Puppy, Youngster and agility training is now available.
I am pleased to announce that I am able to offer training classes again. These will take place in my new outdoor training field in Claverham.
I am a positive reinforcement trainer, all training can be achieved with either food and/or a toy. Videos of me training my young collie Delta are available on my Facebook page.
I have completed all the required work to become an approved trainer for The academy of dog training and behaviour
My puppy course covers.
- Teaching a sit and down position.
- Walking nicely on a lead.
- Teaching a reliable recall.
- Discussion on the importance of a well socialised puppy.
- And play!
Youngster course covers.
- Testing self control games
- Loose lead walking with added distractions!
- Coming back when called.
- Teaching a calm meet and greet.
- Body awareness.
- Working through distrations.
- Learning to use the equipment safely.
Frequently asked questions.
Can my puppy play with other puppies? Well, the simple answer is no. This course is designed to help you train your puppy to remain calm around other people and dogs, but they will also learn many valuable life skills to help them play in a social and safe way.
Can I bring another family member (spouse/ son/ daughter) along to class?
Yes definitely! I find that your puppy will pick up the training you’re doing with them that much quicker if everyone that your puppy is regularly interacting with is doing the same things. It is also helpful for fellow class members’ puppies to socialise around adults and children of different ages, and children are quite often some of the best dog trainers as they pick up the lessons very quickly! The only reservation I have about very young children joining the lessons is that there is another responsible adult with them besides the person doing the puppy training. This ensures everyone is free to concentrate in class and can enjoy their training time with their puppy.
What do I need to bring to my first lesson?
Your puppy on a flat collar (no slip or choke chains) or harness (preferred)
Lead – preferably 1 metre or so long, and no extendable leads as they’re difficult to hold whilst you’re training
Some tasty training treats and a Favourite toy – if your puppy has one, though don’t be surprised if at the first class they’re too distracted/ shy to play like they do at home
I’ve had a dog before – do I need to do the basic puppy course?
I think you’ll soon discover there’s nothing ‘basic’ about my puppy course! Whether you’re an experienced dog owner or just starting out, my lessons will really get you thinking and enjoying dog ownership on a whole new level. Plus even as a professional dog trainer, my puppies still get taken to puppy class, despite the fact that I could teach them the lessons they learn in class at home. It’s important for puppies to be taught in and amongst various distractions, such as other puppies or dogs, so they learn that the cues they are taught are relevant whatever else might be going on.
I am happy for you to bring your puppy to training classes as long as they have had their first set of vaccinations. The puppy classes are designed so that your puppy learns to work through everyday distractions, this means that you they will not need to meet another puppy up close until week 3, and at this point, they should have had their second vaccination and ready to meet other puppies.