Warlingham Dog Training Club
Warlingham Dog Training Club
Promoting responsible dog ownership through education and trauning
 

TRAINING CLASSES

 

At Warlingham Dog Training Club, we believe a trained dog is a happy dog (and a happy owner!). We offer a range of reward-based classes, ranging from puppy classes, for basic socialisation and key commands, to competitive obedience for those dogs needing a real challenge. We are primarily a ‘pet’ dog club and our classes cover the basics, such as teaching your dog to walk sensibly and safely on the lead, to sit, lie down, stay in one place and, most importantly of all, come back when called.

We encourage our members to bring along food treats or toys to motivate their dogs; we do not endorse the use of choke chains or punitive methods. All of our trainers are experienced teachers and handlers with years of dog owning and training under their belts.

For club members who progress to competing in obedience shows, we have an additional class, more focused on pre-beginners and beginners competition level, which runs at Westerham.

Our classes are open to everyone – first time dog owners, seasoned handlers and everyone in between. We welcome all types of dogs, including rescue dogs. Classes are organised over a 10-12 week term and cost from £5.50 per class up to £7.50 for competition obedience.

 

PUPPY CLASSES

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Whoever said you can't buy Happiness forgot little puppies. ...

At the present time, we run three puppy classes for socialisation and basic training; the classes work toward the Kennel Club Puppy Foundation Award and cover the basics of dog ownership whilst allowing your puppy to socialise and learn some basic commands.

Puppies learn a great deal before they are even four months old - so they will learn both good things, and things you would rather they hadn't learnt!

We encourage owners to contact us as soon as possible about training their puppy, because that is when they are easiest for you to train. We will always try to accommodate older puppies, but the younger you start bringing your puppy training, the easier it will be to teach it good manners.

Class Times

Monday Afternoon
Venue - Purley Scout Hall
Trainer - Sandy Evans
Times - 1pm

Monday Evening
Venue - John Fisher
Trainer - Vanessa Sultana
Times - 6:30pm & 7pm

Thursday Evening
Venue - Hillcrest Hall
Trainer - Vanessa Sultana
Times - 6:45pm

 OBEDIENCE CLASSES

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You tend to fault the trainer when things don't go right

For those wanting to progress further, we hold classes that enable you to work towards the Bronze, Silver and Gold Kennel Club Good Citizen Awards.

Class Times

Monday Afternoon
Venue - Purley Scout Hall
Trainer - Sandy Evans
Times - 1:45, 2:30pm & 3:15pm

Monday Evening
Venue - John Fisher
Trainer - Vanessa Sultana
Times - 7:45pm & 8:30pm

Thursday Evening
Venue - Riddlesdown
Trainer - Pat Faulkner
Times - 6:30pm, 7:15pm & 8pm

Venue - Hillcrest Hall
Trainer - Vanessa Sultana
Times - 7:30pm & 8:15pm

Competition Class

Tninking of competing?

While general training is terribly important for your dog, it can be fun to take your pet into the world of competitive obedience. Although watching the top handlers competing at Crufts is somewhat daunting, the Kennel Club have introduced classes that are specifically designed to encourage pet owners like us to start in obedience competitions.

The most basic entry level class in competitions is called “introductory” and in this class the dog is rarely off the lead. Next is the special pre-beginners class where again most of the work is on the lead. The only requirement to enter special pre-beginners is to have obtained the Good Citizens Bronze award. The first class where you are expected to work your dog off the lead for a significant amount of time is pre-beginners.

A small group of us at Warllingham have started to compete from the very bottom over the past few years. Despite some mishaps (or amusing incidents – depending on whether you were watching or handling!), we have managed to win rosettes every season and several of us managed to qualify for Discover Dogs. Our treasurer Allison even got through to the finals at Crufts.

There is a website called Obedience UK which has a list of all the obedience shows. Apart from our own show, the other local one with a friendly atmosphere is St Edwards Dog Club show on June 30th. There is a very encouraging atmosphere there and if the weather is nice, we all have a lovely outing supporting each other.

I know lots of you lend a hand at our show – but do talk to your trainer about competing – it really is quite fun.

Thursday Evening
Venue - Westerham
Trainer - Indira Helsby
Times - 7:30-9:30pm

TRICKS

You can't teach an old dog new tricks?

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Class Times

Thursday Evening
Venue - St Ambrose Church Hall
Trainer - Jacky Carter
Times - 6:45pm, 7:15pm & 8:15pm

AGILITY 

What goes into a tunnel and comes out really fast?

It's true to say that Agility is not anything like as easy as it looks, but it's great fun for both you and your dog, and it will develop a great teamwork between the two of you.

Teaching the individual items of equipment is fairly straightforward, the skill in this sport is in directing the dog from obstacle to obstacle in the most efficient way and in the fastest time!

What you need to know before you start.

Your dog will need to be at least 12 months old, and reasonably fit.  

You need to be able to have full control of your dog when he is off the lead in the company of other dogs, and to needs listen to you while working.

Be prepared for some hard work.  Like other dog sports, proficiency will only be gained by regular practise as well as club training sessions.

Like all training, you will get out of it what you put in to it!

Class Times

Tuesday Afternoon
Venue - Croydon Post Office Social & Athletic Club
Trainer - Fiona Tinwell & Jeanette Bode
Times - Beginners 1pm & 2pm
Times - Improvers 3pm

RINGCRAFT 

Are you or your dog an exhibitionist?

All pedigree dogs are welcome to come to ringcraft, although it is not a replacement for obedience classes.

As dogs can be shown from 6 months old, you can start ringcraft classes as soon as your puppy is ready to go out.

Every session varies - sometimes there are a lot of dogs, other times just a few - but we are quite a successful club - on the website we have our recent results, including Crufts, on our Ringcraft Achievements page.

There is no waiting list to join ringcraft group, as we don't have a limit on spaces. This does mean that the weekly numbers may vary. If you have never attended ringcraft classes before, please do let the trainer know.

Class Times

Tuesday Evening
Venue - Hillcrest Hall
Trainer - Adrienne Thomas
Times - 7:30pm - 9:30pm