Our Classes

7:15pm Puppy Socialisation Class – Weekly

This class is available for handlers booked in for the In-take Class and whose puppy is under five months of age. It covers the basic care of puppies including control for grooming and passive domination together with preparing puppies for visits to the vet. Free play and socialisation between puppies is encouraged. The beginning of lure control, encouraging gentle play with humans, is explained. Walking on a loose lead, sits and downs are started.

7.45pm In-take Class – Weekly

The first lesson of this class is a talk by the instructor on the objectives of the course, the training methods used and the importance of pack leadership and body language in the handling of a dog. It gives new members the chance to ask questions regarding the Club and any problems that they have with their dog. During the course, the handler is shown how to train the dog to walk to heel on a loose lead, sit, lie down and come back on recall.

7.45pm Progressive Class – Weekly

This class builds on the groundwork set by the In-take Class and further develops heel-work on a loose lead, with sits, downs and about turns. It introduces sit and down stays, including instant downs, and develops the basic recall.

8.00pm Intermediate Class – Weekly

This class continues development of heel-work on a loose lead at slow, normal and fast pace and extends the duration of sit-stays and down-stays. The execution of novice recalls is refined and the dogs are trained to retrieve a dumbbell.

9.00pm Top Class – Weekly

This class is for those dogs and handlers who have mastered the exercises in the above classes and it seeks to better prepare them for competition work. There is further development of off-lead heel-work with left turns, the novice recall and retrieve exercises. Extended sit-stays and out of sight down-stays are practised and the dogs are trained to do the send-away exercise.