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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 2nd April 2019 - Beginners 10.30am, 11.45am Intermediate, 1pm Advanced

Tuesday 16th April 2019 - 6.30pm Beginners, 7.45pm Intermediate

Wednesday 22nd May 2019 - 10.45am Intermediate (FULL), 12noon Beginners

Saturday 1st June 2019 - 12.45pm Beginners, 11.30am Intermediate (FULL)

Thursday approx 13th June - 5pm Beginners, 6.30pm Intermediate, 7.45pm Advanced

Tuesday approx 2nd July 2019 - Beginners 10.30am, 11.45am Intermediate, 1pm Advanced

Tuesday approx 16th July 2019 - 6.30pm Beginners, 7.45pm Intermediate

Wednesday Approx 21st August 2019 - 10.45am Intermediate (FULL), 12noon Beginners

Saturday Approx 31st August 2019 - 12.45pm Beginners, 11.30am Intermediate (FULL)

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 2nd March 2019 - more dates Spring/Summer 2019 to come

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
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 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 - MORE TO COME IN 2019!!

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!

Intro to Canine Hoopers Workshop!
Saturday 23rd March 2019 2.30pm - 4.30pm

Introducing this exciting new dog sport using numerous floor standing hoops, short tunnels and barrels for the dogs to go through and around, building up to courses. A great low/no impact alternative to agility open to all dogs from 6 months old through to senior dogs as well as great for dogs with injuries or illness who can't manage high impact sports like agility, flyable or HTM.

More Hoopers sessions coming throughout 2019!!

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!!
Returning after our December 2018 session due to high demand!
Friday 12th April 2019 - 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.

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.

Fun Scentwork Training!
Saturday 4th May 2019 2.30pm-4.30pm

Scent work with a fun twist - working as a handler and dog team you will learn how to help assist your dog searching items, areas, rooms and set up courses to seek out the hidden scent items.

More Workshops Throughout 2019......!

We have more workshops to add - there’s literally not enough weekends!!
These will include:
Canine Conditioning Workshops
Canine Conditioning Courses for progression
Hoopers Training Workshops
Hoopers Training Classes
Good Hoopers Awards open to our members!
Puppy Adventures - All round socialising for younger pups!
Tricks Training from Beginners to Advanced and Stunt Dog Academy
Canine Parkour Intro and Progression Sessions
Heelwork to Music Training sessions
Senior Dog's Fun Training

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