Training classes are held in Skipton North Yorkshire

 

 Broughton road community centre

 

The Class for New Starters is on Wednesday evening at 7.00

As every dog owner knows good training is important, when you get your new dog or puppy or when you hit problem behaviour. All dogs should respond to a range of commands reliably, and remember you will have to refresh your dog’s training over the course of their life in order to ensure that when you need to give your dog a command, you can be confident that they will comply!

Exactly how far you want to take your dog’s training will depend on whether you simply want to raise an obedient, well-mannered dog that does not pose a danger to either themselves or to other animals and people, or if you wish to take your dog’s training to a higher level. Even if you wish to teach your dogs tricks or get involved in advanced obedience classes, agility or other canine sports, a good grounding in the basics is vital before you can progress.

Five basic commands taught well will change your life with your Dog, they are:- 

Heel

“Heel / Walk Nicely / With Me” is very important to teach your dog and is the first stage towards teaching heelwork and enabling your dog to walk beside you safely even when off the lead. The “heel” command should be used when in close quarters to call your dog to your side, and to indicate to them that they should walk beside you, matching your pace and staying close. “Heel” is an important command to keep your dog safe when walking on the roads, and to safeguard your dog and other people and animals when passing each other in close quarters.

Come back

“Come back,” “come” or any other wording that has the same effect is the recall command, and recall is potentially the most important training command that your dog needs to learn and obey. Recall is the means by which you get your dog’s attention and call them to return to you, and it can also be one of the most challenging commands to teach successfully.

Most dogs will come back when called as long as there are no distractions but teaching 100% recall in a dog under any circumstances can be more of a challenge. A dog that is chasing something or engaged in play will prove harder to recall than a dog that is just running around. The dog must want to come to you for it to be successful.

Down

“Down / Off” is not just about encouraging your dog to give up their favourite seat or to get them off the good furniture, but is also a vital command to teach dogs that are apt to jump up at people or other dogs. Not only is jumping up at people annoying for the person in question, and may make their clothes dirty, but jumping up can be dangerous, as even a small dog could potentially knock over another dog, a child, or someone who is unprepared for them to jump up.

Leave it

“Leave it” is another basic command that can potentially get your dog out of a dangerous situation, such as if they are attempting to eat something that they shouldn’t eat or are trying to take a toy away from another dog. Chasing cats, joggers, cars or livestock. It also comes in very useful for keeping your dog from eating your slippers, newspaper and anything else that they should not be trying to play with!

No or Stop

“No” or alternatively, “stop” is a very useful command that can be applied to a wide range of situations, but it must usually be used in partnership with another command. “No” on its own will let your dog know that they are doing something wrong and to pause in what they are doing and look to you for direction, but “No” alone may not be sufficient to let your dog know exactly what it is that you want them to stop doing! “No” should be considered as a basic command that will make your dog check themselves and pause, and should be followed up with an additional basic command such as “down” or “leave it” in order to let your dog exactly what is it is doing that you want it to Stop.

All of these commands are taught in the Starters class, of course there are other commands you will want to teach your dog such as Sit. Stay. Lie Down. Wait and Drop it.

All Training must be done in a way that your dog enjoys, you will be surprised how quickly they will learn when you make the training fun for you and your dog and of course use plenty of rewards.