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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

Tuesday 8th January 2019 - 5pm Beginners, 6.30pm Intermediate, 7.45pm Advanced

Wednesday 31st October 2018 - 10.45am Intermediate (FULL), 12noon Beginners

Thursday 6th December 2018 - 5pm Beginners, 6.30pm Intermediate, 7.45pm Advanced

Saturday 24th November 2018 - 12.45pm Beginners, 11.30am Intermediate (FULL)

Tuesday 22nd January 2018 - Beginners 6.30pm, 7.45pm Intermediate

NEW! Thursday 15th November 2018 - 10.30am Intermediate new class due to demand!

Where classes show as full we do have waiting lists and there are some times that a dog needs to come out of a class and this provides a space for someone else to join!

2 Hour one off Beginners Set Up Class! We run these 2 hour sessions throughout the year as an alternative for people working shifts or who are waiting for their course to begin but would like to get their dog started! Saturday 17th November 2018 2.30pm.


Running Monday daytime and evening, Wednesday evening and Friday Morning - 6 week block courses
Recent Dates Include August 10th & October 10th - More Dates To Come Early 2019

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

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
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 Fun Kids Class - contact us for dates running during the Easter Holidays. 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 2019
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
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
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!


Next session Saturday 12th January 2019

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

Our Intro to Heelwork to Music and Progressive Sessions are available to bring to your own club premises or to arrange in Ardleigh for your own smaller group of friends and family! We can arrange the training to suit
the dogs and owners in the class and their own training levels and capabilities.

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 Satuarday 15th December

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 - 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!!


Full Day’s Heelwork to Music with Richard Curtis!!
Saturday 10th November 2018 10am - 4pm
Handler Spaces and Spectator Spaces both with limited availability

For all Heelwork to Music fans this session has run every year for several years and it’s different every time and always a lot of fun!! Richard is well known in the HTM world with routines at shows and Crufts, competing with his own dogs varying from smaller size like Chihuahua up to Collie and upwards!

We work on individual moves and actions, perfecting the heel work with moves linked, working with props and music and much more - Richard is very enthusiastic and knows breeds so well to adapt methods to suit each handler and dog team!! I am usually taking a lot of photos and some videos too so you’ll have plenty to look back on from the session to help with practise later on!

Spectator’s to the session will get to watch all the dogs working including Richards own and learning about the different methods used, ideas for moves, actions, poses etc you can try at home and the chance to ask questions any time. 

Suitable for beginners through competing dogs!

Senior Dog’s Class
Saturday 24th November 2018 2.30pm - 4.30pm

Our fun Senior Dog’s class is back for the winter – for all breeds and training levels of dog over 7 years old plus suitable for all age dogs who have previous injuries and need to take things a little more gently.

This 2 hour class guides you and your dog through a combination of gentle conditioning exercises to help with fitness and body strengthening and awareness, brain stimulation to keep your dog’s minds fresh and active plus talks and info about health and products designed for older dogs – all recommendations have been tested by my own senior dogs!!

Always a fun class – plus optional chance to work on your Senior Dogs Progress Awards Level 1 during the class!

For info on the Senior Dogs Progress Awards have a look at :

Tricks Training from Beginners to Advanced Levels!!
Saturday 15th November 2018 2.30pm - 4.30pm

This Tricks session will include a mixture of Tricks which have stages for beginners, intermediate and advanced levels of training - starting with the basics using hand signals and luring, progressing dogs to achieving the tricks without luring and on to tricks it distance, holding poses etc. 

Dogs who haven’t started any tricks formally yet may be eligible for this session, just message us to check in as many dogs have tricks that may not be considered as actual tricks training!!

If your dog has already done a lot of tricks then they will be given new tricks to work on based on their current skill set including using props, distance work and building up the time holding a trick pose plus more!

Tricks may include, but are not limited to, Peek A Boo, Paws Up, Paws to Feet, Double Hoop Trick and much more!!

Craig Ogilvie Interactive Play Workshop!!
Followed by Craig’s Body Language Talk - see next event.
Friday 7th December 2018 - 2.00pm - 4.00pm

We are very excited to be bringing world famous Craig Ogilvie to Ardleigh for our customers benefit - grab a space quick!!
Using Interactive Play to create a unique and special experience to share with your dog, which can help with:

* Improving your existing play 
* Working motivation 
* Toy possession 
* Lack of interest in toys 
* Building a better relationships with your dog 
* Confidence building 
* A high value reward experience for training 
* Communicating with your dog whilst they are stimulated
* Creating interactive experience that you can share with your dog
  stimulates their body and mind
* Most of all - Having lots of fun!! 

We have strictly 6 Handler with Dog Spaces (and a cancellation list in case someone cannot make it nearer the time) - deposits are essential to secure spaces on this session as a handler to ensure costs are covered!! As of 11/5/18 all Handler Spaces are reserved but I have a cancellation list and in our experience when there are so many months before an event the cancellation list tends to reduce nearer the time.

We also have plenty of Spectator spaces available - having been a spectator at this workshop and others myself I can vouch for the level of knowledge and fun you’ll have by watching the others and not needing to focus on your own dog. You can take notes, ask questions about what you’re seeing (or not seeing!!) and Craig really includes everyone when he is explaining each method with each dog. You can ask questions at any time, take photos to remind you for when you’re home with your own dogs etc.

We also have Craig presenting his fantastic Canine Body Language Talk after the Play Workshop - at 4.45pm

About Craig:

Craig Ogilvie makes you the centre of your dog’s world. Having spent a great deal of time training and testing working dogs in locations all of Europe, he very quickly went on to achieve unique accreditation. 

Craig is the first and only person from the U.K to be licensed to test and train dogs internationally in the working dog sport called Mondioring: which consists of Obedience, Agility and Criminal Apprehension.

Craig is one of the very few experienced and qualified Civilian Police Dog Training Instructors in the U.K, as well as a dog behaviour practitioner, seminar leader, author, and public speaker. His passion and study of training, interacting and communicating with dogs led to his discovery of the ‘Interactive Play Experience’ and ‘How to Become the Centre of Your Dog’s World’. 

Craig has been delivering his systems worldwide via sell out workshops, seminars and online training, helping dog lovers all over the world to achieve their goals.

Canine Body Language Basics - Craig Oglivie Talk
Friday 7th December 2018 4.45pm-6.45pm

Following Craig’s Interactive Play session on the same day, Craig will be delivering his brilliant talk on Canine Body Language, which is content rich, motivational, and thought provoking. Craig's delivery is a little different; the devout canine practitioner focuses on easily applicable content and Q&A to ensure his audience take the absolute most away from every delivery.

With his passionate approach Craig will talk you through how to spot the subtle changes in your dogs body language. Changes that can give us a reflection of their internal state and help us to understand what our dogs are telling us. 

This talk is perfect for all who work with dogs to help us with our communication skills for us as well as when we are passing on information to dog’s owners that we are working with, as well as being full of essential information and advice for pet dog owners to be able to identify when our dogs are in need of something or are trying to let us know when something has changed - understanding and reading canine body language is a huge step forward in enjoying our dogs even more!!

This is not a handling workshop, and as such no dogs are being trained in the session. People attending the earlier Play Session can bring their dogs in, bring a crate or use their car if not to warm - if you are not attending the Play Workshop first but need to bring your dog please let us know when booking.

Limited places - refreshments provided plus certificates of attendance given by Dog Training for Essex & Suffolk.

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 Current session and all dogs over 7 years old are eligible to take part!!

Saturday 17th November 2018

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!!

Canine Parkour Session for Beginners and Advanced!!
Saturday 3rd November 2018 2.30pm - 4.30pm

Our Canine Parkour Workshop is back!! For all Dog Breeds and ages over 6 months old to take part in, who are comfortable around other dogs and people. This is a mixed level session, working on progressing dogs who
have already started on some exercises as well as introducing new dogs - however it’s not a session to work on focus, motivation or reactivity; these areas would need to be covered in another style class.

We will be using equipment and props to work on exercises of Parkour that are generally suitable for most dogs and will be adapting them for each dog, while focusing on safety at all times!! Including Parkour exercises such as Between (forwards and backwards), Under, Go Round, Tic Tac (Rebound) and ‘straddle’!! There are many options in Parkour so there will be lots for each dog's abilities.

For more information about Canine Parkour have a look at the albums on our Facebook Page Here

Stunt Dog Academy
8th Septemeber 2018 - Keep your eyes open for further dates

Introducing our Exciting NEW Stunt Dog Academy Workshop!! This is a workshop for all fit Dog Breeds and ages over 12 months old to take part in (large breeds check with us due to growth plates), and who are comfortable around other dogs and people as there will be a lot of movement and excitement!!

Our Stunt Dog Academy takes Tricks Training and Canine Parkour Training and pushes them further, introducing more advanced types of exercises which are not higher impact or dangerous but do require dogs to have a
good basic level of training and focus to ensure they can learn thoroughly and safely. Exercises can be tailored to adjust for dogs with physical limitations or difficulties, but some adjustments may mean reverting back to a version of the exercise that has been covered already - but with new super props!!

** Our March Session is Full, and we are creating an additional April session which already has a large list of people interested **

More Workshops Throughout 2019......!

We have more workshops to add - there’s literally not enough weekends!!
These will include:
Wag It Games Intro
Wag It Games Progression
Clicker Training Workshop
Canine Parkour Intro
Canine Parkour Advanced
Stunt Dog Academy Intro Session
Treibball and Dog Ball training and trials
Teach My Dog To Do That - Tricks
Memory Training - Intro
Memory Training - Progression
Senior Dogs Training
Canine Conditioning
Wag And Tone

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