dog and fireworks, check out our Your Dog and Fireworks article on our online store for some tips.

26th August 2012  

Virgin Active Dorset Children's Fun Dog Show

In aid of Waggy Tails Rescue

10am until 2pm - Judging commences at 11am.

14 fun classes to enter.

Entry: £1 per class

1st, 2nd and 3rd place rosettes

For more details, please contact: 01202 642600

Tricks 4 Treats will also have a stand at the show, so why not come and meet some of the team and if you have any questions about your dog, feel free to ask.

We will also have a selection of dog related products on our stand to purchase.

A well attended day with lots of dogs and children taking part. At least the rain only came once everything had finished.

5th August 2012  

Poole Park Dogs Derby

The Poole Park Dogs Derby is run by Parkstone Rotary Club and is held every year at the Park. It is a great day out for adults and kids.

For 2012 the event is being held on Sunday 5th August and starts at approximately 9:30 am.

As well as the exciting races for your pet dog (you can test your skill and ‘Pick the Winner’ for each race), there will be lots of other attractions, including: A Shooting Range, Miniature Big Wheel, a roundabout and stalls.

In the main arena and during breaks in the dog races, there will be Children’s races, Duck fishing and Egg catching and more

Real Beef Burgers, Hot Dogs, Biscuits, Teas and Coffee as well as locally sourced Beer and Wine will help sustain you through the day.

Tricks 4 Treats will be there all day (look out for the red gazebo), so come and say hello and meet some of the team!

As well as offering training and behavioural advice and information, we will also have a large selection of dog related goodies available for sale from our online store, Your Dogs Needs.

See the Poole Park Dogs Derby web site for more details about the event and details on how to enter your dog.

The weather held and the sun was out for most of the day.

It was nice to meet everyone who came over to our stand through out the day and we hope to see several of you soon in classes.

5th August 2012  

Dogs Trust Salisbury Open Day and Fun Dog Show 2012

Sunday 5th August 2011, 11 am - 4 pm

45 Amesbury Road, Newton Tony, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4 0HW.

Fun Dog Show, Have-a-Go Agility, Doggy Dash, Bouncy Castle, Beer Tent, BBQ, Games & Stalls for All the Family!

£1.50 for adults. Free for children, OAP's and dogs. Free Parking

For more information, please contact the centre on 01980 629634 or see their website.

13th July 2012  

Olympic Torch Event, Branksome Recreational Ground, Branksome, Poole

In celebration of the Olympic Torch passing through Poole, Poole Council are holding several events on Friday 13th July, including a "have a go agility" session between 4pm and 6pm with Tricks 4 Treats at Branksome Recreational Ground.

Why not come along to have a go at the agility with your dog and meet some of the Tricks 4 Treats team? Dogs must be at least 6 months of age to try the equipment that will be there on the day.

For more information about the events being held, please see the Borough of Poole's Olympic Torch Relay page.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to one of our own dogs' requiring veterinary attention we are unable to attend this event. Many apologies to anyone that was looking forward to taking part in our fun agility 'have a go' sessions.

17th June 2012  

Kingston Maurward College Open Day & Country Fair (with Fun Dog Day)

The day (10:00 am until 5:00pm) offers the perfect opportunity to find out more about the wide range of courses offered at the college, from outdoor adventure and animal conservation to business and IT. Visitors can talk to tutors during interactive activities – while children can collect the set of six free fun Kingston Maurward College badges as they visit each academy.

Fun-filled attractions include kayaking, climbing wall, football demos, tractor rides, heavy horses, forgework, tree climbing country crafts, dog show sponsored by Scats, water zorbing, funfair and all day live music courtesy of The Thomas Hardy School bands and other artists.

Events will be held throughout the day in the Animal Park, the 750-acre grounds and 18th Century Manor House – plus exclusive Mini Wedding Fair, Floristry skills and delicious cream teas on the terrace.

Adults £7
Concessions £6.50
Season Ticket Holders and Under 16s - FREE

Try your skills at the Kingston Maurward Fun Dog Day in the fun obedience competition, dog scurry, fun dog show or Canine XX Factor.

Canine XX Factor - 1 minute to show the judges if your dog has it!

Buckham Best Rescue/Rehomed Dog Championship Qualifying Heat

Novelty Dog Show - most handsome dog, prettiest bitch, dog most like owner, waggiest tail, best cross breed, fancy dress (dog or dog/owner), dog judge would like to take home, musical mats. Rosettes and prizes for winners. £1 per class.

Starters Obedience Competition (10:00 am - 3:30 pm) - Heel on lead, short recall, sit stay for 30 seconds. Rosettes to 6th place or "have a go" for fun.

Tricks 4 Treats will be there all day (look out for the red gazebo with the flag in the doggy zone), so come and say hello and meet some of the team!

We will also have a selection of goodies from our online store, Your Dogs Needs, for sale on the stand for your dogs.

Map to Kingston Maurward College

Information about the Kingston Maurward College Open Day & Country Fair

The weather was kind to us during the day (considering the rotten weather we had leading up to the weekend) with a lot of people attending the event.

It was nice to meet everyone who came over to our stand through out the day.

8th June 2012  

Slug Pellets in Hamworthy

WARNING: SLUG PELLETS - Some of the houses at Cobbs Quay have planted along the public side of their wall and one house that backs onto Falconer Drive has put down slug pellets. These are extremely poisonous to dogs' and if you suspect your dog has ingested any, you need to get your dog to a vet ASAP to receive the correct treatment.

A puppy has been treated and luckily is fine due to the quick thinking of both the owner and the vets.

This has been reported to the council and hopefully they will ensure these slug pellets are removed immediately.

26th May 2012  

Dorset Dogs Festival

Dorset Dogs have organised a fun day again this year, which includes a dog show and fun 'have a go' activities for you and your dog, including "have a go fun agility" between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm with us.

The event takes place on Saturday 26th May at Potterne Park, Verwood (BH21 6RS) from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. 

Tricks 4 Treats will be there all day (look out for the red gazebo with the flag), so come and say hello and meet some of the team!

We will also have a selection of goodies for sale on the stand for your dogs.

For further information please take a look at the Dorset Dogs Doggy Festival page.

It was great to see everyone who popped over to our stand or the "have a go agility" sessions during the day in the lovely weather we had.

Hopefully, Dorset Dogs will be running the event again next year.

29th April 2012  

Virgin Active Dorset Children's Fun Dog Show

Due to the weather, this event has been postponed. New date to be confirmed.

In aid of Waggy Tails Rescue

10am until 1pm - Judging commences at 11am.

14 fun classes to enter.

Entry: £1 per class

1st, 2nd and 3rd place rosettes

For more details, please contact: 01202 642600

Tricks 4 Treats will also have a stand at the show, so why not come and meet some of the team and if you have any questions about your dog, feel free to ask.

We will also have a selection of dog related products on our stand to purchase.

20th April 2012   Odin Wins the "Solo Catch" Challenge

Odin Prepares for a Solo CatchOver the years we've always included fun tricks as part of our training. Although not an essential part of any dogs' learning, we feel that having fun whilst teaching our dogs' something new and different is a great way to help with the bonding process. During the teaching of the 'leave' cue during our Novice Course we set our clients a challenge over the years and until now nobody has achieved what was set out.

The trick, in this instance, is called a 'solo catch', this basically means the dog holds a piece of food or a toy on their muzzle, waits until given the cue to move, flips the food/toy in the air and catches the food/toy. It can be tricky to teach as the dog is required to remain still.

We were delighted when Odin, a 7 months old Hungarian Viszla, carried out this trick with relative ease during week 8 of his Novice Course.

In the picture shown, you can see Odin concentrating well. His owner is using the 'watch me' command and shows a finger to help focus his eyes away from the food (we must stress this holding technique is not aversive in any way, just a nice and non invasive way of gently supporting the dog where needed). Shortly after this picture was taken, the hand he was resting his chin on was removed and Odin was given the cue to 'catch', where he then flipped the food up in the air and caught it.

For completing this trick Odin went away with a prize of a new Dog Pyramid, as he loves to use his brain figuring out how to remove food from containers, so this is the perfect prize! Congratulations Odin, Samantha and Calum, he's a fantastic dog with wonderful focus!

19th April 2012   Hudson Accepted as a P.A.T. Dog

Tricks 4 Treats would like to congratulate one of our clients, Julia Wilkin who has recently undergone assessment with Hudson, a Miniature Schnauzer who has been accepted as a Pets As Therapy (P.A.T) dog.

The test carried out was to ensure sound health and temperament. Hudson has demonstrated that he is in perfect health and has an excellent temperament aswell as showing that being groomed isn't an issue and he walked nicely on lead, as requested. After having references confirmed, Julia and Hudson were accepted earlier this year and are now awaiting their first regular placement.

Huge congratulations, Julia & Hudson, what a remarkable dog he is and all credit to you for your dedication!

If you are interested in finding out further information relating to what P.A.T offers, please take a look at their web site:

8th March 2012   Lynwood Veterinary Group Puppy Socialisation Groups in Swanage

Tricks 4 Treats was recently invited to offer training and behavioural assistance as part of Lynwood Veterinary Group Puppy Socialisation Groups in Swanage, of course we were delighted to have been asked and accepted.

The puppy groups run in 3 week slots and carry small numbers. week 1 covers socialisation and habituation and week 2 is a talk with one of the vets, providing health information.

We take part on week 3 where we offer the early stages of basic training, covering the relevant areas to help the owners on the path to successful training.

This is a lovely way for you pre vaccinated pups to mix with pups of a similar age. Overall is a packed 3 week course and invaluable as a starting point for puppies. We're certainly having fun!

8th March 2012 -
11th March 2012

Crufts 2012

8th - 11th March 2012 at the NEC, Birmingham

If you love all things' 'dog', then Crufts is a must!  There is a lot of information on all breeds at 'Discover Dogs', with many breeds to learn about, and meet.  You'll get the chance to see Flyball, Agility, The Kennel Club Good Citizen Scheme in action, Competition Obedience plus much more, take a look at their site for further information:

You will also be able to watch videos of Crufts 2012 on the official Crufts YouTube Channel and can see video clips of Crufts from previous years.

You can also catch up on what is happening on the More 4 TV channel which has more coverage of the event this year. The coverage times are (please check TV listings for further information):

Thurs 8th March 18:30 - 21:00
Fri 9th March 18:30 - 21:00
Sat 10th March 18:30 - 21:00
Sun 11th March 18:30 - 21:00

6th March 2012  

Poole Campaigners Honoured at the Kennel Club's KC Dog Awards

DWAG was presented with the accolade on account of the positive action they have taken to help Poole’s dogs lead happy, healthy lives, which includes campaigning to ensure that overly restrictive dog control orders were not unnecessarily implemented in local Hamworthy Park, taking a proactive approach to keeping the park free from litter and other environmental nuisances, and building good relationships with national organisations such as the Kennel Club and Keep Britain Tidy.

Take a look at the DWAG News page for more information.

6th March 2012  

BBC TV - Woof!: A Horizon Guide to Dogs (BBC 4)

" Dallas Campbell looks back through the Horizon archives to find out what science can tell us about our best friend the dog, and whether new thinking should change the way we treat them. From investigating the domestic dog's wild wolf origins to discovering the remarkable impact that humans have had on canine evolution, Dallas explores why our bond with dogs is so strong and how we can best use that to manage them. "

Woof!: A Horizon Guide to Dog' was an insightful and up to date programme offering pet dog owners the chance to understand how the evolution of dog training has adapted sine the 1960’s/1970’s. Science is wonderful, because with it we've been able to unlock the dogs' mind and gain a vast understanding of how best to achieve a happy, well rounded and well trained dog.

Here's the link to view the programme via your computer, but you only have until Thursday 8th March before this is removed, it would be a real shame to miss out on true understanding with the science behind how our four legged friends should be raised by us:!_A_Horizon_Guide_to_Dogs/

Do ensure you watch the program through to the end to see the most up to date understanding of how dogs learn.

In addition to this, and which gives more of an explanation of what is covered in the above program, is the Welfare in Dog Training web site.

This site was developed to show how dog training has moved on, the assumptions made in the first place and, with the use of science, how we realised that the original ideas were flawed in how dogs learn and live with us humans:

The idea that dominating our dogs'/being pack leader is the way to guide our dogs’ is dispelled here and should be shared with every dog owner. With any education, there isn't ever going to be a quick fix, whether human, canine or other animal. We should sometimes take a step back, both physically and emotionally to gain a better understanding of our animals prior to inflicting unnecessary and dangerous aversive techniques on them.

5th March 2012  

New Course Dates

New dates for our Novice, Intermediate and Advanced courses are now available for booking in April and May.

3rd January 2012  

Happy New Year

Wishing you all a very happy and prosperous 2012, from all at Tricks 4 Treats.

The first courses of 2012 start at the end of the month. We look forwarding to seeing new dogs and owners. If you have not booked in for a course and are thinking about it, please book up as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

And we look forward to seeing all current Novice, Intermediate and Advanced course members on the 4th/5th January and Agility members on 7th January, weather permitting.

Once again, Happy 2012, please do get in touch with any queries or questions.

2011   For 2011 News, please see our 2011 archive page.