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.

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. We split Twinkle Stars into age groups of either under 18 weeks old, or 18+ weeks old. The timetable is slightly different due to the requirements of older / younger puppies and dogs.

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.

All of our courses incorporate training for the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme, puppy foundation, bronze, silver and gold levels. With patience, hard work and determination you can work towards these fantastic awards with us at Standish Dog Trainer.  Assessments are held regularly throughout the year.

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 Wigan District Scout HQ, Greenhough Street, Wigan. We also take the opportunity to train outside when the British weather permits!

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.

Duration: All courses are 5 weeks in length and consist of 5 x 60-minute sessions, running most Saturdays at 10am, 11am & 12.15pm and at 7pm & 8pm on most Tuesday evenings.

 Classes for October are now fully booked, we are taking bookings now for the last classes of 2017, starting in November,

Date
 

Tuesday 
26 Sept

2017

Wigan

7pm

 Twinkle Stars

Over 18wks

WIGAN

(FULL)

8pm

Super Stars

WIGAN

(FULL)

 Saturday
21 Oct
2017STANDISH
9am

Twinkle Stars

Under
18 weeks

STANDISH

(FULL)

9am

Twinkle Stars

Over
18 weeks

STANDISH

(FULL)

10am

Super Stars

STANDISH

(FULL) 

10am

Super Stars

STANDISH

(FULL)

11am

Super Stars

STANDISH 

(FULL)

11am

Super Stars

STANDISH

Spaces

 

Tuesday

24 Oct

2017

Standish

7pm

Twinkle Stars

Under
18 weeks
STANDISH

(FULL)

 

 

8pm

Super Stars

STANDISH

Spaces

 

Tues

7 Nov

2017

Wigan

 

7pm

Twinkle Stars

(Over 18 weeks)

Wigan

Spaces

8pm

Super Stars

Wigan

(FULL)

Telephone: 01257 423726 or email.

Cost: Twinkle Stars and Super Stars cost £67.50 for a 5 week course.  There is a booklet to accompany each course. 

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