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This class is a mixed age group and caters for puppies (that cannot attend the puppy course), rescue dogs, or adult dogs with no previous training, and is good for dogs that need to learn to focus on their owner when there are other dogs around.
If you are unable to attend our Puppy Course, or if your puppy was unable to attend puppy training and socialisation classes when he was younger, then the Beginners Class is a good way to give your puppy some training and socialisation in a controlled environment.
Often the history of a rescue dog is not known. It is therefore a good idea to ensure he gets some basic training and socialisation to give him the best start in his new home.
Note: Please call to discuss if your new rescue has specific issues (such as aggression or nervousness), as a classroom envioronment may not be the ideal training place for these dogs in the first instance. In these cases, an assessment may be required and possibly some private 1-2-1 training prior to embarking on group training sessions.
Please ensure you have given your dog the opportunity to relieve him/herself BEFORE entering classes to avoid accidents. If an accident does happen, then please ensure you clear it up properly. We need to leave the hall in a clean state ready for the next people who use it.
If your dog defacates outside the grounds of the hall, please ensure you pick it up and take it home with you.
Although exercises and information will be given in class, you will need to ensure you practice the exercises at home during the week. The more you practice the exercises, the quicker your dog will learn. Remember to have a well trained dog, YOU must put in the effort.
Most problems should be able to be resolved during class. Cheryl Harwood is a qualified animal behaviourist, and will be able to help and advise on problems. If necessary one-to-one appointments can be arranged to advise on specific issues.
The course is a set of 6 training classes, each lasting 50 minutes, to cover all the basic training that your dog needs.
There will be a maximum of 8 dogs per course.
This course is a mixed age group and can cater for young puppies, adolescents, adult dogs with no previous training, and for rescue dogs requiring socialisation and training. All dogs should be vaccinated, and proof of vaccinations will be required on the first day of training.
Please note that we need a minimum amount of dogs to run the course, and on rare occasions we have had to cancel a course with a full refund. However, if possible it is preferable to merge the puppy and beginners classes. If this happens you will be offered the option of a full refund if the new time is not convenient for you.
We use clicker training in our classes. Owners will be supplied with a clicker on the first day of the course.
Classes are held every Wednesday. Please check below for the next course dates
Venue: Broadbridge Heath Villiage Centre, Wickhurst Lane, Broadbridge Heath, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 3LY. Click for Directions
Only reward-based training methods are used. Treats, toys and praise are used to encourage dogs to be well behaved.
We aim to have at least 2 instructors per class most of the time, so there will be plenty of individual help for dogs that are struggling with the exercises.
£75 per 6 week course. Cheques made payable to 'Dogs Behaving Badly'.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07747 397661 to reserve a space.
Then download and complete the REGISTRATION FORM and send with your cheque, payable to Dogs Behaving Badly, to:
Dogs Behaving Badly
PO Box 808
Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Your place will be confirmed on receipt of your cheque or on line BACS transfer.
Reactive and nervous dogs will require some prior 121 training before they are ready to join a classroom environment. Some dogs may not be suited to this environment at all and would get more benefit from 121 sessions to improve confidence, etc. Please contact Cheryl to discuss.
If you are enjoying training, and would like to improve your skills and learn a little bit more, then why not sign up for our Progression Class. This class will provide some practical exercises such as sending your dog to bed, stop on command, plus some basic obedience work for retrieves and send-aways.