Canine College is our intermediate-level follow-on dog training course for those dogs and pups aged 6 months+ that have completed either our Beginner's Course, our Puppy Training Course or at least an equivalent initial training course with an alternative provider. It lies around Gold Level KC awards in terms of it's level of difficulty.

The course focuses on teaching the 3Ds; distance, distraction and duration and in building auto-focus so that your dog will automatically turn their focus to you, in a variety of different real-life situations and  it therefore requires a solid foundation in the basics to get the most from the course.

It consists of 6 carefully-designed one hour lessons that will further improve your dog's obedience level and includes:

  • Distance work - Sits, Downs, Stays, Control from distance
  • Duration Work - Improving your dog's duration holding positions
  • Auto-focus/Focus on owner
  • Leave around distractions
  • Training a retrieve
  • Heelwork & loose lead walking around distractions
  • Fabulous groundwork for those owners who wish to move into agility or rally, when their dogs are old enough, due to it's focus on distance cues.

This course also provides owners and their dogs the opportunity to develop extensive learning for real-life situations, such as leaving items/people/dogs encountered on walks, anti-pull techniques that really work, retrieval of unique items, calmly entering and exiting the home, the car etc, developing emergency stops and being able to ignore a range of distractions, thus proofing the obedience cues taught.

You will receive full course notes, weekly, to ensure that you can practise at home and a rosette and certificate upon completion. You'll also receive lifelong membership to our Dog Walking Club.

Only 6 dogs per course, to two trainers, you will receive a wealth of individual attention to develop your handling skills to a very high level. As with all of our courses, this course is fun, interactive and informative. No sitting around waiting your turn, with your dog becoming increasingly bored and restless. We accept only the number of dogs that can work comfortably within our venues to ensure that every owner's learning time is fully maximised within each lesson. 

The full 6 week course costs only £70 and runs at Adderley Village Hall, Main Road, Adderley, Market Drayton, TF9 3TF and Sambrook Village Hall, Newport, TF10 8BW a number of times per year.

We welcome dog reactive dogs onto this course but we can only accept one dog-reactive dog per course, so please phone to book your place. We fully understand that some dogs are fear-aggressive or nervous around other dogs or people and have had multiple successes in helping owners to develop their dog's confidence and obedience levels so that issues can be better-managed or minimised, so please contact us to discuss your dog's needs and we will do our very best to help you to get the best from your dog so you can give them the life that they deserve. All breeds and ages welcome! Our oldest recruit, to date, was 11 years old! Can you beat that?

Distance Work

Check out this great video of my pup, Cooper, at 7 months, working at distance. This training builds to developing Emergency Stops!