"Thank you so much for the richness of content in your emails between classes - I really appreciate it.  It is with your support that I’m gaining in confidence to be the best puppy parent I can be.  See you Saturday!"  J.  Puppy 1 July 2020.


"Thank you, we loved Puppy 1! It really helped improve Dennis’ behaviour and over all happiness as a consequence!

 

We can’t wait to get started on Puppy 2!"

C. Puppy 1 July 2020


 

All our classes are progressive from the first puppy class right through to the top advanced level.  Success at each class level is acknowledged through presentation of an award certificate and a special rosette to celebrate your achievement with your four legged best friend!  Click here if you would like more info on training progression with us.

 

All our courses can be booked online.  We have online booking for 121 sessions too, select the date & time you would like to attend and our booking system will take care of the rest with appointment reminders and the ability to reschedule online if you need to.

 

Please click on the links above or scroll down for more info on our most popular courses.  If you have some specific areas you would like help with (e.g. pulling on the lead, recall) and are not sure which course or sessions are best please contact us, we'd love to hear from you and we're always ready to help.  


Social distancing is no problem at our beautiful outdoor training field.  There is loads of easy and free parking right next to the field which is full fenced and enclosed.



Puppy Training & Socialisation <18 weeks

Our puppy courses are specifically designed to quickly start your pup off on the right paw and to make sure early training and socialisation sticks through your dog's adolescence by becoming effortlessly integrated into your ongoing daily routine.

 

We will take you through all the essential puppy training exercises and your pup can enjoy socialising and learning in a natural environment.  All our puppy training takes places outdoors in the real world in relaxed park like settings.  We also have a dedicated and fully enclosed training field well away from any roads for safe recall practice.   With us, training, socialisation, physical exercise and mental stimulation are brought together to help your pup grow into a beautiful and well balanced adult family dog. 


Adolescent Essentials - 18 weeks to 2-3 years

Hopefully by the time your pup is 18 weeks old you are justifiably proud of your well-mannered, well-behaved and highly socialised dog.  However... Adolescence is a time of big change!

 

To ensure that your attentive, mannerly and friendly puppy remains attentive, mannerly and friendly throughout adulthood, you need to accelerate socialisation and training during adolescence, this can be hard on your own but we are here to help! 


Beginner Obedience - an introduction to the wonderful world of dog training!

 

This fun and relaxed course is specifically designed to open the door to the wonderful world of dog training!

 

If you’ve never done any group dog training this course is a great choice. We use a variety of fun obstacle games and handling exercises to improve your dogs focus and attention on you around distractions, particularly other dogs which is something that lots of folks struggle with.

 

We start from scratch and cover:

  • the basics of mark and reward training, creating a common language between you & your dog
  • teaching your dog to come,
  • loose lead manners and teaching your dog to walk beside you,
  • teaching your dog to sit and lay down on cue,
  • how to teach your dog a rock-solid wait/stay,
  • helping you and your dog feel comfortable working in a small group of other dogs and handlers.

The class is relaxed and friendly and you can progress at your own pace.

 

"Just wanted to say thank you for the training today.  I was so nervous (not for my dog, I have faith in her) but it was such a relaxed friendly atmosphere. I've not been to dog training sessions for 30 years due to a bad experience but this was such fun, thanks again." A. Beginner Obedience 19th July 2020

 


Success Stories

We feel lucky to have found Barney! The class is super and we have learnt a great deal thanks to you. The puppy socialisation is great and we are looking forward to the January class.  Fingers crossed for mild weather!  Julie & Gary, Puppy 1 - December 2019

 


"Albi loves Puppy Class! Thank you so much Nicki for your patience and encouragement" Catherine

 


"What an enjoyable way to spend a Sunday morning. Nicki, your Puppy classes have been lots of fun for Devon and for myself. Looking forward to the next course. Thankyou for everything!" Linda

 


"We have both loved doing the training and I am really looking forward to learning more with you at the puppy 2 classes. See you in June!" Kirsty

 


"I've found the course to be a great help as well as enjoyable and, as I have used the guidance on my older dog, it has improved his behaviour too!"

 

Andrea


"I was over the moon with how Conal performed at Rally on Thursday, never thought he would do that!"

 

Alan

 


"Just a quick note to say how much I appreciated your advice.  With your help I was able to spend much of our recent trip to Scotland with Lottie off lead AND coming back to the whistle!  Brilliant, what a delight!"  

 

Tony

 


"My 2 year old Parsons Russell, Oscar became difficult to handle after we lost our older dog last November. He wouldn't always come back and was unpredictable when we came across other dogs. His obedience at home and out walking has improved 100% and I can confidently take him out again and know he will listen plus we have great fun." Tracey


"I have been taking Harvey for 1-2-1 agility training sessions for over a year. From the nervous dog then to the amazing dog he is now is a testament to Nicki's patience and training (both dog and owner). For me the important thing is that Harvey enjoys the sessions and if you could see how happy he is to see Nicki its great. I can not recommend GWCA highly enough."  Sue

 


"I have always wanted to train and take agility seriously, I had browsed around on the Internet and came across this website. It looked promising, fun and a trainer that helped and takes training seriously. It has definitely lived up to those words. I love every session me and Dexter attend, he gets better and better every time.  Dexter has learnt so many different techniques and I am so proud of him. A definite recommendation to anyone that wants to do this for fun or take it seriously."  Terri


"I have recently started classes with Nicki at Grafham Water Canine Adventures and have found it to be really fun. Nicki has a very calm approach to the training with lots of positive feedback. She always takes the time to explain things thoroughly with the reasons why we do it that way which helped me a lot. I also like that she tailors the speed of learning to the individual dog. For Mawli who is a collie I have found agility a great way to exercise her brain as-well as body and its also brilliant bonding  time for us where she is the centre of my attention which she likes lots!" Becky