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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.

Block Courses

BLOCK COURSES provide an ideal setting for learning new content or consolidating what you have already learned in a small group. Working in a regular fixed group which includes the same participants throughout the course, maximizing the success of each development phase.

Open Courses

OPEN GROUPS are flexible. You can participate whenever you choose, as long as you have completed your introductory session. If your dog is a puppy you can just drop in, without the need for an introductory session.

Nose & Scent Groups

Step 1 - Beginner Nose & Scent (BLOCK COURSE)

with Verena Helfrich

Who for: Dogs from 6 months Date: New dates will follow! Location: Martha & Friends

Dogs can do incredible things with their noses. They detect explosives, find drugs, search for invasive species of animals and molds in buildings, and can even detect Covid-19, as evidenced by dogs having being used on several international airports in virus detection trials! Using the dog's natural competencies to work with its nose is not only a lot of fun, it is also a great activity that can be carried out together with your dog.

Nose work is a comprehensive exercise for dogs - therefore, this is an ideal activity for achieving a balanced frame of mind for our dogs. At the beginning, you only work with one odour. Later, depending on the performance of the human-dog team, more elements are added and the dog learns to differentiate between different odours. This course enhances your dogs natural abilities and aptitudes and fosters trust between handler and dog. He learns to focus and not be easily distracted.

Added: (Block course with 5 appointments)

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Step 2 - Nose & Scent Club (OPEN GROUP)

With Verena Helfrich

Who for: Dogs from 6 months Date: Every second Saturday from 11.30-12.30 (odd weeks) Location: Martha & Friends

For those who have attended the Nose & Scent Beginners' Course, we continue training using different locations and odours, developing the dogs' skills to higher levels of competence.

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Body Language Circle Training

Step 1 - Body Language Circle Training Beginner (BLOCK COURSE)

With Verena Helfrich

Who for: Dogs from 6 months Date: New date will follow soon! Location: Martha & Friends

Our own body language, as dog owners, is often unclear or even contradicting. When communicating with our dogs, this often leads to misunderstandings. Therefore, this course focuses on body language and timing aspects of communication. Body Language Circle Training is a good mental and physical stimulation for your dog and enhances the bond between you both.

(Block course with 5 appointments)

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Step 2 - Body Language Circle Training Club (OPEN GROUP)

With Verena Helfrich

Who for: Dogs from 6 months Date: Every 2nd Thursday from 18:45 – 19:45 (odd weeks) Location: Martha & Friends

We continue to work on the more subtle aspects of body language circle training.

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Trick Dog Training

Trick Dog (OPEN GROUP)

With Anne Barrere

Who for: Dogs from 6 months Date: Starting 09. November 2021 every 2nd Tuesday from 20:00 – 21:00 (Even week) 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 Verena Helfrich

Who for: Dogs from 10 months Date: You can book a taster every Monday from 17.30-18.30 in August or 19.00-20.00 from September! 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 (BLOCK COURSE)

With Verena Helfrich

Who for: Dogs from 10 months Date: Every Monday from 19.00-20.00 | Entry available at the start of month | December just 3 appointments 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 Activity Training

ZOS (Zielobjektsuche) - Target Object Seach

With Simone Adam

Who for: Dogs from 8 months Date: Please write us an email for more details! Location: Martha & Friends

Target object search or ZOS® (in German Zielobjektsuche) is derived from the detection dog work carried out by police dogs. The dog sniffs his pre-conditioned small search object in a hiding place, and then marks its location calmly and concentrated, with the nose as close as possible to the hiding place.

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Play & Fun Group

With Anne Barrere

Who for: Dogs from 10kg Date: Starting 02. November 2021 every 2nd Tuesday 20:00 – 21:00 (odd week) and starting 06. November 2021 every other Saturday 12:45-13:45 Location: Martha & Friends

Bring your large dog for an exciting hour of play and fun with other like-sized dogs. Our trainers will have games and activities scheduled for each week to stimulate and challenge your dog.

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Activity medley for dogs at home

With Anne Barrere

Who for: Dogs from 6 Months Date: Starting 17. November 2021 every Wednesday 17:30 – 18:30 Location: Martha & Friends

This group offers a variety of activities for dogs to do together with their humans, activities that you can do together on your own to help stimulate your dog at home. Every week we will learn new activities. We will tailer the activities each week to the species of participants.

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