Build up your dog's focus
Group classes are a great way to work on your dog's focus around distractions and build up polite interactions.
Group In-Person Courses
Build the foundations around real world distractions
To book a course you will need to register your details with us, pay the fee and submit a copy of your dog's vaccination record showing all vaccinations up to date, including kennel cough. Please note this must be done no later than one week before the course starts to book your spot.
Our Puppy Primer course is a 3 week starter course for puppies so that we can lay the foundations of polite interactions and deal with any puppy problems you are having.
This course builds a reliable response to name, teaches handling and grooming basics, emphasizes calm responses from puppies, and introduces polite social skills.
This is all a requirement for all new puppies before moving to our Polite Puppy Foundations to build a reliable relationship between you and your dog.
All puppies must be fully vaccinated, including with kennel cough to join the group. This group is open to puppies up to 16 weeks of age on the 1st week of class.
Start date - Sat Jan 22nd, 4pm - 4:45pm, Monread Community Centre, Naas
Start date - Sat Feb 12th, 4pm - 4:45pm, Monread Community Centre, Naas
Polite Puppy Foundations
Our Polite Puppy Foundations group is designed to introduce the basics of polite interactions and general manners to your pup. This six week long course reinforces the calm down and chill work you did in Puppy Primer and builds on it. This group is for puppies under 7 months of age.
We focus on continuing to build that solid rapport between you and your dog and work on polite leash walking, recall, self control and polite greetings.
All puppies must be fully vaccinated, including with kennel cough to join the group.
Start date - Up to 5 months of age - Sat Jan 22nd, 12:15pm - 1:15pm, Monread Park, Naas
Start date - 5 months - 10 months - Sat Jan 22nd, 1:30pm - 2:30pm, Monread Park NaasCost €180
Puppy playdates are off-leash, directed socialisation sessions for puppies and handlers to learn how best to interact with other off leash dogs. We go through polite play and how to intervene if necessary. A key component of the sessions are knowing when to intervene, along with listening to your puppy if they don't want to play with a particular other dog.
Playdates are open to puppies up to 6 months of age who have completed our Puppy Primer or Polite Puppy Foundations groups before. Please note that these sessions are not suitable for sorting out behaviour issues such as extreme nervousness, barking, lunging or snapping towards other dogs, we have other options for these issues.
All puppies must be fully vaccinated, including with kennel cough to join the group. This group is open to puppies up to 6 months of age.
This six week long course is an introduction to foundation obedience and polite manners for dogs over 10 months of age. We will primarily focus on recall, self control and polite leash walking.
Please note that this group is not suitable for dogs that bark, lunge or snap at other dogs or people on walks. We have a more suitable option for these cases, please get in touch with the office for further information.
Polite Puppy Practice
This course is for those puppies who have completed a previous Polite Puppy course either in person or remotely. In this course we will practice what you have learned previously in a variety of situations and around other dogs. Just like supervised study, but for your pup.
Start date - Sat Jan 22nd, 10:45am - 11:45am, Monread Park, Naas
Scentwork For Every Day ObedienceThis course is designed for those dogs who are extremely distracted by the world around them, and find it difficult to listen to you when out and about. Rather than curtail this activity that they clearly enjoy, we use it as a reward for doing what we want, that is, paying attention, checking in with you, walking nicely on leash, and coming back when called.
For those dogs who have done some scentwork with us before, we will be pushing on with more difficult searches to keep those heads working, for those new to scentwork, we will be introducing the basics of finding things, particularly a given odour so your dog does not find everything in the bushes.
We will be introducing searches in different environments such as building walls, on the edges of cars, and in random items so that you can fully make use of your dogs new self-control skills when out and about. The overall aim of the course is to give you back control and also keep your dog very happy to work with you.
We are fully accredited by ScentworkUK and follow the main competition programme, however there is no requirement to take part in any competitions in this course.
Start date - Sun Jan 23rd 10am -11am, Naas Racecourse, Naas