Does your trainer use force-free, welfare-based methods? Most trainers believe that some methods such as those 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
Ann Bond Dog Training & Behaviour
Good Start Puppy & Junior classes
Rolling 5 week courses, 1 hour sessions
Kind, 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 available
Mondays: St Osmonds School, Dorchester – 17:15 & 18:30
Thursdays: Mission Hall, Sutton Poyntz, Weymouth – 17:00 & 18:15, Juniors 7:30
Novice 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 dogs
Understanding the Modern Dog – Part 1: A Journey Through The Ages
Day 1: All About Puppies – 19/10/19
Day 2: Canine Communication – 16/11/19
Day 3: Canine Learning and Adolescence – 07/12/19
Day 4: Canine Nutrition – 11/01/20
Sports Pavilion, Milborne St Andrew (near Dorchester) Dorset DT11 0JA – 9.15am to 4.15pm
Understanding the Modern Dog – Part 2: A Journey Into The Dog’s Mind
Day 1: Evolution & Development of the Modern Dog – 08/02/2020
Day 2: The Dog’s Brain – 07/03/2020
Day 3: Hormones and Behaviour – 04/04/2020
Day 4: All about aggression – 09/05/2020
Sports Pavilion, Milborne St Andrew (near Dorchester) Dorset DT11 0JA – 9.15am to 4.30pm
www.annbonddogtraining.com or call 01305 832569, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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.
Call 07715669474, email email@example.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.
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.
Corfe Mullen Dog Agility or call Janet on 07989 581880.
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.
YMCA Winton, 1-7 Jameson Road
Thursday evenings from 7.30 to 8.15 pm
Private in home training sessions.
www.kirstyspaws.co.uk, call 07852 644190 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
* Summer Out & About Programme:
We often hear from our clients:
“My dog will do it at home but not in different environments”, “My dog can’t focus on the walks”, “My dog ignores me when off lead”, “My dog will walk nicely in a training centre but pulls like a train the minute we leave the class”, “I feel embarrassed when my dog is misbehaving”.
– 4 different locations (Natural Reserve, Beach, Car Park, Forest)
– Every session will provide new strategies
– Small groups
– Lots of individual help from qualified instructors
– 2 hour classes – theory and practice
You can book just one session or take a full advantage with discounted package of 4
1:1 pet gun dog breed training for those gun dog’s who are not worked. Challenges dog and owner in a live environment. Focus on obedience, good manners and safety.
Weekday sessions Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday daytime. Booking through website.
All day Sunday 1:1 one hour sessions for pet gun dog breeds. Booking through website
Group training/ walks where gun dog breeds learn control around other dog’s. Owners learn safety in a live environment. Runs at weekends. Booking through website.
General dog/ puppy training.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday daytime and evening sessions. 1:1 training at your location or my live environment facility. Booking through website.
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
Paw by Paw Training
Science-based training that is effective for both dogs and owners with a fully qualified and insured trainer (BSc, IMDT, UKCSD). Based in Dorchester but classes held in Weymouth and Dorchester with a large 1-2-1 service area.
Puppy Basics Classes: Lead On Dog Shop on the Granby Industrial Estate on Thursday evenings 6 – 6.45pm (rolling 6 week classes)
Puppy Paradise: South Coast Equestrian on Thursday evenings 7 – 7.45pm (rolling 6 week classes)
Terrible Teens: Lead On Dog Shop on the Granby Industrial Estate on Wednesday evenings 6 – 6.45pm (rolling 6 week classes)
Adult Basic Obedience and Life Skills: South Coast Equestrian on Wednesday evenings 8 – 8.45pm (rolling 6 week classes)
Reactive Rovers: South Coast Equestrian on Wednesday evenings 7 – 7.45pm. 6 week course for nervous, scared or aggressive dogs. Places are limited to 4 dogs and all work is done at each individual dog’s pace – if they’re not ready to see another dog or human they won’t.
1-2-1 Training Sessions: Available for basic training as well as serious problem behaviours such as aggression, guarding, separation anxiety and abnormal repetitive behaviours.
1-2-1 Walking: Perfect for anyone who can’t make classes or schedule regular 1-2-1s. Available for basic training as well as dogs with more serious problem behaviours.
www.pawbypawtraining.co.uk or email Emma@pawbypawtraining.co.uk or phone 0777 544 8828
Debby Lucken is an award winning (ASA) positive dog trainer (IMDT) based in Poole. Debby is a family dog trainer, who specialises in helping families with kids training their dogs.
She also offers Group classes:
Basic manners – Level 1: This course is for puppies who are learning their first behaviours.
Lessons are available both evenings and day time.
Intermediate classes – Level 2: Your will progress in learn his learning and work being more polite
Lessons are available both evenings and day time.
Chill classes: This is a special class to train our dogs to relax more and to be calmer.
Venue: all group courses are held at Holy Angels church hall, in Lilliput, Poole
Debby offers private lessons at your house and/or local park.
Pocodogs runs socialisation walks at Upton Country Park at weekends, every two weeks.
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
www.practisemakespawfect.co.uk or call 07947 515 511
Purbeck Agility – Agility, Obedience, Hoopers & Heelwork to Music Training
One-to-one Training: Obedience, Agility, Canine Hoopers & HTM.
Puppy Training (Foundation & socialisation) Sandford Community Hall
Friday evening 6.30pm to 7.15pm www.purbeckagility.org.uk/puppy-training/
Obedience Training; Kennel Club’s Good Citizen Dog Scheme
Tuesday & Friday evenings starting at 7.30pm www.purbeckagility.org.uk/obedience-training
Mastering Recall Workshop: monthly 1½ hour workshop. www.purbeckagility.org.uk/recall-workshop
Pre-Agility: Winter months – Sunday 10.30 -11.30am www.purbeckagility.org.uk/pre-agility-foundation
Agility: Spring & Summer months – Sunday 10.30am to 1pm at our secure field at Corfe Castle www.purbeckagility.org.uk/agility-classes
Heelwork to Music (dog dancing): Sandford Community Hall
Beginners & experienced handlers workshops (see website for class times) www.purbeckagility.org.uk/dog-dancing
NEW: Canine Hoopers (with Accredited CHUK Instructor): Wednesday afternoons, Thursday evenings. www.purbeckagility.org.uk/hoopers/
Contact for details: www.purbeckagility.org.uk/contact-us/
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: email@example.com
Wessex Dog Training Club
For Obedience, Agility, Hoopers, Rally Obedience and Scentwork
Obedience Stoborough Village Hall, near Wareham BH20 5AJ
Wednesday and Friday Evenings:
Puppies and Intermediate
Mixed Ability Obedience at our outdoor location,
Bere Farm, Lytchett Matravers BH16 6ER
Kennel Club Good Citizen Awards
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
1-1 Training Mondays and Tuesdays: Bere Farm
Sundays: Beginners and Novice and Improvers: Bere Farm
Tuesdays: Mixed ability: Bere Farm
Sunday: Bere Farm
Canine Hoopers – Low Impact Agility
Saturdays and Wednesdays: Bere Farm
Scentwork (suitable for all dogs):
Wednesday: Stoborough Village Hall
Tuesday evenings: Bere Farm
For more information on the above go to our website:
Wessex Dog Training Club