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Training Classes

     Archway Methodist Church, Tuesday Evenings 7-8pm 
Navigator Sq, London N19 3TD in The Beginners Hall (Buzz the ‘Beginners’ hall bell and we let you in)
Upcoming Classes for 2018/2019 
Classes turn around every six weeks.
Classes are voluntarily run by Sunnie De Pass,  P.D.T.I Intermediate in Instructing and assisted by volunteers.
Autumn term 2018
11th September –  16th October
30th October – 4th December,
Drop- In on 11th & 18th December
Spring Term 2019
8th January – 12th February 
19th February – 26th March.
Drop-In on 2nd & 9th April
Summer Term
30th April – 4th June
11th June-16th July
Drop-in on 23rd July

Puppy Play & Learn Sessions at 6.30pm – 7pm. Phone first to check for spaces

Waged:  £60.00
Unwaged, State Pensioners & Students £40.00 per term.
Drop in: £12.00 per session. 
Hall class sizes are kept small, maximum six 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 session.
Agility : Sunday Mornings Whittington Park, From Sunday 7th April 2019,: 11.00am – 12.30pm £2/3.00. We meet outside Hocking Hall in Whittington Park.  For outdoor work including Recall & lead walking. Retrieve and Agility Games. Not on if the weather is bad. Those who sign up for our hall classes are invited to come down on Sunday mornings to run through the skills learnt in an open public  space with distractions.

Puppy Play & Learn Foundation Classes at 6.30 – 7.00pm
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 our second class where they will learn skills based around The Kennel Clubs’ – ‘Good Citizens Dog Scheme’ – Bronze Award.

Brush Up for Bronze GCDS classes @ 7:00 – 8:00pm.
Open to dogs of all ages, whether they’re a new young dog in your household or rescued old timers for socialisation and behaviour work. We put fun for you and your hound at the heart of our classes, which are about responsible dog ownership, the law and your dog’s needs.  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.
Fundamental Topics include: Settle, Sit and Down, Stand, Wait or Stay up to a minute or longer,  Heel & Lead work, Recall, Go to Bed/Mat, Retrieve, Food manners and Socialisation through play and agility games. 
Common Behavioural Issues include: Jumping up, leg Humping, Lunging forward whilst on the lead or into doorways, Excessive Barking, nervous or fearful Aggression towards other dogs or people.

What to Bring to Classes:
Dogs /puppies are best trained from the collar, not a harness. Make sure your pup or dog is comfortable with wearing one. We can loan you a collar for the class; we 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 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.  Handlers must wear closed in shoes when working with dogs.
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 Dogs Act (UK) in March 2014, puts more emphasis and responsibility on the owner 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.