Newbury & District Dog Training Society

a non-profit

Intermediate Training


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 assess them and advise you.  Email
Handlers of any age are welcome.

Course Details

Basic commands are covered such as:
  • Sit
  • Down
  • Stand
  • Sit Stay (owner walks away)
  • Down Stay
  • Stand Stay
  • Heel (including weave)
  • Leave
  • 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:
  • Retrieve
  • Distance control
  • Sendaways
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 Monday evening except Bank Holidays (please refer to the calendar) and August and December when we are closed, at Chieveley Village Hall (indoors). The session lasts about 30 minutes. It is recommended that you arrive 15 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 session costs £3 per dog.  We can accept cash but sorry, no credit nor debit cards.  Before you can attend a class we will need to assess your dog so we can advise the most suitable class.  Please email: so she can send you an assessment form for completion and advise of the next available assessment slot.  
Once a member, you and your dog can drop-in on these classes whenever they are run (see calendar). There is no requirement to have attended previous classes. The advanced class, at 8:30pm, follows the intermediate class and you are most welcome to stay and observe a natural progression to the training.

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 favourite toy
  • A retrieve article - normally a wooden or plastic dumbell (can be purchased from the Society)
  • Clean up materials
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.


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only £3 per