Practical Obedience & Dog Sports Training

PODS open training sessions take place all year round on Saturdays and Wednesdays with some exceptions found on our Diary page. Training hours change depending on the time of year.

Between 1st May - 31st October

Saturdays 11.00 - 5.00

Wednesdays 12.00 - 4.00 and 6.00 - 8.00

Between 1st November - 30th April: 11.00 - 3.00 both days.

 Details of additional training sessions for Beginner Agility dogs and handlers can be found on the Diary Page.

OUR TRAINING METHOD

PODS promotes and uses positive reward based training. Rewarding the dog with timely praise and treats or a toy to reinforce the positive actions and behaviours.

Much can be done before you even start Flyball or Agility training to ensure your dog will enjoy it and perform to their full ability. The information below is as important as the training for Flyball and Agility itself so please take a moment to read it.

Practical Obedience: To assist in preparing your dog for Flyball and Agility training, we can help by introducing practical obedience exercises to you and your dog as well as assisting in socialisation for your dog.

Socialisation: Dogs are pack animals and a Flyball team can soon feel like a pack to a dog. Pre-training socialisation is a must for dogs even if you have several dogs already as they can reject other dogs that are not in their pack. Joining a local dog club will help with this but we can also assist and advise you.

Recall: The most important thing is that your dog wants to come to you. If you are not the most exciting thing in your dog's life then distractions will be inevitable. Stimulate your dog to come back to you, try running away from your dog when calling them then reward them with much fuss, food or a favourite toy etc. Be enthusiastic with your dog and talk to them, they will soon pick up when you are in a playing mood. Never forget to praise your dog.

Playing with a ball or toy: In any dog sport playing is part of the training. As a rule dogs love to chase and the moving ball is a target for their natural urges and instincts. Tennis balls are quite cheap, easy to throw or hit with a tennis racquet and they float in water. Play fetch with your dog, it will develop their skills for Flyball and its a great way to exercise them too! A tuggie or rope ball are great toys to reward your dog with in Agility - interactive - you will build up a great partnership with your dog.

Download our Training Information Leaflet here