Beginner classes

Aphex the spaniel cross perfecting her lead walking for her gold Kennel Club Award
Aphex the spaniel cross perfecting her lead walking for her gold Kennel Club Award.
(Photo by Dawn Wilkins Photography)

Our Beginner classes are similar to Puppy classes in that they start with the basics, but are open to dogs of any age - these classes are ideal for older puppies and rescue dogs that have had little or no previous training.

What will your dog learn?

  • Sit, down, stand.
  • Stay - useful for safety when out walking and crossing roads, general manners and safety getting out of car in busy places.
  • Recall - we will look at improving your recall and some ideas to make your dog more responsive and reliable.
  • Leave it - with food.
  • Safe play - ensuring the dog understands a drop/give command.
  • Lead walking - advice on how to conquer the dog that pulls and lots of practice of this with distractions of other dogs as well as out in the street.
  • Handling and grooming exercise.
  • Manners at doorway.

Advice will also be given on any specific problems owners are experiencing; this can be included in the class or as a one to one discussion after class.

You are welcome to bring additional handlers to class, including children who would like to be part of the training.




These are mixed age classes, for both puppies and beginners

  • Tuesday, 8.30pm

Current classes

  • At present there are no classes for dogs over 6 months old, please email for advice or one to one training.

New classes start every couple of weeks, please email for an automatic response with up to date information on class spaces.

Frampton Cotterell


  • Saturdays 12 noon

Current classes

  • Please phone/email for latest space availability


  • 5 week training course is £55
  • Maximum of 8 dogs in a class.

How to book

Please contact us by phone or email to reserve a space on a course - we will need to know your name, address, contact number, email address as well as your dogs name, breed and age. We also need to ensure your dog is happy and friendly around other dogs and people as we cannot take aggressive or very nervous dogs into a class situation. If this is okay we will then ask you to send payment by either cheque or bank transfer to secure your booking - we are able to hold spaces for up to a week pending payment.

Once we have received your payment, we will send you a confirmation pack via email - this includes your booking confirmation, directions to the class venue and a full set of supporting handouts for your course.


Clifton classes are held at:

The Scout Hut
Hurle Road
Clifton, Bristol

Frampton Cotterell classes are held at:

Crossbow House
School Road
Frampton Cotterell
BS36 2DB

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Get in touch


Sarah Green
Mob: 07547 372 626

Frampton Cotterell

Lisa Gibson
Mob: 07746 316 570

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What our clients say

If you are looking for a relaxed but educational workshop this is definitely for you.
She adds her encouragement, enthusiasm and expertise to make the sessions thoroughly enjoyable.
Small classes, a friendly atmosphere and lots of reward-based hard work have made this a weekly experience my baby pug Eddie and I look forward to. Highly recommended.
The puppy classes with you have been a complete success right from the off. You were recommended by a few people and have not disappointed.

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