The intermediate class, together with the basic class, 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. Those who are progressing well in the basic class and experienced handlers will find the intermediate class ideal for consolidating what they have learnt in previous classes, refining their technique and maybe trying some new commands. Don’t worry if you are not sure which class is most suitable for your dog we will advise you. Email email@example.com. 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)
Repeating the basic commands helps dogs to refine their behaviour (attention, consistency, responsiveness and accuracy). In addition, more advanced commands are taught such as:
- Distance control
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 intermediate class is held each Tuesday evening except during (please refer to the calendar) August and December 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 calendar year (January-December) while each 6 week course session costs £18 per dog. All payments for courses should be made online.
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 ideally in a bum bag or something you can access easily
- A favourite toy
- A retrieve article – normally a wooden or plastic dumbell (can be purchased from the Society)
- 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.