Foundation Puppy & Dog Training Courses

Introduction

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SPPOT’s Foundation Training Courses provide  a complete package of training, guidance and support to enable you to train your puppy or older dog in all the skills they need to become a happy, sociable, well-trained companion dog and gain a Good Companion Puppy or Foundation Award.


Foundation Training Courses are for any dog who has completed their vaccinations, with no upper age limit. 


While we have a lot of puppies on these courses, we know through many years' experience, that dogs of all ages benefit from learning together.


Our wonderful accredited training centre is fully equipped with everything you or your puppy or dog will need while on your course. 

The Induction Session

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 This 6 week couse features a full 90 minute induction session for you and a great enrichment and training session for your puppy or dog. 

In this session we cover 


  • The science of dog training and how that applies to you, your dog and your lifestyle.
  • Practical reward based training, including clicker training
  • Diet and exercise
  • Health care & legal aspects


With games and fun for your dog including enrichment ideas you can use at home, all supervised by our amazing Volunteers while you relax and discuss your individual puppy questions with our Tutor over a cuppa 

The Training Sessions

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  The following five sessions, each of ninety minutes, provide you with the coaching to train your dog or puppy to achieve solid skills in


  • Response to name
  • Recall (coming back when called)
  • Loose lead walking 
  • Calm greetings
  • Self-control around food, doorways and vehicles
  • Sit & lie down
  • Settle/switch off
  • Play skills
  • Leave
  • Stay


The sessions are a balanced mix of practical training, discussion, play and rest with refreshments for people and enrichment for dogs 

Course Handbook

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  All customers will receive our Foundation Course Handbook to download or on paper for a small fee. This includes our comprehensive training guides to all the Foundation Course skills, homework pages, 'Children & Dogs' pack and our informative guides to canine nutrition, enrichment, the law and much more.

Course Costs

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SPPOT Foundation Training Courses cost £90 per dog and as part of our ongoing commitment to improving the lives of dogs and people in our local communities, one place on every course is available at a concessionary rate of £60 for people who are in receipt of disability benefits

Our Foundation Course Tutor

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Our Foundation Training Certificate Courses are taught by Alice Symonds who is the latest addition to our amazingly talented team. Alice holds a Foundation Degree in Science with Merit in Animal Behaviour and Welfare and has worked as a Trainer for Hearing Dogs for the Deaf for 5 years before relocating to Pembrokeshire. 

Our Ethos and Techniques

All SPPOT's Services are provided by our highly qualified, friendly staff, supported by our fully trained, accredited volunteers.


We use only positive, force-free, scientifically proven techniques and classes are small, ensuring a high level of individual tuition and support.


We like to teach customers how use clicker training because it is so easy to learn, it's fun and it engages your dog’s natural instincts and abilities which uses their mental energy for the things you want them to learn. This simple method is easy for people of all ages, including children to use effectively.


SPPOT's Manager and Lead Tutor, Kerri Bee holds a Foundation Degree in Canine Behaviour and Training and is a full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers UK. Kerri has designed and run these dog training courses for well over ten years and helped develop the APDT's Good Companion Awards which are achieveable by taking part in our dog training courses.

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To Book and Pay for a Foundation Training Course

Check our course dates then simply click the button below to book your place, complete the registration form and pay online.

Just follow the online instructions for our simple, secure online booking system

If you prefer, you can book in person, by calling 01437 767648 

However, places cannot be reserved until the course fee has been paid

Terms and Conditions Apply - see link in footer

Foundation Training Courses

Cost £90 per course

Concessionary places £60

17/01/20

Foundation Training Course January-February 2020

8pm - 9.30pm

SPPOT Accredited Canine Education Services, Furzy Park, Haverfordwest, SA61 1HT

Event Details

17/01/20

Foundation Training Course January-February 2020

Course Dates & Times

Friday 24th January 2020 8pm-9.30pm

Friday 31st January 2020 8pm-9.30pm

Friday 7th February 2020 8pm-9.30pm

Friday 14th Feb...

Event Details

8pm - 9.30pm

SPPOT Accredited Canine Education Services, Furzy Park, Haverfordwest, SA61 1HT

06/03/20

Foundation Course: March - April 2020

7pm - 8.30pm

SPPOT Accredited Canine Education Services, Furzy Park, Haverfordwest, SA61 1HT

Event Details

06/03/20

Foundation Course: March - April 2020

Course Dates & Times

Induction Friday 20th March 2020 7pm-8.30pm

Session 2 Friday 27th March 2020 7pm-8.30pm 

Session 3 Friday 3rd April 2020 7...

Event Details

7pm - 8.30pm

SPPOT Accredited Canine Education Services, Furzy Park, Haverfordwest, SA61 1HT

01/05/20

Foundation Course: May - June 2020

7pm - 8.30pm

SPPOT Accredited Canine Education Services, Furzy Park, Haverfordwest, SA61 1HT

Event Details

01/05/20

Foundation Course: May - June 2020

Course Dates & Times

Induction Friday 15th May 2020 7pm-8.30pm 

Session 2 Friday 22nd May 2020 7pm-8.30pm 

Session 3 Friday 29th May 2020 7pm-8...

Event Details

7pm - 8.30pm

SPPOT Accredited Canine Education Services, Furzy Park, Haverfordwest, SA61 1HT