Advanced Training

Silver and Gold standard advanced training

There’s been a spike in Covid cases in Abington so the council have postponed reopening of the community centre until week beginning 17th August

We have had so many enquiries that normal classes are full until the end of September. 

Please ring Sue if you want to be placed on our waiting list, if you more info on our classes  … or if you want to talk about anything dog related  (0751 976 2411)

Hope everyone can keep safe and well!


Fun and supportive advanced training-

the highest quality training at fair prices

For those who have done some training and would like to continue

Thursday evenings at 8pm in Abington Community Centre  Wheatfield Road South, Northampton NN3 2HH  (click here for a map)

Learning tasks that are are practical, useful, enjoyable and cool with tried and tested down to earth, kind methods.

Please contact or ring us on 0751 976 2411 for more info or to enrol.

Now including a free course guide

All classes now include codes to our library (here), each course has a booklet explaining how to do each task and how to level them up. I’ve included examples of when and how to use them.

There’s handy hints and tips to make the training easy, fun and enjoyable for dogs and people. I’ve tried really hard to write it so that things are as clear and as straightforward as possible.

Free to all graduates! please contact Sue if you want to read them.

Practical training following the Silver and Gold curriculum, includes:

Silver concentrates on impulse control and making sure the dog can think and make good decisions (for example knowing to how to leave something on the floor when walking past and improving the listen while excited task so that they will be more able to overcome selective deafness and be able to be recalled away from exciting things in the park). We work on distraction protocols- building up patience and learning to relax when interesting and distracting things are happening around them.

Anyone who has graduated from silver will be invited to attend the gold class,

Gold is the practical application of previous courses- we link things together into useful combinations (such as “leave the yuckky thing in the park, come here and let’s walk together”). We practise harder relaxation protocols so avoid getting distracted in all manner of contexts, including relaxing in an appropriate position whilst being brushed. From working on orientation they learn do things without being able to see you (or you have your hands full and are unable to do a hand signal). Distance work is polished so they are able to be safe. We translate everything we’ve learned into the outside world (and not be phased by distractions). Including my favourite part of all the tests: going to the cafe and ensuring the dog is well mannered while we eat.

We encourage people to ring or text us if they ever need to pick a brain or have a question.

Once signed up for classes, you are under our wing- we’re happy to chat, regardless of how long ago you graduated. Please don’t hesitate to contact us- whenever your need.  We are here to help.

If we mention a website in class, we’ll put a link to it here

Tasks include

Listening whilst distracted or excited

Walk past food and not be tempted

Walking nicely

Come away from that distraction/ recall (or coming back to their owner).

Emergency stop

Answering the door nicely

Walking (On and off the lead).

Wait and stay.

Doing things at a distance (which is harder than it sounds)

Go to bed! (go over there & lie down)

Vehicle Control & road sense

Sensible play that’s fun.


Retrieve/ fetch

Food manners

And any requests or questions you may have.


All our classes are in courses of 6 weeks which are £80 in advance, paid on the first day.

Class size is limited. With two trainers, everyone gets individual attention.

Please contact or ring us on 0751 976 2411 for more info or to enroll.

Silver exam:

16.6% for completion in each of the following 6 categories:

Answering the door nicely

Emergency stop.. at a 10 pace distance, call the dog and shout “stop!” The dog has to come to a prompt halt.

Walk to heel for 20 paces, changing speed and direction (at least once each)

Walk past some food on the floor (off lead)

Wait for 30 seconds at 10 paces

Demonstration of leave an object in the context of the “listen while excited” game. This can either be a tug leave or a fetch.

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