Intermediate Training


The Intermediate Training Class, together with the Basic Training 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 Training Class and experienced handlers will be advised by their instructor when they are eligible to move to the Intermediate Training Class which is ideal for consolidating what they have learnt in previous classes, refining their technique and maybe trying some new commands.

New dogs who have not previously trained with us should initially book our Basic Training Class, so they can be assessed. If / when the trainer feels they are ready and it is appropriate you and your dog will be invited to join the intermediate class.

Don’t worry if you are not sure which class is most suitable for your dog, please email us and we will advise you of the most suitable course. Email

Handlers of any age are welcome.

Course Details

Commands covered in this course include:

  • 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 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 per dog.  All course bookings and payments 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 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
  • 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.