Class Descriptions

Puppy Classes

Happy Dogs Training six week long puppy course, as well as all our other classes, is held in the grounds of Elmtree Canine Country Club.

The course aims to show you how to have a great relationship with your new four legged friend. We teach you basic pet obedience, responsible dog ownership, relationship building exercise and give you information on health, nutrition, grooming, canine communication, and dog laws. You will also be assessed for The Kennel Club Puppy Foundation Award throughout your course and if you complete all the areas required you will receive a Certificate and Rosette on your final week. The last week we will also discuss further training options with you as this is only the beginning of a very exciting journey for you and your puppy.

If you would like to come along to meet us, observe our classes and speak to one of our trainers to ensure that our Training School is the right one for you and your dog, we would then be very pleased to reserve you a place on one of our courses. If you cannot visit us you can reserve your space by making a Bank Transfer payment please phone for details.

Our puppy class runs on a Saturday and Sunday morning at 10am. To find out when the next course start date is please either call or email us.

Pet Dog Obedience Classes

Continue with your kennel club good citizen awards and achieve your Bronze, Silver & Gold awards building on life skills and pet obedience exercises. During our courses we aim to provide you with the tools to train your dog to become a happy, well behaved, socially acceptable member of society, together you will share many years of fun, but it is important for you to understand your dog’s needs and for you to learn how to fulfil those needs, which will be incorporated into everyday life situations. We will make your lessons fun and educational making sure you and your dog look forward to coming each week. Course content is listed below;

– Revisit previous obedience exercises extending where appropriate
– Introduction to play retrieve and extending to formal retrieves
– Steady dogs to distractions in all control positions and walking
– Heel work with directional changes
– Dog manners, life skills
– Stays, recall to present and finish
– Send away
– Introduction to scent work
– Temperament test and dog examination
– Leave away from handler
– Emergency stops

Raising Rescues

At Happy Dogs we understand that your rescue dogs are special and sometimes need extra help to develop a bond with you. This dedicated course will work with you and your dog as individuals investigating new ways to make you and your rescue dog an invincible team.

Each week we will look at a different area of training, utilising it to encourage behaviours you want in your special four legged friend. Small classes enable us to spend some one to one time with you.

Socialisation and Skills Session

Every Sunday morning Happy Dogs Training hosts a drop in session for two hours, where all dogs at any training level are welcome. We will cover pet obedience exercises, working towards Bronze, Silver and Gold levels and a different theme each week such as scent, ground work, steadying and retrieving etc. Building our dogs confidence, listening and response skills whist having lots of fun along the way. This is a great opportunity for owners and dogs to get together, socialise, learn, relax and enjoy the company of like-minded people. Each week we will finish the session with an off lead walk in our safe, fully enclosed woodland space. Refreshments are available throughout the duration of the class.

Calm & Confident

For those dogs who are reactive or under reactive. At this class we continue to work at the dog & owners pace and within their comfort zone to introduce & expose them slowly and gradually with positive reward to environmental changes, different situations, people, dogs, noises, all the things that some dogs may find quite stressful or worrying. These are smaller classes, helping your dog to gain confidence and improve behaviour in a calmer environment.

One to one behavioural sessions

These sessions are for owners not wishing to attend classes or dogs that are not suitable for group sessions, for some dogs a class environment is just too much, a one to one behaviour session gives owners techniques and skills to deal with bespoke issues their dogs may be experiencing, some dogs will be able to progress to join a group class. These sessions can take place at the centre or we can offer a home visit depending on the issues your dog is having. Common issues include:

– Aggression to dogs/people
– Separation anxiety
– Excessive barking
– Hyperactivity
– Puppy behaviour consultations
– Destructive behaviour
– Mouthing/play biting
– Jumping up
– Recall issues
– Unwanted chasing
– Boisterousness
– Untrained dogs

Just For Fun Agility

Agility is action packed, rollercoaster excitement for you and your dog. Comprising of various obstacles to run through, step over, and weave in and out of. Great for Body coordination and teaching directions. Agility is great fun and a perfect way to bond with your dog (and get fit) this is a complete hour of fun.

Foundation Agility

This course is aimed at groundwork and the foundations for young dogs or dogs that are new to the sport. Building on drive and motivation, start waits, working ahead, commands and equipment words this is a great start for your dog into the world of agility.

Agility Club

For those competing or wishing to compete our Agility Club is to practice courses, equipment, turns and correct use of body language to gain the quickest and most efficient times from your dog. There are a maximum of six dogs for each 1 hour session and lessons vary from completing a whole course to working on individual pieces of equipment. Fees are paid on a monthly basis to reserve your place.

Doggy Dancing and Tricks

Stretch your dog’s mind and physical abilities by teaching them tricks and moves. Start with our beginner’s course to learn the basics that you can enthral your friends with by teaching your dog moves such as high fives, bowing, twists and turns. The course is good for your dog’s physical well-being as it uses muscles that may not be exercised on normal walks. Great course for winter evenings as these are exercises you can practice at home when it’s cold, dark and wet outside.

Flyball

Flyball is a fun and energetic sport that your dog will love. Flyball competitions consist of two teams racing against each other. The dogs in the teams take it in turns to jump over four hurdles and then trigger a pedal to release a tennis ball which they must hold and return with over the hurdles back to the start. Stimulating enjoyment for you and your dog.

Gundog Training

Experienced gundog handlers will take you through the requirements needed by and you and your dog to be able to attend a shoot or participate in working tests, or if you would like to come along just for the learning experience and to give your dog a chance to really use their brain and steady them to distractions. Really beneficial for working breeds, we will introduce your dog to retrieving fur and feathers, flushing game, a steady retrieve, working to the whistle, directional controls and walking to heel off the lead. Come along for fun, experience and to really stretch your dog’s control and learning abilities. Suitable for everyone this is not just restricted to working breeds. Positive reward based training working towards our 4 certificate levels.

Rally

This class is carried out on lead individually, owner and dog make their way around a course made up of signs giving different instructions. The signs are taught on a single basis and consist of exercises such as spirals, weaves, jumps, heel work, recalls and left and right turns to name but a few. The signs are then put together as a course which needs to be completed on a loose lead, racing against a timer, points are lost for incomplete/wrong instructions or tight leads. Rally is really good for increasing your dog’s listening skills and general obedience.

Scent Work

Scent beginners is great fun for all dogs, teach your dog how to use their nose in a positive way through various seen and unseen search levels. During the course you will have an introduction to scent objects and teach your dog’s how to do a basic find with a search word, we will then progress the level of search and ultimately end up with your dog finding an object in vehicles, buildings, luggage and postal objects. For the dogs starting the intermediate course, we shall be using your previous scent or a new one if you wish to swap, to hide in different areas and objects increasing the difficulty and even some decoy scents, the areas will include, luggage, vehicle, postal, garden, people and property.

Hoopers

Hoopers is a sport that has started to spread from America, into Europe and now to the UK shores here in Enfield. It takes a lot of basics from Agility but removes the need for jumps or contact equipment and replaces them with hooped gates for the dog to run through so there is minimum impact on your dogs limbs. This makes it ideal for any type of dog to take part in, from puppies who will want to learn Agility when they are old enough, up to retired agility dogs, and dogs returning from injury. It focuses on learning distance control and directional commands, hoops, tunnels and send arounds. A brand new class that is set to freshen up the Agility sport and make Agility more accessible to all dogs no matter their age or breed.

Recall

Does your dog come back when off lead? Are other dogs and people more interesting? If you cannot call your dog back to you instantly you DO NOT have full control. Here at Elmtree we are launching our new 6 week course designed to put you and your dog on the road to success. Covering areas such as Distractions, Equipment, Distance and Dog law.