Dogs Trust

Adult Classes

For dogs over 18 months of age.

In Week 1 of Dog School Adult Class

We will teach you:

  • Why we use food as a reward
  • About how your dog learns new things
  • All about socialising your dog

We will start to teach your dog:

  • To settle down and relax in class
  • To pay attention to you and respond to their name
  • Sit / lie down when asked
  • To start to learn how to walk nicely on the lead  
  • Come back to you when called (to start with from just a very short distance away).

In Week 2 of Dog School Adult Class

 We will teach you:

  • To make sure your dog will be relaxed when left alone.
  • How to help your dog learn how to play appropriately with you
  • How dogs interact with each other
  • To ‘read’ what your dog is telling you and recognise if he is worried.

We will also work on teaching your dog:

  • How to interact nicely with other dogs
  • Come back to you when called (from a bit further away).
  • How to enjoy being handled

In Week 3 of Dog School Adult Class

We will teach you:

  • The importance of being consistent and predictable with your dog.
  • The importance of getting your dog used to all sorts of different training equipment
  • To set up environments so your dog easily learns the right response.

How to make sure your dog is not worried about people approaching stuff they value (like their food or toys).

We will also work on teaching your dog:

  • How to walk nicely on a lead, with distractions!
  • To get used to more handling, including veterinary type examinations
  • How to come back when called, even when there are other dogs to play with!
  • To give up something nice in return for something even nicer!

In Week 4 of Dog School Adult Class

We will teach you:

  • How to teach your dog to do lots of different behaviours.
  • How to use things such as attention and play as rewards, rather than just treats.
  • About practicing behaviours in lots of different situations!
  • To teach your dog house rules and ‘polite’ behaviours

We will also work on teaching your dog:

  • Some “tricks”!
  • How to walk nicely on the lead in any situation, including the park!
  • To get even better at coming back to you whatever is going on!
  • To wait politely before going through a doorway

In Week 5 of Dog School Adult Class

  • We recap the key messages that have been covered in the previous weeks
  • Wetalk about how these skills can be taken forward and developed to make sure your dog continues to learn as they get older.We use some time in week 5 to check that you are not having any problems with your dog so we can give you some more guidance on this if needed.

We also teach you and your dog:

  • How to use your attention as a reward
  • How to get your dog to greet people with four paws on the ground
  • The importance of keeping your dog’s mind busy