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In March 2020, Kirk's Canine Academy are delighted to be bringing Kay Attwood's Platform Training workshop to Wales for the first time!


Platform training is a fantastically powerful training tool, that can help improve a whole range of training issues, adding precision to movements and positioning, adding distance and capturing focus. If you haven’t yet discovered the power of platform training – you’re missing out!


Animal trainers around the world have been using platforms to train for many years - in circuses and zoos for example, they are often used to 'station' animals during a break in the training program, but in dog training, the platforms are used whilst the dog is on it.


A platform is a raised surface for the dog to stand on. It is a great tool for teaching both foundation behaviours and advanced skills. In platform training each platform serves a different purpose, making platforms an extremely versatile training tool. 
With platforms, you can shape a variety of behaviours, plus they present the perfect 'platform' for your dog to offer more behaviours, making your dog think in partnership with you!  

Many freestyle competitors use this method of training because it offers such diversity with endless opportunities for training a vast array of behaviours. 

An added benefit is that it enables working at distance far quicker than many other pieces of equipment and offers the opportunity to quickly develop behaviours and tricks with precise body movement or placement. 

Give your training a jump start or polish on existing behaviours with Platforms! 

Platform training adds consistency and precision to your training by guiding the dog onto the platform and therefore, into the correct position. 


Watch previous platform training sessions in action here.


Who is Kay Attwood?

Kay is a certified Victoria Stillwell dog trainer and mentor, as well as a full member of the Pet Professional Guild, PPG webinar presenter and a member of the committee for the Registration Council for Dog trainers and Behaviourists. She is also a Gold member of the Academy of Dog Trainers and Behaviour and a Gold ADTB assessor and founder member of D.O.G Local. 
In 2018, Kay won the prestigious KCAI Dog Trainer of the Year award, and she also can boast of successful sales of her Platform Training DVD, with other books for cognition in the pipeline. She has built her Kay9 brand throughout the UK, delivering workshops and lectures within the dog training industry at a high standard. She is the only trainer in the UK that currently presents Platform and Cognition workshops and lectures to both members of the public and dog training professionals throughout the World. She continues to add niche subjects to her repertoire, resulting in a full diary and waiting list for tickets. Kay uses only force-free methods involving no pressure, pain or intimidation and adheres to a strict Code of Conduct at all times. Her tag line is ‘I like to train with the brain – not pain’!

Platform Training Workshop With Kay Attwood

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  • When - Saturday 28th March 10.00am - 16.00pm

    Where - Hengwrt Community Sports Hall, Llansawel Cres, Neath SA11 2UW

    What's Included - attendance of the course and all applicable course materials, and refreshments throughout the day. Please bring your own lunch.

    Cost - Handler places cost £125 and are limited to ensure the quality of the workshop training - they WILL sell out fast! 

    Spectator slots are available for just £55.