Life Skills Class
Life Skills class for puppies and adult dogs is the first level of training with Positive Pet Training. During the class you and your dog will also be assessed for the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) Good Companion Award (puppy and beginner adult as applicable).
All of our training is science based and force-free (we don’t hurt or scare dogs in our training) with a maximum of four dogs per class. This gives you plenty of time with the instructor and limits the distractions for your dogs so that they are able to learn effectively.
We have fantastic indoor and outdoor facilities to use during training including our secure outdoor run which is great for practising recall!
What is covered?
We focus on the 10 life skills that all dogs need to know (developed at Lincoln University);
- I have confidence
- I like surprises
- I like to be touched
- I have self control and can tolerate frustration
- I can be calm
- I know the rules
- I can listen
- I have good manners
- I need help to make the right decisions
- I am allowed to be a dog
As well as basic cues including;
- Recall (coming back when called)
- Loose Lead walking (not pulling on the lead)
- Getting in and out of the car safely
- some fun tricks and much, much more!
How is this different to other training classes
Our whole approach is different to many old fashioned training classes. We want to teach you to understand your dog and to be able to teach them yourselves!
Our small classes allow for lots of attention from instructors meaning better value for money and you and your dog are more likely to succeed.
We are force-free and allow your dog to make lots of decisions themselves. This is very different to telling your dog what to do all the time and is much more for for you and your dog.
We focus on real life training. We want your dog to cope with being a dog in the modern day and to be the dog you want them to be!
Your dog won’t be fully trained just by coming to classes. Classes are less than 1% of your dog’s week for six weeks. But we will give you the tools to be able to continue the training at home. Once completed you can then join the next level of training with us – Foundation!
I’ve already done training with my dog
We always recommend starting at Life Skills class when beginning training with us even if you and your dog have undertaken classes elsewhere. This is because we train in a different, modern, force-free way compared to most trainers. This can take some time for you to adjust and for your dog to understand they can make decisions themselves. If you’ve done lots of training it means you will still progress lots during this course and be more likely to pass the next levels of training on first attempt too.
If you have done 1-2-1 training with us before starting classes we still recommend Life Skills class to start even though you will have learnt some of the exercises. This is because, as we will discuss with you, it is much harder for your dog to focus in a class environment. So by generalising the behaviours he has already learnt at home in class you will have a more consistent response and progress overall much faster!
Coming to our Dog Academy in Whiston for a Life Skills Class means your dog has time to habituate to the training area. This means more difficult training in the future will be easier for your dog too!
Before starting your Life Skills class we ask that you first attend an Introductory Seminar. This covers the theory of dog training, the science behind what we do! It also teaches you about communicating with your dog and understanding them and their behaviour. This leaves more time for practical work in classes as we have covered the theory in the seminar.
To book please fill in our Contact Form and let us know that you would like to come to classes. You can purchase your classes and introductory seminar at the same time online. See our Facebook page or on here for upcoming class dates and times.
What to bring
For class please bring lots of treats (high and low value), a bed for your dog, a toy and a chew.
Also please ensure that no equipment for your dog tightens or hurts your dog (no choke chains, half choke, slip leads, head collars, tightening harnesses). We also recommend you bring a fixed lead (not an extendable one).
Remember to bring protective clothing and sensible footwear as some training is done outside.
All family members are more than welcome to attend training classes, including children as long as they don’t disrupt other dogs during training and are supervised at all times.