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About Spiffing Dog Training:

Hi, my name is Matt Rolfe and I am a full member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT).  I am vet referred for behaviour adjustment plans and have a history of working with charities such as the Dogs Trust as a Training and Behaviour Advisor and Safe and Sound, a rescue organisation saving dogs from termination in pounds.  I am fully insured and only use reward based training in all cases, never punitive.  1 to 1 training is my speciality, group classes are always fun too.

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Got any questions or need some quick advice about training your dog?

We’re here to help you and your dog and look forward to working with you both. Either use the form below or give us a call and we’ll answer any questions you have.

07885 220707

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Taunton, Somerset

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Dog Training Tips

Training Tips
Matt

The JOY of adolescence

Adolescence.  Many of you will have been advised to worry about this stage in your dog’s life.  Regularly I hear stories of dogs suddenly ignoring their owners, acting far more independently (i.e., ignoring recall), showing signs of nervousness and sometimes aggression.  What on Earth is going on?! *cue people running around like their hair is

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Training Tips
Matt

Jumping Up

Many dogs simply have to greet you with their feet on you.  Imagine being so exciting to another animal that they just have to touch you while sporadically spinning around (tail whipping everything off the coffee table again!), barking and maybe even mouthing you in unrestrained joy!  As lovely as the sentiment is, generally it’s

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Training Tips
Matt

Dominance

No matter where you live, you will have undoubtedly heard that you need to be dominant over your dog or at the very least their pack leader. There are several studies on this topic and I will not bog you down with it all here. The short version is simply that you do not need

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Training Tips
Matt

Treats

Just a quick note on rewarding your dogs.  I have heard people refer to this as bribery and a sure way to make the dog only ever work for food.  This is not quite right, let me explain in brief. Firstly, dogs do what works.  If your dog is motivated by food, it is a

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Training Tips
Matt

Clicker

The clicker is a useful, cheap tool that can help with timing of marking a correct behaviour when training your dog.  It is completely optional as you can use verbal markers however many handlers prefer the precise, consistent marker than a clicker provides. It works in the same way classic conditioning works.  You may be

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Training Tips
Matt

Recall

This short guide is to help you gain or improve recall with your dog when engaging in off lead activities. You are going to need a treat pouch with tasty treats, a long line and a harness (never a collar with a long line) and if your dog is toy motivated pack their favourite on

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We have a stall at this event, pop over for some free advice and a general chat. Also, I really really really want to stroke your dog(s)! #taunton #tauntondogs #doggydayout #spiffingdogs #dog #dogs #dogslife #dogstagram #pup #pups #puppy #puppies #pupoftheday #pupstagram #puppiesofinstagram
Look at that little face! Look at it!! You are welcome.

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Ozzy having a nap straight after tonights class! This evenings focus was on introducing dogs to a weird item, but in small stages to help them not be scared. Ozzy was nervous at first but engaged fully by then end. It's clearly tuckered him out, bless!

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The begginings of loose lead walking for these 2 very enthusiastic spaniels. We've added in a little run at the end of the walking part as the dogs love it. Remember, rewards are all about what the dog loves!

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The extremely friendly Rufus here is learning to choose to settle on a target (small blanket in this case). We will use this as option for him vs rushing the front door and barking at the neighbours over the fence (the neighbours have been feeding him for this and are of course best friends with the dapper gentleman). #minischnauzer #dog #dogs #dogtraining #mansbestfriend #k9 #instadog #dogsofinstagram #cute #friendly #handsome #spiffingdogs
This sweet pupper is Kasmeer, about 10 weeks old Rhodesian Ridgeback. Not yet used to her own long legs, delightfully clumsy and sleepy as all pups are. 
Can't wait to have her in class in a few weeks :) #rhodesianridgeback #rr #pup #pupper #puppy #cute #dog #puppiesofinstagram #instapuppy #dogtraining #spiffingdogs
Some platform training to keep wiggly dogs focus on owners. Demo'd here by 6 month old Max!

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Cooper (top) and Ruby, live together and are both adorable! Cooper is nervous of strange dogs outside, and cyclists, and some vehicles. Ruby just wants to relax without having to play with Cooper all the time.

A little training to help them both out it is then! Great first session.

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Regram from @toby_n_thebeagle -  Woo picking up my food from @partners_pets yesterday 😁 and was such a good beagle, really calm around the other dogs when I use to go crazy barking at them all before my training with @spiffingdog #envepetfoods #petssupermarket #dogfood #spiffingdog

Love getting these upates! @toby_n_thebeagle here is the one in my short video of 2 dogs getting along with each other when previously reacting with barking and jumping at about 80 metres apart. Great stuff!
Stall at the Doggy Day Out today, come say hi if you're here :) #taunton #dogs
New blog post on the joy of adolescence, link here and in bio
https://www.spiffingdog.com/blog/

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The very sweet and gentle Norman here loves nothing more than tracking and playing with other dogs. Lovely temperament, just a bit of work to do on his recall.

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