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59 Comments

  1. Hi I would like to book my 10 week old puppy in for one to one training if possible please.

  2. Hello,

    Can I book onto the Thursday puppy training classes starting in October please if there is a space?

    Many thanks

    • HIya Becky of course! I’ll pencil you in- please text or ring me on 0751 976 2411 as I will need a little bit of info about your dog (name, age, breed if poss) and I want to check you know what to bring and know where we are etc. Many thanks, Sue

  3. Hi there, do you have any spaces left on either of the end Oct courses please?

    Thanks
    Becky

  4. Hi Sue

    Do you have any spaces available for the start of the 6 weeks block in October, preferably on the Tuesday of each week.

    Regards

    Steph

  5. Hi,

    Could I book in for the Tuesday classes starting on 11th September please?

    Thanks,
    Josh.

    • Yes, there’s still some spaces, if it’s not too late please contact me on 0751 976 2411.
      Apologies for the lateness of this reply, somehow we weren’t emailed that you’d commented. I will check the settings.
      Sue

  6. Hi, we have an English Pointer who joined our family last November. He was a stray in Gran Caneria who was rescued and brought over her to foster carers last Easter. He is a beautiful lovely natured dog. He can be crazy at times but then which dog doesn’t. We would like some help with his lead control. He does tend to pull quite a lot. Especially if he is distracted. Is this something g you could help with. Do you have classes?

    • Hiya I think perhaps classes would be good for her- if she doesn’t get too distracted. If she is very distracted it may be worth looking at a one to one instead, we’d work on such things as listening while excited and control around other dogs. if it’s not too late please contact me on 0751 976 2411.
      Apologies for the lateness of this reply, somehow we weren’t emailed that you’d commented. I will check the settings.
      Sue

  7. Hi Sue,

    My husband and I have just got a 10 week old Working Cocker Spaniel called Buddy and we’re very keen to get him trained ASAP.

    Please could you let us know if there are any spaces on upcoming puppy training courses?

    My number is 07976514033 if you’d rather call to discuss?

    Look forward to hearing from you soon!

    Thanks,
    Phillippa Callan

    • Yes, there’s still some spaces on the course beginning the 11th or 13th of Sptember, or the 23rd or 25th October., if it’s not too late please contact me on 0751 976 2411.
      Apologies for the lateness of this reply, somehow we weren’t emailed that you’d commented. I will check the settings.
      Sue

  8. Hi we are collecting our new puppy on August 22nd, would be dry interested in any training classes you have available in September 2018
    Thanks in advance Andy.

    • HI Andy and congratulations! If you’d like to let us know whether you’d prefer the Tuesday or the Thursday course starting on either the 11th or the 13th of September, I can book you in. Many thanks, Sue

  9. Hi, the website says 2017- do you still run these courses? We have a lovely 10 month old retriever boy, super friendly and knows basic commands but will jump like a kangaroo on the lead when he sees another dog as he wants to play! He also runs up to other dogs and people (though he is getting better with people). We just want him to have some doggy manners because some dogs growl at him as they can’t understand why he is jumping all around them. A 6 week course sounds great!

    • HIya Debbie yes- These are courses for this year, and if you’d like to reserve a space on the up coming classes (for their 31st or the 2nd of August) then please let me know. ‘m sure we will be able to help! Thank you for the heads up for the error about the dates- It should be amended now 🙂 Sue

  10. Hi there,

    I’m picking up a new puppy on Saturday and am keen to get her into puppy classes as soon as we can? Unfortunately I can’t get through on either number listed!
    I’ve seen you’ve got classes starting on Thursday 14th September, can you please advise if you still have spaces available?
    Thank you 🙂

    • Hiya apologies about the phone- I was busy yesterday and it ran out of juice! Glad we have since spoken 🙂
      Just so everyone knows- I’m Sue and as well as doing the training, I do the behind the scenes work, which includes manning the phones. I’m unable to answer the phone or for some reason couldn’t get back to you quickly, please try again- I don’t mean to be rude. 🙂

  11. Hi there

    I am interested in bringing my dog/puppy (he is almost 11 months old and a big mastiff) for some additional training, he has achieved his bronze award somewhere else, but I am happy for him just to do some obedience training without getting any further awards. Is this possible or does he need to achieve something!

    • HIya! It’s totally up to you- I’d suggest that you maybe try coming to silver (the second tier) as that course, in particular, is good for the “teenage” dog- lots of tasks and educational games that involve patience and control, making the right decisions and not giving in to temptation. Along the way we could teach you the bronze bits that we do differently- so you can incorporate them if you think they’d be helpful. How would you feel about starting the silver, but with the option that if it’s too much of a difference for you, then you could transfer to bronze?

      • I should have said that we view the exams as a little pat on the back for proper completion of the course, we’re not so focussed on them as we teach to a higher standard so I always say by the time it comes to assessments, then eye tests are harder! The tests are optional and I wouldn’t encourage someone to take an exam if it’s too much for them, but I can’t remember the last time that happened.
        I think it’s very uch up to you what you go for and both courses are good for general obedience- the bronze is more basic and the silver is about making sure the dog can make good decisions- both courses incorporates control, focus and attention 🙂

        • Thank you so much for such a detailed reply I would be interested in coming for the silver award , could you put my name down? we are on holiday now for a couple of weeks and will be returning at the end of the month, I would like to attend a course when we get back…
          I have called the mobile number provided but there is no one picking up.

          • Hiya- so sorry for the delay in reply- we got confused between ourselves here- I thought you were booked in but it turned out to be bad handwriting for someone called Sarah! If you are still interested, please ring or text me on 0751 976 2411 So sorry, Sue

      • Hi, I think I need some 121 help with my 14 month old show cocker spaniel, I’m having problems with her being territorial around the house, when she hears the dogs next door in the garden(which she’s never met) she paces the fence , barking, hackles up, going crazy, when she’s in this aggressive mode & you try to stop her, she can also give us a warning, also if she sees a dog outside through our window & are very near to the house, she also goes mad, when out walking, she’s fine with other dogs, I let her off the lead & she loves to play with them, but the minute a dog comes near me she goes for the dog & can be quite aggressive & am worried she going to be proper attacked, She’s fine at recall we have a whistle. She also pulls like mad on the lead.
        A family member came to visit us a couple of weeks ago with their dog( which she never met) Lola (our dog) went crazy hackles up & going for it, tried a few things, like taking them for a quick lead walk, which wAs ok, but as soon as back in the house, Lola started being aggressive towards the dog, so we had to separate them altogether, my friend brought her two dogs to the house, which Lola knows, as we going walking together every week & she was fine with them. She is such an adorable loving playful dog, apart from the above issues. I have read a book called The Dog Listener, by Jan Fennell, which helped a lot, read all about the Alfa dog & have put a lot of what she says into practice & has worked.
        What do you recommend?
        Thanks Angela x

        • It does seem like a one to one is the best way forward. As she does not seem to react to people. I’d suggest that both trainers should come to your house (with one of our dogs) and teach Lola what to do to calm herself down and make herself feel better. We have an amazing technique that encourages flight instinct when stressed or over excited and shows them how to make fiends without it becoming too much. We’d need us both as one of us would need to be with our dog, the other with Lola making sure she’s working on the edge of her comfort zone. As it is situational and Lola is ok whilst on a walk, that gives me hope. It certainly seems that assessing her and working in your home would be the best and fastest way to help her get over it. We are available from about 4 (depending on where you are) and evenings and weekends- apart from Tuesdays and Thursdays when we have classes. I’d suggest booking a one hour appointment so that you know the technique and have a good practise, although we may have to split the appointment into 2 sessions, depending on how well Lola copes, I’d like to take things gently so she isn’t out of her depth. (it’d be the usual rate of £60). If you think this would be helpful please give me a shout. I’d not advise booking appointments online as I would need your address. All the best, Sue 0751 976 2411

  12. Hello could we call regarding puppy training classes? Have tried your mobile but it saus it cant connect?
    Thanks

  13. Hi Sue and Stu.

    Just before x-mas we had a one to one session with you guys with our border collie Mollie, (very excitable rescue dog). We were hoping to have started your classes by now but unfortunately got delayed. We were wondering if there are any spaces left on the course commencing Tuesday 13th March?

    with thanks

    David & Emma

    • Hiya! Yes, you’re welcome to come along. If you still want to join us, could you text or ring me on 0751 976 2411 and I will go through the things you need to bring and make sure you’re ok with directions 🙂
      Sue

  14. Hi need some help with recall ( think this is more me than our dog). Our dog is 3 years and rehomed at 5 months. Very good with dogs and people and everything else apart from this.

    Is this something u could help with.

    Thanks
    Debbie

  15. Would you be able help as we have a dog that has behavior problems he barks at the television and won’t listen when called.

    • Hiya! I would suggest a one to one, I would come to your house, look at what’s going on and then (probably) work on quiet and come here, as well as teach you the educational games which help with listening while excited and attention/ concentration. Appointments last about an hour and a half and I would expect to see some improvement during that time. It would cost £60. If you wish to book, please give me a shout- feel free to ring or text, our phone number is 0751 976 2411. Thanks, Sue

  16. Hi there,
    Our Bichon Frise puppy, Cooper, is 8 weeks old and will be having his 2nd course of vaccinations Sat 27th January. So if he’s clear to be around other pups by 3rd Feb what date could we start your puppy training course? I’m guessing he’ll just miss the start of the next set?
    Look forward to hearing from you.
    Many thanks,
    Louise, Matt and Cooper 🙂

  17. Hi there,

    We are collecting a pug puppy soon and I’d really like to start classes as soon as you’d recommend. What age is preferable? He’ll only be 8 weeks when we get him just before Christmas and Just had the first jabs. I’d like to book him on for when he’s old enough 😊

    • Hiya any age is good- and in many ways the sooner you get into training the easier life will be (you’ll know what to do about teething, jumping up and will be working on walking, waiting and leave it which will make communication easier). Our next set of classes begins the last week in January, on either the Tuesday or the Thursday 🙂

  18. Hi we have two puppies we would like to get on one of your courseswhen would be the first available course u have space at they are a jrt and a jrt x one is 6 months and the other 3 months hope to hear from you soon many thanks stan

    • Oh no! I didn’t know you’d messaged us, I’m so sorry they’ve changed the way notifications work somehow. If it’s not too late, we’ve a couple of spaces available starting on the 5th of December (next Tuesday). All the best, Sue

  19. I have a 17 month old Chihuahua x Jack Russell that I’ve had since he was a puppy. Over the past 6 months he’s gradually gotten worse with meeting new people… If he knows you he’s lovely and playful, but if someone he doesn’t know comes into the house he barks /and snaps. Some he eventually has a sniff and is then fine with but others he’s continually like that with them and I can’t get him to stop. He does the same with anyone that tries to befriend him when we are out walking and socialising, but absolutely fine with other dogs.

    Help!

    • I’m sorry for the delayed response- I didn’t know you’d messaged us as the way we were notified of comments has changed! If you are still interested, I think a one to one would be most suitable- please ring me on 0751 976 2411 for an appointment- I’m sure we can help you little man- we know a very good exercise which work on flight instincts, it will help with introductions and give you both confidence in meeting new dogs and people.

  20. I’m looking at bring my puppy to classes, he has his final jabs on Friday, do you have availability folllowing this week?

    • I’m sorry for the delayed response- the way we were notified of comments has changed somehow and I didn’t know you’d messaged us! If you are still interested, we have a few spaces available in Tuesdays class, starting 5/12/17 at 7pm

  21. Hiya

    We are adopting a 7 month old puppy from Cyprus in a couple of weeks.

    We like to bring him to classes in January. What date would they start and can you reserve me a place please?

    Katie mobile number 07709 762255

    • Hiya Katie and congratulations!
      There’s a couple of options- classes are Tuesdays or Thursdays 7- 8pm (so whichever is easiest for you). With Christmas things are a little peculiar as it works out to be half way though a course- so you have the option of starting at the beginning of December and going all the way through to the end of January, or starting at the end of January/ beginning of Feb and finishing in the beginning of March.
      The dates are: Tuesdays- 5th -19th December 2017 then we have a break as it’s Christmas, we start again 9th Jan and finish on the 23rd January 2018
      Thursdays- 7th of December – 21st December 2017, we break for Christmas and then 11th – 25th January 2018
      After that, the new classes are Tuesday 30th January to the 6th of March or Thursday 1st February to the 8th of March.
      Have a think and let me know if anything sounds suitable (0751 976 2411)
      All the best Sue

  22. Dear Sue and Stu

    We are holding a fete on the 9th September and wondered if some of your clients might be interested as we are also running a dog show. If so, please can you let me know your email and I can forward a flyer with all the details.

    We are raising money for Relate Northampton and awareness as to the services they provide. Relate are not just ‘marriage guidance’. They are a large provider of counselling to children/young people as well as families and individuals. We would like to put the money raised toward the children’s counselling service to help them to extend their services across the county.

    If you would are interested, or know anyone who might be, please pass the message on!

    Many thanks for reading.

    Daisy

  23. Hello,

    I have a little Westie puppy, she will be just over 11 weeks when your September classes start and will have had her 2nd vaccination so will be able to be around other dogs. Can I book her in to the Thursday classes starting on the 7th September?

    Charlotte

    • Hi Charlotte! I have booked you in- can’t wait to meet you both!
      We’ll see you at 7pm on the 7th in Abington Community Centre, NN3 2HH.
      Please bring with you your usual collar or harness and lead (don’t buy anything special), some treats you know she likes (we’ll be using quite a few at first, so some of her dinner, maybe?) Please remember a rope toy (for leave it with objects and listening while excited). If you could bring £60, that will last you for the whole course. If anyone else (like a partner, relative or friend) is interested, please invite them,
      Please feel free to give me a shout if you would like to pick a brain. All the best- Sue (and Stu)

  24. Hi,
    Do you have any spaces in your Puppy/Beginner classes starting in September…….my Cocker puppy is 17 weeks old now.

    Many thanks.

  25. Hi there, we’ve had a rescue dog for about 5 weeks now and we’re her 3rd owners. She has done some training with her previous owners, and we’d like to start her on either of the September courses if there are places available.

    On the whole, she’s a great dog but has a couple of issues we’d like some help with before starting the course. The main issue is meeting dogs – it usually starts off calm but can get a bit boisterous.

    Kind regards, Nick

    • Hi Nick Congratulations on your new family member!
      A one to one before a course would be sensible- we teach how to introduce herself calmly and not be overwhelmed and that you know what to do to manage her energy levels to make sure everything goes smoothly. Appointments are available in the evenings (apart from Tuesdays and Thursdays when we have classes) or at the weekends. What we do is I will meet you assess her and then we will know how to approach things. Then Stu will turn up with one of our dogs and we can begin to teach her how to introduce herself appropriately without it getting too much, and teach you what to do at the earliest signs that she is getting excited (or uncomfortable) so things don’t get out of hand. We’ll also show you the game which teaches her listen while excited.
      We like work on the Racecourse if that’s OK- (it’s so Stu can quickly run back to our house nearby and pick up different dogs for her to practice making friends nicely with, one at a time). If you’d prefer somewhere else, do say. Please let me know when you are available!

      This will help if you do go on to take a class- whilst distraction is quite normal with 5 other dogs, it’d be good for her to be able to respond to you and not be so excited that she can’t think. I would normally recommend that you start with a beginner class- but as she’s had training before, if either of you find that it is too easy, we can always promote you the harder class after the first session.
      All the best, Sue

  26. Hi. Can I book your puppy classes starting 5th sept? Bailey, my Cockapoo will be just over 12 weeks by then and

    • Hi Eileen- thanks for your message! Yes, I will book you onto the class- thank-you!
      Seems like some of your message got cut off- if you can, please re-write it.
      We’ll see you at 7pm on Tuesday the 5th of Sept in Abington Community Centre (feel free to text or give us a ring if you’re unsure of directions).
      Please bring with you Bailey (can’t wait to meet them!) and their usual collar or harness and lead. Please remember some treats- if you’re concerned about calories or additives, by all means bring use some of their dinner. If you could find some sort of rope toy to bring that’d be great- we use it for listening while excited and leave with objects. If anyone else is interested in coming along, please invite them. It’ll be £60 for the whole course and if you can bring that on the first night I can get our hall fees paid. Our number is 0751 976 2411 if you can think of a question or if you’d like to pick a brain. Looking forward to meeting you soon! Sue (and Stu)

  27. Hi
    We are getting a puppy soon and looking for a local trainer to join in puppy classes. we are also hoping to join a course with (DHK) to train our puppy to work in school a long side me so we need to do puppy classes with clicker training and then move on to advance classes. I was hoping you could send me some more information on your course and let me know if you do these courses?
    kind regards

    • Hi Louise! Thank you for writing 🙂
      Congratulations on your new family member 🙂 It is wonderful that you would like to do something with DHK, I hear they are doing amazing work.
      Unfortunately, we have not been assessed by the DHK as yet- and they only accept puppies who have gone to one of their approved schools.
      I have contacted them as I would be interested to know more myself, so thank you for the inspiration. The ethical/ positive reinforcement type of training that we do would be appropriate, so here’s hoping!
      All the best,
      Sue

      (For those browsing our page, DHK is Dogs Helping Kids- where dogs are used to encourage children’s co-operation, kindliness, respectfulness, trust and responsibility- great stuff)

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