Junior dog training classes

For ages 5 months – 1 year

Bramham Pavilion, Wetherby

In this five week course, you will work with your dog to build on existing training, learn new skills and help to guide them through this sensitive period of development. By joining this class, you will also have the option of working towards your IMDT Level 1 and Level 2 grades (further information below).

This class is open to those who:

  • Have completed the Puppy Foundations group class OR
  • Have booked a 121 pre class prep session to get you ready for the class environment (please use the contact form at the bottom of this page to arrange this). 

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Starting Monday 5th September @ 6.30pm, Starting Wednesday 5th October @ 6pm

These classes take place at Bramham Pavilion, near Wetherby, and are limited to four per class. Where the weather allows, the classes will take place outdoors (so please dress appropriately!) however there is the option to use the indoor hall area if necessary.

Importance of training at this age

Our dogs reach adolescence anywhere between the age of six and 18 months. Just like humans, this is a sensitive time for our pups with intense neurological and hormonal changes taking place and you may see considerable behaviour changes too! 

At this age, puppies often become a lot more independent. They start to move further away from you on walks, get more distracted by smells and that recall that you were once so proud of may become slightly less reliable. 

Now is not the time to give up! Unfortunately this is the age where the majority of dogs are given up for adoption. But these changes are temporary and by continuing with your training during this period in a kind, fun and engaging way, you will help to guide your puppy through and really build on your existing bond. 

At a glance

Who? Ages 5 – 12 months. If you have completed the Puppy Foundations class, you will be automatically accepted. If not, simply arrange a pre-class preparation 121 (£40) by completing the form at the bottom of this page.

Where? Bramham Pavilion, Freely Lane, Bramham, Wetherby, LS23 6GZ.

What? 5 week class, 50 minutes per week (indoor and outdoor)

Next class? Please check the dropdown box above. Please note, when registering for a future class, you will not be charged until the date / time is confirmed however you can secure your place now for free.

Class size? Maximum 4

Investment? £85 for 5 week programme

The training will include:

  • Proofing your recall around distractions
  • Keeping the focus and attention on you
  • Finessing your lead walking 
  • Learning to stay still and calm
  • Working to control impulses
  • Managing frustration
  • Handling for vet inspections and grooming
  • Lots of fun and games!

The option to work towards IMDT grades

IMDT is one of the leading organisations for professional dog trainers and behaviourists in the UK. As a qualified IMDT member, I am able to take you through the certification scheme which covers skills ranging from beginners (level 1) to advanced (level 5). 

This class will allow you to work towards level one and, depending on your existing skill level, make progress towards your level two. Some people like to have a target to work towards, others don’t so this is entirely optional and you will be asked if you’d like to partake ahead of the class starting. There is no additional charge to do this. 

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What happens in class?

When you arrive, you’ll be greeted by our trainer, Kate, who will guide you to your individual space. This will be an area reserved just for you and your dog to help everyone feel calm and comfortable right from the start. Classes are kept small to make sure we can give you all the support you need. Every dog is individual and will progress at different rates so we’ll always tailor the exercises to you. 

Every class will involve practical training, as well as opportunities for discussion.

At the end of each class, we will recap on the training for the week ahead and make sure you leave feeling motivated and confident.

Who will the coach be?

You will be coached by Kate Soames. Kate has worked with dogs for 20+ years and is passionate about helping people build the relationship with their dog that they’ve always dreamed of. Kate is an assessed and qualified member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers, having passed her assessment with a distinction, and is an advocate for training methods using reward and motivation based techniques. She also holds a level 5 diploma in canine behaviour management and is now working towards level 6 (degree equiv.). You can read more about Kate’s approach here.

What should I bring?

Your dog’s home comforts will help them to relax in class so please bring along their bed or blanket. We will be using positive reinforcement throughout class so bring a selection of their favourite treats, as well as one or two of their favourite toys. If your puppy requires any medication or has a specialised diet, please bring this along and let your coach know ahead of class.

What happens if I can’t make a session?

Our ultimate aim is to make sure you finish the programme with the tools, techniques and confidence to move forward with your training. If you miss a session, we will do everything we can to bring you up to speed in the next class so that you don’t miss out.

Read our full terms and conditions here. 

Contact us

To arrange a pre-class 121 or if you have any other questions, please complete the form below.