Details of the Graduate course
This course is designed to teach the owners how to have good control over their dog when off the lead particularly when around other dogs and people. There is emphasis on using the training already completed in the Puppy School, Induction and Novice classes. Fun retrieve exercises are demonstrated and there will be an element of agility included in the course and there will also be the opportunity to test your recall skills with off lead play in the training paddocks.
With over 18 years of experience we have found that a course consisting of 6 one hour sessions to be the most effective, the number of dogs allowed to attend this course is limited to twelve and with two instructors on hand it offers excellent value for money. This course is held on a Saturday @ 11.30am, Sunday @ 11.30am and a Monday @ 7.30pm.
What the sessions cover
All the dogs and owners that fulfil the aims of this course will have a high standard of control including a knowledge of agility and some form of a retrieve. Being able to play with the dog using a toy is an effective way of not only training the dog but it also improves the owner-dog relationship. A knowledge of how to play train will give the dog and owner a very good foundation to graduate into many different training elements including scent work, agility and obedience.
The course is a combination of theory and practical, all aimed at achieving the aims of the Graduate course outlined below.
The dog will be able to walk off lead by the owner’s side.
The dog will be able to walk off lead by the owner’s side with other dogs around.
A send away, this is where the dog will leave your side on a command and drop in to the down position at a given point.
The dog will be able to stay off-lead whilst another dog walks around the area.
The owner will be able to recall their dog from playing with another.
The dog will be able to perform a stay with the owner going out of sight for a short period.
The flat or dead position where the dog has to lay still on its side will be reinforced and the owner will be able to examine the dog in this position.
The dog will have some form of retrieve.
All dogs will be able to negotiate the following agility equipment: the tunnel, low walkway, hoop, low hurdle, floppy tunnel.
The Front position.
The Close position.
Using the basic hand signals owners will be expected to control their dog using no verbal signals - hand signals and body language only.
All owners with their dogs will receive instruction on how to control their dog when off the lead in our training paddocks.
All exercises will be backed up by our system of homework sheets to help you practice exercises at home.
On completion of the Graduate course you and your dog will be invited to the next level, the Pre-advanced dog course.
Who this is designed for
We are currently teaching over 300 people a week to train their dogs and as such demand for places on all courses is high, we would recommend that you book your place to guarantee the time and day of your choice.