Dog Training at Derrings

“I felt the training was set at an appropriate level and built steadily throughout the course.  Also, you adapted the training quickly if we were not getting it! which stopped any frustration in both dog and owner. A relationship developed through the course of trust, teamwork and fun which was lovely.” – Vikki, Thirsk

Beginning Puppy – 10-14 weeks old

The perfect start for your young pup! As we will be training outdoors, puppies must have had both vaccinations and must be no more than 14 weeks at start of classes.

COVID safe outdoor training at Derrings well-drained arena and secure fields. Classes will be limited to 4 puppies for maximum care and assistance from Wendy. The classes will be held over 6 weeks with an additional 2 weeks allowance for weather. We will cover all the basics including:

  • Recall
  • Loose- lead walking
  • Sit/Down
  • Play
  • Settle
  • Following a lure
  • and so much more!

Beginning Puppy is £95 for a block of 6 weekly, 50 min sessions. Book now!

Beginning Puppy available: Tuesdays and Saturdays – check times at booking

Advancing Puppy – 15-20 weeks old

Natural progression from the Beginning Puppy class but still appropriate for an older puppy that hasn’t attended a class yet

We will be developing the skills you have started. Each puppy and owner will be guided from where they are in skill development. Everyone is different and we make allowances for that. We’ll be looking at:

  • The speedy recall
  • Loose lead with distractions
  • Sit/Down stay with distractions
  • Leave – it challenges
  • How do I deal with [biting/mouthing, house-training problems, jumping, etc.] ? Time for discussing problem areas
  • and more…

Your pup should be no more than 20 weeks old at start of classes. As with Beginning Puppy, there will be no more than 4 puppies and handlers and classes will be outdoors in Derrings arena and secure field. The classes take place over 6 weeks with an extra 2 weeks allowance for weather!

Advancing Puppy is only £95 for a block of 6 weekly, 50 min sessions. Book now!

Advancing Puppy available: Tuesdays and Saturdays – check times at booking

These sessions will be £17.50 per half hour. If you are interested, let me know and I will contact you when they are available.

Canine Life Skills – for ages 5 months+

Another great programme for slightly older puppies and young dogs that would benefit from advancing their basic skills, increasing impulse control, problem solving and focus. This course is open to any dogs over 5 months whether or not you have attended classes before.

Life Skills is a progressive programme developing the important basics with added distraction and difficulty. You will learn how to encourage and reward problem solving from your dog. Clicker training will be introduced or advanced. We will also touch on various games and dog sports that use your dogs natural skills and rewarding behaviours such as retrieving and scentwork.

Does this sound like it’s for you and your dog? Book now!

Life Skills classes are booked in 6 weekly, 50 min blocks for £95.

Life Skills is available: Tuesdays and Saturdays – check times at booking

Puppy Socialisation/Anti-socialisation Sessions

These sessions will be offered ad hoc during available free weeks between booked classes. Designed for controlled socialisation, puppies will be given periods of time with closely supervised interaction and play, with focus on returning to owner for attention and reward.

In this session you will learn the importance of the Consent Test and how to judge appropriate and inappropriate play.

This is also an opportunity for puppy owners who, for different reasons, may not want a dog that expects to interact with other dogs. You may be training a working dog or you may have a dog that is naturally confident and plays a bit too rough with the others. In this session you will be given your own space and assistance to work with your puppy with the distraction of others in the background.

These sessions will be £17.50 per half hour. If you are interested, let me know and I will contact you when they are available.