Puppy Classes

At Standish Dog Trainer we offer classes that will safely socialise your puppy 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. You can read more about the classes below.

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 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.

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. Our hope is that this will empower you, so that when puppy joins class in week two, you will feel confident and be more able to help your 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.

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. We work  towards Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards for the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme.

This class is only available to dogs that have completed our Twinkle Stars foundation course. We want to help you through adolescence, since many dogs lose focus and concentration during this time. We want to support 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.

Venues: Methodist Church Hall in Standish. We also take the opportunity to train outside when the British weather permits!

Duration: All courses are 5 weeks in length, cost £68 and consist of 5 x 60-minute sessions.