Dog Training Courses and Workshops:
The APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) Good Companion Awards Stage 1 – Puppy courses are vital to assist with your puppy’s early socialisation allowing him/her to interact with other puppies in a safe and controlled environment. The course also includes learning the basic commands – sit, down, walking on the lead, puppy recall, stay/wait etc and advice can be given on problems such as house training, jumping up mouthing etc. Only kind reward based methods are used, Viewing always welcome and certificates are given on completion. Your puppy may attend puppy courses as soon as it is fully vaccinated. This is a 6 week course which runs in Wichenford at 6.15pm on Tuesday evenings, 11.30am on Mondays in Salwarpe and 10.00am on Fridays in Worcester.
The Intermediate Courses are for those progressing on from the puppy/foundation stage, for adult dogs that need a basic training refresher and for handlers with a new rescue dog or are new to dog ownership and need some pointers to learn practical exercises which will be essential for your dog’s safety and your peace of mind.
In this class you can expect to learn and gain basic commands and progression of these commands, including, walking on the lead, distraction recalls, wait/stay, ignore other dogs, leave (food, dogs, toys etc) sit/down/stand, control at a distance.
The class also progresses control of your dog without the lead around other dogs and distractions, understanding of canine body language and improves confidence in your ability as a handler.
Exercises for fun, jumps and excitement control, scent, weaving through cones and sendaway are also a part of this progression class and we also teach you a range of exercises which will stimulate your dog through stretching them mentally and as you learn to communicate and understand them through training, your relationship with them will be enhanced.
The Intermediate Course runs for 6 weeks and is held at 7.15pm on Tuesday evenings in Wichenford and 12.30pm on Mondays in Salwarpe.
The Advanced Courses
In the Advanced Course we teach recalls away from a variety of distractions and start teaching emergency stops. We also progress all the basic commands to eventually be able to do these off lead, in the presence of other dogs. There are a couple of exercises just for fun too!
The Advanced Course runs for six weeks and is held at 8.00pm on Tuesday evenings in Wichenford and at 1.30pm on Mondays in Salwarpe.
The Bronze Challenges Award is an exciting course aimed at dogs who have completed all their basic training and would like to progress to the next level. The training involves a range of skills and training techniques to teach a wide range of exercises which will mentally stimulate your dog, challenge them physically and test your training skills. The course will be fun and rewarding for you and your dog and will enhance your relationship.
The challenges run through bronze to platinum and you work at your own pace with your dog to achieve each level. You are required to complete 12 out of 16 tasks at each level to progress onto the next level. This course is not competitive and there are no tests. A record of training achievements are kept and completed by the trainer.
Social Walks are designed to be able to provide opportunities for you to socialise your dog with other friendly and sociable dogs in a supervised environment.
They are not taught sessions. However a Trainer supervises the group and is on hand to answer any questions.
The Social Walks are held on Thursdays and Fridays at 11am at Worcester Woods Country Park/Countryside Centre (WR5 2LG) and are generally followed by coffee at the Cafe afterwards for those who want to and weather dependent. This provides additional socialising opportunities for the dogs.
The terrain is mostly flat, but can be quite muddy. We meet in the Countryside Centre car park. Please be prompt as we leave for the walk on time.
NB. If you want to come with puppies under 6 months of age, it is possible to do half the walk and return to the car park/centre to wait for us to join you for coffee. It provides a reduced amount of exercise but excellent socialisation opportunities which benefit young puppies
This workshop is designed to give you a 2 hour overview of how to gain a perfect recall using a variety of methods including voice, whistle and clicker.
We look at each of these methods, try them out and discuss the pros and cons of each. By the end of this workshop you will be able to put together a plan of what you will need to do next with your dog to apply the knowledge gained on the course.
Canine First Aid
On our Canine First Aid Course you will learn to assess your dog’s condition in an emergency, deal with minor situations yourself, manage your dog’s condition until veterinary help is reached and learn more about canine health and minor injuries
The course content will include amongst other things: bandaging, splinting, dealing with poisoning, burns, bites, stings, tick removal, taking pulse points and breathing reps. Some of the course is practical and you will be given advice on what first aid equipment to carry. There will be time for questions and answers.
Scent Workshops are based on techniques used to train drugs detection dogs, using skills from tracking/gundog and obedience. They harness a natural instinct and allow your dogs to engage in an activity which is inherently rewarding to them and are fun for owner and dog. And are accessible for all breeds and ages of dogs
The techniques taught can be used at home for mental stimulation and energy outlet, assisting in the development of concentration and relationship building.
The workshops are run in small groups, in a fun and relaxed learning environment.
Older Puppies and Rescue Dogs often need to learn the basics if they have missed out on puppy training and are always welcome at the club. They may be too old for the puppy course but can enter the intermediate course. For older puppies and rescue dogs entering the club we may ask that you do an assessment first to meet you and the dog and to go through some basic training with you.
The Outdoor Courses are designed to provide you with a reliable recall and great control of your dog’s behaviour outside. This level of control is dependant on you having an excellent relationship with your dog, and the exercises you will learn are designed to enhance this relationship and make you a source of interest and fun to your dog. We include exercises based on scentwork, whistle training, gundog work, fun tracking, and retrieves. The Countryside Centre offers a wonderful varied environment, and we use both the woods and the fields accommodating the natural distractions around us. Handouts accompany this course.
These courses are held at the following times:
- Thursday 10.00am Advanced Outdoor Training
- Thursday 12.30 Beginners Outdoor Training
- Wednesday evening (summer only) 6pm and 7pm Beginners & Advanced Outdoor Training
- 1-2-1 Outdoor Training for recall can be held at various times during the week
“Polly and I have now completed three Outdoor courses and I believe we have both gained enormously from the courses. I have learned so much about effective approaches to dog handling and the improvement in Polly has been very impressive. The importance of praise, consistency and high expectations have constantly been emphasised accompanied by the importance of having fun and enjoying your dog. I really wanted to be convinced by the efficacy of ‘treat training’ and as a result of the courses I am. A really big thank you to everyone involved.”
Keith and Polly
Agility Please see our Agility page for more information.