If you are starting out on your training journey with your dog, or wanting to revisit the basics before diving into more complex training, this is a good start. We find, that as puppies transition from puppyhood into adolescence, it is often helpful to revisit the most important foundation exercises.
In this course we will help you teach your dog all the important foundation behaviours such as giving you attention and staying engaged with you, coming when called, walking nicely on a lead, patiently waiting while you walk away from them, leaving and dropping objects and other foundation exercises. We also cover basic scent exercises to promote calmness, which is one of the most important skills any dog can have.
Your dog will learn important life skills such as staying focused and calm in the presence of distractions, like other dogs and people. We put a big focus on communication and body language to help you better understand each other's communication, subtle signals so your relationship can thrive.
Our Foundation training course runs over six weeks, one hour each week and is for dog who are over the age of 19 weeks.
Before you book
Dogs learn the best when they are comfortable and relaxed with their environment. Group classes are best suited for dogs that can stay relaxed and focused when close to other dogs. If your dog gets over-excited, barks, lunges, vocalises or shows stress in the presence of other dogs, we would recommed our Excitables/Reactives course where you can learn techniques to help your dog relax with distractions around before venturing into other training. All of these behaviours signal that your dog is likely not comfortable with dogs being too close, or they find the ourtdoor environment a little overwhelming.
All of this is very normal and needs to be addressed separately so that you and your dog can make the most of training. You could also consider getting help on a one-to-one basis.
If you would like to discuss which course may be the best for your dog, we are only an email away.