Sunday Classes & Courses
Our training club administers The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme, which is the largest pet dog training programme in the UK. Now a well-established dog training programme that has been in operation since 1992. The Scheme is open to all dogs, young or old, pedigree or Crossbreed, whether Kennel Club registered or not.
It provides a quality standard of training for pet dogs and owners, and incorporates the requirements to attain responsible pet dog ownership.
Our structured training plan is designed on a modular basis to facilitate the training of owners to become trainers of their own animals. All the exercises
from puppy foundation to the gold course are similar but at different levels of difficulty. Training is progressive adhering to modern behavioural conditioning through the reinforcement of good behaviour whilst reducing instances of bad behaviour.
Dog owners of any fitness level or disability can take part. The Scheme is non-competitive and emphasis is placed on the standard of achievement.
There are 4 levels of courses from Puppy Foundation, to Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards.
£26.00 for 12 months
ADTC is a non profit organisation which is run on a membership basis. ADTC offer the following courses to members. The annual membership fee is £26.00. (The prices quoted below do NOT include the annual membership fee unless otherwise stated)
Puppy Foundation Course
Sundays: 5.15pm to 6.15pm
6 week course (Designed to be taken over 6 consecutive weeks*)
Cost: £62 (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.
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.
8 Week Bronze Course
Sundays: 6.15pm to 7.15pm or 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.)
Silver & Gold Award Class
Sundays: 8.15pm to 9.15pm
Cost: £3 per week (+ annual Membership Renewal as necessary)
Cost to increase to £5.00 per week with effect from 1st August 2020
The Silver and Gold Award class will be offered to those having successfully completed the Kennel Club Good Citizens Dog Scheme Bronze Course.
This is an ongoing series of classes which aim to progress the skills of both handlers and the dogs to achieving the Kennel Club Good Citizens Dog Scheme Silver & Gold Awards. When the trainer deems you are ready, handlers and their dogs will be invited to take the assessment under the Kennel Club guidelines.
Weekly attendance to these classes is not essential, ideal for shift workers and families with other responsibilities as this series of classes is aimed at maintaining the good behaviour of your pet, progressing skills and continuing socialisation with other animals and humans. This class will also include some extra curricular instruction in agility and advanced obedience exercises that the owner may wish to develop.
Silver Award Aim:
The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Silver Award aims to build upon the skills learned in the Bronze Award whilst increasing the level of difficulty. The Silver Award is a natural progression of practical dog training skills and introduces new concepts such as the controlled greeting, road walk and vehicle control exercises which are important in everyday life situations.
The Silver Award aims to provide handlers with a good knowledge of understanding and training their canine companion.
Gold Award Aim:
The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Gold Award is the highest level of achievement of the Scheme. It builds upon the skills learnt in the Silver Award and develops more advance training skills of the dog and handler. The Gold Award is a natural progression of practical dog training skills and introduces new concepts such as relaxed isolation, stop the dog and send the dog to bed exercises, which are important in every day life situations. The Gold Award aims to provide handlers with a greater knowledge and understanding of their canine companion. Dogs that are awarded a Gold Certificate should reach the required standards in all exercises and be a worthy representative of the Scheme’s highest standard. Where possible it is preferable that certain exercises are tested at indoor and outdoor locations.