Links and Resources

Social Media:

Holdfast Dog Centre Facebook Page: Please Like Our Facebook page has videos and photos of day care and training, plus is updated with any info on seminars, non-training days and any upcoming events.

Holdfast Dog Centre Instagram: Photos from classes and daycare

Dog Training Resources

Rules of Love

This video is a wonderful example of the benefits of Clicker Training.  This short film won second prize in the international acclaimed "Canine film festival"  

Stop the 77

Video showing the body language and warnings relating to kids and dogs. Did you know that 77% of bites are by a known dog? Find out more by clicking the link.

Calming Signals Explained

Turid Rugass published the original documentation of Calming Signals.  Here she presents a short segment of her recordings of Calming Signals.

Calming Signals of a nice dog asking for help

This video shows a child bouncing on a dog - calming signals are shown as the dog asks his people to help him out.   Luckily for the child the dog is extremely patient,  but shouldn't have to cope with this.  If he is having a bad day, he and the child will both suffer.

This video shows a new placed police dog warning a reporter to give him space.  Tongue flicks, ears back, eyes showing whites, blinking, furrowed brow... body pulled away. Ten years ago not as much was known about body language and calming signals as now, so comments by the newscaster about it being sudden, out of the blue, unexpected are in fact not true. The dog asked many times to be given more space.    All ended up ok for the dog tho, he got to continue his work as a police dog.