Adolescent Essentials - 18 wks to 2-3yrs



Please note: we are now closed in line

with government lockdown

restrictions announced on January 4th 2021.  Please stay at home, stay safe and

we look forward to welcoming you when we can resume training in the Spring.

This course is held outdoors at the Grafham Water Sailing Club venue PE28 0BU on Tuesday evenings - 6pm to 7pm, Sundays 12.00pm and Sunday afternoons at 3.15pm.  This is a large, beautiful, park like venue with plenty of easy and free parking right next to the training area.  


The class is bookable in blocks of 4 or 6 weeks - it's a flexible class so you only pay when you attend.  


This class is currently full on all available times.  If you would like to join please contact us so we can add you to the waiting list - many thanks.  Places do come up at the end of blocks if some folks are taking a break so it's usually possible to start in 2-3 weeks, sometimes sooner. 


If you’re looking at this page then by now you may well be quite exhausted by your puppy-raising efforts!  Hopefully though you are justifiably proud of your well-mannered, well-behaved, highly socialised dog with dependable bite inhibition.  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. 


One of the most challenging but really important aspects of adolescence can be making sure your dog continues to meet unfamiliar people and dogs on a regular basis.  If your dog is confined to your house most of the time and only meets the same familiar people over and over, he will desocialise surprisingly quickly and may soon grow to be wary and fearful of strangers, especially children and men.

Your daily walks and visiting new places a couple of times a week are a must and always make a point to praise your dog when he acts appropriately and to reward him whenever he is well behaved and greets other people and dogs.  Next on the list if you can is to carry on attending a regular training course.


Your dog's adolescence is a critical time. If you ignore your dog's education now, you may well soon find yourself living with an ill-mannered, under-socialised, hyperactive animal. 


Having adopted one such large individual as a mature adult in the hope that I could turn him around you can trust me on this, living with this type of dog is no picnic!


The Adolescent Essentials class is specifically for dogs from 18 weeks to 2-3 years old.


We recap all the good things we did in Puppy class like:

  • Curbing unwanted behaviours - biting, barking, jumping up and chewing
  • Walking nicely on lead without pulling
  • Coming when called
  • Staying focused on the handler around distractions
  • Wait and stay
  • Leave it
  • Mat training

and each week we practice exercises and tasks to help your dog:

  • Remain calm on lead in the presence of other dogs
  • Remain calm and sit at your side in the presence of distractions like joggers and cyclists
  • Accept other dogs approaching from all angles
  • Have fun with you accomplishing fun tasks and challenges
  • Meet new human and doggy friends and enjoy interacting with them every week 

This class is £15 per session paid for in advance in blocks of 4 or 6 weeks. Each session is approximately 55 minutes long.  

Integrate the things you'll learn on this course into your dogs daily lifestyle and you can expect:

  • Really Reliable Recalls
  • Really Reliable Stays
  • Elimination of Pulling on the lead
  • Fun Recall Races - fastest dog to sit front and then finish wins! (there could be prizes involved!) 
  • Focus in the face of major distractions - people, dogs, bikes, toys, bouncing balls, left over food, umbrellas, etc.  
  • Fun Frogger Recalls - calling your dog through a crowd of moving dogs 
  • Focused Off-Lead Heeling 
  • Distance Training - commands given from long distances
  • Multi-Angled Finishes - calling to a sit in heel position from the standard front position as well as any other angle or from a distance 
  • Three-Way Puppy Push-Ups - moving through Sit, Down and Stand positions in all six possible combos.  
  • Drop On Recall - down command from a recall
  • Cafe Training - dog holds a long down at your feet around a table of other dogs doing the same. 
  • Hand Signals - giving commands silently, only using hand signals 
  • Friendly Games, Contests and Competitions - fastest recall, longest down, most push-ups, best trick, etc. 

Booking couldn't be easier!

Many thanks for selecting us to help with your dog training.  You just need to do both steps below to reserve your place on a course:



Please fill in the online enrollment form below making sure the correct course is selected from the drop down list of course options then click the blue send button to send your form to us.



Complete the payment step by clicking on the Add to Basket button and following the checkout process.  All course fees are refundable in full prior to the course commencing. Once the course starts however no refunds are available.


You will receive a payment receipt and we will send you a further email with course confirmation, directions to the venue and details of what to bring and any other requirements.


If you have any other questions in the meantime please don't hesitate to contact us.


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Adolescent Essentials (18wks to 2-3yrs) - on Tuesday evenings 6pm - 7pm

Full vaccination required.  


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Once you have sent your form and payment, that's it, you're done!

Thank you once again and we look forward to meeting you soon.