Dogkind and the Dogkind Ethos

Dog Training should be fun. Everyone that comes to classes should enjoy themselves and feel relaxed and comfortable. Dogs should be relaxed and able to concentrate. We work hard to make sure that classes have the right atmosphere. That way we can all get the best out of the classes. Dog training should also involve the family.

Our pets live in families and all the family needs to be involved in bringing them up and training them. Children are welcomed and encouraged to come along and join in.

We also routinely work with at least one assistant trainer plus lead trainer. People are there to learn and need enough time spent on them and enough help to make the most of the opportunity that classes offer them.

Class sizes are limited. We don’t believe in cramming as many dogs in as possible. We want to provide a quality service. Over busy, cramped classes fail to respect the dogs own biology and create unnecessary stress for both the dogs and their families.

Dog training should also teach you a lot about your dog, so you understand them as well as possible and understand how to achieve what you want from them.

Pet dogs need good manners. They need to be sociable and relaxed around people and other dogs; they need to understand about the world in which we live so they are not frightened by things in their environment; and they need some basic skills so that they are polite and under control. That way they will fit into our society.

Key skills for any pet dog are for it to be able to be handled all over for grooming and examination; to sit still while it has its collar put on, to walk politely on a loose lead and to come back when it is called. We also need them to understand that they must give things to us (particularly if they have stolen them!) and to leave some things alone completely. They should not chase joggers or horses or go and raid visitors picnics!

Pet dog classes aim to teach these essential good manners, and others desirable behaviours. Proper classes for pets do not teach competition obedience but concentrate on good manners for pet dogs. The basic manners needed for pet dogs are also the foundation exercises for those dogs that go on to compete at a variety of skills. Everyone that comes to classes will gain from the experience and, with a bit of effort on their part, teach their dog to be a happy pet that is integrated into society.

Some of you will enjoy your training and want to go on to learn additional skills with us. See the Success Stories page for some of our advanced dogs working in competitions.

You can find out about the contents of our classes here.

We welcome all breeds and mixed breeds and enjoy considerable success with all of them.

For more information, please contact Jan Debnam on 01425 638515 or training@dogkind.co.uk

For more information, please contact Jan Debnam on 01425 638515 or training@dogkind.co.uk

COVID 19 Update

All classes will be run in accordance with Government Guidelines on social distancing. Detailed operating procedures are in place to keep everyone safe.

COVID 19 Update

All classes will be run in accordance with Government Guidelines on social distancing. Detailed operating procedures are in place to keep everyone safe.