Group classes

Every owner wants a happy, sociable and contented dog – so give your pet the best start possible by joining our Puppy & Dog School.  We run a number of courses to set you and your dog up for success, run by certified trainers.

stage1Stage 1: aimed at newly vaccinated puppies – from approximately 10+ weeks of age.

 

stage2Stage 2: for approx 6+ month olds – when puppies typically enter their ‘teens’.

 

stage3Stage 3: for dogs with intermediate training & Stage 2 graduates looking to progress their skills.

 

Not sure which course is right for you or your dog?

Contact us and we’d be delighted to help recommend the right training plan for you.

During COVID-19

As a result of the current COVID-19 crisis, our face-to-face group classes have had to be suspended in accordance to the recommended governmental advice.  However, we are still operational and can still help you!

We are currently delivering 1-1 training for all new puppy owners via video conferencing and launching group online classes.  Online training enables you to teach your dog in the comfort of your own home and away from distractions.  This allows for faster acquisition of the desired behaviours you’re teaching your dog.  It also means your dog is more at ease in his or her own surroundings.  You can then put all you’ve learnt into practice when out and about to test your dog’s skills and generalise the behaviour – just as you would if you were at our face to face classes.  

Online classes: 

Our Stage 1 Puppies course will be launched online shortly.  This six week course covers hot topics as well as teaching you key foundation behaviours that your puppy needs to set you both up for success. 

All of this is done through science-based reinforcement training, making for a more well-rounded and confident puppy.  Stage 1 Puppies starts at 7.30pm and priced £60.  Do keep an eye on our sign-up form below for launch dates.  

Our courses are designed to help you

Understand your dog from puppyhood and beyond, learn what drives his behaviour, teach you how to promote the wanted behaviour, as well as learning how to deal with the unwanted stuff too – all in a calm and controlled way.  We focus on positive reinforcement methods, utilising various training methods for speed of acquisition of behaviours, reliability and greater dog-owner focus, these include; lure-reward or lure-click, capturing and targeting.  Numerous studies in recent decades have highlighted the fall-out associated with aversives used in ‘traditional’ training (such as yanking of the lead, shouting, pushing the dog into position etc), this can include increased risk of owner-directed aggression and anxiety.  Therefore, compulsion methods together with equipment including choke collars, check chains etc, are strictly forbidden.  All dogs must be fully vaccinated and wormed. 

  • All our courses are six weeks
  • Our face-to-face class sizes are kept to a maximum of 8 dogs per class to ensure you and your dog are given the attention you deserve in an calm environment
  • Group face to face classes are held Mondays at the Nora Grace Hall in Tring.  Our online classes are held Monday evenings via our private video link which you receive access to upon sign up.  See dates below for further information

Click onto the video to hear what our students say about our courses.

Our Stage 1 course is aimed at newly vaccinated puppies up to approx 5+ months.  The course gives you and your puppy…

  • the opportunity to meet other young dogs in a calm and controlled environment
  • understanding of how dogs think and the importance of not pressuring your pup
  • the skills to avoid unwanted behaviours
  • basic training from recall to walking to heel
  • the tools you need to ensure you have a long and happy relationship with your dog
  • handouts & summary emails each week
  • plus a goodie bag for your pet

Our Stage 2 course is aimed at puppies from 6+ months that have graduated from our Stage 1 course or have had some basic training.  This course helps your young dog…

  • get to grips with further training skills
  • understand crisis management
  • introduce distance control
  • learn placement cues
  • and, some fun tricks too

This course is essential as most puppies reach puberty around this time, so it keeps them ‘on track.’  You will also receive handouts & summary email reminders each week.

Our Stage 3 course is aimed at dogs that have graduated from Stage 2, or dogs that have intermediate training. This course gives your dog…

  • learn to control your dog’s energy and enthusiasm
  • capture your dog’s attention
  • increase the reliability of responses
  • distance control including ‘stays’ with heavy distraction
  • maintain those skills already learnt
  • and, for owners to continue their understanding of how dogs think

You will also receive handouts & summary email reminders each week.

Online classes are live so you login from home.  Details of your login and what you’ll need for your classes will be sent you upon sign up.  Online classes are priced £60.

Face to face classes are held at: Nora Grace Hall (formerly known as the Red Cross Hall), Faversham Close, Tring HP23 5BA.

Face to face class times: Monday evenings with Stage 1 Puppies starting at 7pm and Stage 2 Teens and Stage 3 Improvers starting at 8.15pm.  Classes run for one hour.

Face to face classes cost: £75.00 (non-refundable).

To Book: complete our booking form below.

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