COVID-19 Lockdown news and videos

During current lockdown restrictions, all face to face training is suspended. As soon as such contact is permitted by the Government, the Kennel Club and our own insurance, and we are happy with social distancing measures in place, we plan to resume teaching. Initally this is likely to be 121 training. Group training is likely to be delayed further.

We have also cancelled all 2020 KC Open Shows. We have provisional dates for 2021 and hope to welcome everyone back to SWAT and Coppice Gate Farm.

In the meantime we have a series of Lockdown Challenges for you with a new one being posted each week. If you try any of these, do post your progress and efforts on our Facebook page.

UPDATE from 18th May we will be resuming limited 121 training. This is subject to very specific non-negotiable rules and is currently only available to members. We hope to be able to take on new clients in the near future.

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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.


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.