Courses for Puppy and Dog Training
The cost of the 6 week course or our new 4 week format course is £98.00 per dog, payable in advance. Details of dates, Times are on the application form which you fill in by clicking below.
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About our Classes
Each of our training courses comprises of six one hour sessions. We are family focused and are happy for you to bring your children and all the family to class as we feel that they benefit from watching and therefore learning how they can be part of the training process.
More Course Information
The numbers on each course are strictly limited to allow for as much individual attention and help as possible. We accept puppies for training as soon as they are fully vaccinated – usually around 12 – 14 weeks. We do not hold difficult tests on our courses, every dog and owner receives a certificate at the last class. For joining terms and conditions click here.
Times and Venues
We hold two ‘Beginners’ courses at different times during the week, offering you the choice of:
– Tuesday evenings (6.00pm) at the Finchley Sea Cadet Hall, 184a Long Lane, Finchley N3 2RA (4 x 1.5 hours classes)
– SATURDAY Morning (10.00am) at the Finchley Sea Cadet Hall, 184a Long Lane, Finchley N3 2RA (4 x 1.5 hours classes)
The aim of the ‘Beginners’ course is to help you get the best possible response from your dog in the basic control exercises, including Recall, Walking without pulling on the lead, Sit, Down, Bed, Grooming, and Handling for Vet examination. Other exercises include Stays, controlling Jumping Up and Play Biting/ Mouthing and Go to Bed along with a basic grounding in dog behaviour and responsible dog ownership.
After the ‘Beginners’ course you may wish to attend our follow on class where we consolidate and progress what you have learned and Kennel Club Good Citizen training takes place. Many of our pupils go on to take part in specialised doggy sports and our classes give an excellent grounding for any of the advanced ‘canine activities’! Should you require any further information or have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to meeting you and your dog on our next ‘Beginners’ course.
Normally it is not possible to swap between courses, when you choose a particular day and time you will normally have to take that class for the whole of the 6 or 4 weeks. Each course is entirely separate from the others, and commences on a specified date. Choose the time, venue and starting date that suits you best, and indicate your choice on the application form.
Bring whatever equipment you have, do not buy any new or special leads or equipment, we talk about the best type of leads and collars to use. We prefer that your dog is on a flat buckle type collar not a slip or choke chain. Flexible/ retractable leads do not work well for our training classes, so an ordinary 3 or 4 ft lead is ideal. Bring tasty titbits for you dog, we have a range of meaty treats if you need some. Dog choc drops are not the best training treat, small pieces of chicken make excellent training rewards. Bring your dog’s vaccination certificate.
We recommend that you do not feed your dog for at least 2 hours before classes, if possible only feed a light meal at lunch time and do not feed any evening meal just before classes. There are many advantages to not feeding before classes but the most important is that your dog will feel comfortable travelling and at classes if has not eaten recently.
We have a range of dog training treats and some equipment which can be purchased at the club. We also promote responsible dog ownership we can give advice and guide you towards suppliers of other dog training equipment for example: pooper scoop bags. Dog guards, dog kennels and cages.
Most dogs fit in very well to our dog training classes and high spirits are kept under control. But sometimes dog training classes are not always the best place to start training over excitable dogs or older dogs with behaviour problems. To read more about the dog behaviour services we offer click here, there are a number of options we can offer so if you are worried about your dog being disruptive at classes give us a call to discuss how we can integrate your dog into our class environment.
We have had great success over the years helping nervous dogs overcome some of their fears. The environment we create is very safe for nervous dogs and we will not allow boisterous dogs to frighten the more sensitive characters in our classes. So although the dogs may not appear to be enjoying classes in the early stages it is worthwhile persevering because it is possible to slowly effect change.
We are a ‘children friendly’ dog training class and have many excellent young dog trainers in our ranks. So the short answer is yes … but there are a few general requirements. Until a puppy or dog is under control and knows what to do, any child will have difficulty controlling it. Usually a couple of weeks after the class starts is a good time to let children become more involved at classes but they can of course practice at home.
Older children can take full control if their dog is suitable for handling by a child, it is very important that the child and the dog succeeds when training and this usually means parents being involved to help and assist. An adult should always start off the training for at least the first 2 classes an adult must always accompany children at classes, we do not accept responsibility for children under 16 at classes so they must come with a responsible adult that stays at the class while the child is in attendance.
Children who are not handling the dog are welcome to come watch, listen and learn.
Parents must ensure that children do not RUN past dogs and do not touch or stroke other dogs at classes.
We are a certified Kennel Club dog training center and run the Good Citizens Test at Bronze, Silver and Gold at our Dog Puppy Training Classes. For more information about the Kennel Club click the link below.
The Kennel Club Good Citizens Test