May 20, 2014

Courses

Puppy Classes Started again

 !! Outdoors with Social Distancing !!

Times and Venues
‘Beginners’ Puppy sessions
at:
The Sea Cadets Hall

184 Long Lane Finchley N3 2RA

Starting on Sunday 28th February 2021
30 minute 1-2-1 Sessions from 10.30am

Starting on Saturday 20th March 2021
30 minute 1-2-1 Sessions from 9.00am

CLICK here for
Online Application Form

Due to Covid19 regulations we have adapted our courses to meet Government Social Distancing guidelines.

COVID RESTRICTIONS IMPORTANT:
  Until further notice we will be offering a 30 minutes 121 session at the Sea Cadet venue instead of the usual group classes. When a course is booked the start time will be a 30 minutes slot between 8.30am and 12.30pm. Group classes will resume as soon as Restrictions allow. The cost of our 4 week 1-2-1s with 30 minutes tuition per week  is £125.00 per dog, payable in advance. Courses will be held outdoors at the Sea Cadet venue. 

If you are having difficulty filling in the online application form please call us 07836747974

Please note: Covid Restrictions may require us to change the format of the classes depending on how many people can meet together. We can only allow 1 person per puppy at classes during Covid 19 restrictions.

About our Classes

More Course Information

The numbers on each course are strictly limited to allow for as much attention and help as possible. We accept puppies for training as soon as they are fully vaccinated – usually from 12 – 14 weeks. We do not hold difficult tests on our courses. For joining terms and conditions click here.

What does Puppy Socialisation really mean?
Read more …. Click Here !!!

When Covid restrictions allow and puppy training classes resume the cost of our usual 4 week course group class with 1 hour tuition per week is £125.00 per dog, payable in advance. Please note: Covid Restrictions may require us to change the format of the classes depending on how many people can meet together. Details of dates and times are on the application form which you fill in by clicking the application form link.  STRICTLY Only ONE person can attend per puppy and Masks, Shields or Face coverings must be worn. The venue will not have any toilet facilities. Should you need to cancel a course due to Covid restrictions a £10 cancellation admin fee will apply.

Course Aims

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 bed / target training along with a basic grounding in dog behaviour and responsible dog ownership.

Further Training

After the ‘Beginners’ course we often run a follow on class where we consolidate and progress what you have learned and exercises aimed at the 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. Unfortunately Adult dog classes are not available until after Covid restrictions are lifted.

FAQs:

Are classes consecutive or do new dogs start each week
We think it is very important that all handlers start training on the same day with their dogs or puppies. Many classes around North London offer a system where new dogs start each week.  We do NOT use this system as we have found over 35 years that allowing new dogs into a class every week is counter productive to training and disruptive to the dog training class. If you are comparing classes always ask which system that dog or puppy training or socialisation class uses.

Swapping between Courses

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 4 week course, so it is best to choose the starting date that suits you best, and indicate your choice on the application form.

What should I bring to classes

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 treats 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. Make sure you have sent us a photo of your dogs vaccination certificate.

Should I feed my dog before classes

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.

Can I buy equipment and reward treats at the class

We have some 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.

My dog barks and gets over excited when it sees other dogs

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 look at the behaviour training pages. 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.

My dog is very nervous of dogs or people – will classes help?

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.

Can my child train our dog at classes?

Unfortunately we can only allow 1 person per puppy at classes during Covid 19 restrictions. 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. Children aged 8 and over, can help their parents train their dog Unfortunately we can only allow 1 person per puppy at classes during Covid 19 restrictions. 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