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At Martha & Friends we have several Diploma Pathways for you and your dog to choose from.

If you have a puppy who has recently joined your family, we recommend you to join our Puppy Block or Open Courses followed by our Young Dogs 1, 2, & 3 Courses.

For further (or simultaneous) training we have created several Diploma Pathways in which a distinct, time-bound, and easy to follow curriculum is required to graduate with a Martha & Friends Diploma in that Diploma Pathway. For those of you only interested in taking one or two classes of your choice then you are still welcome to book these outside of the Diploma programs.

Well-Mannered Dog

This is a great all-around education course for dogs who may be new to your family, young dogs, or dogs who once had good manners, but maybe need a refresher. You will graduate from this Diploma as a confident handler with a dog who can behave in public!

Self-Controlled Dog

If your dog loses control in various situations whether through encounters with other people or dogs, or through specific situations such as on the leash, when let off the leash, or via separation anxiety, this Diploma may be just what you and your dog need!

Healthy Dog

Every dog owner should educate themselves on how their dog can live a healthy lifestyle as well as be qualified to help their dog in the event of an emergency. Through this Diploma you and your dog will gain all the skills you need for a healthy and long life together!

Trick Dog

If your dog is a quick learner and finds a new trick or challenge fun and exciting then our Trick Dog Diploma will keep you and your dog thinking on your toes and having fun!

Detective Dog

If you would like to tap into your dog’s innate scent finding abilities and learn the basics of how scent dogs and detective dogs are trained, then this is a course that will challenge you both!

Show Dog

If you have a pure-breed dog and you have always dreamed of showing your dog off in the ring, then this is the perfect diploma to prepare you and your dog for the competition!

Puppy & Young Dog Courses

Puppy Block Course

With Anne Barrere or Lena Mertens or Antje Lehmann

Who for: Puppies (8 to c. 24 weeks depending on their level of development) Date: Start 19.10.22 every Wednesday 17.00-18.00 || Start 12.11.22 every Saturday 10.00-11.00 Location: Martha & Friends

In addition to basic good behavior and learning commands that make everyday life easier, learning on a social and emotional level also plays a major role in our puppy learning groups. All exercises and guided free games are adapted to the respective ages, levels of development and composition of the training group.

(Block course with 6 appointments)

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Young Dogs 1 Block Course

With Anne Barrere or Lena Mertens or Antje Lehmann

Who for: Dogs from 5 - 8 months Date: Start 14.09.22 every Wednesday 18.15-19.15 Location: Martha & Friends

In addition to learning commands that can make everyday life easier, in the "Young Dogs" class, learning on a social and emotional level plays a major role (as in the puppy classes).
All exercises are individually adapted to age, the level of development and the composition of the training group.

Important topics / contents are for example:
• Trust, commitment & cooperation
• Communication human-dog
• Communication dog-dog
• Frustration tolerance and impulse control

In addition to the theoretical and practical exercises, there is room for discussion and questions.

(Block course with 6 appointments)

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Young Dogs 2 Block Course

With Anne Barrere or Antje Lehman & Lena Mertens

Who for: Dogs from 8-12 months Date: Start: 12.10.22 every Wednesday 19.30-20.30 || Start: 15.10.22 every Saturday 11.15-12.15 Location: Martha & Friends

In addition to learning commands that can make everyday life easier, in the "Young Dogs" class, learning on a social and emotional level plays a major role (as in the puppy classes).
All exercises are individually adapted to age, the level of development and the composition of the training group.

Important topics / contents are for example:
• Trust, commitment & cooperation
• Communication human-dog
• Communication dog-dog
• Frustration tolerance and impulse control

In addition to the theoretical and practical exercises, there is room for discussion and questions.

(Block course with 6 appointments)

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Young Dogs 3 Block Course

With Lena Mertens

Who for: Dogs from 1-2 years Date: Date Coming Soon Location: Martha & Friends

In addition to learning commands that can make everyday life easier, in the "Young Dogs" class, learning on a social and emotional level plays a major role (as in the puppy classes).
All exercises are individually adapted to age, the level of development and the composition of the training group.

Important topics / contents are for example:
• Trust, commitment & cooperation
• Communication human-dog
• Communication dog-dog
• Frustration tolerance and impulse control

In addition to the theoretical and practical exercises, there is room for discussion and questions.

(Block course with 8 appointments)

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Well-Mannered Dog Diploma

Basic Command Course

with Antje Lehmann

Who for: Dogs from 10 months Date: Date Coming Soon Location: Martha & Friends

Here your dog will learn the basics of good behaviour. Your dog will learn basic commands and you will learn how to command and lead your dog with confidence and control.

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Everyday Etiquette Training

with Lena Mertens

Who for: Dogs from 10 months Date: Date Coming Soon Location: Martha & Friends

Our everyday life often provides one challenge or another for us human-dog teams. Therefore, we want to learn in this course how in real life, with all its distractions and temptations for our dogs, a human-dog team can get through everyday life in a safe and controlled manner.

The open group is aimed at those who want to get through everyday life in a relaxed manner together with their dog. Dogs joining this class should already have initial ideas for basic obedience (such as sitting, staying, and running on a loose leash), but they may not yet be able to put them into practice in every situation.

We practice going on the leash without pulling, basic commands, and talk about intra-specific communication. You learn to better assess your dog, strengthen the bond and ensure, in the meantime, that the trust grows between the two of you.

In addition to learning and deepening commands that can make everyday life easier, learning on a social and emotional level also plays a major role. All exercises are individually adapted to age, level of development and the composition of the training group.

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Communication, Concentration & Cooperation

with Lena Mertens

Who for: Dogs from 6 months Date: Start: 14.10.22 every Friday from 17.45-18.45 Location: Martha & Friends

This course is about learning better communication between dog and owner, improving concentration & cooperation. The focus is on improving teamwork. Your dog will learn to concentrate better on you and to cooperate with you despite distractions.
The participating dog owners learn how to use their body language for improved communication with their dogs.

(Block course with 6 appointments of 1 hour)

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Social Walk

With Anne Barrere

Who for: Dogs from 10 months Date: Date Coming Soon Location: Martha & Friends or as specified

The Social Walk is a training group for dogs that show insecurity, anxiousness or even aggressive behavior. Our sessions aim to address these issues by teaching your dog to relax in the presence of other dogs and people.The dogs should be given the opportunity to learn appropriate coping skills and the owners learn to better understand how to help their dog address various situations which can cause stress.

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BVZ-Dog handler licence

with Anne Barrere

Who for: Dogs from 12 months Date: Start: 13.09.22 every Tuesday 19.00-20.00 Location: Martha & Friends and nearby areas

A challenge for ambitious dog owners!

This course is about the preparation for the exam for the dog handler license of the German association „BVZ-Hundetrainer e.V.“

With this license the „BVZ-Hundetrainer e.V.“ offers a high-quality test that not only meets a high quality standard but is also subject to nationwide uniform and method-free test criteria in Germany. Dog owners should have the opportunity to obtain a dog handler license without membership in associations or clubs.

In the preparatory group, we prepare specifically for the final exam or this license, we train for example
- leash training
- staying in contact without leash
- binding recall
- how to meet other dogs & humans
- environmental security in the city
- basic obedience

There is also a theoretical preparation for the exam.

For the practical test, situations in extra-urban or free-range areas and urban areas are examined. The dog should be controllable and safe to manoeuvre by the dog owner in both areas.

Important: The license only relates to the tested team and is not transferable to other dogs (if they are owned by several dogs) or to people!

(Block course with 10 appointments)

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Basic Training for New Dog Parents

with Antje Lehmann

Who for: Dogs from 6 months Date: 11.10.2022 17.00-18.00 Location: Martha & Friends

This course is aimed at all first-time dog owners or those who have adopted a dog from an animal shelter. We work on basic obedience, understanding your dog, and safety considerations for daily life. Block course with 6 appointments.

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Self-Controlled Dog Diploma

Leash Training

with Lena Mertens or Antje Lehmann

Who for: Dogs from 5 months Date: Start: 15.10.22 every Saturday 13.45-14.45 || Start 18.10.22 every Tuesday 19.00-20.00 Location: Martha & Friends

If your dogs misbehaves on the leash and drags you around, particularly when meeting other dogs and people, a normal walk might end up being a stressful experience for you both. In this course, your dog learns to walk next to you in a relaxed manner on a loose lead.

(Block course with 8 appointments)

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Invisible Leash

with Antje Lehmann

Who for: Dogs from 6 months Date: Start: 24.09.22 every Saturday 12.30-13.30 Location: Martha & Friends

In this course you continue practicing what we have learned in our Leash Training Course, but this time without the leash. This means we learn to lead and steer your dog first at a close distance and slowly in increasing distances using both body language and basic commands. Course is held on Saturdays.

(Block course with 8 appointments)

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Recall Training

with Antje Lehmann

Who for: Dogs from 6 months Date: Start: 20.09.22 every Tuesday 18.00-19.00 Location: Martha & Friends

Recall training is one of the supreme disciplines in dog training!

It is not difficult to train a command, but the path to a binding recall requires many other skills:

impulse control, frustration tolerance, staying in contact and responding to a call back even in the event of distractions of any kind, such as other dogs, people, food etc. Therefore, this course involves comprehensive training on all the elements which are required to mastering a binding recall.

(Block course with 6 appointments)

We practice going on the leash without pulling, basic commands, and talk about intra-specific communication. You learn to better assess your dog, strengthen the bond and ensure, in the meantime, that the trust grows between the two of you.

In addition to learning and deepening commands that can make everyday life easier, learning on a social and emotional level also plays a major role. All exercises are individually adapted to age, level of development and the composition of the training group.

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Dog Meets Dog

with Anne Barrere and Lena Mertens

Who for: Dogs from 10 months Date: Start 15.10.22 every Saturday 12.30-13.30 Location: Martha & Friends

Does your dog become reactive when meeting other dogs? Are you nervous about crossing the paths of other dogs on your walks? Does he show fear or uncertain behaviour, or aggression? Does he bark loudly and is simply not able to react to you? Has your dog ever got so worked up that he bit himself or maybe even you? Don't worry, you are not alone, this behaviour is extremely frustrating for many dog owners and often a very emotional issue. Fortunately, there are solutions. In this course, we take a close look at what your dog needs to cope with other dogs in a more relaxed manner. Block Course with 10 appointments.

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Educational Walk

with Antje Lehman

Who for: Dogs from 8 months Date: Date Coming Soon Location: Martha & Friends or as specified

The Educational Walks will each have a designated theme or problem area that can be introduced by the trainer or requested by the students. During the walk, the trainer will illustrate the problem, demonstrate how to deal with the problem and help each owner take control and address the problem independently.

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Impulse Control

with Antje Lehmann

Who for: Dogs from 10 months Date: Start 22.09.2022 every Thursday 18.00-19.00 Location: Martha & Friends and nearby areas

Dogs natural impulses are sometimes their worst enemies. In this 6-week course you will learn to recognise your dog's impulses and to help your dog maintain control when their natural urges threaten to take over.

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Doggie Rehab

with Anne Barrere

Who for: Dogs from 10 months Date: Every Saturday 14.00-15.00 Location: Martha & Friends

If you have a dog who has learned acquired some bad habits, who has had little or incorrect education, who needs a restart, refresh, complete change of direction, then this class is for you. Our trainers will identify what your dog has misunderstood and show you how to consistently turn that behaviour around. This class is for dogs from 10 months and older (even old habits can be unlearned), and is open for drop ins. The only pre-requisite is you will need to book an introductory lesson so we can meet your dog before joining the class.

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Controlled Encounters Workshop

with Anne Barrere

Who for: Dogs from 8 months Date: Date Coming Soon Location: Martha & Friends

You and your dog will invariably encounter various stressful situations which may leave your dog chomping at the bit or in full flight-mode. This workshop will teach you how to help your dog approach a dog/person/animal/vehicle calmly and confident in your guidance.

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Healthy Dog Diploma

Nutrition Workshop

with Anne Barrere

Who for: Dogs of all ages Date: Date Coming Soon Location: Martha & Friends

Learn what dog food brands (both wet and dry) are best for your dog as well as how to cook both meals and snack for your dog from scratch. Each participant will get a portion size and feeding schedule suited to their dog size, age, and breed.

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Doggie Trick Fitness Block Course

with Lisah Fouquet

Who for: Dogs from 6 months Date: Date Coming Soon Location: Martha & Friends

Combine stimulating mental exercises and physical challenges with fitness and balance in our trick dog fitness block course. Led by our licensed dog physiotherapist, Lisah will educate dog and owner on different endurance and strength building exercises, as well as warm-up, cool-down, and stretching techniques.

(Block course with 6 appointments)

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Canine First Aid Workshop

with Kim Sanctuary

Who for: Owners of Dogs of all ages (you can come with or without your dog) Date: Date Coming Soon Location: Martha & Friends

Kim Sanctuary (veterinarian) is our guest trainer for our canine First Aid workshops.
In our First Aid course dog owners will learn the basic dog vitals and statistics and how to measure those, how to treat and dress paw and head wounds, how to stabilise and transport your dogs body safely, how to clear the airway and revive the breathing function (CPR), plus more.

The price is 75€ per person coming with their dog and 50€ per person coming without a dog.

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Anti-Poison Workshop

with Anne Barrere

Who for: Dogs from 8 months Date: Date Coming Soon Location: Martha & Friends

In this workshop owners will learn what foods and plants to avoid and what to do in the event your dog gets ahold of something that is poisonous.

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Calm Down & Relax

with Antje Lehmann

Who for: Dogs from 10 months Date: Date Coming Soon Location: Martha & Friends

Every dog owner needs to learn techniques to help your dog calm down in situations that call for peace and quiet. In this 6-week course you will learn to recognise when your dog is over-stimulated and to activate the techniques that will bring your dog into a calm and relaxed state.

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Doggie Massage Workshop

with Lisah Fouquet

Who for: Dogs from 8 months Date: Date Coming Soon Location: Martha & Friends

Led by our dog physio-therapist Lisah, in this workshop you will learn how to give your dog a relaxing and therapeutic massage in a safe and controlled environment.

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Trick Dog Diploma

Clicker Workshop

with Anne Barrere

Who for: Dogs from 6 months Date: Date Coming Soon Location: Martha & Friends

Learn how to use a clicker for optimised training and obedience. This is useful for trick training as well as for working dog tasks.

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Trick Dog Beginner

with Lena Mertens

Who for: Dogs from 6 months Date: Start: 05.09.2022 every Monday 18.00-19.00 Location: Martha & Friends

Keep your dog entertained and challenged with this basic trick course. Your dog will learn tricks both useful and fun while building confidence and trust with their owners!

(Block course with 6 appointments)

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Trick Dog Advanced

with Lena Mertens

Who for: Dogs from 8 months Date: 17.10.2022 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.

(Block course with 6 appointments)

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Crossdogging

With Lena Mertens

Who for: Dogs from 10 months Date: Start 03.10.2022 Every Monday 19.15-20.15 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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Slowgility

with Lena Mertens

Who for: Dogs from 8 months Date: Start: 14.10.22 every Friday 19.00-20.00 Location: Martha & Friends

A confidence building course perfect for older, insecure, or anxious dogs, but also for anyone who is interested in promoting their dog's mental health. We work on concentration and staying calm while achieving specific agility goals. Body awareness and balance are trained using poles, bridges, mats and pylons. Targeted movements stimulate the dog's muscles and with targeted sniffing games, which are stimulating and improves your overall relationship via working together.

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Detective Dog Diploma

Nose & Scent Workshop

with Guest Trainer

Who for: Dogs from 6 months Date: Coming Soon Location: Martha & Friends

Target object search or ZOS® (in German Zielobjektsuche) is derived from the detection dog work carried out by police dogs. It is an outstanding discipline for all dogs, and the aim is for the dog to sniff out a pre-conditioned search object in a hiding place, and then to mark its location and thus show its handler where the object is. This to be done calmly and as close as possible to the hiding place.

ZOS® increases bonding between dog and handler:
• The dog's main sensory organ is its nose. Here, he can develop his olfactory skills.
• The focus is on social communication and cooperation between human and dog.
• The nervous, hyperactive dog finds a better sense of calm through focus and concentration on the task at hand.
• Insecure and anxious dogs gain more self-confidence and sense of security.
• The intense focus and concentration by the dog is a more intense exercise for the dog than with pure physical exertion. ZOS® affects a dog‘s entire organism due to the intense effort of concentrating and coordinating the brain and nasal work.
• ZOS® is easy to learn and can be practiced almost anywhere, and by all dogs. It is great fun for dogs!

THE WORKSHOP
The workshop is an introduction to the world of target object search: Theoretical foundations, practical examples, conditioning on the search object.
What do you need for the course
• A clicker;
• Food reward (small, soft treats, cheese cubes, pieces of sausage, ...);
• Search object (a wooden clothes peg, eraser, sturdy leather strip, ...).
Clicker and treats you can also buy in our Martha & Friends boutique.

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Tracking Nose Work (Spurnasenarbeit)

with Jacqueline Koerfer

Who for: Dogs from 6 months Date: Start 12.06.2022 every Thursday 19.00-20.00 Location: Martha & Friends

Every dog comes equipped with a highly capable sense of smell which can be used in a meaningful way to protect our local environment and threatened species. By attending Spürnasenarbeit classes, you will work together as a team with your dog to search for one or several target odours related to nature conservation. Some examples include, preventing, mapping, and eradicating invasive species; finding and protecting rare, threatened and endangered species of animals or plants; or ecological monitoring—finding where species live, how many there are, and what they need.

Dogs have a peculiar advantage in that they can cover large areas and rough terrain in a relatively short time, detecting cryptic species and scents hidden in deep vegetation. Some examples of the scenarios we work with here in Luxembourg include carcass detection of bat species protected under EU law. Conducting surveys in their mortality rates is common place around wind turbines. Another example is detecting the scat of wolves. One of the most effective ways of determining population sizes in areas, and the success of reintroduction projects for elusive species, is to perform DNA tests on animal scat. Bark beetle detection on spruces is another example, as bark beetles cause extensive tree losses in our local forests. Dogs can also detect invasive plants such as ragwort, as ragwort contains toxic compounds which can cause poisoning to horses and other livestock if eaten. Finally, we also work closely together with pest control experts for bedbug and mould detection.

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Crime Tour Workshop

with Verena Helfrich

Who for: Dogs from 8 months Date: Coming Soon Location: https://goo.gl/maps/GmQyENspir8GM2Nf9

Have you always wanted to solve a criminal case with your dog? Become a member of our team „K9 special unit“, and embark on an exciting CrimeTour. To get on the right track we'll collect evidence, note any strange clues, and decipher codes and symbolism. Our dogs will have to support us to solve the criminal case.

Use the skills your dog used in his ZOS and Nose and Scent training to play a detective team and solve a life-like crime adventure!

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Show Dog Diploma

Personality Check Workshop

with Anne Barrere

Who for: Dogs from 6 months Date: to be scheduled Location: Martha & Friends

An essential step to working together as a team in the spotlight is to identify and understand your dog's personality. In this workshop you will learn how to use your dog's personality as a strength in the ring.

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Body Language Training

with Verena Helfrich

Who for: Dogs from 8 months Date: to be scheduled Location: Martha & Friends

In this course your dog will learn to read your commands purely based on where your eyes are looking or how your body is positioned. This training magnifies the communication and trust between the owner and the dog and forces your dog to pay attention and stay hyper-aware of their owner.

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Show-Dog Beginner

with Isabel Weber

Who for: Dogs from 6 months Date: 30.01.2022 15.00-18.30 | 6.02.2022 15.00-18.30 | 13.02.2022 15.00-18.30 Location: Martha & Friends

Isabel worked for many highly respected breeders and trainers in Scandinavia in the early years of her career, and completed her studies as certified dog trainer in 2017. She graduated as professional dog trainer and behaviourist in 2020. Her greatest successes as breeder and handler are to have bred the Junior World Winner 2021 Shar-Pei as well as Owner/Handler of the VDH Winner of the Year and top winning Greyhound in Germany and Luxembourg 2021. She has handled many dogs (including her own) to Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show placements around Europe.

The series of Sunday afternoon workshops, starting from January 30th until February 27th, will focus on both theory and practice, including breed standard requirements and handling practices for each participant, with tips on how to help make your partnership with your dog stand out from the crowd. Above all, there is a strong emphasis on having fun with your dog in the ring, which is the basis for true showmanship!

To complete the course, we aim to arrange a Match Show (with all the dogs being judged) to show what you have learned and to practice ahead of the springtime dog show season (pandemic willing). Anyone who is interested in showing your dog is welcome to join our workshops.

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Show-Dog Advanced

with Isabel Weber

Who for: Dogs from 6 months Date: 20.02.2022 15.00-19.00 | 27.02.2022 15.00-19.00 Location: Martha & Friends

Isabel worked for many highly respected breeders and trainers in Scandinavia in the early years of her career, and completed her studies as certified dog trainer in 2017. She graduated as professional dog trainer and behaviourist in 2020. Her greatest successes as breeder and handler are to have bred the Junior World Winner 2021 Shar-Pei as well as Owner/Handler of the VDH Winner of the Year and top winning Greyhound in Germany and Luxembourg 2021. She has handled many dogs (including her own) to Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show placements around Europe.

The series of Sunday afternoon workshops, starting from January 30th until February 27th, will focus on both theory and practice, including breed standard requirements and handling practices for each participant, with tips on how to help make your partnership with your dog stand out from the crowd. Above all, there is a strong emphasis on having fun with your dog in the ring, which is the basis for true showmanship!

To complete the course, we aim to arrange a Match Show (with all the dogs being judged) to show what you have learned and to practice ahead of the springtime dog show season (pandemic willing). Anyone who is interested in showing your dog is welcome to join our workshops.

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