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Dog Training in
Essex & Suffolk.
Training Dates
Our classes run in structured block courses, with start dates coming round every few weeks. Please see below for the next commencement dates for Obedience, Agility and one off events. Please note these dates may sometimes change due to unforeseen circumstances so please contact us to check dates and times. Booking is essential for all classes, as we keep class sizes to a minimum, so please also contact us to check availability

Running in 11 week block courses

Thursday 25th May 2017 - 5pm Beginners, 6.30pm Intermediate, 7.45pm Advanced (full)

Tuesday 4th April 2017
- Beginners 10.30am, 11.45am Intermediate, 1pm Advanced (full)

Wednesday 10th May 2017 - 10.45am Intermediate (full), 12noon Beginners

Saturday 13th May 2017
- 10am Beginners, 11.15am Intermediate

Tuesday 9th May 2017 -
6.30pm Beginners Full, 7.45pm Intermediate


Running Monday daytime and evening, Wednesday evening and Friday Morning - 6 week block courses
We run our agility classes on Mondays from 11am to 7.30pm, Wednesdays 6.30pm and Fridays 10am to 1pm.

Unfortunately all of our Agility Classes are currently full. We do have waiting lists for all the Agility Classes, but this is based on waiting for a dog to leave the class before a new one can join.

We do however run one off Introduction and Progression training sessions and do hold one to one Agility Training during the weekdays and weekends - contact us for details!!

Intro to Agility session Saturday 25th March 2017 at 2.45pm
If you are looking to try agility and see if your dog likes it while learning the foundation equipment then you will enjoy this one off session! For dogs of all training levels, over 8-10 months upwards (larger breeds to be over 12 months for flatwork, over 18 months for full height). We include jumps, dog walk, tyre jump, pause table and
weaves plus more! We have waiting lists for all agility classes and completing the Intro to Agility sessions helps you gain a great spot on the waiting lists!

Stage 2/3 Agility session - TBA
Stages 2/3 Agility Session for dogs who have done the Introduction - Progress your dogs Agility Training including linking several pieces of equipment together, extra equipment, short courses, left and right turns!


Children's Fun Half Term Holiday Classes
Easter Holiday Class - Wednesday 12th April 1.30pm-3.30pm - limited space Session for children aged between 7-11 years old, older and younger siblings can be involved also and discounts for more then one child with one dog between them.

School Holidays
2 hour class where the Children are the handlers!! Covering a combination of practical training exercises and tricks along with interactive exercises to learn about understanding their own dogs better. Including exercises from the Kennel Club's Safe and Sound Scheme, games with prizes to win for dogs and certificates to all children attending!


Continuing into 2017
We now offer Private Training Classes for you and your friends and family!
Designed for small groups of people who want to do their Dog Training with people they know but perhaps cannot all make the same time class, now you can book the time that suits you all!

We can work ok all areas of training including general obedience, agility, working dog training, heelwork to music, scent work etc.

This can be a one off session or you can choose to do them every month, bi-monthly, fortnightly, whatever suits you!

Ask Joe for details on this already popular private training solution!


Run as both 2 hour classes.

Part one of two 1 hour sessions for all Terrier Breeds …- 3rd December Part 1 3.30-4.30pm
2 Hour Intensive fun class for all Terrier Breeds including Miniature Schnausers and Lancashire Heelers! Including obedience and other fun areas of training to help keep these kinds of breeds focus and interested in the training. Please ask fore more informaton on this class!

Terrier Fun Training Class Part 2 of 2 - Saturday in February 2017 Final date to be set! 3.30pm-4.30pm
Second part of two linked one off fun training sessions for all Terrier Breeds including Miniature Schnauzers, Lancashire Heelers and Daschunds and Terrier Crosses – covering lots of exercises including focus work, obedience, tricks, heelwork to music and using basic agility also this session helps you teach your terrier breed to focus on you for walks and future classes and provides new training exercises to give your terrier breed stimulation and work to practise!

Here we will be progressing the skills and methods started in December that have been practised and will bring in more detailed training!

This is not a behaviour class, but is designed for Terrier type breeds who can be more easily distracted to work on focus and fun!


To Be Confirmed

Introduction session to teach your dog the basic moves and how to start linking together

Stage 2 Heelwork to Music Session for dogs who have done out Introduction session - applying moves as a small routine, adding more difficult moves plus props, using music to plan a routine and more!


Introduction to Tricks Training - Saturday 22nd April 2017 1pm-3pm

Training with Kate Gasson, Certified Trick Dog Trainer and CAP 1 Clicker Trainer, you will get to work with your dog on a host of exciting tricks during this one off session!! Including tricks such as Peek a Boo, Hoop Jumps/Double Hoops, Jump Circled Arms, Moving Leg Weaves (forwards, back …), Paws on an item / Arm and Wipe Paws you and your dog will have a fun packed afternoon with lots to take away and practise!!

Props provided, progression for dogs who can already do a foundation trick and adjustments made for puppies, seniors or dogs with disabilities who maybe cannot jump or manoeuvre in a certain way.

Advanced Tricks and Props - Saturday 18th February 2017 1pm-3pm Exciting session for dogs who have already started tricks to progress to more challenging exercises including using props for some amazing results! Including tricks such as pedestal work, closing/opening a door, paw wraps and distance tricks work this is one fun session!! Next session to be over the summer 2017.


Come and see us at a Show!!

Joe will be at Crufts on the Norwich Terrier Breed stand Friday 10th March - come and say hi, ask about training or even grooming for a terrier lol!

All About Dogs Show, Trinity Park, Ipswich - Easter Weekend Sunday 16th and Monday 17th April 2017 - we are running another training ring and this time will be offering Wag It Games exercises as well as Canine Conditioning advice.

Dogtopia Dog Show - launched last year the Dogtopia show in Orsett, Essex we are thrilled to have been invited back to run another training ring for you to try out! Date to be announced but will be in the Summer, last year was in July.

All About Dogs Show, Hylands Park, Chelmsford - September 2017 - we have been invited again to this location and will be running our training ring for all to come and try out!

We are halfway through our current Free Senior Dogs Online Class, come and have some fun with your older dog! - on our Senior Dog’s Group!

A brand new 6 week online class with new exercises taught each week for you to view, choose which ones you would like to teach your dog, and then work with your dog in your own time. The exercises will be a combination of Mental Stimulation, Body Conditioning, Body Awareness, Targeting, Item Interaction and more and you can leave the ones that don’t suit your own dog and stick to the ones you want to do!

The course is designed to give your Senior Dog’s a chance to learn some new exercises while spending extra quality time with you - there are also ways to adjust exercises if your Senior dog has disabilities or health issues - just ask in the group!!

The 6 week Senior Dog’s Online Class is free to take part in for the January to March 2017 session and all dogs over 7 years old are eligible to take part!!

Single Saturday Session Saturday 4th March 2017 1pm-3pm
Follow up to our previous fun Wag It Games sessions this is another progression for people and dogs who have completed our sessions that started last year. I’ll be contacting people who have done Wag It Games to offer this session very soon - we have limited space as we may be indoors with the weather!!

We will be focusing again at a combination of Shadow Skills (a form of Rally O), No Need For Speed Obstacle Course, Dog Ball Skills and Sniff It Scentwork Skills plus the new Wag It Games activity of Fast and
Flat Agility! We will include small courses as well as separate skills – if you would like to know more about the Wag It Games you can have a look at

We will be running a brand new Wag It Games double weekender later this year for dogs wanting to get started!!

Saturday 11th March 2017 12.45pm-2.45pm

We have more of our one off 2 hour Beginners Classes taking place – great for people who work shifts and cannot make weekly classes these sessions have been designed to provide a host of foundation exercises
and basic behaviours. These sessions have also become very popular for people who want to get started sooner then their classes will be. Including Distance Control, Basic Recall, Heel Position, Stays, Loose Lead Walking plus talks on Playbiting and Jumping Up plus more.

If you know someone with a new dog or puppy who might be interest- ed in a one off training class to gather a host of safety and foundation training this could be for them!!

Do As I Do - Intro Workshop on this fun New training technique!
Saturday 25th March 2.30pm-4.30pm - FULL!!

We are running a new worship teaching the foundations of the social learning concept called Do As I Do - developed by trainer Claudia Fugazza this approach begins by teaching dogs a new protocol which leads to our dogs being able to imitate our moves to learn new behaviours themselves.

This social learning technique allows us to teach our dogs to observe what we are doing, imitate the behaviour (such a tap a target with foot, walk round a cone, put hands on an item) and then remember it as a newly taught exercise!

In this session we will be introducing the protocol to our dogs to start them off understanding the new concept, then progressing to helping them understand with less guidance from us and finishing this session with starting on a new behaviour to suit your dog. Worksheets will be included in this session to give you a reminder and homework!

Conditioning and Confidence Building Class;
for Canine Athletes, Pet Dogs and overall Conditioning.
Saturday 29th April 2017 1pm-3pm

This session is aimed at dogs over 6 months old who take part in canine sports for fun or in competition such as Tricks and Heelwork to Music, Agility, Flyball, Disc Dog, Hiking etc or for dogs who need strengthening to help with longer walks or to aid an injury (once signed off from vet or specialist). Dogs need some foundations such as
understanding putting front paws on an item, sit, stand and down to help learn the new exercises - contact Joe to check if your dog is ready for this session!

Professional Conditioning training is now available for the Essex and Suffolk area at Dog Training for Essex & Suffolk and is run by Joe Nutkins KCAI (CD), CPCFT - a Certified Professional Canine Fitness Trainer through Dr Debbie Gross from Wizard of Paws and Toto Fit. Working through various specialised exercises designed to help with dog’s overall conditioning and strengthening which in turn prevents in- juries and helps a dog continue doing their favourite activities for longer and into their Senior years - my own dogs are almost 13 and 16 1/2 and still do regular long walks, conditioning and balance exercises, learning new tricks and much more with healthy bodies and vets are very pleased with their muscle strength and heart strength! If you have an interest in your dogs condition and future strength and fitness you will find this session a wealth of information including
recaps for the exercises we work on and handouts detailing the exercises and how they work for your dog individually

Small class of up to 4/5 dogs - Very Limited Space already!!!

Intro to Canine Parkour
Saturday 13th May 1-3pm
If you enjoy getting out and about with your dog as well as tricks training and even agility then this is for you!!

Canine Parkour is a relatively new dog sport which is very popular in USA and is becoming more popular in UK in the last few months. As a sport it combines basic Agility elements and human Parkour activities
to produce exercises that can be chosen and adapted for each dog individually and can be done in the home and out on walks!

In this Intro to Canine Parkour session we will look at the foundation exercises such as Crawl Under, Through/Between, Get In, Tic Tac(Rebound) and much more - starting dogs off with a feel for the exercise and
then bringing in the sports specific rules such as dog heigh for equipment etc.

There are also adjustments made for senior dogs or ‘heart dogs’ which are dogs with disabilities or illness, so the exercises are much lower to prevent the need for jumping, or you can guide your dog better to help them. Safety is paramount throughout and the use of harness and lead is recommended, particularly for higher levels, although is not essential for this Intro session.

Canine Parkour has two Titling organisations which can be completed via video submission and I can help people work towards these if desired, but this Intro session will achieve your own certificate in the exercises you and your dog complete at your level.

If you want to look up Canine Parkour more see: Website Facebook Facebook

Limited space on this session - we will be working outside where possible, inside if wet.

Dog Ball Skills Class inc Mock Test
Saturday 13th May 3.30pm - 5pm

Dog Ball (also known as Treibball) is a brilliant and fun sport for dogs of all ages and breed types, especially useful for dogs who like to herd or chase as this gives them a controllable outlet for their breed traits and can help with overall focus!

Working on a number of skills to help dogs understand how to ‘push’ on cue while facing you, how to move around the target object left and right and how to use impulse control, we progress you to using large size inflatable balls to follow courses and get goals!!

Each dog will be working at their own level and dogs who have started Dog Ball already will also have the chance to work on their own Mock Trial - set up as if for competition, scored and maybe even achieve a qualifying score and rosette!!

Clicker Training Classes!!
Clicker Training Classes are underway and the feedback we are receiving is fantastic!!  Clicker Training is a very beneficial and effective form of training which helps us owners with our timing and praise, and helps dogs to understand what they are being praised for and which action they should repeat!!

Running as blocks of 8 week courses our current Clicker Classes are running Thursday mornings and are a Beginners level and then a Stage 2 level to progress. For all breeds and training levels you don’t need to have started any training to be able to take part!! You don’t even need a clicker as we provide these are part of the classes!! Small size classes of up to 6 dogs means more is covered and more individual attention!

The next 8 week course for Beginners will be Thursday 16th March 2017. Beginners is a very small class and there will be a lot of individual attention and planning, at 10am-11am. Intermediate class for dogs who have done our Beginners Clicker already will also be starting 16th March, at 11.30am.

If you would like more information about Clicker Training or the Clicker Classes please contact Joe in the office at

Not sure if Clicker Classes are for you? Have a look at this link which explains a little more about Clicker Training!!

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