Training Classes

At Standish Dog Trainer we offer classes that will safely socialise your dog and train obedience & companion dog skills that are relevant to the world that we are asking our dogs to live in. We have a structured timetable that starts by teaching foundation skills and then allows progression, adding more advanced training as your dog learns and becomes more confident and focused through our improver and advanced classes. All of our classes now support the use of clickers; research has proved that training new behaviours is in some cases over a third quicker using a clicker, facilitating better learning, reducing frustration and reducing training time needed.  To see some clicker training and behaviours trained by Jo using a clicker with her own dogs, have a look at our You Tube site.

Humans only… In our puppy classes, humans come to class for week one without their puppy. We believe that in doing this, the learning process will be more relaxed, accessible and easier for both puppies and humans alike.

Week one will focus on orientation – what the set up of the class will be, seating arrangements, management of space, equipment that will be used and why. We will be teaching our pet owners how to use a clicker if they want to use one, what type of foods / size of food are good to use as rewards in a puppy class environment.
We will cover issues that puppies don’t need to be present for, like some of the laws that you need to be aware of as a puppy owner, how to cope with mouthing and chewing in puppies and we will demonstrate how to settle a dog and how to restrain a dog for handling and grooming purposes.  We will discuss safe socialisation and canine body language.
Our hope is that this will empower our puppy parents, so that when puppy joins class in week two, puppy owners will feel familiar and more able to help their puppies relax and learn in this fun, exciting environment.

Twinkle Stars is our foundation class. This will suit puppies from 12 weeks old and also older dogs that have not done any basic training. In this class we teach dogs how to settle and focus on their owners. We teach responsible dog ownership, we encourage socialisation to each other, new people and novel experiences. We teach good food manners, loose lead walking, basic recall and basic positions like sit and down. We also encourage controlled play and grooming and handling skills. Twinkle Stars is currently available at our Standish and Wigan training venues. Check dates for each venue in the table below.

Super Stars is the class that follows Twinkle Stars. In this class we teach new skills that are a little more advanced and we improve on the basic skills that have be learned in Twinkle Stars, working  towards Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards for the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme if you choose to. We add distractions to the loose lead walking; we improve the recall training and add an emergency stop command.  We teach a stay command, door manners and improve impulse control, focus on owner whilst out on walks and much more. This class is suitable for all dogs that have completed our Twinkle Stars foundation course and will add valuable, easy to learn life skills. The idea here is to help you through adolescence, since many dogs lose focus and concentration during this time, we want to support your training and help you and your dog all the way to adulthood. We take training outside into real life situations to help proof the work that we have started inside. We work on car manners, roadside control and focus on walking through the village safely. We will offer Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme testing for those who would like to work towards this.

The Super Stars courses also incorporate fun tricks, some KC Rally Obedience, Body Awareness and Proprioception exercises and we encourage pet owners to advance their handling skills.

You will find that classes with Standish Dog Trainer are focused around fun and positive reinforcement.  We use play, praise, food and toys to train our dogs.

You will receive a training booklet to accompany your course, written by Jo Pay. This booklet covers useful information about training methods, house-training  dogs chewing, mouthing, jumping up, grooming, fun ideas for games, information about the laws concerning dog ownership as well as all of the training that you will cover in your course.

Venues: Methodist Church Hall, High Street, Standish and My Pets Vets Ltd, Leigh. We also take the opportunity to train outside when the British weather permits!

Duration: All courses are 5 weeks in length and consist of 5 x 60-minute sessions, running most Saturdays at 9am, 10am, & 11am  and at 7pm & 8pm on most Tuesday evenings.

 Classes for Sept 2018 are now fully booked. We are taking bookings for classes starting in Oct and Nov 2018 See below.

Date  Time  Time  Time
 

Tues
25 Sept

2018

Leigh,Wigan

7pm

Twinkle Stars

Wigan

FULL

8.15pm

Twinkle Stars

Wigan

FULL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tues

9th Oct

2018

Standish

7pm

Twinkle Stars
Puppy

Standish

Spaces

8.15

Super Stars
Intermediate

Standish

Full

 

Sat
20 Oct
2018
Standish
9am
Super Stars
Intermediate

Standish

(FULL)

10.15 am
Super Stars
Intermdediate

Standish

Spaces

 

11.30

Twinkle Stars
Puppy

Standish

Spaces

 

 

Tues

6 Nov

2018

Leigh
Wigan

 

7pm

Twinkle Stars
Puppy

Leigh, Wigan

8.15pm

Super Stars
Intermediate

Leigh, Wigan

 

Telephone: 01257 423726 or email.

Cost: Twinkle Stars and Super Stars cost £68.00 for a 5 week course.  There is a booklet to accompany each course. 

If you have a dog that barks at other dogs, classes may not be appropriate for your dog, in this case we would be very happy to help you with 1-2-1 training.
Unfortunately dogs that have fear or aggression issues with other dogs or people are not invited onto our training courses. Please contact Jo to discuss and arrange a private consultation.