Beginners

For puppy course graduates and those with little or no training experience.  No upper age limit.

Each class lasts 1 hour 10 minutes and builds on the training learnt from our puppy classes helping them remain confident, sociable and well mannered dogs.  We also accept and cater for dogs that have completed puppy classes elsewhere.
Suitable also for rescues, older dogs and those requiring a refresher course so long as they are comfortable around other dogs and people (see Term & Conditions).

Dogs will experience training against a variety of distractions providing an environment that is far from sterile.  All are encouraged to progress at their own rate.

With a maximum of only eight dogs you are ensured plenty of individual tuition as well as group participation under the tuition of 2 qualified instructors per class.

These courses are not suitable for dogs that are nervous of or aggressive to other dogs or people in any manner.  
Please refer to our Terms & Conditions before booking.  Sorry but there is a strict no refund policy for dogs deemed unsuitable/aggressive once the course has started.

 

Exercises include;

  • Steadiness against a variety of tempting distractions
  • Walk nicely on lead
  • Progression to off-lead heel work if ready
  • Stay
  • Leaving objects both static and mobile
  • Wait
  • Come when called
  • Perfecting attention, reliability, sits and downs
  • Training at a distance
  • Patience and manners with food etc
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Six week courses at Hermitage Village Hall or Frank Hutchings Hall in Thatcham costs £105, including comprehensive manual and telephone/email support.

Click here for course dates, availability and registration.

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