Dog training

Golden coloured Labrador

Puppy and dog training and socialisation classes

Early socialisation is an important part of having a well-balanced, confident adult dog. Dogs under six months old (particularly between the ages of six to 12 weeks) are more accepting of new things. This is a crucial time for a dog’s socialisation. Coming to classes will help to socialise your puppy with people and other dogs. It will also give you the chance to chat with other owners who may be experiencing the same concerns as you.

What sort of training is it?

It is reward based clicker training.  The clicker is a “conditioned reinforcer”.  A conditioned reinforcer is a meaningless signal (noise, light or motion) which is deliberately presented during the delivery of the desired behaviour. It is then followed by a reward. This teaches the dog that what it has just done is the behaviour you required.

What will I learn?

Puppy Classes

  • Lead walking
  • Sit, down and stand
  • Meet and Greet
  • To give or drop a toy
  • Off or leave Command
  • Recalls
  • Handling
  • Bite Inhibition
  • Grooming
  • Socialisation
  • Tricks such as roll over

Adult Classes

  • Lead walking
  • Stays
  • Giving up a toy
  • Leaving food
  • Handling
  • Vehicle control
  • Send away
  • Gate/door behaviour
  • Come away from distractions
  • Food manners
  • Return to handler
  • Free Walking
  • Stop the dog
  • Tricks

Adult classes are broken in to three stages, Bronze, Silver and Gold.

How big are the classes?

The classes are usually 5-6 puppies/dogs. We are limited on space, but I prefer smaller classes so people get the help and individual attention, and their puppy require.  Weather permitting, Thetford classes are inside AND outside.

Can I just turn up?

No! The courses are run approximately every five or six weeks. When you register the dates will be confirmed, and confirmation of a place on the course will be sent to you.

How long is the Course?

Five or six weeks, with follow on courses available.

Where are the classes usually held and when?

Courses are held – Thursday’s at Watton Surgery starting at 7.15pm and 8.30pm.

How do I register?

You can obtain a registration form from the surgery or request for one to be sent out to you. Your place is confirmed when you have filled in the form, received confirmation and your fee paid.

What is the cost of the course?

£55 for the six week course at Watton.