Here are answers to some of our more frequently asked questions. If you have a question which isn’t answered, please get in touch!
- Where do you train?
- What days and times do you train?
- How much does training cost?
- Why do you have to book a block of lessons rather than pay as you turn up?
- Does my dog have to be up-to-date with his annual vaccinations to join?
- Do you offer discounts for foster or rescue dogs?
- I want to bring my dog to training but they are very lively/ reactive (lunge/bark)/ have never been to classes before – what class would be best?
- How soon can I book my puppy onto a training course?
- Do you recommend using a harness & lead rather than collar with puppies? If so can you recommend some please?
- I’m looking for a dog walker/ boarder for my dog – can you recommend anyone?
- At what age can my young dog begin agility training?
- I would like to share the agility training of my dog with another person (e.g. family member) – is this a good idea?
- My son/daughter would like to begin training our family pet for agility – what’s the youngest age you take juniors at?
- As you train outdoors, if the weather is bad will training be cancelled?
- How do I book the agility arena & paddock?
We have various training venues spread across Kingston Seymour, Clevedon, Nailsea & Yatton. More details of these can be found by clicking here.
Our puppy and dog training classes are split across three venues and classes are held on Monday – Thursday evenings, with some weekday daytime classes – please feel free to get in touch for more information.
The majority of our agility classes are held outdoors and during the summer we offer classes throughout the week both during the daytime and the early evenings. When the nights draw in during the winter we switch our weekday evening classes to the weekend, although daytime classes remain as they are.
Prices for courses are advertised alongside each course in our online booking system – click here to view.
By paying for a block we can more accurately work out how many dogs we will have in each training class, and our trainers can plan accordingly.
Absolutely – your dog will be mixing with lots of other dogs at training classes and it is important that all dogs are protected against disease with the vaccines available through your vet. The only vaccine we don’t insist upon (although we do recommend it) is the Kennel Cough vaccine. Your vet will be able to advise you further.
We currently offer discount on 1-2-1 consultations for local charity Hollyhedge Animal Sanctuary, but in addition have a charitable donations policy which can be viewed by clicking here.
I want to bring my dog to training but they are very lively/ reactive (lunge/ bark)/ have never been to classes before – what class would be best?
We are happy for and recommend that puppies have had at least their first vaccination before joining a group, but do not wish to contradict your veterinary surgeons advice if that is different. Our feeling is that responsible owners bring their dogs to our training classes and therefore they are safer than they would be in an environment involving the wider public. Gemma also regularly deals with older puppies/ adult dogs that have missed training at an early age and finds it is easier to start off on the right foot, than to try and resolve problems later on.
Do you recommend using a harness & lead rather than collar with puppies? If so can you recommend some please?
We have 3 different harnesses that I like to recommend (click on the title to learn more):
These all have 2 points of contact – one on the dog’s chest, the other on the dog’s back. This aids our loose lead walking ambitions and avoids the dogs hurting their necks.
We’ve complied a list from recommendations given to us by clients in our training classes. Click here to download the list and please feel free to contact us if you find someone special that we might have missed out!
We would begin very basic agility training at 6 months of age on one of our Foundation Agility courses with lowered agility equipment and a very low pole for jumps. Young dogs muscles and bones are still developing and great care is taken to ensure their training is safe and fun. Under Kennel Club regulations dogs aren’t allowed to compete until they are 18 months old for these reasons.
I would like to share the agility training of my dog with another person (e.g. family member) – is this a good idea?
We would recommend that when you are first teaching your dog the agility equipment that the dog only has one handler. It can be confusing enough to a dog to be learning new things in a busy and stimulating environment such as an agility class, without the added distraction of a change of handler.
My son/daughter would like to begin training our family pet for agility – what’s the youngest age you take juniors at?
The Kennel Club hold competitions for youngsters from the age of 6 years old, and we’re happy to take children from that age onwards. We do ask that parents with children between the age of 6 – 10 years old, are present during training sessions.
I’m afraid not! Agility competitions take place in even driving rain at times, despite most shows being organised during the summer months. So we train in all weathers so the dogs are used to working in all conditions.