Prospective new members should attend a club night at least one week before wishing to start training. This is so you can register to become a club member, receive a welcome chat from our Club President, ask any questions you have and also so that we can assess which class you will start in. New members may start training on the first Wednesday of each month.
Puppy classes are currently taught by Jan West.
6.30-7.15pm – Junior Puppies
This class is aimed at young puppies. Puppies may attend as soon as their owner can bring them and in line with advice from their veterinary surgeon. This class covers important lessons such as socialisation, handling, play, bite inhibition and food manners. Owners will be given the training needed to teach their puppy how to interact with other dogs and people. Puppies in this class work towards the Kennel Club Good Citizen Scheme Puppy Assessment.
7.15-8.00pm – Senior Puppies
After four weeks Junior Puppies become Senior Puppies and more time is spent learning good behaviour such as sit, down, recall and loose-lead walking, as well as an introduction to motivational competitive obedience exercises. Puppies may stay in this class as long as needed and should be well socialised and confident before moving into the adult classes.
6.30-7.15pm – Class 1 “Starting Out”
Class 1 is currently taught by Emma Hagan.
This class is aimed at basic good behaviour training for older dogs. Lessons will focus on getting attention, good on-lead behaviour as well as recalls and stays. Dogs in this class will begin to work towards the Kennel Club Good Citizens Dog Scheme Bronze certificate . Dogs should be sociable, controlled and have a good relationship with their owner before advancing to the next class.
7.15-8.15pm – Class 2 “Becoming Good Citizens”
Class 2 is currently taught by Julie Harding.
In this class, teams will work towards achieving the Kennel Club Good Citizens Dog Scheme Silver certificate. This involves more advanced behaviours such as retrieves, send to mat and basic tricks. Dogs should be making progress with stays, recall, instant down and walking on a loose lead before advancing to the following class.
8.15-9.00pm – Class 3 “Gold Stars”
Class 3 is currently taught by Janet Martineau.
This class is aimed at those teams wishing to go beyond basic good behaviour training and includes working towards the Kennel Club Good Citizens Dog Scheme Gold certificate. This class will focus on the beginnings of motivated competitive heelwork, as well as send away and scent exercises.
9.00-10.00pm – Class 4 “High Flyers”
This class is currently taught by Janet Martineau.
This class is for members wishing to take part in competitive obedience, with a focus on style, commitment and enthusiasm. All competitive obedience exercises are covered, including distance control. This class features more bespoke and individual training, as handlers are expected to have a good understanding of the training requirements of their own dogs.