Puppy Pre-School Sessions

These sessions are for puppies that have had their first vaccinations and have not yet started a Puppy Starter course. Puppies can come for up to 4 weeks.

Each session covers the following:

Puppy Pre-School sessions are currently held in Farnborough on Wednesday evenings 6.15 to 7 before the Puppy Starter class (which owners are welcome to stay and watch if they wish) or on behalf of Cathcart and Winn Veterinary Surgery at their premises on Thursdays 12.30 to 1.30.

For further information or to book a place, please ring Barbara Delany on 01252 321711.

Puppy Starter Course

This 6 week course is for puppies which are under 20 weeks at the start of the course. Puppies can start this course after attending the Puppy Pre-School sessions or as their initial training course.

On this course the owners are taught the principles of positive reinforcement training using a clicker and learn how they can teach their dog any required behaviour using these principles.

As well as being able to socialise with the other puppies on the course in a controlled manner, the following specific behaviours are taught:

Owners are also taught how to handle their puppies all over including how to open their mouths to give pills and have their teeth cleaned and teaching the puppy to have its muzzle held should the need ever arise during a veterinary inspection.

At the end of each class a set of homework notes are handed out (or sent to those who missed the class) which details what has been taught in the class and what the owner should do during the week to make good progress.

This course is currently held at the Farnborough Community Centre (GU14 7LE) on a Wednesday evening, 7 to 8.

Once puppies have completed this course, there are further ad-hoc outdoor training classes in an enclosed field at Badshot Lea at weekends if owners are interested in progressing their training to the more distracting outdoor environment.

For further information or to book a place, please ring Barbara Delany on 01252 321711.

Advanced Course

This 6 week course is for puppies which have completed the Puppy Starter course or for dogs which have completed a puppy course elsewhere and wish to advance their training.

The aim of this course is to progress the behaviours taught in the Puppy Starter class as follows:

The new behaviour of going down on the move even when going away from the handler is also taught on this course as it is a useful safety exercise.

The dogs are also taught how to relax in an owner chosen position in the presence of other dogs whilst their owners stop for a chat.

Handling and grooming exercises continue on this course as it is important to keep doing these throughout a dog’s life.

This course is currently held at the Farnborough Community Centre (GU14 7LE) on a Wednesday evening at 8.15.

For all dogs on this course, there are further ad-hoc outdoor training classes in an enclosed field at Badshot Lea at weekends if owners are interested in progressing their training to the more distracting outdoor environment.

For further information or to book a place, please ring Barbara Delany on 01252 321711.

Puppy/Older Dog Training One to One Sessions

Although it is important for puppies to attend training classes where possible so that they can socialise with other puppies and learn to carry out behaviours when other dogs are around, we understand that is not always possible for someone to get to classes. Our Head Trainer, Sarah, therefore does offer one to one sessions for puppy owners in their homes where required. This may be to cover the general puppy training covered on the Puppy Starter course or for specific home issues that cannot be covered in a class environment.

One to one sessions can also arranged for any dog which needs to brush up on any of the training it received as a puppy, train new appropriate behaviours or for specific home training issues. These can be held at your home or at an enclosed field in Badshot Lea.

For further information or to book home visits, please ring 01252 321711.

Kennel Club Good Citizen Scheme Training Classes

These classes are for dogs which have completed the Advanced course or have previously completed similar courses elsewhere.

The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme is a well-established nationwide dog training scheme which is open to all types of dog of any age. It is non-competitive and emphasis is placed on a standard of achievement with dog owners being awarded a rosette and certificate when they pass the scheme’s tests.

Our classes cover the training required for the Bronze, Silver and Gold level awards. Each award develops the dog’s domestic obedience skills whilst also ensuring the owner is able to control and care for the dog in a domestic situation.

Bronze AwardSilver Award Gold Award

These classes are currently run in Farnborough on a Tuesday night.

For all dogs in these classes, there are further ad-hoc outdoor training classes in an enclosed field at Badshot Lea at weekends if owners are interested in progressing their training to the more distracting outdoor environment.

For further information or to book a place, please ring Barbara Delany on 01252 321711.

Competitive Obedience Classes

Our Competitive Obedience classes are currently held in Farnborough on a Thursday night.

There is an Introduction to Competitive Obedience class held for an hour every Thursday. This class is for young dogs destined to compete in Competitive Obedience and for older dogs whose owners would like to have a go at teaching competitive obedience exercises for the first time.

The other two classes are for handlers and dogs preparing to compete or already competing at Obedience competitions.

All competitive levels are covered from Pre-Beginners through to Championship C.

Occasionally spaces become available so please ring Barbara Delany on 01252 321711 if you wish are interested in attending these classes.

About our Head Trainer

Our Head Trainer, Sarah, has been teaching Pet training and Competitive Obedience classes since the early 1990s. All her classes/training sessions use positive reinforcement training methods and all her own dogs have been clicker trained in both their domestic and competition training exercises.

Sarah is currently working in Championship Obedience classes with her fifth dog to qualify at this level. Two of her past Championship level dogs (both Belgian Shepherd Groenendaels) became Obedience Champions, both were placed in the Obedience Championships at Crufts and one worked as part of the winning England Team in the World Cup competition held at Crufts. Sarah has also competed at both Crufts and Olympia in Agility in the past.