Do you have a well behaved dog?

 How would you assess that? Well I would look at the following areas of training and evaluate which of the following your dog can or cannot do. Most of the General training suggestions are relevant to most domestic dogs although very few are trained to that standard. All dogs require socialisation and this should be ongoing throughout their lives. The last two sections are non-essentials but these things can be taught to dogs for fun or for assistance.

General Training

  •  Sit, lie down, stand on command, with no assistance from your body language and no temptation of food (food can be given as a reward)
  • Wait or stay for 5 minutes without moving in both the sit or the down
  • Wait or stay whilst the owner moves out of sight for at least 30 seconds.
  • Recall from a distance of 50 metres with no distractions
  • Recall from playing with other dogs
  • Recall from a range of other distractions such as toys, scents etc
  • Do a sit or a down (emergency stop) at a distance of at least 20 feet
  • Do a sit or a down (emergency stop) in the presence of other dogs
  • Do a sit or a down (emergency stop) whilst running towards a distraction
  • Walk to heel on a loose lead for a continuous period of time or until released
  • Walk to heel through a busy town centre, alongside a busy road and through livestock
  • Greet people in a calm manner without jumping up
  • Lie down calming on request when visitors are present and not attention seek
  • Settle down on request
  • Sit or lie down calmly in a range of places such as a vet?s waiting room or the pub!


  • Greet people of all sizes, colours, ages etc in a confident manner
  • Greet people wearing hats, uniforms etc
  • Greet children calmly
  • Greet dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds confidently without showing aggression or fear
  • Not bark at or attempt to chase livestock or other domestic animals such as cats
  • Confidently walk through a busy town centre
  • Go into shops such as pet shops, garden centres etc walk around them calmly and without showing fear
  • Calmly settle in places such as vet?s waiting rooms and pub gardens
  • Travel on public transport (if relevant)

For Fun

  • Retrieve a toy on command
  • Find something which has been lost
  • Go to bed on command
  • Complete tricks
  • Jump over something on command

To assist you

  • Open/close doors
  • Empty the washing machine
  • Pick something up off the floor
  • Pick up the phone
  • Find the phone!
  • Carry something for you


I?d like my Dog to be better behaved ? what can I do?

Many of the above training points are covered in classes. You and your dog are welcome to come to or return to classes at any time. Please ask for details of what courses are currently running and what would be most relevant to your training needs.

1-2-1 lessons

1-2-1 lessons are booked for a number of reasons. Often to resolve a behaviour problem, or for general training advice; for convenience, i.e. maybe a customer can?t fit around the times of the classes or prefers to work on their own. Sometimes it is just to work on a specific area of training such as recalls or the sit/down at a distance. People often find that working 1-2-1 and having regular sessions gives them targets to aim for and keeps them more focused and committed to their dogs training.

If 1-2-1 lessons will suit you better then these are charged by the hour (plus travel) if I come to your house, no additional cost if we train at my field.

Please do contact me to arrange help with any of the above. Thanks


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