What will your dog learn?

The “Life Skills Improvers” course is designed to build on what you learned at ‘Puppy Starters’ (or equivalent course) in a fun and friendly group environment.  We keep the class size limited to a maximum of 4 dogs so your ‘teenager’ receives the attention they deserve.  During the 6 weeks, you’ll learn how to teach your dog a range of new skills like a retrieve, distance cues, polite play and scentwork. You’ll also learn how to progress base behaviours such as lead walking, recall and impulse control.  At the end of the 6 week course, you’ll have a stronger partnership with your dog and for your life together.

“Improvers” syllabus:

  • Focus exercises -dealing with distractions.
  • Recall games
  • Loose Lead walking
  • Retrieve
  • Impulse control games
  • Polite play – 2 toy swap; teaching ‘drop’ and ‘take it’
  • Platform Training – to aid lead walking, focus, proprioception
  • Scentwork
  • Working at distance eg emergency stop


  • £120 – Training Course only
  • £170 –  Training Course + 1;1 Coaching Session.  Includes  1hr private training session at your home (or on a walk) to help you tackle those canine challenges, plus 6 week group training course.


  • The “Improvers” course is for young dogs who have completed ‘Puppy Starters’ training (or equivalent 1;1 training sessions)
  • The course is ideal for dogs aged 6 months and above.
  • Classes have a maximum of 4 dogs
  • The course includes 6 x 1hr lessons
  • Your puppy  will receive a certificate for completing the course.

Classes: Are taught by Joy Matthews, a Positive Reinforcement Dog Trainer.

Where & When:

The Scout Hut, 207 Leckhampton Rd, GL53 0BX

1st Class:  Sunday @ 4pm till 5pm

2nd Class: Sunday @ 5.15pm till 6.15pm

Registration Form & How To Book:reg

Please click here for the online Registration form.  Once I have received your form, I’ll be in touch to complete the booking process for your dog!