German Shepherd in competition ring walking on lead

The AGSDTC Training Classes

Our team of experienced instructors are dedicated to helping dog owners succeed in training their dogs to become not only well behaved pets but for anyone wanting to progress further than this, we can provide obedience training to competition standard.

There are four levels of class, each class has its own time and after Class 1, there is an opportunity to sit down with an Instructor and discuss over a cup of tea how you are progressing, whether you have any problems that you may be experiencing at home etc. This is not compulsory, but many owners do find it beneficial.

The Aylesbury German Shepherd Dog Training Club does not operate a waiting list, believing in the importance of starting a young dog off as soon as possible during the vital early weeks of their development.

New puppies and their owners will receive individual help from an instructor until they are ready to slot into the open class. This includes older novice dogs.

Early learning is vital for German Shepherd dogs, in fact they absorb the most from 8 ~ 16 weeks. After that they still learn, but they become too big and with their high-intelligence soon makes them powerful leaders where they become a real handful as they consider themselves the Top Dog in your family pack!

Your New Puppy

Bringing home a little bundle of furry fun is an exciting time but it is worth considering that those early days before you begin puppy classes are a crucially important time in your puppy’s future. Training begins from day one and any mistakes made here can cause you problems later. Please come and talk to us for advice on important things like house training your puppy, feeding and appropriate exercise and the basic exercises of SIT, DOWN, the beginning of walking nicely on a lead, and the all-important focussing on you coupled with the recall. This advice is given free of charge, we’ll even throw in (not literally) a cup of tea or coffee.

If you are seriously considering buying a puppy, please come along and watch the puppy class. We can advise you on what to look for when choosing your puppy, what to expect once you have arrived home with your new canine friend and supply you with contact numbers for reputable breeders.

If you are ready to begin training contact us now on 01296 681245

Class 1

For puppies starting out or older dogs with little or no training. In this class you will often see two or more instructors working with the different age groups.

This Training Class is run from 7.00pm to 7.30pm consisting of half an hour training your dog, followed by an additional half an hour after class session to catch your breath, have a cup of tea and talk about any issues from the lesson, general welfare of your dogs and a chance to discuss any problems you may be experiencing with your dog at home. It is not compulsory that you stay for this after class session but many owners find it very beneficial. In this class you will learn the basics of; sit, down, stay, heelwork and recalls.

Class 2

Class 2 runs from 7.30pm to 8.00pm. Afterwards there is then an opportunity for individuals to discuss with their Instructor issues raised during the practical session and advice on home training.

Here you will work on improving your standard with the basic exercises, increasing the time of the stays, retrieving, a drop-on-command or as some may know it the "emergency stop" and progress to individual off-lead work.

Class 3

Class 3 is run between 8.00pm and 8.30pm. Owners and their dogs coming into this class have worked hard to achieve a good standard at the exercises in the previous classes.

They will continue to perfect on the skills learnt in Class 2 and also to begin working on sendaways – sending the dog away from you to a given point and scent work.

Class 3 has no after-class session but the instructor is on hand to discuss any issues an owner may require advice on.

Class 4

Class 4 is our advanced class and runs between 8.30pm and 9.00pm.

The class continues to improve on all the exercises learnt in the earlier classes and including advanced heelwork patterns, scent on cloths and area search, basic distant control, with a view to entering open obedience competitions.