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Activity Training Groups

Have more fun and increase the bond between you and your dog!

Fun activities for everyone

There are many different activities that we can do together with our dogs. Whether it’s nose work, refining our communication with the help of body language circle training or crossdogging, where many different activities and challenges are met – you can try these out and find out what gives you and your dog the most pleasure and fun.

Tracking Nose Work (Spurnasenarbeit)

Nose Work Beginner

Tanja Karpela / Tiia Karpela

Who for: Dogs from 6 months Date: Started 17.04.24, every Wednesday (5 sessions) from 19:00 - 20:00 Location: Martha & Friends

Canine nose work is an exercise where the dog's phenomenal sense of smell is used to identify and search for trainable scents. Nose work exercises were first developed to activate rescue dogs, but quickly spread to be a rewarding hobby available to all dog owners. After all, sniffing is one of a dog's favorite pastimes! This activity is suitable for all types of dogs and handlers, no special skills are required. Nose work is also excellent for dogs who tend to be shy with strange people or even other dogs. In this way, insecure dogs gain self-confidence as they learn to trust their nose. One of the principles of the sport is that it must be fun and comfortable for both dogs and their owners. There are no strict rules related to rewards or handling, and the training methods are based on the use of positive reinforcement.

BEGINNERS: This course teaches the basic skills of nose work. The owner learns the basics of training specific scents to the dog, and the dog learns to identify and indicate the scent to the owner. If you have never taken nose work training, start here.

NOTE: The first session is a lecture, so it is not necessary to bring your dog to the first meeting.

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Nose Work - Advanced

Tanja Karpela / Tiia Karpela

Who for: Dogs from 6 months Date: Starts 23.04.24, every Tuesday (5 sessions) from 19:00 - 20:00 Location: Martha & Friends

This is a follow-up to Nose Work - Beginners, and is appropriate for those who have already taken the beginners course., or those who have prior scent training experience. Please be sure to select Nose Work Advanced when registering on our booking site.

Booking now! We will add a second group based on demand.

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Puppy Nose Work

Tanja Karpela / Tiia Karpela / Lena Mertens

Who for: Puppies up to 6 months Date: New sessions coming soon! Location: Martha & Friends

Puppies' own Nose Work - A new course for puppies at Martha & Friends!

Puppies' Nose Work is the best activity for a puppy as it allows them to explore the world safely through their sense of smell, providing positive experiences and satisfying their species-specific need to sniff. Positive experiences enhance a puppy's optimism, crucial for its growth and development into a well-balanced adult dog.

Puppies' Nose Work is fun for puppies, and most importantly, this scent-based activity tires even the most energetic puppy in a healthy way, reducing the likelihood of undesirable behaviour at home.

This course is suitable for all types of puppies!

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Trick Dog Training

Trick Dog Beginners Block Course

With Lena Mertens

Who for: Dogs from 6 months Date: Start: 24.06.2023 every Saturday from 15:30 – 16:30 Location: Martha & Friends

Having fun and joint activities are our aim. You will learn to teach your dog all sorts of tricks. Accompanied by motivating music, we will work on various tricks from a simple "slalom through the legs" to the "jump into my arms", individually tailored to the respective dog and their owner. At the same time you learn to understand your dog's body language and to motivate him even when facing distractions. Learning to do tricks together will strengthen the relationship and trust between you and your dog, and you will master a series of tricks as a team. During the course, we only work with positive reinforcement. A clicker and small soft treats are used as aids.

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Trick Dog Advanced Block Course

With Lena Mertens

Who for: Dogs from 8 months Date: Start: 08.05.23 every Monday 18.00-19.00 Location: Martha & Friends

Having fun and joint activities are our aim. You will learn to teach your dog all sorts of tricks. Accompanied by motivating music, we will work on various tricks from a simple "slalom through the legs" to the "jump into my arms", individually tailored to the respective dog and their owner. At the same time you learn to understand your dog's body language and to motivate him even when facing distractions. Learning to do tricks together will strengthen the relationship and trust between you and your dog, and you will master a series of tricks as a team. During the course, we only work with positive reinforcement. A clicker and small soft treats are used as aids.

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Crossdogging

Crossdogging "Taster" Session

With Lena Mertens

Who for: Dogs from 10 months Date: You can book a taster every Monday from 19.15-20.15! Please write us an email: training@marthaandfriends.lu Location: Martha & Friends

This class will let you try out this competitive activity: if you and your dog like it, then we would love to have you join the Martha & Friends Crossdogging Team!
Known as the "Bundesliga of Dog Clubs", this is a fun activity for you and your dog which allows you to compete with other Crossdogging teams from canine training schools in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The tasks change weekly and are made available to participating dog training schools by the company Crossdogging GbR.

Crossdogging involves circuit training in which two people work on each station. One person completes the given task as often as possible for two minutes, the other counts the number of runs. Then the team swaps and when both have completed the task, it goes on to the next of the 5 stations. The teams are not aware of forthcoming tasks until each training session. The tasks involve several different disciplines within dog sports. Sometimes tricky, sometimes more athletic, from agility and retrieval to body language, circle training and tricks performed by the dogs - there will be something for everyone.

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Crossdogging Club March 2024

With Lena Mertens

Who for: Dogs from 10 months Date: Every Monday from 19.15-20.15 | Entry available at the start of each month Location: Martha & Friends

Known as the "Bundesliga of Dog Clubs", this is a fun activity for you and your dog which allows you to compete with other Crossdogging teams from canine training schools in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The tasks change weekly and are made available to participating dog training schools by the company Crossdogging GbR.

Crossdogging involves circuit training in which two people work on each station. One person completes the given task as often as possible for two minutes, the other counts the number of runs. Then the team swaps and when both have completed the task, it goes on to the next of the 5 stations. The teams are not aware of forthcoming tasks until each training session. The tasks involve several different disciplines within dog sports. Sometimes tricky,
sometimes more athletic, from agility and retrieval to body language, circle training and tricks performed by the dogs - there will be something for everyone.

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Other Fun Activities & Training

Rally Obedience Training

With Tanja Karpela

Who for: Dogs of all ages Date: Starting 17.05.24, Fridays (6 sessions) from 18:00 - 19:00 Location: Martha & Friends

Rally obedience is a sport developed in the early 2000s in the United States, combining elements of obedience, agility, and canine freestyle (dog dancing). In rally obedience, the seamless cooperation between the dog and handler is most important, rather than precise positioning of the dog. This sport is designed with all dog owners in mind, not just professional handlers. The goal is to train dogs to behave well in various everyday situations. In rally obedience, a dog and handler team progress through a course of basic heelwork tasks as indicated by various signs. Tasks include multiple changes of direction, varied speed, weaving, spins, backing up, side changes, different positions, and their transitions. Rally obedience has four classes: novice (NOV), advanced (ADV), excellent (EXC), and master class (MAS). The novice class is performed on a leash, while in the other class levels, the dog completes the course off-leash.

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Have a Ball!

with Tanja Karpela

Who for: Date: Start 24.08.23 every Thursday 18.30-19.30 Location: Martha & Friends

This course is for energetic dogs who love balls and ball games. You will need two balls for the course. Playing with balls is a great way to release the dog's energy, as long as the dog is taught the release and the rules of play. This way it's fun for both; dog and owner. Come along and relax with your dog in a boisterous way!

week 1 - starting the game

week 2 - naming the behaviour

week 3 - release and rules of the game

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