The basic and intermediate classes are the mainstay of dog training as they consolidate any previous training and help reduce behavioural problems. Attending these classes on a regular basis reinforces the owner-dog relationship and also improves the social interaction of your dog with other dogs in a controlled environment. Generally all dogs find these sessions highly enjoyable.
The basic class is ideal for dogs that have finished the puppy course, mature dogs who are new to the club and some older dogs that may not have had any training such as re-homed dogs.
Those who are progressing well in the basic class and experienced handlers will find the intermediate class a little more challenging. If you are unsure, please come and have a chat and we can suggest a suitable class.
Handlers of any age are welcome.
Basic commands are covered such as:
- Sit Stay (owner walks away)
- Down Stay
- Stand Stay
- Heel (including weave)
- Recall (dog returns to you)
- Finish (dog sits next to you)
For those dogs that have completed the puppy course, covering the basic commands helps them refine their behaviour (attention, consistency, responsiveness and accuracy).
Trainers are on hand after the classes to discuss one on one any issues and questions that you may have.
Where, When and How Much?
The Basic class is held each Tuesday evening except during August and December (please refer to the calendar) when we are closed, at Hermitage Village Hall (indoors). The session lasts about 40 minutes. It is recommended that you arrive 10 minutes earlier to give your dog a chance to settle. There is a playing field behind the Hall to let the dogs run off a little steam before the class.
In order to attend a class, you must be a member of the Society and membership costs £15.00 per person per year while each 6 week course session costs £18 . All payments should be made online for courses.
We would be grateful if you could read the following notes prior to attending the first session to ensure your puppy or dog gets the most out of the course.
What to Bring
For each class, we recommend that you bring along:
- Your dog wearing a collar
- A lead (preferably leather but definitely not chain or extendable please)
- A bag of small treats a bum bag is good for this something you can easily access
- A favourite toy
- Dog poop bags
We also suggest that you wear trousers and comfortable shoes.
For the safety of your dog and others, we recommend the full course of vaccinations to be completed prior to attending but if not taken this is at your own risk. Additionally, we cannot allow bitches in season.