Course FAQ

From 6th April 2016 your dog must be microchipped by law.  Talk to your vet or vet nurse about microchipping.


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.

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 toy, dog blanket or bed and treats if you are using them, - 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.

PLEASE NOTE  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.



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 membership.  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 membership, and if the issue is behavioural we may need you to find one to one training / behaviorist 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.


Agressive 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 behaviorist 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.

For the Puppy Foundation Course , which has a rolling start date, you should attend for 6 continuous Sundays.

  • Non-attendance on the first night may jeopardise your place on a 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.

  • Attending regularly is also better for the continuity of your dog's training.

What are your class sizes?

We aim to limit the number of puppies attending to a maximum of 18*, and not allowing 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. *This will change to a class size of 12 from 16th August 2020, when we introduce a second Puppy Foundation Course.

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.

During COVID-19 restrictions courses will be limited further to only 6 dogs. We'll also ask that no more than 2 people attend from each household (ie. Handler +1) Social distancing will need to be observed.

Do you have waiting lists?

The Puppy Foundation Course 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?

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.

This may change under the COVID-19 restrictions regarding social distancing - Please check T&C will bookings.

Got a question?  Contact us.