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Training Courses

Courses are held in Carluke on Monday, Forth on Wednesday, and Lanark on Thursday

Courses are usually limited to six dogs to ensure that individual attention can be given when needed. Each handler may only bring one dog to class. Please come and join our classes, they are small, fun and informal. Valerie is happy to alter the class content, if appropriate, to work on any individual needs of dogs and owners. You are welcome to bring a partner or friend to the course and children are always welcome. Dogs do need to be happy around people and other dogs. If you have a dog which is not happy being close to other dogs  or people please contact us as we can help with these struggles.

Classes are held at St Paul's Church Hall, High Street, Forth on Wednesday, Carluke United Reformed Church 1-5 Carnwath Rd, on Monday, and Christ Church Hall, Cleghorn Road, Lanark on Thursday. Fun Agility Courses in Biggar and Carluke..

If you would like a class in your area please contact us as we are looking for new venues particularly where positive training is not yet available.

Pre Beginners Puppy Class

This class is for puppies of 8 weeks and up to 14 weeks at the start of the course. The course is aimed at socialising puppies with other dogs and people. We will be showing you how to build a strong relationship with your new puppy. We will work on introducing your puppy to new things so that they are prepared for encountering new items in their lives. We will work on building confidence and optimism. We will also show you the correct way to introduce new dog equipment such as a harness to your puppy. We will also start to introduce puppies to staying on a boundary so you can greet visitors to your house and eat in peace. There may be some off lead play with puppies carefully selected to be off lead at a given time. This will be a fun class to introduce you and your puppy to training. All puppies should be carried into class unless they are fully vaccinated. A disinfected floor will be used for the classes. This class lasts for four weeks and costs just 40.00 a deposit of 20.00 is required to secure a place. The class will be held in Carluke and commence on August 26th at 6pm and will last for about 45 minutes. N.B. No puppies should be brought to class if they have been sick or have diarrhoea. Please note there will not be a class on Monday September 9th

Beginners Class

All classes for August are fully booked and I am taking deposits for courses commencing in October. If you want to come I would advise early booking. As soon as you pay a deposit you will receive a booklet to help you get started on your training. Next courses start in Carluke October 28th 7pm. Forth will commence on October 23rd at 7pm. Lanark will start on October 24th at 7pm

Our courses are proving very popular so early booking is recommended. The Beginners Life Skills course lasts for six weeks and usually only six dogs allowed on each course. The cost of the course is 60.00 To secure your place you will need to book in advance and pay a deposit of 25.00. The full cost of the course 60.00, less deposit is due on or before the first class. Please see table below for availability.

This course is for dogs over the age of 14 weeks, and not limited to puppies. These are some examples of what you and your dog will learn in our classes. How to get your dog to focus on you in different situations and environments. You will be shown how to achieve a loose lead on walks, how to get your dog to remain in a sit and down until you tell your dog it can move. We will show you how to get a good recall. You will be shown how to get your dog to use a boundary so he/she will be calm when visitors arrive at your house. The boundary can be used so that you can take your four legged friend to dog friendly cafes etc., or when you are visiting family and friends. We teach a leave command so that your belongings and food are safe from your dog and so that your dog will not pick up or eat unwanted objects on a walk. You will be shown how to keep your dog safe at open doorways and when exiting the car and much more. You will be given a sheet at each class detailing what you have learnt and how to do it so that you can practice at home. To get the most out of the classes you will need to train your dog at home, in the garden and on walks. Dogs learn by repetition.

A variety of methods are used to show you how to train your dog, luring, shaping and games. The games teach the dogs concepts and helps the dogs to learn to make correct choices, the ones we want. Please use the contacts page for more information and to book. 

Due to the number of people who have in the past promised to come to a class without payment of a deposit and have then not turned up it is essential that a deposit is paid before your place is secured. This is the only way I can keep the classes small.

If you would like a class in your area please contact us as we are looking for new venues particularly where positive training is not yet available.

  Course   Date   Places left
Carluke Puppy Class August 26th 6pm 6
Carluke October 28th 7pm 6
Forth October 23rd 7pm 6
Lanark October 24th 7pm 6
     

Please get in touch if you are interested in classes as additional classes can be added if required

Intermediate

This class for those dogs which have attended the Beginners class. The aim of this class is to build on the tools learnt in the beginners class. You will continue to work on loose lead walking, recall, stay, leave, watch me and touch. Lessons will be taught in a more distracting environment. You and your dog will also be taught some useful tricks. We will also add work off lead. The dogs will be introduced to scent work which is a good way to stimulate your dog's mind. The touch command will be advanced to various objects including use to send your dog away from you. An emergency stay will be taught. Each course lasts for six weeks, only six dogs allowed on each course. The cost of the course is 60.00.. The course is payable in advance. To ensure your place you will need to book in advance and pay a deposit of 25.00.

  Course   Date   Places left
Lanark August 22nd 8pm 5
Carluke August 26th 8pm 6
     
     

Please use the contacts page for more information and to book.