New Learners Foundation Course
For dogs over 5 months that have no prior learning experience, or for those that wish to refresh basic training skills.
This is a 6-week course, each session lasting approximately one hour. Your dog must be able to settle reasonably well in a group environment.
This course is NOT for over-excited adolescent dogs that cannot cope around other dogs in public. If you are having these problems, please contact us for some one-to-one training as your dog will not be able to learn effectively in a group environment if they are over-aroused.
What will you learn during this course?
You will teach your dog all of the essential life skills that are the building blocks you need in order to advance your training, covering topics such as:
- How dogs learn; the learning stages
- Showing your dog right from wrong in a positive way with rewards
- Building focus and connection with your dog
- How to work with what motivates your dog
- Clicker training; what is it and how do we use it to train a dog?
- Early socialisation and habitation; the do’s and don’ts
- Appropriate greetings
- How to manage mouthing/biting and chewing
- Different training techniques and when it is appropriate to use them
- Food manners; stopping your dog snatching food from your hand
- How to stop your dog from jumping up
- Teaching your dog to pay attention to you
- Teaching your dog to sit, stand and lie down on command
- How to train a successful recall; techniques, do's and don'ts
- Teaching your dog to settle and be calm
- Handling and health checks
- Looking at how your body language affects your dog
- Appropriate exercise for your dog and mental stimulation activities
- How to be a responsible dog owner; dog law and dog owner etiquette
- Introduction to dog parkour
£70 - If you would like to book onto the next New Learners course, please e-mail or phone us to register your interest.
Please note:- The first session is an owners only information evening; no dogs. During this session, we cover:
- How to ensure your dog will be comfortable when you bring them along to their first session on week two
- What you need to bring to the training sessions
- How the sessions will be structured
- The training methods we will be using
- How to deal with your dog being excited during class
- An introduction to clicker training to ensure that you will be comfortable using the clicker on week two
- Biting and mouthing
This helps you feel more prepared for when you bring your dog along for the first time, and we find that the dogs are much calmer and more comfortable when we get organised in advance. Plus, it means owners can listen to all of the discussion topics without the distraction of over-excited dogs!