Puppy Foundation Course
Sundays: 5.15pm to 6.15pm or 6.15pm - 7.15pm
6 week course (Designed to be taken over 6 consecutive weeks*)
Cost: £86 (inclusive of one years membership)
This is a series of classes for puppies aged 12 weeks to 5 months old.
All puppies must have evidence of completing their inoculations.
Abingdon Dog Training Club's Puppy Foundation course aims to provide a means of socialising puppies and to lay down a foundation for education and training. It is an excellent lead into our 8 week basic obedience training which your puppy can attend from 5 months old.
There will be a certificate awarded upon completion of the course.
*In an effort to manage class sizes we ask that you try to attend every week, missed classes will be lost and can not be carried over past the end of your course date. If you miss 2 or more classes you may not pass the course.
8 Week Bronze Course
Sundays: 7.15pm to 8.15pm
(Please see our calendar for course start dates)
Cost: £80.00 (+ Membership if not already joined via Puppy Class)
(There is a very high demand for places on this course, which is frequently over subscribed. You may need to be placed on a waiting list for future course availability.)
The minimum age requirement for this course is 5 months. Places are limited and are booked on a first come first served basis. All pet dogs, who meet the age requirement, will be eligible to apply for a place on the next available Bronze Course whether they have qualified through puppy class or not. The club reserves the right to assess the dogs and advise owners on basic obedience and solve minor behavioral problems prior to reaching a standard where entry to the Bronze Course is approved.
The 8 week course is structured to work towards the Kennel Club Good Citizens Dog Scheme Bronze Award. This course covers basic pet obedience exercises including sit, down, stay, recall & controlled walking. It is an excellent basis for more advanced training with us, and will give you the skills and confidence that you need to be able to train your pet dog.
There will be a certificate awarded upon successful completion of the course.
How old does my dog have to be before we can start a course?
Your dog must be 12 weeks old (and vaccinated, see next question) to join the Puppy Foundation Classes, or 5 months old to start the 8 Week Basic Obedience Course.
Does my dog need to be vaccinated?
Yes, all dogs must have up to date vaccinations before they come to the club, you will need to bring your dog's vaccination certificate with you on your first night at the Club. For puppy's vaccinations, ask your vet how many days after their inoculations start before puppy can socialise. (This can be up to 10 days later)
There is no requirement from ADTC for dogs to be vaccinated against Kennel Cough to attend.
Does my dog need to be microchipped?
After 6 April 2016 all dogs will be required to have a microchip. Owners of dogs in England that come to the attention of the police or local authorities will be scanned. Those found without a microchip will have the benefits explained to them and be given a short period to comply. If they fail to chip their dog, owners will face a fine.
How much is the course?
Details can be found on here
What equipment do I need?
You will need a suitable collar (with ID tag) and lead for your dog, a non squeaky toy, dog blanket or bed and training treats, - the only other equipment you will need is your voice! If you have any questions on what is the most suitable equipment to use, we will be able to advise you of this on your first night.
What if I'm having problems with my dog?
If your dog has any issues (barking, dog-dog aggression, biting handler etc) we would rather you told us whilst applying for training. We may invite you for an assessment, where we can advise you on a course of action, and ensure you can control your dog in a class environment as stated in our club rules. Assessment does not guarantee a training place, and if the issue is behavioural we may need you to find one to one training / behaviourist help before joining a class. Often the issue is not as bad as you think, and we can work on it together in a class.
Aggressive or reactive dog?
Abingdon Dog Training Club aims to serve the local community, we don’t work with individual problem dogs. We would need to be sure your dog would not disrupt the course for other attendees. Your dog needs to be suitable to attend training, as many of our exercises involve the dogs working at close proximity. Desensitising and counter-conditioning with aggressive or reactive dogs is not something we can provide in a class environment. We are happy to assess on a case by case basis, but you may need to seek help from a behaviourist before joining a class.
Do I have to come every week?
The 8 Week Basic Obedience Course is a structured course that only has one intake of dogs every 8 weeks, so it is best if you can arrange your time to be there for all 8 weeks. If you continue training at home in the week it is possible to catch up on a missed class.
For the remainder of 2020 our Puppy Foundation Courses will also have fixed course start dates.
In 2021 we hope to be able to return to rolling start dates for this course.
Missed classes will be lost and can not be carried over past the end of your course date.
Attending regularly is better for the continuity of your dog's training, but if you do need to miss a week let your trainer know in advance and they can tell you what to work on at home.
What are your class sizes?
During COVID-19 restrictions courses will be limited further to only 4 to 6 dogs. We'll also ask that no more than 1 person attend from each household (ie. the Handler) Social distancing will need to be observed.
We aim to limit the number of puppies attending to a maximum of 12, and don't allow handlers to carry over missed classes (if you don't attend one week you will lose that week).
The course is run by two qualified trainers who can be assisted by additional qualified trainers when needed.
The 8 week Bronze course normally has 12 places, however on occasions when we know the dogs that will be coming up through Puppy Foundation, we may increase this number to a maximum of 14.
The course is run by a qualified trainer and they will be assisted by an additional qualified trainer who will also demonstrate with one of our dogs.
The club is run by a volunteer committee of 5 qualified trainers, plus 1 further member, who are normally all on hand to assist in classes when required.
Do you have waiting lists?
The Puppy Foundation Course normally has a rolling start date, but we limit the class size so you may have to wait longer for availability. We advise you to apply as soon as possible (even before you bring your puppy home). Puppies need to be 12 weeks old and fully vaccinated before joining, and we try to give you a start date before your puppy is 20 weeks old. If this is not possible we will need to turn down your application, but you would be welcome to apply for the Bronze course once your puppy is 5 months old.
The 8 week Bronze course has a waiting list. Until we start allocating places we will add requests for course places to this list. There is no requirement to have completed the Puppy Foundation course to apply for the Bronze course. Those that are not offered a place first time around will be added to the waiting list for the following Bronze Course. By being added to the waiting list you are under no obligation to accept a course place offer in the future.
In a effort to manage class sizes you may have to wait for availability.
Non-attendance on the first night may jeopardise your place on a course.
We ask that you try to attend every week, missed classes will be lost and can not be carried over past the end of your course date.
Can my child/children train the dog?
During COVID-19 restrictions with social distancing we can only allow 1 handler to attend with each puppy/dog. Whilst another family member may attend with the puppy/dog if the main handler can't attend one week, they shouldn't expect to both handle the dog/puppy within one class. There is a limited spectator area at Grove Farm Equestrian Centre, which can be used by prior approval, but only one handler is allowed with each dog/puppy in the fenced training area. At Preston Road Community Centre we can only admit one handler with each dog/puppy, additional family members will have to wait outside the building.
We encourage as many members of the family as possible to get involved in training the dog, especially the children, as it helps the dog to understand it's place within the family, however, for insurance purposes, whilst at Club, all handlers must be 14 years or over.