CALMING and INAN COURSES
Calming Course and the INAN range of courses for dogs who’d say “I’m Not Always Nice” are more specialist courses for in-depth problem solving.
The logical follow on from Puppy Courses. An outside class in the training field, developing the basic training and socialisation skills and taking pup through the challenging time of adolescence! Lots of work with distractions, greeting behaviours etc.
STARTER GOOD MANNERS
Courses for any dog who needs to be shown or reminded of the training basics. Popular with rescue dogs and older dogs who have had little or no training.
As it says, controlling the chase instinct whether it’s deer, cars, joggers, cats, even picnics and fisherman’s bait!
G.O.M.O Good Manners/Obedience
Various levels outdoors in the training field or on the common, quite a structured class including close walking, recall, waits, controlled greetings, emergency downs etc …with distractions!
F.D.R.W Four Dogs, Real World
With only 4 dogs in each session, we can offer very individualised and concentrated training; walking on the Common, practicing good manners to other walkers (inc. not jumping up) and to dogs and livestock; recall away from dogs/ people; on and off lead walking; ignoring distractions etc.
Tricks and clever stuff, indoors.
GUN DOG RETRIEVING
A super activity for retrieving breeds.
After these teaching courses, you can work for the GOOD COMPANION AWARDS with us.
INTRODUCTION TO TRACKING.
This 8 week course will start you and your dog harnessing their amazing natural ability to follow a track and search for items on that track. Tracking can help calm an excitable dog, develop the confidence of a worried dog, and help develop the bond between you both. Everything is done on a long line, so it’s suitable for dogs that can’t free run for any reason. All breeds enjoy using their nose! You don’t need to be an athlete, but you will do a fair bit of walking in each session.
Triebball involves your dog ‘herding’ large balls around a field, aiming to get them into a goal… a bit like working sheep but without the smell!
Huge fun. Your dog doesn’t have to be super fast, as technique is the important thing. Looks easy, but there’s a lot for your dog to learn, so this is a great way of improving your dog’s focus and self control. Again, all breeds can do this, not just the collies!! This is done off lead so your dog MUST be comfortable around other dogs.
BIG DOG SOCIAL
Families of large and giant pups sometimes worry about letting them interact with other dogs because of their size. Here is a safe environment to let them develop their social skills.
The training technique known as “clicker” training is very useful and we will teach it and encourage its use when appropriate. We recognise that it’s not for everyone though, and have other techniques if required!
General Info: It’s worth saying that none of our classes are competition based. All are designed to get the dog to work well with their handler and, so important, to ignore distractions, especially other dogs and people, so even if you are aiming to enter competitions later, these classes are excellent grounding in good handling skills, and challenging in their own right.
Venues vary. Indoor courses are generally held in Hamble Village Memorial Hall and outdoor courses at our Learning & Activity Base (the LAB) and as appropriate on Hamble Common, Whiteley Woods and the New Forest.