Frequently Asked Questions

Training your dog is part of responsible dog ownership. It provides important mental stimulation and is a great way to get to know each other. Training classes help you understand how your dog learns and provides opportunities for your dog to develop important social skills.

Training is an important part of any dog's life, and is important for several reasons. It provides mental stimulation which helps to keep your dog happy, and if combined with morning exercise your dog will be mentally and physically tired at the end and far more likely to sleep during the day.

Dogs are social animals and without proper training, they will behave like animals. They will soil your house, destroy your belongings, bark excessively, dig holes in your yard, fight other dogs and even bite you. Nearly all behaviour problems are perfectly normal canine activities that occur at the wrong time or place or are directed at the wrong thing. For example, the dog will eliminate on the carpet instead of outside; the dog will bark all night long instead of just when a stranger is prowling around outside; or the dog will chew furniture instead of his own toys. The key to preventing or treating behaviour problems is learning to teach the dog to redirect his natural behaviour to outlets that are acceptable in the domestic setting.

Most owners see a change from the very first lesson. With more complex behaviour issues, you may see a gradual change over a period of time. With consistency and practicing the training programme for 10 minutes each day, you can expect to see a lasting results with your dogs behaviour.
Whether you realize it or not, you started the day you brought your puppy home. The first 22 weeks form the most important learning period of your dog's life. If you get things right during this time then you can look forward to a relatively easy transition into adulthood with your dog and if you wish, continue training to the highest standards.
For these reasons we advocate Formal Dog Training Classes commencing at 12 weeks or as soon thereafter once the puppy has received a complete course of vaccinations.
Yes, by first identifying why your dog is so timid and then working on building it's confidence, desensitising it to noises and activities that cause anxiety and ensuring your dog is properly socialised and familiarised with people, dogs and everyday occurrences.
As well as your dog, you should bring a collar and lead of your choice, tasty titbits (small pieces of cheese, sausage or chicken are ideal), a toy (one your dog really likes) and poop bags. On enrolment or on your first visit please bring your dogs vaccination certificate.
Many puppies and dogs find the first one or two visits to dog training club a bit daunting. It is important to allow your dog time to become accustomed to his/her surroundings. It's fine if he/she wants to hide under a chair or behind your legs! Try to relax and act confidently yourself, keep the lead slack and be careful not to inadvertently praise him/her for being nervous. Almost all dogs quickly gain confidence and enjoy coming to classes.
If your dog is aggressive with other dogs and/or people, please telephone us or advise us when you enrol. We will discuss your dogs requirements with you. We have to bear in mind the safety and well being of all our members (human and canine) and regrettably, there may be some circumstances where we decide that a particular dog is unsuited to group training classes. If your dog is aggressive or simply noisy and/or boisterous, please be careful not to let him/her frighten other dogs.
You can teach an old dog new tricks! Some (but by no means all) rescue dogs will have learned undesirable behaviour or have particular hang-ups, and we will try and help you work through these. If your rescue dog is aggressive, please refer to the question above.
Each week we will show you how to train your dog. Our classes are practical and "hands on" with opportunities to ask questions. However, to get the most out of our classes you and your dog will need to regularly practice what you have learned. We recommend training little and often, say a couple of times a day for five minutes or so.
Of course you may bring more than one dog to classes. But you will only be able train one dog per handler in each class. If there is only one handler we will endeavour to accomodate the dogs in different classes (eg one in puppies and one in beginners). If there are two handlers it may be possible to train both dogs in the same class. Please bear in mind that dogs who live together may be distracted by eachother (this is particularly the case with litter brothers/sisters or young dogs) and this could slow down their learning. Getting two puppies from the same litter may seem like a good idea, but it is not without its risks (littermate syndrome). Class and course fees apply to each dog.
Your new dog is part of the family and children are welcome to come along to the classes either as participants or spectators. Please bare in mind that very young children may be best left at home to ensure that the dogs and handlers can focus on the task at hand and not on monitoring babies and toddlers that will be excited and possibly distracting all the new puppy's around them.