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
Working on all the self-control things young dogs have to practice, walking nicely, good recall especially from distractions, not jumping up, not chasing, leaving interesting/smelly things, being calm and so on, as well as continuing to develop a really good strong relationship with the family. Course will include games and playfulness as part of the teaching, and socialisation. It’s a nice relaxed course with plenty of suitable challenges to progress a youngster.
STARTER GOOD MANNERS
Course 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, picnics and fisherman’s bait!
GM Good Manners
For dogs of any age…. walking nicely, good recall especially from distractions, not jumping up, not chasing, emergency downs, leaving interesting/smelly things, being calm and so on, as well as developing a joyful strong relationship with the family. Course will include games and playfulness as part of the teaching.
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, practising 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.
It’s a fun and interesting course…. you get the dog thinking and working things out, building a really strong connection between you. You can teach tricks, dances and clever stuff like emptying your washing machine and/or work on improving self-control, not jumping up, walking nicely on and off lead, improving recall, manners etc, only limited by your imagination and what the dog can physically do!
BIG DOG SOCIAL
Families of large and giant pups sometimes worry about letting them interact with other dogs because of their size. This occasional course is a safe environment to let them develop their social skills to run alongside mixing with all breed sizes.
As well as these teaching courses above, there are stimulating ACTIVITIES and the GOOD COMPANION AWARDS to challenge and entertain your dog, and the social walks and events to join in.
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.
The training technique known as “clicker” training is very useful in giving dogs clarity when learning. While we like (and encourage) its use when appropriate, we don’t automatically introduce it in every class as we recognise that it’s not for every human, and other effective techniques can be used. We are happy to discuss on individual basis….
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.