Basic Training


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 Training Class is ideal for dogs that have finished the Puppy Training 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. 

Any dogs who have not trained with us before should be first entered into the Basic Training Class, so we can fully assess their capabilities. We will advise when it is appropriate for them to move to our Intermediate Training Classes. It is not unusual for dogs to stay in Basic Training classes for several 6-week courses before they are able to move up. Every dog is different so please don’t be put off by this.

Those who are progressing well in the Basic Training Class and experienced handlers will then be invited to move up to the Intermediate Training Class which will be a little more challenging.

Handlers of any age are welcome.

Course Details

Commands covered on the Basic Training Course:

  • 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)
  • Retrieve

For those dogs that have completed the Puppy Training 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 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 session costs £20.00 .  Booking and payments should be made online for courses.  

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 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 treat pouch or bum bag is best for easy access to treats while training your dog
  • 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.