Dogs Trust

Dog School FAQ's

Dog School Frequently Asked Questions

What to expect from online classes.

Online classes are run for seven weeks via zoom and last 30 mins. Once you have chosen your preferred time, you will be sent a zoom link for that particular time. This is the same link that you will use for the full five weeks. Please note that once you have chosen your time, this is the class you will attend each week. Time slots can only be changed at the discretion of the Head Coach. These classes are designed to train the owner and are not intended to be practical sessions with your dog, although you are free to have your dog present during the session.  

Will I see the same coaches each week?

We will try our best to make sure you see the same coaches each week for your classes, because we think it is important for us to get to know you and your dog or puppy. The coaches work in teams of three, so you should get to know all the team members over your course. Occasionally, there may be a change in one coach because of sickness or holidays, but if this is necessary, we will try to ensure that you are introduced to your new coach the week before the change so that they are familiar with you and your dog.

What sort of training methods are used?

We only use positive training methods supported by the most up to date research on dog behaviour. We will never use methods that intimidate or harm your dog.

How much do classes cost?

Due to Coivd 19 restrictions all our classes take place online, via Zoom. Classes run for five weeks with a free induction talk before you attend training sessions. Each session is 30minutes long. These classes cost €50 in total for the full 7 weeks.

For a private session (once off) the cost is €60, these sessions last 1hr.

The free induction gives owners the opportunity to prepare for Dog School classes and will help you understand what you’re going to learn over the duration of the course. Owners are asked to attend this induction without their pet.

 

What happens if I miss a class?

Please try to let your coach know as soon as possible if you are unable to attend a class. You will be provided with the training guide for the week you missed so that you can catch up at home. We are not able to offer replacement classes or refunds but will help you catch up in time for the following class. If you require help in understanding or practising the guide for the week you missed, please get in touch with your coach for advice.

Why are Dogs Trust running training classes?

Dogs Trust recognises the need for affordable behavioural and training support in the community. We believe that Dog School will help raise awareness of dog behaviour, strengthen the bond between owners and their dogs and help to address and prevent the development of unwanted or problematic behaviours. We are hopeful that this service will improve the welfare of dogs in Ireland, both by providing owners with support in the home environment and by reducing the number of dogs being relinquished for behavioural reasons.

Is my dog suitable for classes?

Our training classes are aimed at giving you information and skills that you can apply to your dog’s behaviour in any situation. If you have an existing issue that you would require help with, please contact your local coach and describe the problems you are having. It may be possible for us to help you in a class setting, or it may be that your coach will recommend a 1:1 session with a trainer or behaviourist. We will aim to give you the advice that we believe will be of the greatest benefit to you and your dog. In some cases, the class environment may not be the most suitable for your dog, in which case we will always strive to offer an alternative plan of action!

Restricted breeds and muzzle training

Dogs Trust are a strong proponent of responsible dog ownership. According to the Control Of Dogs Regulations 1998, any breed of dog that is on the restricted breed list is not permitted to be in a public place unless the dog is wearing a muzzle.

If you need help muzzle training your dog or puppy, or would like more information on this, please get in touch with your local coach who will be happy to advise further.

Is there one-to-one training available?

For a private session (once off) the cost is €60, these sessions last 1hr.

One-to-one training is available for those whose dogs may need some extra help with training and are only offered on a case by case basis.

Where the coaches identify that a dog may be unsuitable for a one-to-one or classes with Dog School, further support will be offered and alternatives recommended, ensuring that you and your dog get the very best guidance available.