Training Classes Information
You must be registered to be able to book any of the clubs services/facilities. To do this please click sign up and enter your details and your dogs. It is free to register. Please remember to email evidence of your dogs vaccinations to . Once approved you can make bookings online via your account. You have 1 month from the point of registering to provide evidence of your dogs vaccinations. Behavioural services can only be booked by HDC staff.
We offer a range of different training classes starting from puppy to adult to suit all levels of dog and handler. You can find our current classes timetable at the bottom of this page.
Cost: £12.00 per class or discounted with certain class packages (excluding Sunday Social). You must book and pay for your class in advance before attending as class space is limited.
Do not feed your dog at least 2 hours before doing any training.
Please ensure you bring with you a motivational toy and/or high value soft treats that your dog likes.
Poo bags are also essential, however if you have forgotten bags or treats, you can buy them from our dog shop on site.
Your dog must have a suitable collar and lead (fixed length of about 2 metres)
Dog handlers under the age of 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
Additional Information: Spectators are welcome as long as they do not interfere with the training. Children must be supervised by an appropriate adult at all times whilst on site. Toilets are available and free tea & coffee is provided at the end of the class whilst the dogs socialise. You are responsible for your dogs behaviour at all times. Dogs can be unpredictable in their behaviour at times and although the risk is minimal that is the nature of a dog training and socialisation environment. Please read our full terms and conditions for further details.
Please ensure that you read the class description in full before booking a class. There will be socialisation allowed between the dogs either on or off lead immediately after class with free tea or coffee available.
To book a class please log on via the top right hand corner of our webpage as usual using your log on details and password. Any issues, questions or for more information please contact us on 02380 736000
PRE-PUPPY TRAINING CLASS
Suitable for: Puppies that have received their first jab
An important foundation session required before taking your puppy into a group class. We will discuss such things as your expectations, breed specifics of your puppy, reward methods, use of voice and hand signals, training principles, socialisation and fear periods, boundary setting, control equipment, distractions, future adolescence issues, plus much more. You will be provided with a puppy pack with useful information about giving your puppy the best start in life.
Suitable for: Dogs aged 6 months – 18 months
This class is perfect for your older adolescent pups that are too old for puppy training but still need to socialise with other dogs of a similar age. This is also the next class up from puppy class and it is important to reinforce their obedience training during their difficult hormonal period when all your previous training seems to have disappeared. Hormonal adolescents, just as with teenagers can be a handful. Their obedience seems to suffer, their recall can disappear and they can show signs of anxiety or aggression. This can be the most unsettling and most difficult stage of your dogs development and they will require constant reinforcement of their obedience throughout this stage. We will show you various things your dog needs to know such as handler focus, stable obedience positions, a sit-stay, down-stay, recall with distractions, heelwork, approaches and socialisation. We will also show how to work your dog through different drives to get focus or solve over excitement. Any specific behaviour issues can also be dealt with during the class.
INTERMEDIATE OBEDIENCE CLASS
Suitable for: Dogs that have achieved a great level of basic obedience.
Focussing on more off lead work the class involves a lot of focus work, positioning and obedience with distractions. It is important to reinforce your obedience training throughout a dog's life, so this is a great class to progress and maintain your control.
INTERMEDIATE AGILITY CLASS
Suitable for: Dogs must be 12 months+ and must know the basics of running an agility course safely
This class is intended for dogs and their handlers that can complete a course safely off lead. This class focusses on improving your handling skills, contacts, speed, positioning and turns.
Suitable for: Puppies up to 6 months old
We will teach you how to train your dog to focus on the handler, maintain stable positions, walk on a loose lead, recall, deal with distractions, the release of an object upon command, the leave and controlled approaches. We will also discuss different behavioural issues.
It is really important for the puppy to learn their social skills, such as bite inhibition, approaches towards other dogs and appropriate play. They also need to learn to listen to, and interact with their owners around other dogs, people and distractions as soon as possible. The benefits of training in an outdoor environment with all the natural distractions such as scents, wildlife and noise will give your puppy the best start possible.
BASIC OBEDIENCE CLASS
Suitable for: Dogs from 6 months old
This class is perfect for older dogs that are too old for puppy training but still need to socialise with other dogs in a controlled but fun environment. This class is for mixed ages and it is important to reinforce your obedience training throughout their life which long term will be beneficial to not only you and your dog but others around you.
We will show you various things your dog needs to know such as handler focus, stable obedience positions, a sit-stay, down-stay, recall with distractions, heelwork, approaches, pass-bys and socialisation. Any specific behaviour issues can also be dealt with during the class.
BEGINNERS AGILITY CLASS
Suitable for: Dogs 12 months+ with a good level of basic obedience
Dog agility is a dog sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. Dogs run off lead and the handler can not touch either the dog or the obstacles. Your dog must have the minimum of a sit/stay and recall at basic obedience level.
You will learn how to use each piece of agility equipment safely and correctly. You will gradually build up combinations of equipment until you can run a basic course with your dog. When you get to this point you can join the intermediate agility class. You will be taught basic handling techniques and agility terms whilst learning about drive building and motivation.