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Puppy Training ...

We offer four levels of Obedience Class at Dig It Dogs - Puppy, 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 8 week training courses are held in our Obedience Hall and are available most days of the week.There is also a week 9 at which your assessment will take place for Bronze, Silver and Gold - this is optional and the instructor will advise on whether you are ready.
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 for our on-line 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, Bronze, Silver, Gold - £80
This includes the assessment for Bronze, Silver and Gold which will take place in week 9 - this is optional and the instructor will advise on whether you are ready.
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 2019

The table 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)

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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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Puppy Classes at Dig It ...

Fun and friendly atmosphere!
At DIG IT we want everyone attending classes to learn easily in a comfortable, encouraging atmosphere. Please don’t worry that you or your puppy will not be good at all the exercises. Both the humans and the puppies will have different abilities and everyone will progress at different rates. Please try not to compare your puppy’s progress with others – another owner may have more experience than you or be an easier puppy. Your tutor will help you to achieve success.

Don’t worry if your puppy goes to toilet in the Obedience hall, barks in class or does anything else you would prefer it didn’t do! Remember that everyone’s puppy is only just learning how to behave, mistakes will happen, and your tutor is there to help you overcome problems and turn them into learning experiences. Please enjoy the experience.

What can be achieved in classes
During classes, exercises will be explained and clearly demonstrated by the tutor. You will practice these exercises with your
puppy and the tutor will coach you.

The following will be covered:

  • Come when called
  • ‘Sit’, ‘down’, ‘stand’
  • Walk on loose lead
  • ‘Wait’
  • ‘Off’
  • Socialisation with adults, children attending class, and other puppies
  • How to greet humans appropriately
  • Getting used to be handled, examined, hugged, lifted and grabbed by owners and strangers
  • Food bowl, chew/bone manners

Since there is a lot to cover in each class, you will only get a short time to practice each of the exercises. For this reason, it is necessary to practice all exercises every day at home in frequent, short sessions in order to train your puppy well. Since exercises will be easy and fun, this should not be a chore, but something that can be done by any member of the family during times when you have a few moments spare (e.g. during TV adverts).

Preparing your puppy
If you have to travel to classes by car, it is best to get your puppy used to car travel beforehand. Travelling in cars can be an unsettling experience for young puppies, so prepare as follows:

  • Place your puppy on non-slip, absorbent bedding for the journey
  • Play with your puppy and feed small meals in the car when it is stationary to give pleasant associations with being inside
  • Take your puppy on short journeys, ending with a walk or a play session
  • Close doors carefully and drive considerately. Remember that your puppy cannot see where the car is going, is not sitting in a seat, and cannot predict when the next corner will be coming up
  • Arrive in plenty of time to allow your puppy to recover from the journey before class begins

Your puppy needs to be interested in working for the treats you are offering during training. For this reason, it is not a good idea to feed your puppy just before the class. It is important that your puppy is not too hungry either, as this it will affect their ability to concentrate. Feeding a small meal a few hours in advance of the class can help to sooth the appetite, but still leave your puppy wanting more.

If you own a boisterous puppy that has lots of energy, try to arrange a vigorous play and free running session in a safe place before coming to class. This will help to ensure that your puppy is in a calm, ready-to-learn mood.

Most puppies are a little overwhelmed by the experience of coming to class at first. They soon learn to enjoy it and it is a good learning experience for them, but expect a drop in your puppy’s confidence when coming to class for the first time.

Try to arrive at least 15 minutes early at the venue. This will allow your puppy to recover from the journey, take a small walk and go to toilet before coming into class. We also use this time for you to socialise with other puppies in the class.

Puppies Health
It is important that your puppy is vaccinated and cleared by your veterinary surgeon prior to attending classes. Different vets have differing views on what is the best way to protect against contagious diseases so it may be a good idea to ask the opinion of several before making a decision on what is best for your puppy. Please bring your puppy’s vaccination certificate with you when attending the first class.

It is likely that your puppy will be given medication to kill intestinal worms at the time of vaccination. Puppies usually acquire roundworms from their mothers, and so need a good worming programme to ensure they are free of them. Since these worms can be transferred to humans, please ensure that your puppy has been wormed with a prescription wormer before attending classes.

To reduce the risk of cross-infection, there will be no communal water bowl in class. Puppies get thirsty after travelling, playing and eating treats, so please provide your own water bowl and offer drinks frequently.

What to bring
i. Your puppy (except for week 1 which is a talk/demo), wearing a plain buckle collar, with cloth or leather lead (no chain collars or Flexi leads please). Harnesses are acceptable. Please ensure your puppy is used to wearing the collar or harness before attending class.

ii. Children are welcome to attend puppy training but please do read our guidelines first - CLICK HERE for guidelines.

iii. Small, tasty titbits. These should be small so your puppy does not become full too quickly. Pieces about the size of a small pea are best. There are plenty of tasty treats on the market that can be cut up into small pieces. Alternatively, cooked liver that has been cut into small cubes and dried in the oven, or cheese is usually very acceptable to puppies. Soft, smelly food is usually more acceptable than dry, hard food, but some puppies will work well for the dry kibble food they are usually fed. If you are introducing new foods, be careful not to feed too much and upset their digestion. Feed gradually increasing amounts in the days leading up to the first class so they get used to it gradually.

Use whatever titbits work best for your puppy. You may find that, after a few weeks, your puppy begins to lose interest in working for familiar treats. For this reason, it is best to vary the treats from week to week.

iv. Toys. Some puppies work harder for a game with a toy than for food. Bring your puppy’s favourite toy so that you can use it to attract his attention if you need to. Soft toys that can be bitten and tugged are best. Please avoid squeaky toys and toys that roll as these can cause a distraction for other puppies.

v. A small piece of bedding for your puppy to relax on during demonstrations and handling exercises.

vi. Many exercises require you to sit on the floor, so please wear comfortable clothes – chairs are provided but you are more than welcome to bring your own chairs too.

vii. Pooh bags. Please bring a supply of pooh bags (nappy sacks are suitable) and clean up after your puppy if it toilets in the area around the hall or out on a walk. There is a poo bin located in the Obedience Hall.

Every week, bring:

  • Titbits
  • Toys
  • Small piece of bedding for your puppy
  • Pooh bags

Plus: Week 1 bring:

  • NO PUPPIES - this week is a talk/demo
  • Vaccination certificates

Words and signals
As a family, it is important to decide on the words and hand signals you will use to ask your puppy to do a particular action. Before coming to classes, please sit down together and go through this list, adding in the words and signals you prefer. This will help to ensure that everyone is consistent and this will help avoid any confusion for your puppy.

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.

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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