The Adult Novice class is a beginners class for dogs over the age of 5 months and it runs for 8 weeks. Each class runs for 50 minutes and is not suitable for dogs who have shown any aggression towards dogs or humans. This is an ideal starting point for adult rescue dogs, older dogs who have done little or no training, or who need help in certain areas.
As well as showing you how to teach your dog a variety of behaviours which are important in day to day life (sit, down, stand, eye contact and focus, loose lead walking, leave an item when asked, drop an item when asked, stay and wait), we also introduce important life skills. Our training is centred around creating a strong bond between dog and owner, which is the foundation of good behaviour. Classes will include theory on certain subjects and we will discuss how to tackle common problems such as jumping up and mouthing. You will be given homework to work on each week, which will be backed up with emailed handouts on new behaviours learned.
The final session will be an informal assessment so you can demonstrate what you have learnt, and we can identify areas you may need to work on. Once you have completed this course we would encourage you to continue training (after all, training your dog is a continuous process!) and move onto our Intermediate class (where you can start to work towards your Kennel Club Good Citizen Scheme Bronze Award) or even have some fun with a tricks class or platform training class!
The Intermediate class runs for 8 weeks and is the next step after the puppy or adult novice class. This class works on progressing behaviours learned in the previous class, introduces more distractions to behaviours that are now fairly reliable, introduces new behaviours such as the ‘send away’, and covers the skills required for the Kennel Club Good Citizen Scheme Bronze Award. It is not compulsory to work towards this award, but it means if you would like to work towards assessment, you are able to do so. This means this class is a good option if you have attended classes elsewhere and would like the opportunity to work towards a goal and prove your dog’s level of obedience!
As a Kennel Club Listed Status Club, we are proud to be able to offer clients the opportunity to work through the prestigious Kennel Club Good Citizen Scheme. The Scheme starts with the Bronze Award and, once you are ready, you will be able to attend one of our assessment sessions which will be booked with a Kennel Club Good Citizen Assessor. Once you have passed the Bronze Award you will then be able to continue to the next level class and work towards your Silver, and ultimately Gold!
The Advanced class is the next step after the Intermediate. This runs for 8 weeks and works on progressing behaviours from the Intermediate class, as well as introducing new, more complex behaviours. This is an ongoing course and, depending on the members of the class and their level, we will introduce exercises such as matching to sample, the “Do as I Do” protocol, teaching left and right, send aways to variety of objects and rear end awareness to name a few. This also covers skills required for the Kennel Club Good Citizen Scheme Gold and Silver Awards (if you have achieved the Bronze standard). Once you have achieved the required standard, you will be able to attend an assessment sessions run by a Kennel Club Good Citizen Assessor.
Angela is a recognised trainer for Scentwork UK. Scentwork is where a dog uses his sense of smell to identify and locate a scent that he has been trained to detect. Scentwork is a natural behaviour for dogs and, as a training activity it is fun, rewarding and very mentally tiring for your dog!
The Level 1 class is the Beginners class and is run over an 8 week course, at the end of which you should be at the level to compete at Scentwork UK Trials, should you wish to do so. The Level 2 and Level 3/4 courses are 6 weeks long each. Each course will be limited to 6 dogs per class. Dogs will learn to search for food initially, and then search for clove scented pieces of cloth hidden in the following situations:
Boxes & Luggage
Tables & Chairs
Cost: £135 for 8 weeks
We also run outdoor scentwork workshops which will be open to people who have completed a minimum of the Level 1 course and whose dogs are proficient at searching for the clove scent. These are run at a private outdoor woodland location in East Horsley.
Dogs will search for the scent in woodland, around trees, around trailers, caravans, boats and cars, and amongst various other pieces of equipment, and helps them learn to search for the scent among other distraction scents.
Workshop cost: £30 per dog
Platform training is a fairly new concept to the world of dog training, although platforms have been used for years to train animals in circuses and zoos. We are delighted to be able to teach this amazing concept to our clients. A platform is a raised surface which the dog stands on, and they are fantastic, versatile tools for teaching a wide variety of behaviours and for encouraging your dog to problem solve.
Dogs learn to stand on a platform to match your body position, which means you end up with a perfect heel, close, front and behind position (the 4 main obedience positions), and this really improves heel work (which is one of the main problems people contact us for). Platforms are invaluable for introducing distance work, for developing body awareness and flexibility, adding precision to various positions, working on certain tricks and for providing invaluable mental stimulation for your dog.
Our classes run for 8 weeks, and each class is 50 minutes long. We give dogs regular breaks during this class in order to assist the learning process, and because it is mentally and physically tiring for them. These classes are very popular and spaces are strictly limited.
Teaching your dog tricks is not only great fun, but it provides important mental stimulation, builds an excellent bond between dog and handler, can increase flexibility and body awareness, teaches your dog new skills, and enables you to truly see exactly what your dog is capable of! Plus it can be a really fun way of showing off to your friends!
Among the tricks we teach in this 8 week course are ‘simple’ ones such as “paw”, “spin/twist”, “roll over”, progressing to teaching your dog to “take a bow” and weave in and out of your legs, right down to rolling up in a blanket, “play dead” and skateboarding! Our tricks classes are very popular and spaces are limited so booking ahead is vital.
Fun Agility Class
These classes are not currently running but please check here for future updates.
The emphasis on these walks is to encourage dogs to be with each other, but not rely on interacting with each other constantly….we aim to increase focus and connection with you, their handler, when there are other dogs and distractions about, so your dog learns that focusing on you pays off far more than running off to greet other dogs! We will also show you how to teach your dog to ignore joggers, cyclists, horse riders and livestock.
This is also a great opportunity to enjoy a lovely dog walk in beautiful, secure surroundings, with other local dog owners, but we will also be able to discuss any problems you may be having, and work on specific aspects of training such as recall past each other, and loose lead walking past distractions.
These walks will be both on and off lead (if appropriate) and are not, in general, suitable for dogs who have issues/aggression towards other dogs or people.
We also run specific “littlies” walks – solely for small breed dogs. Please contact us for further information or to express interest.
Cost: C£12 per walk for clients, £15 for non-clients
07834 167 376
The Reading Room (Tues lunchtimes, Thursday eves, Sat mornings)
Institute Road, Westcott, Dorking, Surrey RH4 3NP
Shalford Village Hall (Monday eves)
Kings Road, Shalford, Guildford, GU4 8JU
East Horsley (Outdoor location - Thurs mornings)
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