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ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Basic Training with a Rescue Dog

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 11 reviews.Cape Town, South AfricaPart of Airbnb Online Experiences

Online experience hosted by Deirdre

45 mins
Up to 10 people. Private groups available for up to 30
Join from your computer, phone, or tablet
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Together with my son, Damian, and our wayward hound, Brody, we will show you the basics of clicker training to start you off on your basic dog training journey from home. I am not a professional dog trainer, but I've learned a lot over the 3 years we have had Brody about working with a rescue and teaching a wilful, high-energy dog basic skills and tricks.

We will start off introducing ourselves and Brody, and sharing the story about his adoption, his fears and issues when he first arrived in our home and the journey he has been on.

I will then explain how the clicker is used, why it has been the most effective method of training for Brody, and demonstrate him learning a new skill using the clicker. I've used it to teach him to strum a guitar, take Damian's socks off and attempt to turn the lights on and off.

There will be time to ask questions, introduce your own dogs and share your own stories. If there is something you'd like me to try and teach Brody during the class, I'm more than open to suggestions, challenges and lots of laughs as we attempt them together.

Just in advance: Brody is not interested in playing with a ball, so "go fetch" is still our biggest lesson we are working on.
Together with my son, Damian, and our wayward hound, Brody, we will show you the basics of clicker training to start you off on your basic dog training journey from home. I am not a professional dog trainer, but I've learned a lot over the 3 years we have had Brody about working with a rescue and teaching a wilful, high-energy dog basic skills and tricks.

We will start off introducing ourselves and Brody, and sharing the story about hi…

How to participate

  • Join a video call
    Download Zoom for free on a desktop or mobile device. After you book, you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
  • Book a private group
    Deirdre can host private groups of any size, up to 30 guests. Private group rates start at $80.

What to bring

  • Your dog - if you want to actively join in during the session
  • High quality treats that your dog loves
  • A clicker, or a pen that makes a clicking sound
  • A sense of humour, patience, understanding and love
  • Laptop or mobile phone to join the online experience
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Meet your host, Deirdre

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 11 Reviews
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I am mom to a 21 year old warrior who is physically disabled and uses a wheelchair. After our application for a service dog was turned down because Damian doesn't speak clearly, we decided to get our own dog and train it ourselves. I decided to adopt so that we could rather give a dog a second chance at life. We got way more than we bargained for with Brody, our rescue Dalmatian - as what he lacks in spots, he made up for with phobias. He is quirky, and vocal about everything and keeps us (and all of our friends on social media) laughing at his antics. It's been quite a journey but we've learned many valuable tips and tricka as we've got to know this crazy character who has become part of our family.
I am mom to a 21 year old warrior who is physically disabled and uses a wheelchair. After our application for a service dog was turned down because Damian doesn't speak clearly, we decided to get our own dog and train it ourselves. I decided to adopt so that we could rather give a dog a second chance at life. We got way more than we bargained for with Brody, our rescue Dalmatian - as what he lacks in spots, he made up for with phobias. He is quirky, and vocal about everything and keeps us (and a…
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Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 11 reviews.

Siri
October 2020
Deidre explained and demonstrated the clicker techniques clearly. It was easy for us to follow and try it out with our puppy during the session. She was observant and quick to point out how we could better use the clicker when we struggled to get our puppy to stop nipping. This helped us understand immediately the concept of the clicker. Since the session we have continued to use the clicker. Our puppy loves the affirmative click and knowing that his action matches our request. This has been extremely helpful. Thank you Deidre!
Deidre explained and demonstrated the clicker techniques clearly. It was easy for us to follow and try it out with our puppy during the session. She was observant and quick to poin…
Mary
August 2020
Deirdre and Brody make a great team! I learned some very great tips on how I can train my own dog to follow commands. Deirdre was very encouraging and I can't wait to put her tips to practice. Seeing the training from Deirdre's perspective and having her work with Brody, I know that my high energy boxer will able to accomplish basic to difficult commands. Very Enjoyable class.
Deirdre and Brody make a great team! I learned some very great tips on how I can train my own dog to follow commands. Deirdre was very encouraging and I can't wait to put her ti…
Sandra
July 2020
The time we spent in the experience was wonderful. We had in common the love for the dogs and the trust in them. She make my mom, my daughter, me and my dogs feel so welcome into her house. She introduced us to her son and her dog and for us that was magical. Thank you for all what you taught us in that short time. Blessings thank you again.
The time we spent in the experience was wonderful. We had in common the love for the dogs and the trust in them. She make my mom, my daughter, me and my dogs feel so welcome into h…
Deanna
July 2020
This felt like a dedicated training session and we learned some great tips. We have a rescue puppy, and want to learn more tips and tricks. We have tried the clicker before, but we have not been great about using it for training. This was a chance for us to learn how to use the clicker with an experienced person walking us through it. We have done puppy school before, but they did not teach us about the clicker. Deirdre was very knowledgeable. Thank you so much for answering all our questions and your helpful recommendations. It was also very cool meeting people from around the world while we did the class. :)
This felt like a dedicated training session and we learned some great tips. We have a rescue puppy, and want to learn more tips and tricks. We have tried the clicker before, but we…
Ji Yun
June 2020
With two new rescue dogs I have adopted very recently, it was encouraging to have a friendly host and her own rescue dog who made marvelous progress give me simple instructions to follow to teach dogs and helpful advices on questions I had. There are so many websites giving different information. But it is much more effective to have personal interaction with someone like Deirdre who shares her insights from experience and her approach to training that can apply to you. Thank you!
With two new rescue dogs I have adopted very recently, it was encouraging to have a friendly host and her own rescue dog who made marvelous progress give me simple instructions to…
Christine
June 2020
I enjoyed a lovely experience with Deirdre, Damian, and Brody, a handsome & smart dalmatian. I have a rescue dog as well. I left this session with great new techniques on training my little guy with a gentle but effective approach. Thank you!
I enjoyed a lovely experience with Deirdre, Damian, and Brody, a handsome & smart dalmatian. I have a rescue dog as well. I left this session with great new techniques on training…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email.

More tips

It's not compulsory to actively work with your dog during the lesson - you're welcome to watch and engage and then practice later with your own dog in your own time. If you don't have a dog and are just interested in our story and lesson - you're most welcome to book!