Christina Oxtoby
Beginner Dog Training
This course is suitable for every dog over the age of 5 months old (with no upper age limit - you can teach an old dog new tricks, it may just take a little longer!) There are usually a maximum of 6 dogs per class so you can be sure of lots of individual help and attention. Our eventual aim is the same as most owners - a well-mannered and socially acceptable dog who can go anywhere with them. This aim is carried through our follow-on courses as well.


The classes are designed to take into account that a number of the dogs there may be either over-excited or frightened and the course is designed to settle them in the first few weeks so that they are relaxed enough to be able to learn. Stressed dogs cannot learn which is why we make sure that we take that into account during our lesson structure. Please note that all dogs must be up-to-date with their vaccinations.


Classes are mostly held in our training poly-tunnels so are wind and rain proof, but not heated (so jumpers and a coat are needed in the winter!) We have found this to be far better for the dogs than village halls because it is non-slip flooring and we also have the equipment to build fun confidence courses into the lessons for variety in their learning.


By the time dogs reach 6 months of age they will all have slightly different training and behavioural requirements. Some dogs do very well in a class environment, but others find it difficult to concentrate in a class and do better when they are able to learn new things without distractions in a private lesson. They can then be introduced to other dogs on a social walk or in a later class. Because of this if you think that your dog may bark in classes please tell us and you may be offered a free assessment before being accepted onto a beginner course.


The Beginner course includes:

  • 5 practical lessons with your dog mixing good social skills and basic obedience including sit, down, stays, recall (coming when called,) and walking on a loose lead. Fun, confidence building courses, clicker training, helpful handling / grooming techniques for owners, pretend vet inspections and some fun tricks to impress your friends and family!
  • 1 theory lesson (lasting 2 hours) that is your first lesson of the course. We will cover how dogs learn, how to read their body language, how to avoid stress and the consequences of stress, understanding clicker training, and various other topics that you need to know before you start. This will cover demos with Christina's own dogs as well as video clips. Please do not bring your own dog to this session.
  • Help and advice on feeding, exercise, and any other areas of training or behaviour that you may be having problems with (although if this is something that is particularly time consuming we may need to book a private lesson.)
  • Weekly handouts to remind you of what to practice at home.
  • Sociable dogs are welcome to join us for a social walk as part of Vicarage Dogs if you would like!

Cost - £59 per 6 week course (each lesson is 55 minutes) (Please note that this is non-refundable due to the very limited number of places in each class.)


Course Dates -

  • Theory Lesson - Monday 24 April 7:30-9:30pm (please do not bring your dog to this lesson)
  • Practical Lessons (with dogs) - Mondays 8:30-9:25pm - No lesson 1 May (bank holiday) / No lesson 8 May (I'm helping lead another course elsewhere) / 15 May / 22 May / No lesson 29 May (bank holiday) / No lesson 5 June (I'm helping lead another course elsewhere) / 12 June / 19 June / 26 June


For more information please contact Claire (Christina's PA) or phone her on 07410 380545