Information about the different dog training courses we offer. We have a range of courses to suit the needs of all your dog training needs, from Puppy Perfection Foundation course to specialised one to one training that concentrate on ust one or two key problem areas.

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Dog Training Classes in Puddletown, nr Dorchester...

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Positive Reward and games based Dog Training Courses

Please find below information about the different dog training courses we offer in the Dorchester area. We have a range of courses to suit the needs of all your dog training needs, from Puppy Perfection Foundation courses to specialised workshops in a wide range of subjects.

One-2-One Puppy Visit

Is your puppy running around, biting your hands or ankles, crying when you leave or constantly following you around?

Maybe your puppy is using your home as a bathroom and getting into all kinds of mischief?

Are you confused on where to start with your new puppy?

On this one and a half hour puppy visit I set you on the right path to developing an awesome relationship with your puppy,

and kick start your puppy's education using my tried and tested Fun | Focus | Play way.

This one-2-one puppy visit can be combined with the Puppy Perfection Foundation Course, either as group or individual lessons. Please see the Puppy Perfection Course Page for details.

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Puppy Perfection Foundation Course

A 6 week puppy Life Skills course designed for puppies up to the age of 5 months.

The Puppy Perfection Foundation course teaches your puppy the life skills and behaviours she needs to develop in to a well mannered, happy, safe and friendly dog. A dog that you will be proud to take anywhere.

This course teaches a wide variety of skills as well as life lessons, such as:

  • Super Reliable Recall
  • Greeting people and dogs politely
  • Food manners
  • Handling and grooming
  • Walking on a loose lead.
  • Crate and bed games
  • How to build a relationship with your dog
  • Confident puppy
  • Impulse Control
  • and so much more!

This is only a small example of the skills covered during the course, which are all taught using positive reward and games based training methods. Each class is 1 hour long and has a maximum of 6 dogs and handlers.

Classes are held every Wednesday evening starting at 7 pm.


2018 Course start dates:

  • 10th January 2018
  • 21st February 2018
  • 4th April 2018
  • 6th June 2018
  • 18th July 2018
  • 29th August 2018
  • 10th October 2018
  • 14th November 2018

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Puppy Perfection Foundation Course

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Puppy Perfection 2 Junior Course

An 8 week course for dogs (5 months and older) and those who have had little training previously.

The Junior Course has been designed for puppies over the age of 5 months and young dogs. This course continues on where the puppy course finishes, but can easily be taken by any beginner. This course will run for 8 weeks. During this time you will learn how to train your puppy or young dog using hands off reward based training methods, such as clicker training and fun games.

The main advantage to this class is that I will teach you to make sure that your dog becomes an accepted part of our society, by teaching her what is and is not allowed and ensuring that you have control of your dog at all times.

Each class is 1 hour long and will have a maximum of six dogs and handlers. During this class we not only teach your dogs general obedience skills but also concepts such as impulse control, how to control your dogs excitement levels and focus, some very important skills every dog should have.

Classes are held every Wednesday evening at 8:15 pm.

Next Course start date:

2018 Course Start dates*:

  • 24th January 2018

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Puppy Perfection 3 (Novice/ Advanced) Course

An 8 week course for those who have completed the Junior course or similar.

This life skills course is suitable for those having completed the Puppy Perfection 2 course and those who have received a similar level elsewhere. This course will run for 8 weeks and will build on previous learning. All our training is games and concept based teaching advanced focus, self control, confidence and will create a dog you can truly be proud off. one who you will be able to take anywhere without having to worry about how they will cope. Classes will be 1 hour in duration. Venue and time to be confirmed.

This course runs a few times per year,

next course date TBC

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Rally Obedience Classes

Our Level 1 & 2 Rally Obedience classes are a great introduction to this exciting new dog sport that is rapidly gaining popularity.

Rally Obedience, or KC Rally as it is also known as, is a relatively new dog sport that combines Traditional Obedience and Agility in an exciting new discipline. Rally Obedience involves you and your dog working as a team to navigate a course with numbered signs indicating different exercises to perform. Just like agility there is a time limit normally 4 or 5 minutes depending on length and difficulty of the course to be navigated. The course is set by the judge or trainer.

Rally Obedience has 6 levels, everyone has to start at Level 1 regardless of previous experience in Agility or Obedience, to move up the levels you need to achieve a qualifying score of 170 points or higher on 3 seperate occassions and under 3 different Judges. This is a very achievable goal for all participants as no classes need to be won in order to move up the levels. From January 2018 the rules are changing slightly and you will need to achieve a qualifying score of 175 points or higher on 6 different occassions under 4 different Judges or achieve 3 excellent qualifying scores of 190 points or higher on 3 different occassions under 3 different judges to move up the levels. The main difference between Rally obedience and traditional Obedience is that we actively encourge you to talk to your dog when navigating the course and your dog is worked within an arms length, meaning they don't have to be clued to your leg!

Classes are limited to 6 dog and handler teams per session. Please book to avoid disappointment, we only have a few spots left.

Rally Obedience classes are being held at the Puddletown Village Hall on Saturday Mornings:

Please note: there will be no Rally training on the following dates as we do not have the hall:

9th December 2018.

Our Christmas and New Year's break will be from 23rd - 30th December 2017. We will be back training on the 6th January 2018.

Nightsabre Rally Obedience (Dorset UK)

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A series of workshops to be held over the coming winter months

We are currently organising a series of Workshops on a variety of topics to be held over the coming winter months.

Introduction to Trick Training

Covering: Why do we teach tricks? Trick training basics: shaping, luring and capturing behaviours, hand touches, target stick, How to build Duration, Distance and Distractions, doggie push ups, shake-a-paw, feet up, high five, wave and paw targeting.

A DOBO workshop

Working on Core strength and balance exercises for dogs and owners. See for more information .

Rally obedience workshop

An Introduction and introducing the higher levels taught as two seperate workshops

Scentwork workshop.

A workshop to teach your dog to make the most of their incredible nose.


Do As I Do is a new concept in dog training. You show your dog what you want him to do and then give him the copy command and your dog copies what you just did.

Naughty but Nice Workshops

Workshop 1: Body awareness, confidence and fun!
Workshop 2: Proximity paths for success!
Workshop 3: Arousal up, Arousal down!

Prerequisites for the Naughty but Nice workshops is that you and your dog must have an understanding of boundary games, premack games, FUNder, middle, and the Whip-It game. Each of these NBN workshops will be 2 hours long and limited to 4 dog and handler teams. No spectator spaces will be available for these 3 workshops.

The workshops will be organise on weekends during the winter months, exact dates for each workshop will be added as details are finalised.

To register your interest please click the link below and fill out a short form to indicate your preferences.

Please click here to register your interest

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Naughty but Nice Training Courses

1-2-1 Training sessions and 10 week training courses for Naughty but Nice Dogs

Does your dog bark uncontrollably at the post man? Does your dog spin and lunge on the lead? Or is your dog rather friendly but over exuberant? Does your dog find some people or situations rather stressful? Do you feel out of control whilst walking your dog in public? Are you concerned about what people think? then the Naughty but Nice course is for you!

The Naughty but Nice courses are designed for dogs that may be reactive, chasey, easily overaroused or frustrated or that just lack impulse control or reliability.

Initially these classes are on a 1-2-1 basis and then after the initial private lessons (length depends on progress of each individual dog and owner team) have been completed there is an option to attend a 10 week course with up to 3 other Naughty but Nice dogs, where dog and owner will be able to apply the principles taught in the one to one sessions in a controlled environment.

Naughty but Nice 1-2-1 training sessions are charged at our standard private lesson rates.

10 week Naughty but Nice Course is , limited to 4 dogs and handlers.

For more information and to arrange an initial assesment please contact me.

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RingCraft Training

Ringcraft training with a difference! We strive to help you resolve the problems you are experiencing in the show ring using positive training methods.

Ringcraft classes are held at the Puddletown Village Hall on Wednesday Afternoons. The class will start at 2:30 pm and will last for approx 1 hour. During these classes you will learn how to correctly handle your dog for the show ring. We will show you how to stand or stack your dog and teach you the do's and don'ts of Dog Showing. We will also teach your dog to accept being handled by a Judge. This class is also ideal for those wanting to socialise their dog to a high standard, as it will teach your dog to pay attention to you regardless of the other dogs in the class.

The class fee will be £5.00 per dog and handler, payable at the beginning of each lesson. One handler with two dogs will pay £8.00 per session. A yearly Membership fee (due in August each year) of £7.50 will apply and be payable when you join us. this membership fee covers the insurance needed to hold these classes.

Please note: There is no Ringcraft Training on the following dates, due to our Christmas break:

13th December, 20th December, 27th December 2017 or 3rd January 2018.

We will be back to normal on the 10th January 2018.

For more information and to book your place please contact me.

Private Lessons

Private lessons are available for those who prefer one to one lessons or those experiencing training problems.

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Dog Training Courses

Courses for puppies and older dogs, Mini courses for specific training problems, Ringcraft Training and 1-2-1 training sessions

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