When is it?

Typically on Tuesday evenings - times vary for each course

How long is the course?

Beginners is a 7 week course, each session is 45 minutes.

How much is it?

£75 for a 7 week course, each session is 45 minutes

Where is it?

Dodford Village Hall, Brockhall Road, NN7 4SY

How do I book a place?

Please email admin@lwdt.info for information on upcoming courses and how to secure a place.

Who teaches the class?

Laura Wyllie is a member of the APDT UK with approximately 20 years of dog training experience. Over the years she has lived with a variety of breeds, from small fluffy ones to 40kg Shepherds. Laura has worked with a variety of breeds throughout the years, as well as experienced lots of training disciplines including obedience, flyball, agility, heelwork to music, rally and scentwork.

What is the beginners course?

This 7 week course is the basics of all training, and is the place to start when training with LWDT. We will cover sit, down, stand, stay, recall, stay, leave it, attention work, lead walking, play manners, handling and some problem solving. Our aim is to focus on enhancing the relationship between family and dog, by teaching you to train your dog key life skills that will make them easier to live with! This course is the perfect starting point to further training, including agility and tricks! At LWDT we only use reward-based training, as we truly believe that pets dogs should be fun! Week one of the course is “No Dog Night” - We ask that you attend without your dog, so that we can share lots of information with you before you bring your dog to class ready for week two. This includes introductions, recommended training equipment, and some homework to get your training started!

What do I need to bring?

To each training session, please bring some small, tasty treats (eg- hotdogs, cheese or chicken), ideally in a treat pouch. We also ask that you bring your dog’s favourite toy, a small mat for your dog to lie on, poo bags… and your dog! Please don’t bring extendable leads, choke chains or slip leads - these are not accepted in any of LWDT’s training sessions.

Can we train our dog as a family?

Yes of course, and it’s a great idea! If the whole family are involved in the training, you will all be on the same page when handling the dog at home. We just ask that only one person is training the dog at a time, and that the rest of the family remain seated (not only does the hall become crowded, but it confuses the dog to have more than one person giving commands). Well behaved children are welcome, and under 16s must be supervised by an adult at all times. Please note: Not all dogs in our training classes are comfortable around children, so please ensure that children always ask permission from other dog’s handlers before approaching them.

What else do we need to know?

Please don’t feed your dog dinner before attending training. If they have full bellies they are less likely to work for your rewards. Your dog will get plenty of rewards during the session, so you may also need to reduce their dinner when you get home. Please arrive before your class starts in order give your dog the opportunity to toilet on the grass areas around the hall. Please pick up after your dog and take it home to be disposed of, unfortunately there is no poo bin nearby. We often post photos of our classes on our Facebook page, please tell a member of the team know if you would not like to be included.