Every owner wants a happy, sociable and contented dog. Give your pet the best start by joining our Puppy & Dog School. We run a number of courses to set you and your dog up for success, run by certified trainers.

Stage 1

Aimed at newly vaccinated puppies – from approximately 10+ weeks of age.

Stage 2

For dogs approximately 6+ month olds – when puppies typically enter their ‘teens’.

Stage 3

For dogs with intermediate training & Stage 2 graduates looking to progress their skills.

There are three stages of course:

Stage 1 Course – newly vaccinated puppies up to approximately 5 months

The course gives you and your puppy:

  • our group classes give your pup the opportunity to meet others in a calm & controlled environment
  • our online classes help advise on socialising your puppy during COVID-19 and avoid unwanted behaviours post-lockdown
  • understanding of how dogs think and the importance of not pressuring your pup
  • the skills to avoid unwanted behaviours
  • basic training from recall to walking to heel
  • the tools you need to ensure you have a long and happy relationship with your dog

You will also receive handouts & summary email reminders each week.

Stage 2 Course – dogs aged 6+ months that are graduates of Stage 1 or had basic training (pre-requisites are required)

This course helps your young dog:

  • get to grips with further training skills
  • understand crisis management
  • introduce distance control
  • learn placement cues
  • and learn some fun tricks too!

This course is essential as most puppies reach puberty around this time, so it keeps them ‘on track’. You will also receive handouts & summary email reminders each week.

Stage 3 Course – dogs that have graduated from Stage 2 or have had intermediate training

This course helps you and your dog…

  • learn to better manage your dog’s energy and enthusiasm
  • capture your dog’s attention
  • increase the reliability of responses
  • learn distance control including ‘stays’ with heavy distraction
  • maintain those skills already learnt
  • continue your understanding of how dogs think, learn and what motivates them

You will also receive handouts & summary email reminders each week.

Not sure which course is right for you or your dog?

Contact us and we’d be delighted to help recommend the right training plan for you.

Our courses are designed to help you understand your dog from puppyhood and beyond. We help you understand what drives your dog’s behaviour, teach you how to promote wanted behaviour and tackle the unwanted stuff too, all in a calm and controlled way. 

We focus on positive reinforcement methods, utilising various training methods for speed of acquisition of behaviours, reliability and greater dog-owner focus. Numerous studies highlight the fall-out associated with aversives used in ‘traditional’ training (e.g. yanking the lead, shouting, pushing the dog into position etc), this can include increased risk of owner-directed aggression and anxiety. Compulsion methods together with equipment including choke collars and half-check are strictly forbidden at Puppy & Dog School. We ask that all dogs are fully vaccinated and wormed – a declaration form will be sent to you as part of the sign-up process.

How long do the courses run for?

Our group classes at Nora Grace Hall and Hastoe Village Hall are typically six weeks, as well as our Online classes.

When are the classes held?

Group classes are held Mondays evenings at the Nora Grace Hall in Tring, HP23 5BA and Fridays at Hastoe Village Hall in Hastoe, HP23 6LU.

How large are the classes?

Our class sizes are kept small to ensure you and your dog are given the attention you deserve in an calm environment.

I am unable to attend the classes in person, is there anything else I can try?

Check out our pre-recorded classes! This is a great way to train with Hanne, get support, and get started on your training ASAP. Classes are sent on a weekly basis and you can work through them at your own pace. Find out more below.

How are the classes affected by COVID-19?

When permissible, we run in-person group classes with restricted numbers. During lockdowns, our live online classes are held Monday evenings via our private video link which you receive access to upon sign-up. With extended periods at home, this presents a fantastic opportunity to introduce key behaviours to your pets and set them up for success.

Watch the video below to hear what our students say about our courses:

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During COVID-19: Smaller Groups and Online Classes

As a result of the current COVID-19 crisis, when permissible we run in-person group classes with restricted numbers, and during periods of lockdown we have our popular online classes. With extended periods at home, this presents a fantastic opportunity to introduce key behaviours to your pets and set them up for success.

In-person group classes

£130.00 (non-refundable)
Classes are 1 hour long and a course runs for 6 weeks.

Mondays

Nora Grace Hall, Faversham Close, Tring HP23 5BA

Stage 1 Puppies: starts at 7pm
Stage 2 Teens: starts at 8:15pm
Stage 3 Improvers: starts at 8:15pm

Fridays

Hastoe Village Hall, Church Lane, Hastoe HP23 6LU

Stage 1 Puppies: starts at 9:45am
Stage 2 Teens: starts at 11am.

Online classes (during lockdowns)

£95.00 (non-refundable)
Classes are 1 hour long and a course runs for 6 weeks.

Mondays

Stage 1 Puppies: starts at 7pm
Stage 2 Teens: starts at 8:15pm

Pre-recorded classes

£50.00 (non-refundable)
Classes are 1 hour long and a course runs for 6 weeks.

Pre-recorded Stage 1 Puppies and Stage 2 Teens:
Get started on your training immediately with Hanne’s support. Each week receive your class, summary email and handouts – work away from distractions to get the behaviour, understand more about your dog all from the comfort of your own home. During your recorded course, you can ask questions, send footage of you practicing for feedback and more. Contact us to sign up.

Interested in our classes?

Want to be Best In Class? Sign up to our one to one training sessions to get a head start on your group classes.

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Hanne is such a lovely kind trainer, she is extremely knowledgeable but never makes you feel like you are asking silly questions. She runs her sessions in a fun and engaging way, using only positive, science-based methods. It’s really good to see how the training relates to real life scenarios and we have noticed such a difference in our puppy’s behaviour having done Puppy & Dog School.

Joanne Wilcox

I loved our Zoom puppy sessions with Hanne. Consistent, fun and manageable! Our 12 week old pup came on leaps and bounds with the training. She recently graduated with her rosette and certificate. Thank you so much and see you for more training in the teenage ages!

Janine Etuazim

Just completed Stage 2 Teens dog training with Sunny our lively Border Collie. We both loved the course – excellent instruction, great insights into dog (and human) behaviour and some fun tricks! Thanks Hanne and I look forward to Stage 3.

David Rollinson

Awards

  • BBWA 2021 silver award
  • CorporateLiveWire Global Awards winner 2021/22 award
  • Lux Pet Product and Services 2021 award
  • CorporateLiveWire Oxfordshire Prestige Award - Dog Trainer of the Year 2020-22 two-times winner
  • BBWA 2015 finalist award
  • Scoot Headline Award winner 2015

Memberships

  • Victoria Stillwell Academy Dog Training Mentor badge
  • PPGuild Member badge
  • IAABC Supporting badge
  • Victoria Stillwell Academy Faculty Advisor badge
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