Training

Walking Groups

Dorset Dogs Guided Walkies
Friendly, free and fun, join us for walkies at least once a month – check out the events page.

Sturminster Newton Dog Walks
A group for anyone interested in sharing dog walks in and around the Sturminster Newton area.  To join in visit our Facebook page Sturminster Newton Dog Walks

East Dorset & New Forest walkies
Weekly on a weekday & first Sunday of the month
Walkies group around Verwood and surrounding areas. Details on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/verwoodandsurroundsdogwalking

Greyhounds & Lurchers monthly charity walk
First Sunday of every month
Walk for greyhounds & sighthounds, meet at Upton House 11am walk until about midday.  “We are all owners of rescued greyhounds and Sighthounds (Saluki’s & lurchers). We meet and donate £2 per person for Greyhounds in Need Charity. We only allow sighthounds due to the nature of the dogs. All dogs are kept on leads”.      Email stephenie.s@ntlworld.com

Black Bear Walking Group
Third Saturday of every month, Meet at The Black Bear, High Street, Wool. Black Bear Tel: 01929 405541
Meet at the pub from 9 for 9.15 departure. The Black Bear has limited parking but roadside parking is available nearby. We walk out from the pub or drive a short way to the walk starting point returning midday-ish for refreshment and a chat in the pub.
Dogs welcome on the walk and in the bar. K9 regulars Rosie, Buddy, Pippin, Rupert and Elsa look forward to you joining us.

Small Paws Play Group
Monthly, A Dorset-based group
” We love little dogs and get together monthly to go on a big old walk and play”
For more information join us on Facebook at Small Paws playgroup

Friends & Volunteer Groups


Hands on at Hamworthy Park

Wednesday mornings at 10am
Join the Friends of Hamworthy Park for informal gardening activities, litter picking and general maintenance, followed by a visit to the cafe. Everyone welcome!
Details at friendsofhamworthypark.co.uk 

Friends of Uddens & Cannon Hill Woodlands
Check website for details
Everyone is welcome to come along for a mix of conservation work (To suit all abilities and ages) and an opportunity to have a chat and refreshments with Friends.
Details at www.cannonhillfriends.org.uk

Regular Classes

Does your trainer use positive methods? Most trainers believe that methods that focus on training through punishment may create serious problems in the future in exchange for short-term obedience.

Trainer qualification links – check them out! – just follow the links below (we’re not endorsing particular trainers or qualifications, this is a list for you):
AID – Association of Into Dogs
APDT – Association of Pet Dog Trainers
BIPDT – British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers
IMDT – Institute of Modern Dog Training

Find more listed on the Animal Behaviour & Training Council website

Click here for Dogs Trust home training advice to back up your class work!

Ann Bond Dog Training & Behaviour

Good Start Puppy & Junior classes
Rolling 5 week courses, 1 hour sessionsKind, fair, effective (and fun) socialising and training for pups aged from 10 – 20 weeks, with qualified APDT trainer and Behaviourist.
Follow-on Junior courses for 20 weeks plus availableMondays: St Osmonds School, Dorchester – 17:15 & 18:30
Thursdays: Mission Hall, Sutton Poyntz, Weymouth – 17:00 & 18:15, Juniors 7:30Novice Dog Training – Fun and Focus
Rolling 5 week courses – 1 hour session
Thursdays: Broadway Memorial Hall, Weymouth – 11:00
Sociable good manners and fun training in small groups.
For dogs aged over 26 weeks, with little training, or rescued/rehomed dogsCanine Psychology 
Dates and location vary so check Ann’s website.Further information:
www.annbonddogtraining.com  or call 01305 832569, email bondann@msn.com

DogEaze

Modern and up-to-date using science-based positive reinforcement training!
Safety when outside, a good recall, impulse control, and most importantly building a great relationship and value in YOU.
IMDT qualified trainer.

One-to-one and workshop sessions
including Puppy workshop – info for new owners &
Canine Body Language &
Canine Enrichment Workshop
– check the website.
Further information:
www.dogeaze.org.uk or call 0737 886 3238, email contactdogeaze@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/dogeazetraining

Dogs Trust Dog School Dorset

Puppy, Adolescent, Adult and Rescue dog classes
We offer friendly six week courses aimed at teaching your dog skills that are useful in everyday life. Our classes never have more than six dogs and have at least two trainers to make sure that we can devote time to each individual and help you to progress.
We use science-led, reward-based training to make sure that we get the best results and have lots of fun whilst doing so.
Tuesdays: Parkstone Baptist Church, Poole – 17:00, 18:00, 19:15 and 20:30
Thursdays: Willowbed Hall, Weymouth – 18:00, 19:15 and 20:30
Saturdays: Kingston Maurward College – 09:00, 10:15, 11:30 and 13:15

Further information:
www.dogstrustdogschool.org.uk or call 07392 869380, email Dorsetdogschool@dogstrust.org.uk

FAB Agility

Train with FAB for the ultimate FAB-ulous time with your furry friend!
From complete beginners to the most experienced partnerships. Whether you want to try agility for the first time or take your current skills to the next level, there’s something for everyone!
Indoors: Wednesday evening between 6:30pm – 8:30pm just outside Weymouth at Whitcombe Racing Stables, W Down Rd, Whitcombe, Dorchester DT2 8NY. Experienced and inexperienced groups available.
Outdoors: During Spring/Summer we also train in North Dorset at Eastbury Park, Tarrant Gunville, Nr Blandford Forum, DT11 8JQ. Experienced and inexperienced groups available.

Further information:
www.fabagility.com or call 07715669474, email dawnweaver2@gmail.com

Flyball, Agility & Training at Watercombe Dogs

Ball crazy dog? Dog with too much energy? Flyball provides an entertaining and active way to interact with your dog and other dog enthusiasts in an environment that is fun while allowing the dogs exercise and enjoyment.
Watercombe House, Nr Owermoigne DT2 8HJ. Every Tuesday at 18:15.

Further information:
www.watercombedogs.co.uk 

Fun Dog Agility

Fun dog agility classes.  Set in a fully dog proof grass arena.  £5 per dog.
Corfe Mullen, nr St Huberts Church.  Every Sunday (Apr-Oct) 11:00 – 12:30.Further information:
Corfe Mullen Dog Agility or call Janet on 07989 581880.

Kirsty’s Paws

Friendly and fun Puppy Classes with Kirsty’s Paws. Come and teach your puppy basic skills using kind techniques and help prevent future behaviour problems.
West Cliff Baptist Church, Westbourne. Starting Friday 12th October, 6pm to 7pm and 7.30 to 8.30pm.

Further information:
www.kirstyspaws.co.uk, call 07852 644190 or em
ail: kirstyspaws@hotmail.co.uk

Life Skills Dog Training

Fun, positive, science-based, force-free. AID trainer.Bradpole Village Hall, West Dorset.  Fridays
Fridays for 7 weeks – Puppies
Friday for 7 weeks – All ages, rolling programmeFurther information:
http://www.lifeskillsdogtraining.co.uk/group-sessions or call 07710 608 951

Me and My Dog Academy

Positive Reward and Game Based Dog Training Classes
The Centre, Barns Road, Ferndown BH22 8XH
Puppy Programme: Loose lead walking foundation, socialisation, recall, boundary bed games, focus and attention, food manners, positive puppy play and more.
Beyond the Basics and Happy Hounds Classes:Dogs 6 months plus. The classes will be tailored around your dog’s individual needs.

Further information:
www.facebook.com/Me-And-My-Dog-Academy

Nightsabre Dog Training

Join our unique Fun Focus Play Canine Development program by signing up for any of these classes:

Fun  Focus  Play – Pawdawan Puppy Club
Fun  Focus  Play – Young Dogs
Fun  Focus  Play – Adolescents
Fun  Focus  Play – Adults & Rescues
Fun  Focus  Rally – Rally Obedience for all ages

All classes limited to 6 dog and handler spaces.
Milborne St Andrew Sports and Recreation Ground

Further information:
www.nightsabredogtraining.co.uk email 
natasja@nightsabredogtraining.co.uk

PocoDogs Academy

Puppy & Intermediate classes – play together, train together.
Class limited to 6 dogs – £60 for 6 lessons.
Classes start every 6 weeks.

IMDT qualified trainer.
St Clements Church Hall, 55 Kinson Ave, Poole, BH15 3PH

Further information:
www.pocodogs.co.uk or call Debby on 776 911 4506, email pococompany@gmail.com

Practice Makes Pawfect

  • Puppy class – 9.30am
  • Novice/Improvers Class – 10.30am
  • Advanced Class – 11.30am

Saturdays, St John’s Church Hall, Macaulay Road, Broadstone.
Student member of APDT

Further information:
www.practisemakespawfect.co.uk or call 07947 515 511 

Purbeck Agility – Agility, Obedience, Hoopers & Heelwork to Music Training

APDT qualified trainer see this link for other qualifications

One-to-one Training: Obedience, Agility, Canine Hoopers & HTM. Contact for details: www.purbeckagility.org.uk/contact-us/Puppy Training (Foundation & socialisation) Sandford Community Hall
Friday evening 6.30p.m. to 7.15p.m. www.purbeckagility.org.uk/puppy-training/Obedience Training; Kennel Club’s Good Citizen Dog Scheme
Tuesday & Friday evenings starting at 7.30p.m. www.purbeckagility.org.uk/obedience-trainingMastering Recall Workshop:  monthly 1½ hour workshop. www.purbeckagility.org.uk/recall-workshopPre-Agility – Winter months – Sunday 10.30 -11.30a.m. www.purbeckagility.org.uk/pre-agility-foundationAgility – Spring & Summer months –  Sunday 10.30am to 1pm at our secure field at Corfe Castle www.purbeckagility.org.uk/agility-classesHeelwork to Music (dog dancing) Sandford Community Hall
Beginners & experienced handlers workshops (see website for class times)www.purbeckagility.org.uk/dog-dancin

NEW: Canine Hoopers (with Accredited CHUK Instructor) – Wednesday afternoons, Thursday evenings. www.purbeckagility.org.uk/hoopers/

Scentwork 4 Fun

No previous training required! Suitable for any age, breed or mixed breed dogs. Also blind dogs, deaf dogs have joined our classes.  We specialise in Scentwork classes for pet dog owners.
Fornightly classes, 5 sessions per course of 1 hour duration. Courses throughout the year. Woodland Village Hall, BH22 8LJ

For further information email: info@trainingbetterdogs.co.uk

Wessex Dog Training Club

APDT qualified trainer see this link for other qualifications

Puppies: 6.30pm session – 45 minutes​

Intermediate: 7.30pm session – 60 minutes

Intermediate plus: Session starts at 8.45pm session – 60 minutes​​

Please check  for what you need to bring and further information.  WDTC provides KC Good Citizen Dog Scheme training with puppy foundation, bronze, silver & gold awards. Wednesdays and Fridays, £5 per session, pay as you go, first session free. Stoborough Village Hall near Wareham

Further information:
Wessex Dog Training Club