What will your rescue dog learn?

We will help you teach your dog all the basics so your new life together has the best possible start.   The syllabus is designed to help you progress from easy to more complex exercises, building on your dog’s understanding and reliability each week.  At the end of the 6 week course you will have a solid foundation for your relationship together.  The course is equivalent to the Kennel Club’s Foundation Certificate and the syllabus includes:

  • Rescue Dog Training CheltenhamRecall:  Games to make recall reliable and fun!
  • Positions – sit, down, stand, wait, heel.
  • How to walk on a loose lead – no pulling!
  • Accepting handling (for vet or grooming)
  • ‘Settle’
  • ‘Leave’ an object when asked
  • Accepting people near to food bowls
  • Stop play biting – the ‘3 second rule’
  • Being sociable with humans, children, and other puppies
  • Greeting people without jumping up!

NB: Your puppy must be fully vaccinated to attend the group course.


  • £90 – Training Course only
  • £140 – Puppy Home Visit & Training Course.  Includes  1hr private training session at your home (or a park-walk) plus 6 week group training course.

Where & When:

St Margaret’s Hall, Coniston Road, Hatherley, Cheltenham GL51 3NU

  • Sundays @ 9am till 10am and
  • Sundays @ 10am till 11am

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

  • Classes have a maximum of 6 puppies to ensure you and your puppy gets lots of individual attention.
  • The course includes 6 x 1hr lessons as well as after class support via phone or email.
  • Your puppy  will receive a certificate and rosette for completing the course.

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

Registration Form & How To Book:consult

Please click here for the online Registration form.  Once I receive your form, I’ll be in touch to complete the booking process for you.  If you haven’t heard from me within 48hrs of submitting your form, please check your ‘junk’ folder (sometimes our emails end up there!) or better still call 07717 894414.