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Every penny we raise through our puppy and dog-training classes goes directly towards the animals in our care and to improving our welfare facilities for the ever-increasing number of stray, neglected and unwanted pets.
- We run the APDT Good Companion Puppy and Foundation Training Awards at the Animal Shelter on a Monday and Thursday evening (7pm – 8pm), Saturday morning (10am – 11am) and also on other days / nights when we are able.
- Our training courses run for 6 weeks and each class lasts for approximately an hour (give or take). There are a maximum of 6 (or on a rare occasion 7) dogs per class allowing us to give each dog lots of individual attention.
- The total cost of the 6 week course is £50
- All of the puppies must have had their second vaccinations before they can begin the puppy course.
- Our approach is very much based on modern motivational training. We want the dogs to learn because they find it rewarding NOT because they are trying to avoid a punishment or correction.
- We teach a mix of basic commands such as sit, down, walking nicely on lead and recall as well as working through focus exercises, calm greeting of people and other dogs on lead and exercises to prevent / stop jumping up. We demonstrate activities that owners can do with their dog to help build and strengthen their bond, the dog’s responsiveness and thus increase owner control.
- We continually assess each dog and advise on any behaviour problems that the owners may be experiencing.
- Our aim is that people leave the classes with a greater understanding of their dogs and why they do things. We try to give the owners the skills to deal with anything that their dog throws at them while helping them to enjoy being a dog owner, after all that's what its all about.
Click the button below to download an Application Form
For those owners and dogs that have graduated from the Puppy classes and would like to undertake the Good Companion Award please complete a follow on form.
Click the button below to download a Continuation Form
Myself and Jenny Mahy take the classes with helpers. I am from a canine behaviour background and Jenny is an obedience trainer so we have a good range of knowledge depending on your individual needs. We are both members of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers see http://www.apdt.co.uk/ for more information.
Lorna has a lifetime of experience with a huge variety of breeds. She started out in traditional dog training and ‘showing’ becoming the Channel Island Junior Handler in the early eighties. She moved from formal dog training to applied canine behaviour when she joined the Rehabilitation Department at Battersea Dogs’ and Cats’ Home. During this time it became clear that the most important thing a dog needs is to learn to trust its handler. Since joining the GSPCA she has continued to manage the assessing and rehoming of the Shelter dogs as well as helping to train and rehabilitate family pets. She is dedicated to helping people understand their pets and to improving the dog – owner relationship.
Jenny has over 40 year’s dog training experience including dancing with dogs and competitive obedience, having competed at Crufts as part of the Guernsey team. She is a qualified judge for the Kennel Club Good Citizen Award Scheme and is committed to improving the dog / owner bond.
Jenny has moved from ‘traditional’ training techniques and now applies modern motivational training methods that do not compromise the mental and physical welfare of the dogs.
We believe in continued personal development and strive to build upon our skills and experience by attending course, seminars and workshops when we can.
If there is a kinder alternative why do it any other way.
Thursday 29th August 7pm - FULL
Monday 23rd September 7pm - FULL
Saturday 5th October 9.30am - FULL
Thursday 17th October 7pm - FULL
Saturday 26th October 11am - FULL
Monday 18th November 7pm - FULL
Graduate training class (for those who have completed the puppy course) Saturday 11th Januray 11am
Please note class spaces are allocated on receipt of a completed application form and payment of £50. Thank you
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