Advanced Training


Dogs that have achieved a certain level of control are “invited” to the Advanced Training Class. These classes are 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. 

Course details

Guidance is given to help perfect the following commands and exercises to competition standards:

  • Sit
  • Down
  • Stand
  • Sit Stay
  • Down Stay
  • Stand Stay
  • Heelwork, including Heel Free (off lead)
  • Recall – Novice and A
  • Finish
  • Retrieve
  • Distance control
  • Scent
  • Sendaways

Where, When and How Much?

Classes are held on Tuesday evenings (except during August and December when we are closed) in Hermitage Village Hall. Sessions last about 40 minutes. It is recommended that you arrive 10 minutes early to give your dog a chance to settle and socialise with the other puppies. There is also a playing field behind the Hall to let the dogs run off a little steam before the class. 

The 6 week course costs £20 per dog.  Booking and payment should be made online.  All new members need to complete an Assessment form.  Please email the completed forms to

We would be grateful if you could read the following notes prior to attending the first session to ensure your 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 treat pouch or bum bag is best for easy access to treats while training your dog
  • 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.