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Obedience Training ...

We offer five levels of Obedience Class at Dig It Dogs - Puppy, Beginners Foundation, Bronze, Silver and Gold. Dig It are proud to have 'Listed Status Approval' from the Kennel Club for the Good Citizen Dog scheme and all our training sessions are run under their guidelines.
The Puppy class is for dogs 6 months and under. Our Beginners Foundation course is for dogs over 6 months old that have not done any previous training at Dig It Dogs.

The 8 week training courses (there is also a week 9 at which your assessment will take place for Bronze, Silver and Gold) are held in our Obedience Hall and are available most days of the week. See the table below for start dates and times.

For more information please first check out our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS. To check availability or to book onto classes email obedience@digitdogs.co.uk
Registration forms (CLICK HERE to download form) and full payment must be returned prior to the start of any course. You should check for availability before sending in payment and to check the class levels as these are sometimes adjusted due to demand.

Course costs:
Puppy, Beginners Foundation, Bronze, Silver, Gold - £70
This includes the assessment for Bronze, Silver and Gold which will take place in week 9.
Note that whether booking for a follow on obedience course or your first obedience course at Dig it Dogs, please be advised that your course place can only be considered secured once payment has been received and you have received email confirmation via obedience@digitdogs.co.uk

We have a maximum of 8 dogs per class.
Children are welcome to attend training classes but please do read our guidelines first - CLICK HERE for guidelines.

Obedience Workshops ...

We run lots of useful short courses with guest instructors that can improve or teach you and your dog specific skills. For all our obedience workshops and special courses please check out our EVENTS page.

Classes for 2018

The list below shows the dates for the start of each of our 8 week courses (there is also a week 9 at which your assessment will take place).
Please email Obedience@digitdogs.co.uk to enquiry about classes. We aim to respond to your email within 24 hours.
The next available classes are as follows (please note that no class bookings are final until full payment has been received)

Puppy

  • Monday 10th September at 2.30pm Rachel Richards (2 spaces left)
  • Thursday 4th October at 7pm Naomi Lee
  • Thursday 11th October at 9am or 10am Kate Ellis
  • Tuesday 23rd October at 5pm Kate Ellis
  • Sunday 28th October at 2pm Kate Ellis
  • Friday 9th November at 12noon Kate Ellis
  • Monday 12th November at 1pm Rachel Richards
  • Monday 12th November at 6pm Laura Turner
  • Wednesday 14th November at 12noon Rachel Richards
  • Thursday 6th December at 7pm Naomi Lee

Beginners Foundation

(For young dogs over 6 months that have NOT completed our puppy foundation course)

  • Tuesday 23rd October at 6pm Kate Ellis

Bronze

  • Monday 10th September at 8pm Laura Turner ( 1 space left)
  • Wednesday 12th September at 2.30pm Rachel Richards
  • Thursday 4th October at 6pm Naomi Lee
  • Thursday 11th October at 9am or 10am Kate Ellis
  • Tuesday 23rd October at 7.30pm Kate Ellis
  • Sunday 28th October at 1pm with Kate Ellis
  • Monday 12th November at 2.30pm Rachel Richards
  • Thursday 6th December at 6pm Naomi Lee

Advanced classes

  • Monday 10th September at 7pm Laura Turner (1 space left)
  • Monday 10th September at 12noon (Silver) Rachel Richards
  • Wednesday 12th September at 1pm Rachel Richards
  • Thursday 4th October at 8pm Naomi Lee
  • Thursday 11th October at 11am Kate Ellis
  • Tuesday 23rd October at 8.30pm Kate Ellis
  • Monday 12th November at 12noon Rachel Richards
  • Wednesday 14th November at 1pm (Repeat Gold) Rachel Richards
  • Wednesday 14th November at 2.30pm (Silver) Rachel Richards
  • Thursday 6th December at 8pm Naomi Lee

Dig it Dogs one-to-one training service ...

  • Do you need some individual help with an aspect of your dog’s training?
  • Do you need some extra tuition outside of a class environment?
  • Do you think your dog may struggle in a class because of a particular issue?
Answered “yes” to any of these questions then please email to enquire about our one-to-one service: obedience@digitdogs.co.uk

Please provide us with your dog’s details (name, age, breed, sex, spayed or neutered) and a summary of the issues you would like some help with and a member of our team will be in contact with you as soon as possible.

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About Dig It Kennel Club Bronze, Silver and Gold Classes ...

The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme is the largest dog training scheme in the UK. Its aim is to promote responsible dog ownership and in turn, enhance our relationship with our pets and to make the community aware of the benefits associated with dog ownership.

Getting a dog is one of the rare occasions you actually choose a member of your family! So if things are going to work out, your choice must be a good one. So what happens when you find the right dog and bring it home? Will it behave itself in your home?
Will it get on with your family and what will it be like when you take it out? These are just a few questions that a new dog owner will ask himself or herself when bringing a dog into the home. How do you learn to live with your new addition?

Method
The type of training that will be used in the classes is positive reinforcement. If a dog finds something rewarding, it is more likely to repeat it. At one time, there were only conventional/compulsive types of training methods which generally worked by dominating the dog into doing what the owner wanted. As times have moved on, we have found that with positive reinforcement, we can actually give our dog a choice. Our job is to convince him that if he makes the right choice, he will be rewarded! It’s as simple as that!
This clearly gives a better relationship than before with our dogs.

Equipment
Choke chains, (check chains) are not allowed during the classes. Recent studies have shown that not only can they damage the dogs neck, but they also cause physiological problems and aggression in some dogs. Please use a broad flat collar, together with a reasonably long lead. (3-4ft long)

Treats
From now until the next class please find out what really motivates your dog. The best option is a treat, or could be a favourite toy. Fresh chicken, cheese, sausages or liver usually work very well and although sound extravagant, usually cost less than commercial treats. (Only a very tiny piece of food is used and the tit-bits need be no larger than 1/2 cm square) Only use these ‘special rewards’ for training.

Toys
We use a variety of methods to motivate your dog in the classes. If your dog is not particularly treat orientated then being along his/her favourite toy to play with and use than as a reward instead. Fleece tuggy toys are great and if you forget we have a wide range of toys available from the Club shop.

Feeding your dog
Bear in mind that we want your dog to work well for the treats you use in class, so if he has just had lunch/super, he’s not going to be terribly interested in your treats. Therefore don’t feed him within 3-4 hours prior to the class. On a full stomach the dog will not be very comfortable running round and there is also the chance that a full stomach can twist – which we definitely don’t want!

Useful hints

  • When you arrive please park sensibly on the car park as other cars may need to leave before you.
  • You must enter the OBEDIENCE HALL at the top door marked ENTRANCE which opens outwards.
  • Your dog should have time to relieve himself before entering the classes but any mess must be removed and put in the ‘poo bin’.
  • Allow you dog a short walk or some exercise before arriving at the class to let off some steam and release some excess energy!
  • Please arrive on time for your classes.
  • A calm and confident attitude will help your dog to settle into the class easier, by allowing your dog to get used to the new surroundings will help promote calm behaviour. Focusing exercises are good to make sure your dog understands they come to classes to work for you!
  • Please listen to your instructor, not just to learn lots but for your own and your dogs safety.

Socialisation
One of the most common topics we get asked about in obedience classes is socialisation, and at Dig It we think it is one of the most important parts of raising a happy, balanced dog.
While correct socialisation can be a life saver, a lack of or incorrect socialisation can cause dogs to display behavioural issues in future life.
CLICK HERE to download our guide to Socialisation.

And finally…… Please note this is a working farm and consideration should be given to the other people on the farm not attending the training classes. Therefore, dogs must be kept on a lead at ALL times and ALL dog mess must be removed immediately and put in the ‘pooh bin.’ Toilet facilities for humans are located next to the car park.


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