Blakeney Training Class

Puppy Course (Saturdays at Blakeney 9:45-11:00 am) This course is strictly limited to 8 puppies


Puppy Raising Made Easy


A seven week course for which the fee is payable on the first day of class. It is for vaccinated puppies who are under twenty weeks of age when class commences. The course covers all the basics your puppy needs to prepare him or her for a happy life with you. The training is ‘clicker’ based which is a quick, easy and clear method of helping your puppy understand what you want him to learn. Puppies are rewarded for good behaviour and correct responses. Don’t let the thought of using a clicker put you off – if you don’t get on with it after the first couple of weeks we will use an alternative. NO harsh or forceful methods are employed or allowed and everything is designed to make you and your puppy work in harmony.

During the course you and your puppy will learn to settle, watch, sit, down, stand, come, stay, leave, walk nicely and greet people politely. You will also be taught to understand your puppy’s behaviour and how dogs think and learn.

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Beginners Dog Training Class (Saturdays at Blakeney 11:00 – 12:00 pm)

This class is for youngsters who have completed the puppy course and are continuing their training. It is also for older puppies who have missed out on early training and adult dogs, including rescued dogs, who are just starting training. It is also suitable for dogs who have undergone behavioural therapy for their problems and are ready to work in company.

You and your dog will extend your abilities in the basics, learn to work as a group and enable progression to the Intermediate Class.

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Intermediate Dog Training Class (Saturdays at Blakeney 12:00-1:00 pm)

Aim: To develop a sociable, obedient and confident dog with a happy and knowledgeable handler.

Objectives: To achieve this through teaching and developing basic exercises to intermediate level with relevance to everyday life.


Syllabus
Response to name
Attention – “Watch me”
Settle
Meet and Greet
Heel work
Loose lead walking
Recall
Positions – Sit, Down, Stand
Stay
Self-Control
Retrieve
Play Manners
Group Control
Examination of the dog
Target work
Leave

STAY - Out of sight

 

Awards
The awards used are Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) Good Companion Awards Stage 1 Beginners & Stage 2 Foundation. Assessments are always approached in a positive manner and used to give handlers a sense of achievement.They provide a ‘bench mark’ to measure their progress.

 

Additional Exercises
The inclusion of these exercises is dependent on the progress and ability of the group
Send-away (advanced target training)
Stop the dog (distance control)
Use of a whistle (incorporated into exercises)
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Advanced Dog Training Class (Saturdays at Blakeney 1-2 pm)

Aim: To develop a sociable, obedient and confident dog with a happy and knowledgeable handler.

Objectives:
To achieve this through teaching and developing intermediate level exercises to advanced level. This provides the opportunity to carry them out in a variety of situations.
To maintain the handler and dog’s level of performance through providing the opportunity to practice with a likeminded group in a safe and controlled environment.

Syllabus
Exercises are the same as at the Intermediate Level, but requiring a higher level of performance with greater distraction. There will be on lead work with an increase in working off lead. There will also be Additional Exercises (see below).

Additional Exercises:

Scent Work
Heel-Work-to-Music
Rally ‘O’
Assistance exercises

APDT Good Companion Awards will be used to provide motivation and feed-back for handlers in a Test Situation:
Stage 3 Progress
Stage 4 Jubilee
Kingsreach (in-house) Obedience Certificates