COVID-19 Lockdown news and videos

We are training whenever our tier rules allow. Please check out the page(s) for the activities that interest you and follow our Facebook page and groups for updates. Every time the rules change we need to make changes and rearrange training. Please look out for emails and be patient if you do not recieve an email immediately.

During current coronavirus restrictions, training may be slightly different to usual to ensure we remain COVID compliant. We have established a set of rules for all visitors to the farm and ask everyone to abide by these and the social distancing measures in place.

We have provisional dates for 2021 KC Open Shows when we hope to welcome everyone back to SWAT and Coppice Gate Farm.

Although all KC Open Shows were cancelled in 2020, we were really pleased to run two successful COVID Compliant Shows in August and September. We had hoped to run another show under KC Rules for 27th January 2021 but after advice from the Kennel Club that has been cancelled.

During first Lockdown we continued with online training and created these Lockdown Challenges for you. If you try any of these, do post your progress and efforts on our Facebook page. The Challenges are not just for Lockdown; many are suitable for general training and bonding with your dog.

why do our challenges

Introduction to the SWAT Lockdown Challenges with Toni Davis

#1 Nose TOUCH

Teach you dog to touch your hand and then an object.
The video demonstates using a clicker and a verbal response.

#2 reversing

Useful to teach back-end awareness and good for all dogs.

#3 Leg weaving

A really good behaiour to help the dog know where its back end is and as a warm up exercise.

#4 Elephant pedestal Trick

A great trick which is useful for starting other dog sports eg Parkour and competitive Heelwork and Healwork to Music.

#4 ELEPHANT PEDESTAL TRICK extension

Training a close heelwork position moving in all directions.

#5 spin and twist

A behaviour that can be build into lots of other behaviours.

The video includes some great advice on how to train this with a dog that is really struggling.

#6 instant down

Or a sit or even an instant stand (still).

From basics close by you to commanding from a distance.

This skill can be a life-safer. And can be a great help for young dogs still learning a recall.

#7 bow

A good follow-on from the previous training of a 'Down'.

#8 middle position

Getting the dog to move into position between your legs. Often used by handlers to position the dog before their agility run.

With an extension to get the dog walking with front feet on your feet.