Why does my dog...? One day course


Duration: One day (10-4)

Price: £90

Run by: Assington Mill

Contact: Anne Holden

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About the Course

On this one-day course, your tutor Jane Williams will aim to answer questions about your dog, such as why does my dog:

Jump up at visitors?
Look guilty when they have toileted indoors?
Bark at other dogs when walking on the lead?
Destroy the house when I got out?
Hide and shake when there are fireworks?
The course is a look into the dog's mind and motivations. From a dog's eye view of the world, the course helps owners to understand why their dog behaves as s/'he does. The course will focus on effective ways for humans to communicate with their dogs. We lok at the evolution and domestication of the dog to help owners understand the nature of the relationship between humans and canines. There are opportunities to ask plenty of questions.

The practical element of the course allows people to engage in reward-based training activities with the dogs, and to try out a variety of techniques to provide mental stimulation, reduce boredom and frustration, and to help their dog really want to work with them.

There are places for handlers and those without a dog.

The course leader and Assington Mill reserve the right to prohibit aggressive dogs from attending for the safety of all.

Assington Mill is a 70 acre organic farm in a beautiful secluded hidden valley in Suffolk. We aim to provide a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, where you will enjoy the experience of spending time with like-minded people and learning something new and life-enriching. Around fifty-five different short courses in rural and traditional craft skills are run here each year.

We aim to provide healthy meals during our courses made from locally-sourced organic ingredients, where possible. Lunches usually consist of soup and salads. Almost all the ingredients, if they are not grown here, come from Assington Farmshop, and are organic if possible. Cakes and biscuits are also home-made. We specialise in gluten-free food and are happy to cater for any other dietary requirements if you give us notice on the booking form.

Accommodation is available at many BnBs in the area (please see the list on our website) or you could stay in Mill Cottage on site. Alternatively, Camping is also possible at Assington Mill for £5 per night, anywhere on the farm. There is a toilet and shower available in a wetroom; plus a kitchen with two hobs and urn. We are not a proper camp site; this is just a facility for people coming on the courses.

Assington Mill is half a mile from the nearest bus stop or 3 miles from Bures train station if you wish to travel by public transport.

To book please click through (link above) find your course and book online.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. The voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

A lovely organic home made lunch, plus cakes and biscuits. To book please click through (above) find your course (in date order) and book online.



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Course Start Dates

Saturday 3rd March 2018

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  • Disabled access
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