In December, David achieved one of his dreams, to provide 100% of the electric power from the sun.
"Solar power is so exciting - clean energy there just waiting to be used. I really look forward
to the sun rising everyday, it's fantastic!"
2013.12 Fordogs Flyball Fun Day.
On December 17th, Fordogs held a fun flyball challenge day. Great fun for everyone. We hope to have
more fun again very soon in 2014. Thank you to everyone for making the day a success.
2013.11 The King is Dead. Long Live the King.
On November 24th 2013 at 2.15pm at just over 15 years of age Toby died.
Toby had such an active life and for many years worked as only he could, helping other dogs with
dog to dog issues, accept and even enjoy the company of other dogs. He did this without anger or
aggression and with such authority and grace, a real pleasure to watch. He earned the nickname,
"Toby Sensei" from students that had seen him in action. I will never forget him, he taught me so, so
much and was just the greatest, bravest dog I have met. Unless thunder clouds were in the sky!
Love you T, see you again.
The biggest & smallest, all welcome!
2013.04 Seminar at FORODGS - Dog Run Manners & Dog Play.
In April, Fordogs Dog training club held a seminar at our indoor training center. It was a bit of a
squeeze to get 12 dogs and their owners in the hall but we did it. David spoke
about dog play, manners and how to use dog runs to teach good behaviours and not what is commonly
the case, problem behaviours. It was a well attended seminar and everyone enjoyed a relaxing lunch
together - dogs, people and food, real socialisation. The second half was a demonstration in a dog run.
It was a fantastic success and David would like to thank everyone for helping and taking part.
FORDOGS at 2013 Kinugawa sled competition
2013.02 "Team FORDOGS" entered 5 dogs this year!
in the Kinugawa sled competition.
The weather was fantastic - glorious sunshine. And everyone performed well.
One dog challenge 50~80m (with runner):
reached the podium, picking up 4th place and a certificate.
put in a fantastic performance only hindered by me finding the only deep hole on the course. Sanc
coming back to save me - thank you, Sanc. Once on our way again there was no stopping us and we had
a smooth run coming in 19th place.
had a perfect smooth run and came in 11th place.
One dog challenge 50~80m (without runner):
produced her best performance with another fantastic run to gain 8th place!
One dog family 300m :
did a fantastic job and improved again to get his best time at 300m in 24th.
Well done everyone! A great day out - fun for the dogs and fun for their partners.
NHK reporter Urano San has a sled lesson!
2013.01 NHK come to FORDOGS to see Sled dogs at work!
NHK reporter Urano san and an NHK camera crew came to see our sled dog practice in January,
she even got to ride the FORDOGS sled pulled by the FORDOGS dog training club team.
The weather was fine, sunny and very cold but that didn't bother the dogs, they were fantastic.
The show will be aired on the 6th and 20th of February.
Warming up for Rally-O!
2012.12 Rally Obedience Trial
Fordogs Dog Training Club held a rally obedience trial in December, judged by David.
David has wanted to hold a rally obedience trial for a long time. Although it is well
established in the USA it is almost unheard of in Japan.
What is Rally-O? - It combines traditional obedience exercises against the clock. You may
praise your dog in fact it is encouraged. No stern faces in rally! The exercises are performed
on a course and each task is indicated on a card. There are usually about 20 performance
stations on a rally course. It was a great day and I hope there will be more rally competitions
in the near future.
Trial Medal List:
Gold Medal - Lucky (Golden Retriever)
Silver Medal - Mari (Labrador Retriever)
Bronze Medal - Lan (Toy Poodle)
Gold Medal - Pearl (Golden Retriever)
Silver Medal - Kotaro (Toy Poodle).
Bronze Medal - D-st (Great Dane)
Present Exchange Fun!
Dogs find their Xmas present!
The fastest recall means first pick!
Merry Christmas 2012!
And A Happy New Year 2013.
2012.02 Fun and Success in sled dog race in Nikko
Fantastic! Job well done for Pearl in her first sled competition. Congratulations! Well done to everyone who took part.
100M (with support runner David!) "Pearl" (Golden Retriever) fantastically fast dog sled debut with home-made harness!
100M (no runner) "Lee" (Border Collie) Wins special prize for 12th place!
300M "Sunny" (Beagle mix) Not last place this year!! Yipee!
Yuupi back home safely!
2012.01 Dog Training Saves One Cat's Life. All Smiles,
"Yuupi"is Found Safe.
The pleasure a dog and owner get from working=playing together is something
that creates a true respect and relationship with another species like
no other. Because for a dog, life is a game=work=play; the human end of
the partnership just decides what the rules are.Today, two of our dogs
Lico and Sunny worked for almost one hour each to find lost family cat
"Yuupi". They did this in the street with distractions, without
stopping and without food reward, because they have learnt human emotional
language - they understand from our voice, our touch, our body language
that we are happy and are enjoying working as a team. Of course, we have
worked/played our dogs on finding toys and people in practice situations
in the past but to do this for real gives me again a great respect for
the skills and sense they possess which we can never understand.
Why not teach your dog to search and unleash that special power at FORDOGS.
2012.01 Happy New Year 2012!
Fun in the snow - Dog Sledding or Snow agility!
Megumi on tow!
Yes, it's that time of year again.The snow has arrived and the sled is
ready to go, let's have some fun in the snow!
It's an amazing sight to see the happy faces of a dog and their owner sailing
along on the snow.
Fun agility in the snow！
If your dog enjoys pulling, why not have a try at dog
sledding. If you have a big dog, the sky is the limit but if you are like
us and your dog is small, don't worry you can still have fun. What
Even smaller dogs can have fun in the snow with some help from a good friend!
2011.7 FORDOGS Dog School Indoor Area Solar Power System.
In July, David designed and installed a small solar power system for FORDOGS dog training school.
The system provides power for lighting and in the summer some air-conditioning.
Along with other power saving efforts it has enabled FORDOGS to save 80% of the 2010 energy use.
David hopes to eventually expand the system and provide all the electric power from the sun.
2011.3 East Japan Great Earthquake.
In March, there was a big earthquake in the east of Japan causing large
scale destruction and loss of life. Our thoughts are with all that have
suffered and are suffering.
2010.11 FORDOGS Fun Agility Trial - "Sank is golden !"
The agility trial in November was a great success with two levels Jumpers
1 and Beginners. At jumpers level Sunny and Lico came home first and second
while an excellent performance by Lucky secured him the Bronze. David designed
the course to push the handlers but everyone handled it with skill. Well
done. In the beginners class Sank put in an outstanding run and took the
gold. Silver medal was taken by the newcomer Cru and consistent Lucky brought
home the Bronze again, nice work. "Everyone's handling was impressive
and I'm looking forward to the next competition. What made me most happy
was seeing dog/human partnerships - working/playing/communicating and basically
having fun together."
2010.07 Seminar at Fukuda Animal Hospital - "No problem for a dog."
In July, David spoke at Fukuda Animal Hospital in Nikko. The subject of
his presentation Problem Dog Behaviour - What are behaviour problems, why
we get problems and how to think about curing them. "There was a great
atmosphere and I think everyone learned something from the seminar."
2010.04 Puppy and Junior Classes at Fukuda Animal Hospital.
In April, we started a new series of Puppy and Junior classes at Fukuda
Animal Hospital. It's never too early to start training, after all your
puppy starts training you the second it enters your home! - "A gram
of prevention is worth a ton of cure!"
2010.02 Lee is a superstar !
We were lucky enough to have two sled dog competitions this winter. They
are a great way to have some fun with your dog in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
The challenge race gives everyone a chance to take part no matter what
kind of dog they have. It's easy to start so why not enter next winter.
Please talk to us and we'll give you details. This year, Lee entered for
the first time and picked up second place in the Snow Queen (misc.) race!
2009.10 The new A-frame has arrived!
The new A-frame has arrived and "Sunny" didn't waste any time
putting it through its paces. Autumn is a really great season to do agility
in Japan with the warm sun and the red leaves.
2009.09 The 4th JAPDT Conference, Tokyo.
The 4th JAPDT conference was held in Tokyo in September. This time David's
speech was titled "The Nature Of Dogs". The presentation examined
the instincts of the dog, why we live with them and how those instincts
can cause trouble to pet dog owners. He examined play including puppy class
play which is so misunderstood and presented his unique ideas on how to
live HERE in Japan happily with a canine partner. David would like to say
a big THANK YOU to all the dogs and special people who helped to make his
May 2009 International Agility - My trip to the sunny UK ?
In May, David went back to the UK for 2 weeks. It was a really great trip
and while David was there he managed to visit a large agility trial, a
sheep dog trial, a puppy class and thanks to the kindness of Kathrin Tasker
who lent him her dog, Winnie, take part and collect the fastest time in
one! David would like to thank all the other people who let him borrow
their dogs. "The fun and friendly atmosphere was wonderful. I like
to run and enjoyed the interesting courses in such a great environment.
That's what I want to achieve at fordogs
people of all ages having fun with their dogs."
April 2009 Fordogs Fun Agility Competition - Winner Takamatsu Lee!
April's Fordogs Fun Agility Competition was a great success. With everyone
doing really well. Even Toby ,"Mr. Dolphin" came out of retirement
and put in one fast run before returning to the sofa! An excellent star
performance from Murota "Juni" picked up 4th place.
Feb 2009 Dog Sled Race - "Sunny" comes last but his smile shines
all the way!
Toby now retired from active dog sled duty, it was time for the youngster
to step in. Sunny is only a small dog but he is strong and enjoys a challenge.
The only problem was no one told him this was a race not a Sunday stroll
in the park! Oh well. He enjoyed the day and so did we. Keep smiling, Sunny!
2008.08 JAPDT 3rd Conference Azabu University, Kanagawa
On August 29th, David spoke at the JAPDT conference in Asabu University.
The subject of his talk this year was Puppy Development and Training
and the DVD of his speech is available from the
David would like to thank all the people who came to see his presentation.
"The most important thing in training is that unique relationship
we can have with a dog only by using emotion. When we communicate clearly
with dogs they understand our emotion. They begin to work with us. When
I see my students working with their dogs with emotion, I smile - That's
it. That is the human/animal bond !"
K9 Games 2007 in Gunma. Ex-pats meet again!
Two English , Two French! Parlez vous francais?
In October, David went to the K9 Games in Gunma which were a great success.
At the games, he bumped into another British ex-pat Dr.Ian Dunbar. Ian's
book "How To Teach A New Dog Old Tricks" was one of the first
books David read on pet dog training and still holds a special place on
his bookshelf. In 2006, Ian helped start up the JAPDT and appeared at the
first conference inTsukuba. "It doesn't matter how many times I see
Ian,he's always entertaining, a gifted speaker who has done so much for
pet dog training all over the world."
2007.09 JAPDT 2nd Conference Azabu University, Kanagawa.
In September, David spoke at the 2nd JAPDT conference at Azabu University,
Kanagawa. "I always remember the first time I went there because I
had to do a double take when I saw cows in one of the rooms! (Well, it
is a university for veterinarians!) The conference went very well. I believe
the formation of the JAPDT is one of the most exciting things to happen
to dog training in Japan. It's an open forum for new ideas where everyone
has a voice, regardless of their background, status or training philosophy.
This is fresh and unique in Japan. David`s speech was very well received.
"It was an ambitious project to speak about aggression in a single
session, the subject is vast but the aim of the presentation was to provoke
thought and creativity. There are really no simple cookbooks solutions
to pet dog aggression problems."