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The Effective Use of Toys as Rewards. Presented by Kamal Fernandez

  • Friday, January 13, 2017
  • 2:00 PM
  • Friday, January 13, 2023
  • 3:00 PM
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Presented by Kamal Fernandez


The use of toys as reinforcement within training has become a lost art, however one that can be both effective and appropriate for the dog. Being able to effectively reinforce your dog, allows you to create behaviour in a timely manner. Understanding the importance of creating skills with toys prior to using them as reinforcement will ensure that problems encountered within training don't arise, create a solid foundation to build on. Effective use of toys as rewards, creates and consolidates relationships, develops focus and arousal for work/training.

Learning Objectives

  • 5 Key games to develop with toys 
  • Where and how they can be utilized
  • Demonstrations of each skill
  • Balancing control vs drive
  • Arousal and its affect on behavior
  • Understanding ‘drives’
  • Handler mechanics
  • Benefits of effective toys as reinforcement
  • Trouble shooting

About The Presenter

Head trainer and owner of East London Dog Training, Kamal Fernandez has over 20 years' experience training dogs from all walks of life. He started training in 1991 after adopting Scrunch, an independent free-willed chow-chow mix who prompted a trip to Newham Dog Training Club at Eastlea School in London, England. Thus began an epic journey into the world of dog training which started with a dog that would not come back when called, to competing in the Obedience Championship at renowned UK dog show, Crufts. 

Fernandez has immersed himself in the world of animal training, led by some of the 'leading lights' in the field such as Sylvia Bishop, Susan Garrett, Bob Bailey, Ian Dunbar and Karen Pryor. Now an internationally renowned seminar instructor, Fernandez has been invited to teach all over the world in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Belgium and Germany.

Kamal is a Special Council Member of The Pet Professional Guild British Isles.

A Few Highlights of Kamal's Career

Guest speaker at the Victoria Stilwell national bite conference 2016

Trainer on sky TV production 'Dogs Might Fly'

TV appearances on BBC 1, 2, Channel 4 and 5.

Faculty member of the Fenzi Dog Sport Academy

Owner/Trainer of the following:

  • Ob Ch suenijon Touch of Magic CDx UDx (Border Collie)
  • Currahee Touch of magic Ch C (Border collie)
  • Jotunheim Excalibar Ch C (Malinois)
  • Vombrittania Anza Ch C, World Cup Team member Crufts 2015 (Malinois)

Some of his students' accomplishments:

Val Venables ob Ch iatka Tip for the Top

Sue bishop Nedlo what's it all about Crufts 2017 Obedience Championship qualifier

Jane Webb Wt Ch Flyntastic Winventure Crufts Obedience Championship competitor

Katy Girdler Just Jenna Flat Coat Retriever Cross Crufts Obedience Championship Competitor

Teresa Wright WUSV World IPO Championship Team GB Member

Mari Yvlinkka Giant Schanuzer IPO World Championship GB Team Competitor

Patricia Murphy Saredon as time goes by Mini Schauzner Crufts 2016 Inter-regional Team member, and winner

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