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Beginners Life Skills Classes

The next block of Beginners Life Skills classes are Monday August 1st 7pm, Wednesday August 3rd 7pm. Please book early to avoid disappointment. There is usually only six to a class and numbers are already limited, please book early to avoid disappointment. As well as six weeks in person training on payment of the deposit you will receive a useful e-book to get you started on the training. When the class commences you will be sent a detailed handout after each lesson. You will also be invited to join a closed Facebook page where a video of lessons 1 to 5 are posted. Please see below for details of the spaces available. The cost of the course is 65.00. Each course lasts six weeks, each lesson is about an hour long.

New Trainer

I am going to let Sammy introduce herself, she is a super trainer and I am glad to have her. Hi everyone! My name is Sammy and I would just like give a brief introduction about myself and my 2 Border Terriers Pippin and Gem. I am a born horse lover and with having 2 horses of my own and spending many hours at the farm I wanted to get a little yard dog for company. This is when my girl Pippin came along. I attended Val’s beginners life skill class when Pippin was 3 months old hoping to gain the basic training needed to keep her safe around farm and I never looked back! I have attended Val’s classes weekly ever since from Intermediate then onto agility and was hooked on working with Pippin and being around other dogs. Pippin had a wee maternity break last year to have a litter and we couldn’t not keep a pup – little Gem! She has been a joy since day one and has also attended Val’s life skills class and now onto beginner’s agility. I absolutely love my adventure so far with the girls and been lucky to work with Val to now become an assistant dog trainer with Keva Dog Training. Pippin, Gem and I are excited for our new job role and look forward to meeting you al

Positive, Force Free, Fear Free Training

The venue for the classes is a covered arena at Stobwood near Forth it is large making social distancing very easy. In addition to the in person training on payment of the deposit each student will receive a useful e-book. Once the course has commenced each student will be given access to a closed Facebook page where each lesson will be posted as a video, you can also share your practise videos for comment. Students will also get a handout detailing each lesson. The course lasts six weeks and costs just 65.00. A deposit is required. My classes are in high demand and spaces fill quickly.

We use positive force free, fear free training methods. What is a positive force free trainer? It is someone who will never ask you to use any kind of force on your dog. Some trainers will claim to be positive because they give the dogs treats, while at the same time asking the handler to jerk on the lead if the dog pulls, or will tell you to pull the lead if your dog jumps up. A lead should only be used to prevent your dog running off, never as a training aid. If you are asked to use a choke chain or half check collar these should be warning signs that aversive training techniques will be used to train loose lead walking and other things. Dogs might forced into a sit or a down with physical force. Other techniques I frequently hear are throwing water or spraying water or chemicals at your dog because it is barking. Making loud noises or throwing something at or towards your dog to get their attention or stop them doing unwanted behaviour are training techniques which could scare your dog, or shut it down and which will certainly damage your relationship with your best friend. A positive force free trainer will show you techniques that do not involve bullying or scaring your dog. Training should be fun and rewarding for both the dog and the owner. A positive force free trainer will always show you how to train your dog without fear or negative punishment. neither dog or owner should ever leave a class feeling unhappy or afraid. Training should be about building a positive trusting relationship with your dog, not about training the dog to be fearful and submissive to humans. If you are ever asked by a trainer to do something to your dog you are unhappy about refuse.


I am a certified Pro Dog Trainer an Accredited Canine Hoopers UK instructor and hold a diploma in Canine Behaviour Training. As a Pro Dog Trainer (PDT) every week I receive new learning so that I can ensure that my students receive the latest and best training possible. When I looked for a qualification I wanted to make sure that my own learning did not stop once I had completed the course and qualified. PDT offered this which is a real blessing. I do not think that as dog trainer my personal journey of learning should be finished, there is always more to learn, new ideas and new games. I also have access to a new game every week which I am able to then teach to my clients this enables my students to learn and evolve themselves. Our dogs are getting the benefit of these skills so we can help them overcome their struggles and be the dogs we want. I also have the backup of all the PDT instructors so if I need to discuss a dog's struggles I have a tribe to go to, people who all feel the same way about training as I do, they are never going to suggest using aversive methods to solve a problem.

I love my job, it is a pleasure to work with people and their dogs. Not only do I get to make a fuss of lots of puppies and dogs, I also see human dog relationships become closer as owners see an improvement in the dogs behaviour. What can be better than seeing my class leave at the end of the day with smiles and wagging tails.

Train your dog in a positive way. No force, pain or dominance is used in any class. Science has proven that force free, kind training works and is effective for life.  Force free training has the benefit of being easy to use and train. We also use concepts and games to aid in training and to develop a well rounded, calm optimistic dog. These methods makes it possible for all dog owners to get the results they want. You and your dog will learn to understand each other better. Positive training does not mean your dog is allowed to do as it pleases. Old school methods have often caused dogs to become fearful of owners and people. A dog which is hit sees a hand as something which inflicts pain. If a dog on a lead is afraid of an approaching dog and reacts, and then receives a leash jerk it now sees the approaching dog as scary and a source of pain which was caused by the jerk. A dog which becomes fearful because of punishment is potentially a dog which could feel the need to protect itself. Every dog and owner is important to us. Dogs which are trained kindly see their owner and other humans as the giver of good things. The result is a trusting dog who wants to be with it's owner and family. We train using treats, but will show you how to phase out food so that your dog will work without treats. Using treats is not bribing your dog but is giving it payment for good work, much in the same way you expect to get paid for working. If your dog is not motivated by food we will use toys or other motivation to train. Both you and your dog will be treated with respect.  Your puppy will never be hit or have something thrown at it.

For the most part everyone in class will be working at the same time. We do not ask you to sit around while someone's dog catches up with the rest of the class. Because the class is small the trainer is able to give one to one time with anyone who needs it.

There is no pass or fail in our courses. We accept the fact that all dogs learn at different rates and will take the necessary time and patience to get you and your dog to the level you want.

The cues (commands) you will be taught on our courses will give your dogs skills which can be used throughout it's life, and wherever you take your dog. We will also explain how the cues can be used and when to use them. Your dog will be taught to focus on you, so that you have control in distracting environments. You will be taught skills to give your dog good manners, walk on a loose lead, have good recall and other valuable cues. You may well be surprised at how useful some of the cues such as Leave can be. We make our classes interesting and fun for dogs and owners. All classes are kept small, usually only six dogs, this allows your dog to concentrate more and allows the trainer to give everyone individual attention. We welcome questions at any time in the class and once you have signed up for a course you are welcome to phone us if you need advice relating to your dogs behaviour.

Modern training methods mean that choke chains, half check collars or other correction devices are no longer necessary to achieve the desired behaviour in your dog. No extending leads please as these teach your dog to pull on the lead rather than giving into lead pressure. Bring plenty of treats or non-squeaky toys to use as a reward.

Classes are all held in a large covered riding arena near Forth. This venue has proved very popular as we are able to do much more with the dogs due to space and having a non slip surface. We are also able to maintain social distancing.

Please see our training courses for more information on the classes.



NB All Deposits and fees are non-refundable