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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

Tuesday 7th January 2020 - Beginners 10.30am, 11.45am Intermediate, 1pm Advanced (FULL)

Tuesday 14th January 2020 - 6.30pm Beginners, 7.45pm Intermediate

Wednesday AM 19th February 2020 - 10.45am Intermediate, 12 noon Beginners

Saturday 29th February 2020 - PLEASE NOTE NEW TIMES 11.45am Beginners, 10.30am Intermediate

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

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 - Our next one will be Saturday 7th December at 1.30pm-3.30pm Contact us for details.


Running Monday daytime and evening, Wednesday evening and Friday Morning - 6 week block courses

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 - TBA Saturday & Weekday Early 2020

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
Agility - Weekday session being planned currently, next Saturday session due October / November - for dogs who have done our Intro to Agility session or have done a 1-2-1 for the foundations and wish to continue with a group. Limited space.


Children's Fun Half Term Holiday Classes
Wednesday 17th April 2019 Fun Easter Class 2-4pm
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 2020
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 - Workshops & Regular Classes start on Mondays Sept 2019 and continuing 2020!

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!!


Our very popular and sought after Train the Trainer Course will be restarting in 2019 following two separate courses this year!!

If you would like to become a Certified Dog Training Instructor for Pet Dog Training Classes, one to one Training sessions, running workshops, running Good Citizens training and tests or would like to train up ready to join a team of Dog Trainers then this is the course for you!! We will also work via online in our own private group where we can ask questions, start new exercises etc.

The course is aimed at covering the training level of Beginner Dogs / Puppies / and Introduction to becoming a trainer and is based on our original style In-House Training used to promote our training assistants to training instructors when ready and is now adapted so attendees will come away with:
- Certification on passing
- Tools for planning your own courses
- Tools for planning your own classes
- Skills to create your own training sessions
- Understanding of foundation focus and safety exercises to be able to teach dogs AND owners
- Working knowledge of basic common puppy behaviours to be able to help your customers better
- Confidence in addressing your classes / clients so your techniques can be heard and understood
- Improved personal skills in dog handling with your own dog(s)
- Improved Handling Skills with Dogs unknown to you
- Greater understanding on reading canine body language

All participants in the Training the Trainer Part 1 Course also have the opportunity to assist within our training classes, 121’s and workshops where you’ll get to experience the training ‘from the other end of the lead’
- it’s very different listening to an exercise when you don’t need to focus on a Dog too! Assisting with us and with other dog clubs is strongly advised to provide the opportunity to work with both dogs and owners.

Each session will be 3-4 hours long maximum and there will be at least one week between any two sessions to give students a chance to read through everything, practise and get homework done! We do have payment plan options to help everyone interested be able to get started.

On completion of the course itself, presentation of all homework and completing required assisting hours either with us or your local club you will be presented with your own Dog Training Instructor Certificate for Beginners and Puppies. There is also a Level 2 for Intermediate if requested.

For more details on the course, how to book, eligibility, dates, location, costs and more contact us in the office.

If you’ve completed one level and would like to do more let’s see how we can progress you further or tailor the course more for your needs!!


Full Day’s Heelwork to Music with Richard Curtis!!
Saturday 30th March 2019 10am - 4pm and again in November 2019
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!

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!!

Fun Scentwork Training!
Saturday 5th October 2019 2pm-4pm

We have one off workshops including introduction to Dog Lead Scent Searches as well as Level 2 and onwards.

Hannah Slaney is our resident Scentwork Trainer, with certification in UK Rural Skills Canine Scentwork and in Scentwork Enrichment, and a real passion for working with dogs in the world of Scent!

More Workshops Throughout 2020......!

We have more workshops to add - there’s literally not enough weekends!!
These will include:

Canine Conditioning Workshops - Exercises to help improve Confidence, Flexibility and Motor Skills Learn to Prevent Injury as well as spotting subtle signs of early injury or discomfort.
Canine Conditioning Courses for progression

Hoopers Training Workshops - Saturday 14th December
Hoopers Training Classes - Levels 1, 2 and 3
Next Introduction to Hoopers Workshop Saturday 14th December 2.00pm-4.00pm
One off session learning about the Canine Hoopers equipment including how to navigate it, building up value and focus on the equipment for the dogs, building up courses and have lots of fun. For dogs and handlers who have started Hoopers we also have exercises for adding in distance and using Handler Challenges, Bonus Boxes and Distance Handling Boxes! Taught by Accredited Canine Hoopers UK Instructor, Joe. There is already limited handler and dog spaces due to having a waiting list for all Hoopers sessions in place (which can be added to!) plus we have spectator spaces which are ideal for people with a dog who cannot settle in a group environment but you may be interested in learning about Hoopers, which can then be continued in 121 training or at home. We will also be offering the Good Hoopers Awards during another session - if you would like your dog to start being assessed on their Foundation or Bronze I am able to start checking off passed exercises within the session as I see them being done (as long as they meet criteria and are done without treats at the time). Good Hoopers Awards utilise the Hoopers equipment to provide exercises dogs can work on and complete during assessment. Assessments can be done in one session or can be ticked off over two or more sessions. There will be more one off workshops for Hoopers at various levels coming in the Autumn as well as plans to run classes too.
Good Hoopers Awards open to our members!

Puppy Adventures - All round socialising for younger pups!

Introduction to Tricks Coming Soon!!!!

Tricks Training from Beginners to Advanced and Stunt Dog Academy - We have Regular Tricks Classes starting Monday 9th 2019 during the day as well as one off Tricks Workshops - there’s also the opportunity to work on Tricks Titles with us including National Canine Trick Star Awards, Do More With Your Dog Tricks Titles and Stunt Dog Academy Awards!!

Canine Parkour Intro and Progression Sessions
Heelwork to Music Training sessions
Senior Dog's Fun Training

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