The Adult Novice class is a beginners class for dogs over the age of 5 months and it runs for 6 weeks on 33 acres of private land in East Horsley. Each class runs for 1 hour and is not suitable for dogs who are in any way uncomfortable or reactive 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. 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 include a short walk round the private woodland so we can put into practice things that you have learnt throughout the course. 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, start some scentwork classes or even have some fun with a tricks class or platform training class!
Cost: £125 (in person), £95 (online)
The Intermediate class runs for 6 weeks on 33 acres of private land in East Horsley, Surrey. and is the next step after the puppy or the adult novice class. It is also suitable if you have done previous training elsewhere.
The focus of this class is to progress behaviours learned in the puppy or novice class, and start to increase distractions and therefore proof the reliability of behaviours, introduce new behaviours such as the send away, distance control, proofing release words, and work on improving our recall and loose lead walking.
These classes also run very successfully online.
Cost: £125 (in person), £95 (online)
The Advanced class is the next step after the Intermediate class. This runs for 6 weeks and works on further progressing and proofing behaviours, introducing new exercises such as the “emergency stop”, discriminating send aways, hind leg awareness, and we often work on some platform training. Specific exercises will depend on members of the class and what level they are at.
Cost: £125 (in person)
Angela is an official Scent Imprint For Dogs Instructor, as well as a recognised trainer for Scentwork UK.
Scentwork is where a dog uses their sense of smell to identify and locate a scent that they have been trained to detect.
Scentwork helps build the bond between dog and handler, assists in your ability to read your dog’s body language, and is open to all dogs, all ages, all breeds and all abilities. Scentwork is a natural behaviour for dogs and, as a training activity it is fun, rewarding and very mentally tiring for your dog!
The Beginners class is run over a 6 week course (with necessary homework inbetween each class), at the end of which you should be at the level to compete at Detection Dog Trials or Scentwork UK Trials, should you wish to do so. Each course will be strictly limited to an absolute maximum of 6 dogs per class (in person), and 3 dogs per class if online.
Dogs will learn to search for food initially, and then search for scent (usually clove, but if dogs are not motivated by clove we will suggest an alternative scent for that dog to work for) hidden in a variety of locations
Cost: £125 (in person) and £95 (online) for 6 weeks.
We also run scent detection workshops at a variety of locations – a private farm and woodland in East Horsley Dorking Halls theatre, a local feed merchants and country store and a local football ground to name a few. These workshops are open to all dogs once they are confidently searching for odour.
Workshop cost: £35 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!
A platform is a raised surface which the dog stands on, and it becomes am, effective and versatile tool 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 four main obedience positions).
This can dramatically improve heel work (which is one of the most common problems we are contacted to help with), and platforms can be invaluable for introducing distance work, for developing body awareness and flexibility, adding precision to positions, working on certain tricks and for providing important mental stimulation for your dog.
Classes run for 6 weeks and dogs are given regular breaks during the 50 minute class to assist the learning process. Spaces are strictly limited to 6 dogs per class.
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!
We run classes working towards the various levels of the National Canine Trick Star Awards !
Among the tricks we teach are ‘simple’ ones such as “paw” and “spin/twist” (from the Apprentice Award level) to “bow”, chin target, leg weaves and a crawl (from the Graduate Award Level), progressing to more complex tricks such as “pray” and “tidy up” (moving through Master and Pro Awards levels).
Our beginners tricks classes run for 6 weeks and are currently running online very successfully.
£80 (online) and £95 (in person)
Once you have completed the beginners course, you would be able to continue working towards the awards by attending the PAYG Tricks classes.
These currently run on alternate Wednesday nights ONLINE at the moment (£10 per class). Booking is necessary.
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 not to chase joggers, cyclists, horse riders and livestock.
These are most often held in 33 acres of private woodland, so they are 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 mainly on lead and are not, in general, suitable for dogs who have issues/aggression towards other dogs or people (although this will be decided on an individual basis) but we do also run the occasional reactive dog workshop and walk.
We also run specific “littlies” walks – solely for small breed dogs. Please contact us for further information or to express interest.
Cost: £25 per DOG (approx 1.5 hours)
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