What age should I start training my dog?

The day you get it, it’s never too early! Start with very short sessions and keep it fun for you and the dog. Get your puppy walking by your side in exchange for his breakfast and get him used to wearing a collar and lead. Start outdoor socialisation by carrying your pup to busy places. Make sure he is enjoying the experience and keep it short. You can also establish a good reflex to name and recall cue.

Don’t despair if your dog is older, you can teach an old dog new tricks. Many older dogs have gone on to complete all the Good Citizen Awards.

How many sessions will I need to attend?

It’s up to you, but we strongly recommend you continue through the adolescent phase. Ideally, training should become a way of life for you and your dog and something you enjoy doing together. Many of our members have joined with puppies and kept coming!

Can you train your dog for me?

NO! Training is all about the relationship between you and your dog. Your job is to teach YOU!

What will I need to bring with me?

All our classes are reward-based, so you will need to find what your dog finds rewarding. This can be food or a toy. Food treats should be something soft and smelly – sausage, cheese, liver is ideal. Cut the treats up small – give your dog a taste and leave her wanting more. We will also teach grooming and settle on a bed, so bring a brush and a mat with you. Your dog can wear a collar, harness or headcollar and you will need a fixed-length lead, not an extendible. Choke chains or other aversive methods are not permitted by us or the Kennel Club.

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