- What to bring to the class:
Apart from your dog...! Please bring Poo Bags and Small (not crumbly) Treats*
Please no check chains or extendable leads
Wearing flat shoes and trousers rather than a skirt will make handling your dog easier and safer.
*Treat Recipes: Liver Cake, Biscuits available from the Club.
- Should I attend?
The short answer is yes you should. There appear to be a number of reasons for not attending, a few of which are noted below. But for every reason not to attend a class, the mirror image is to attend for the same reason
- Is my dog too old?
There is a saying “you can’t teach old dog new tricks”. Not true. All dogs enjoy the stimulation and socialisation training brings. Some older dogs may not be able to perform some exercises as quickly as the younger dogs, but they will achieve them to the best of their ability and enjoy it.
- "I have had a number of dogs and can train a new dog on my own"
Every new dog is different to the last. Sometimes training methods that have previously been used on an earlier dog does not work for the new one. By going to a training class a trainer will have a number of different ideas that will help with the training of your new dog.
- "I want a pet dog, not a Crufts champion"
Training a dog is not about winning competitions; it is about training a dog to fit in with our lifestyles and making sure that we have complete control over our dogs.
- "My dog is a rescue and is already trained"
A rescue centre will have given the dog some training, but this training must continue when the dog enters a new home. All dogs behave well initially, but eventually without proper training and guidance a dog’s behaviour can deteriorate. By enrolling in a training class straight away and continuing the dog's training, this will greatly reduce the risk of a dogs behaviour declining.
- "My dog is too young for training classes"
A dog is never too young to be trained. Firstly contact your local training classes to find out what age they accept younger dogs and then enrol for the first available place. Prior to joining a Club, basic training must begin at home to give the puppy the guidance it needs.
You can always come and watch and join the Club prior to being able to bring the puppy. Please do contact us first.