Dogs that have achieved a certain level of control are “invited” to the Advanced Training Class. This is typically smaller than the Basic and Intermediate classes and more one-to-one instruction is provided. There is discussion and advice for those training their dogs for competition. No dog can just join this class without having attended previously a lower level class.
Commands and exercises covered are:
- Sit Stay
- Down Stay
- Stand Stay
- Heelwork, including Heel Free (off lead)
- Recall – Novice and A
- Distance control
Where, When and How Much?
Sessions are run on Tuesday evenings (see Calendar). The cost is £18 per 6 week course for existing members and £33 for non members. Membership is due annually January-December.
The advanced class is held each Tuesday evening (please refer to the calendar) except during 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 while each 6 week course session costs £18 per dog. All bookings 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- bum bags are ideal for this do not bring plastic bags you can not easily access treats from
- 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.