Our group classes are limited to a maximum of four dogs to ensure plenty of personalised help as well as ensuring it is not overwhelming for the dogs. As with all of our training it is all science based and force-free. Most courses include written notes after each class (Agility and Hoopers only include notes on certain weeks).
The classes are held at our purpose built facilities at our Dog Academy in Whiston, Staffordshire Moorlands including large indoor and outdoor secure training areas.
If it is your first time attending classes with us we ask you to start on our Life Skills class. This class introduces behaviours required for all our further training. Even if you and your dog have done training elsewhere it is recommended to start with Life Skills to introduce you into our way of training and ensure all dogs are at an appropriate level for the Bronze classes.
Alongside the Life Skills class we also ask you to attend our Introductory Seminar. This three hour seminar covers dog body language, behaviour and how dogs learn and is really key to understanding our training so that you and your dog get the most out of it. If you have previously had 1-2-1 training with us it is not essential to attend the seminar but is usually still beneficial!
We run both adult and puppy Life Skills classes and once completed you can join any of our Bronze courses in APDT Good Companion, Agility, Gundog, Hoopers or Scent Work!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Please see our most frequently asked questions below. If you have any further questions please get in touch.
Our group training is £80 per dog for a six week course of classes.
Classes are an hour long and the course runs for six weeks. These are generally six consecutive weeks (same day of the week and time) unless otherwise stated.
The Life Skills course is the first step on the training journey so your dog doesn’t need to have attended any formal training prior to starting. You do need to also attend the Introductory Seminar to complete the Life skills class.
Your dog does need to be able to cope with people and other dogs and a distance of a few meters. If they find this hard then please speak to us as it might be that 1-2-1 training is more suitable. Coming into class when your dog is not ready can actually worsen some behaviours.
No, our courses are not attendance based. There is an assessment at the end of the course. If you pass you will receive your medal and be eligible to continue up the levels.
The standard required to pass is high and some dogs will not pass first time but as long as you and your dog are having fun and making progress that is the most important thing! We will always support you and your dog and work to help get the best from them.
Once you have completed your Life Skills course you can continue on to any of our bronze level courses.
We currently offer Good Companion Awards, Agility, Gundog, Hoopers and Scent Work classes.
All classes have progression from bronze through to gold medals!
Our training is aimed at teaching you to be able to teach your dogs at home. Therefore lots of training is very theoretical rather than practical which can be very boring for our dogs. The seminar is aimed at helping you to understand the science behind training. Which allows us to fit in more practical exercises in class as we have less theory to cover. Seminars are run regularly and you can attend, meet us and see our facilities . We discuss training options if you are unsure what suits you, your family and your dog.
Yes we ask for proof of vaccination to attend our Academy. This is for the safety of your dog and the others here. We have a lot of dogs here in a week and ensuring all dogs are protected reduces risks for all.
Yes, after every class you will be emailed out notes detailing all the behaviours we taught that class.
As our courses are delivered as a set block of classes, with the same people and dogs, not roll-on-roll off it means if you can’t make a date unfortunately you are unlikely to be able to attend on another day to catch up.
You will still receive the written notes from the missed class and we endeavour to help you catch up over the rest of the course but there are sometimes limitations with this.
Yes! It is great for the family to all get on board with training.
We welcome children into class too but they must not interrupt other dogs’ training and children must be supervised at all times and are the sole responsibility of their parent/guardian.
If there are any concerns over infectious disease e.g. coughing or parasitic diarrhoea then please do not bring your dog to the Academy as you risk infecting others. If your dog is otherwise unwell it is unlikely they will do well in class and so we would still recommend leaving them at home. You can still come along and learn the exercises to teach them once they are better!
The same goes for bitches in season. Their hormones send the other dogs into a frenzy and no one, including your dog, learns very much. If actively bleeding please leave your girl at home, but feel free to come to class on your own to learn the exercises!
We do use lots of treats in class. This is because science shows us that treats are what we call a “primary reinforcer”. Which means that (as long as we find the right treats for the dog) it will be something that makes your dog want to do the behaviour again for that reward. Unfortunately fuss and verbal praise are not primary reinforcers. Through training, for many dogs, we can train them to see them as secondary reinforcers. This means initially lots of treats still. We discuss this in more depth in our introductory seminar and are happy to cater for any dietary requirements.
You should bring lots of treats! (Bring double the amount you think you need!) cut them up very small and use high value treats – you can read more in our blog here.
Bring a bed or a mat for your dog to settle on, a toy they like and ideally a chew (a stuffed Kong works great!)
Nothing that tightens or hurts your dog is permitted. No slip lead, choke or half choke collar, no head collars or tightening harnesses.
Some training will be outside regardless of the weather so please bring sensible shoes and all weather clothing.