Classes

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Obedience Training

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.

Puppies

At the present time, we run three puppy classes for socialisation and basic training

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.

At the present time, we run three puppy classes; 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. 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 and instructors (please contact us to check availability – we will endeavour to place you in the class that best meets your dog’s needs)

Monday Afternoon

18th PURLEY SCOUT HALL, SANDERSTEAD.
1.00pm (puppy), 1.45pm, 2.30pm, 3.15pm with Sandy Evans

Monday Evening

JOHN FISHER, WARLINGHAM
6.30pm (puppy) 7.00(puppy) 7.45pm and 8.30pm
with Vanessa Sultana

Thursday Evening

JOHN FISHER, WARLINGHAM
6.30pm, 7.15pm, 8pm with Pat Faulkner

St AMBROSE CHURCH HALL, WARLINGHAM
6.45pm, 7.15pm, 8.15pm with Jacky Carter

HILLCREST HALL, COULSDON
6.45pm (Puppy) 7.30pm and 8.15pm with Vanessa Sultana.

WESTERHAM
7.30pm with Indira Helsby.

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Thinking 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.

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Ringcraft

AT HILLCREST HALL

Ringcraft is on Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm.

Class fee £5 per dog. Payable weekly.

Our Venues

Our homes are:-

John Fisher Sports Club
Limpsfield Road
Warlingham
CR6 9RD

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Hillcrest Hall
42 Fryston Avenue
Coulsdon
CR5 2PT.

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Both venues offer excellent car parking facilities.

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18th Purley Scout Hall
Farm Fields,
Sanderstead
CR2 0HL
(Opposite Sanderstead Library)

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Street parking at this venue

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St Ambrose Church Hall
2 Warren Park Road,
Warlingham,
CR6 9LD

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Please continue to observe the club rule regarding cleaning up after your dogs at ALL times.