bodywork and relaxation
A five week class for dogs (and handlers!)
Some dogs find life pretty stressful and scary, while others are just so darn excited that staying still is a major challenge. Help your dog relax using bodywork (massage, TTouch techniques, acupressure and more), and exercises that promote awareness and biofeedback in a 5 week class.
These sessions are designed to introduce some new skills including how to relax on cue, using bodywork to assess and relieve tension, and improving your ability to observe your dog.
Some people will be attending with their own dog, some people might be borrowing a class dog and others will be observing so they can practice at home. We want everyone to get the most out of each class so please do ask lots of questions!
Feedback from previous students:
I attended as a handler, and really loved how all dogs were treated as individuals and stayed within their comfort zones. Mine is very sensitive and she's always relaxed when she's there because she knows she's safe. Since attending the class Chai has become obsessed with massage. She's more relaxed generally, more affectionate and less sensitive about handling. Jo & Chai
Sparrow is 10, lazy, sound sensitive and could not be described as brave! The course helped us to continue to deepen Sparrow's trust in me. After experiencing the first class, he recognised the routine and was eager to get on with the next. He had always been reluctant to be touched over his hind quarters, but after a few sneaky Ttouches, and some gentle massage, he decided it was very enjoyable and relaxed on his mat, like a Roman emperor! Being able to let go, made the Relaxation Protocol tolerable to him. Being praised and treated for doing nothing is a good deal, as far as Sparrow is concerned. I am hoping that RP will take his mind off fireworks, when the time comes, but this has not been tested, yet! I would recommend this course to anyone and have enrolled my other dog in the next series. Diane & Sparrow (Schipperke)
4 handler spaces per class (dogs will need to know basic settle)
4 additional non-handler spaces (includes working on demo dogs)
Jo Smith from York
What I'm sure the boys would like to put is:
"WE LOVE YOU MORAG!" - Jake Dog and Mr Oliver
....but a more practical response would be: Before we met Morag we were at breaking point with our Border Collies, we had been to every training class we could find, we had done everything the dog books tell you to and we were still losing the battle for our dogs' minds.
Morag has given us practical techniques, productive classes, insightful one-to-ones, useful resources, moral support and hope!
Having come through the confidence course 1 & 2 and enjoyed the Beyond the Basics, heel work to music and Rally-O we are carrying on to learn more and can't wait for the next set of classes to start. We would (and often do) recommend the Well Connected Canine courses to anyone with any kind of dog.
Sarah, Oscar Pet Foods from York
Who says you can't teach a old dog new tricks? Our Jack Russell is 5 and had had no training, after just a few weeks she had a whole repertoire of new tricks. Edwina goes with my partner to work everyday so I don't get to spend much time with her. Morag's classes are our fun hour of the week where she enjoys learning new things with mum and seeing other dogs. Thanks Morag we'll see you at the next classes.