Archway Methodist Church, Monday & Tuesdays 7-8pm
Navigator Sq, London N19 3TD. Buzz the hall bell, we let you in
Classes turn around every six weeks.
Classes are run by Sunnie De Pass: PDTI Instructor
Upcoming Classes 2019/2020
Autumn term 2019
Mondays: 16th September – 28th October
28th October- 2nd December
Tuesdays: 17th September – 22nd October
29th October – 3rd December
Drop in 10th December
Spring Term 2020
Mondays: 6th January- 10th February
17th February – 23rd March
Tuesdays: 7th January – 11th February
18th February – 24th March
Drop In 31st March
Mondays: 20th April – 25th May
1st June – 6th July
Tuesdays: 21st April – 26th May
2nd June – 7th July
Drop In: 14th & 21st July
Cost: Monday evenings: Primary Hall for older dogs beyond puppy
Drop in: £15.00
Socilaisation & mild to moderate behavioural issues. Severe behavioral issues need to be handled in a different way.
Tuesday evenings: Beginners Hall for puppy socialisation and fundamental learning up to 16 – 20 weeks of age.
Drop in: £12.00
Please note: Missed sessions. I can only offer one class to catch up in each term for concessionary fees. Waged fees have two classes.
Hall class sizes are kept small, maximum 6-8 in a session. You must book and pay in advance to constitute a booking. We accept cheques. You can book by bank transfer (email for details) or by coming along to a class.
Agility : Sunday Mornings Whittington Park, 11.00am – 12.30pm £3.00. Not on if heavy rain or snow.
A great way to stimulate your dog’s mental abilities and also for human exercise. We also prepare for the annual The Dog Olympix fundraiser event here. Agility Fun, Weaves, Tunnels, Jumps, & Hoops. We meet outside Hocking Hall in Whittington Park. Your dog must be 18 months old and physically fit to take part and should have done a foundation class at Bronze level as you will need to demonstrate basic skills and commands.
Tuesdays: Puppy Play & Learn Foundation
For puppies aged 8 to 16/20 weeks old. Only six max per class, book early. This is a 30 – 40 minute learn & play session underpinning puppy development observing their budgening pack behaviour and learning the fundamentals of preventative care for vet and grooming visits. At the end of each session for 10 minutes, pups can be off lead to socialise in a safe environment. Pups can then go onto the second class where they will learn skills based around The Kennel Clubs’ – ‘Good Citizens Dog Scheme’
Monday Classes: GCDS & Behavioural
Open to dogs beyond puppy. Whether they’re a new young dog in your household, rescues, or elderly, I place fun for you and your hound at the heart of the classes. Learn about responsible dog ownership, your dogs needs and the law and how to deal with behavioural antics that arise.
We focus on the symbiotic relationship between you and your pet and building the communications you will need for a positive relationship. Your dog will learn boundaries and will respect you and do what you ask willingly. We do not always use food as a reward. There are other ways to reward your dog. Sessions are physically active and fun, it’s a great buzz when class members support each other.
Skills include: Settle, Sit and Down, Stand, Wait or Stay, up to a minute or longer, Doorways, Hallways & Stairs, Heel & Lead work, Recall, Go to Bed/Mat, Retrieve & play and Food manners.
Common Behavioural Issues include: Jumping up, leg humping, lunging forward whilst on the lead, , excessive barking, nervous or fearful aggression towards other dogs or people.
What to Bring to Classes:
Your puppy or dog must be microchipped. You must display an ID Tag on the collar or harness to attend classes.
Dogs /puppies are best trained from the collar. Make sure your pup or dog is comfortable with wearing one. We can loan you a collar for the class; we may have to ask for a deposit to ensure the return or replacement of our resources. Work your dog using a 4ft lead, 6ft leads are too long. Treats should be high in protein, everyday kibble/dry food with wheat will not motivate your dog. They’ll be sniffing out everybody else’s rewards because they’re dried liver, dried fish or chicken. Poo bags – nuff said. Always have a toy and a grooming brush or comb with you. Children 7 years and over can attend with an adult. We ask that the adult works the pup or dog in our classes. Toddlers tend to get bored and want to run around, because of health and safety, we cannot have children under the age of 7 at our classes unless accompanied by an adult who is not working the dog. Handlers must wear flat closed in shoes or sandals when working with dogs. Flip flops & high heels are unstable.
Please make sure your dog has toileted before attending classes.
Why train the Dog
The sooner you teach your pup how to behave, the easier your life will be. Most behavioural issues stem from a lack of exercise, boredom and good fundamental training in early life. Begin training as soon as you get your rescue or pup after its vaccinations, as early as eight weeks of age.
- A trained dog is a happy dog and that means a happy you. Training teaches the dog its boundaries and place within your home, with you as the hierarchical pack leader. They’re easier to live with because their minds are occupied learning new ideas and as the dog is a pack member they thrive on you being the leader and that creates a confident and social animal.
- A trained dog is much safer to be around than an untrained dog. They are less likely to be nervous around new situations, strangers or other dogs they’ll encounter either at home or in public.
- As a dog owner, you need to be able to control your pet in all situations, whether this is within your home and especially out in public. The amended 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act (UK) in March 2014, puts more emphasis and responsibility on the owner whilst out in public or in a private dwelling and that means you must be sure of how to successfully give commands whilst the animal is on or off lead, near you or at a distance.