Build up your dog's focus
Group classes are a great way to work on your dog's focus around distractions and build up polite interactions.
Group In-Person Courses
Build the foundations around real world distractions
To book a course you will need to register your details with us, pay the fee and submit a copy of your dog's vaccination record showing all vaccinations up to date, including kennel cough. Please note this must be done no later than one week before the course starts to book your spot.
Our Puppy Primer course is a 3 week starter course for puppies so that we can lay the foundations of polite interactions and deal with any puppy problems you are having.
This course builds a reliable response to name, teaches handling and grooming basics, emphasizes calm responses from puppies, and introduces polite social skills.
This is all a requirement for all new puppies before moving to our Polite Puppy Foundations to build a reliable relationship between you and your dog.
All puppies must be fully vaccinated, including with kennel cough to join the group. This group is open to puppies up to 16 weeks of age on the 1st week of class.
Start date - Sunday 1st Oct 11:15am, Prosperous, Kildare
Course dates: Week 1: 01/10, Week 2: 08/10, Week 3: 15/10
Start date - Sunday 5th Nov 11:15am, Prosperous, Kildare
Course dates: Week 1: 05/11, Week 2: 12/11, Week 3: 19/11
Calm Down Coffee Shop
This is a simulated coffee shop set up, starting with quite a large space between tables/dogs we teach them how to sit and chill comfortably while their handlers are otherwise engaged with chatting or enjoying a coffee. The first two weeks do not have any coffee but we build up to that over the weeks.
This course promotes impulse control and general chill out behaviours that can be generalised to lots of other settings such as at home over dinner time.
These classes are not suitable for dogs who are dog- or people-reactive, that is they bark and lunge towards people or dogs. If you are having these difficulties please get in touch as we have other options to better help.
Pre-Christmas PAYG sessions, Sundays 12pm - 12:30pm, Prosperous Parish Hall
Polite Puppy Foundations
Our Polite Puppy Foundations group is designed to introduce the basics of polite interactions and general manners to your pup. This six week long course reinforces the calm down and chill work you did in Puppy Primer and builds on it. This group is for puppies under 7 months of age.
We focus on continuing to build that solid rapport between you and your dog and work on polite leash walking, recall, self control and polite greetings.
All puppies must be fully vaccinated, including with kennel cough to join the group.
Start date - 11:15am - 12pm Sat 21st Oct, Monread Park Naas
Course running on: Week 1: 21/10, Week 2: 04/11, Week 3: 11/11, Week 4: 18/11, Week 5: 25/11, Week 6:02/12, Week 7: 09/12
Scentwork - Level 1 Our Level 1 Course for Trials is open to both dogs who are brand new to scentwork and for dogs who have done courses in this area before. We are building up to a level where your dog can, if you so choose, compete in a Scentwork UK Level 1 trial. We will hold a mock trial at the end of the course and look to set up a trial for those who wish after that.
In this course we will teach your dog to look for a target odor in four environments:
1. Luggage search
2. Office search
3. Vehicle search
4. Shed search
We are fully accredited by ScentworkUK and follow the main competition programme. There is no requirement to take part in any competitions in this course.
Start date - Sun 16th July, 10am, Garvogue, Prosperous
10 week course
Polite Puppy IntermediateThe Polite Puppy Intermediate group is our follow on, level 2 course, from Polite Puppy Foundations. You must have completed Foundations or Adult Obedience L1 to join this group.
In this course we build on the foundations we created in the first course and start to add more difficulty and real world distractions. So we will be working on recall past food, dogs and other obstacles, walking nicely past similar distractions and sitting quietly while handlers stop for a chat or a coffee.
To join the group your pup must be able to walk politely beside you for 10m in a non-distracting setting, and recall from the same distance also without distractions.
Start date - Sat 21st Oct, 2pm - 2:45pm, Monread Park, Naas
Dates: 21/10, 04/11, 11/11, 18/11, 25/11, 02/12
Puppy playdates are off-leash, directed socialisation sessions for puppies and handlers to learn how best to interact with other off leash dogs. We go through polite play and how to intervene if necessary. A key component of the sessions are knowing when to intervene, along with listening to your puppy if they don't want to play with a particular other dog.
Playdates are open to puppies up to 8 months of age who have completed our Puppy Primer or Polite Puppy Foundations groups before. Please note that these sessions are not suitable for sorting out behaviour issues such as extreme nervousness, barking, lunging or snapping towards other dogs, we have other options for these issues.
All puppies must be fully vaccinated, including with kennel cough to join the group. This group is open to puppies up to 6 months of age.
Adult Obedience - L1
In our Adult Obedience course we introduce adult dogs (or any dog over 11 months of age) to the foundations of polite walking, reliable recall and general self control which includes dogs who jump up or pull to get over to see something.
Please note that this group is not suitable for dogs that bark, lunge or snap at other dogs or people on walks. We have a more suitable option for these cases, please get in touch with the office for further information.