St Edmund Campion Church Hall, Castle Lane West (in front of Castlepoint), Bournemouth, BH8 9TN.
Class sizes are limited, and tend to book up quickly, so book now to avoid disappointment.
Please see below for brief descriptions of each of the courses, or alternatively, go to each course's relevant page to read a fuller description. They are all very well structured courses, devised and written by Katie, who has used her years of experience of running training classes to give both dogs and owners a very rewarding training experience. During the first week, everyone attending a course will be given a training manual (there's a different one for each course), which is written by Katie and will fully complement and support all training given during the course. Beware - the training manuals also include homework!
After reading the course descriptions, if you're unsure about which course to book onto, please take a look at the Which Course is the Right Course? page where you will find a handy table to help with your decision.
Puppy Course - Course Length: 4 weeks - Course Fee: £32
At Kadarow, we pride ourselves in being able to help give puppies the best start in life. Our comprehensive Puppy Course is especially tailored for young pups from around 11/12 weeks up to around 24 weeks of age.
It's a well structured 4 week foundation course during which all the puppy basics are covered, including basic commands (sit, down, stand, come, leave, wait, stay, etc), puppy health and well-being, safe and controlled socialisation with other puppies, handling and inspection, road-walking, puppy retrieve, and plenty of fun games through which you and your puppy will learn even more. We ask that all puppies have had their second lot of jabs before attending classes (usually around 11 or 12 weeks of age).
We only use positive, reward-based training, as it is crucial that the puppies enjoy their training. We help to teach the basic positions (sit, down and stand) as well as how to train your puppy to walk nicely on lead, along with other basic commands, such as the recall, wait, stay and leave, but a far greater emphasis is placed upon socialisation. We feel it is crucial that a dog is properly socialised from a very young age, as this, along with the teaching of the basic commands, helps to ensure that the dog grows up to be happy and well-adjusted.
Beginner Course - Course Length: 4 weeks - Course Fee: £32
The Beginner Course is for all dogs over six months of age, who have little or no understanding of the basic commands and/or dog training exercises. Any dog under 24 weeks would be better suited to the Puppy Course. Any puppy that has completed the Puppy Course should then move onto the Novice Course.
The Beginner Course teaches all the basics of obedience training, as well as many vital socialisation aspects and responsible dog ownership. It's a well structured 4 week foundation course and the modules include: basic positions, walking on lead (including road walking), come back when called, handling and inspection, basic first aid for dogs, door/gate control, food manners, the retrieve, the stay, coming away from distraction, and much more, including some fun and games to keep the dogs excited and interested in their training.
Once the dogs have been taught the three basic positions, SIT, DOWN and STAND, these invaluable skills can be used when grooming, teeth cleaning, nail clipping, veterinary visits etc. Hygiene, cleanliness, inspection and handling are also modules within our Puppy, Beginner and Young Handler courses.
Novice Course - Course Length: 6 weeks - Course Fee: £48
The Novice Course is for all dogs who have completed either the Puppy Course or the Beginner Course. We also welcome new dogs into this class, if they have grasped the very basics and have received some prior training. The Novice Course is the next stage on from both the Puppy and Beginner Courses, so a mix of ages feeds into this class, which can be a very good thing for the development of all puppies and dogs, as mixing with many different dogs from different age groups is great for socialisation.
As all dogs attending the Novice Course will have a solid understanding of the basics, we will move onto slightly more complex exercises right at the start of the course - further developing and cementing the skills learnt in the other courses. Here’s some examples of the type of exercises that will be in the course: Learning to ignore distractions, Learning the "Wait", "Hold" and "Release", the Recall (including the “wait”), the "Send Away" and many other slightly more challenging exercises.
Intermediate Course - Course Length: 6 weeks - Course Fee: £48
A course for older, more experienced dogs that have mastered the basics. Ideally, before commencing this course, dogs will have attended the Novice Course. However, even if your dog hasn’t done the Novice Course and you feel your dog would be suited to the Intermediate course, please feel free to contact Katie to enquire about booking onto this course.
This course is designed to polish the skills learned on the Novice Course. It literally takes everything to the next level, and more will be expected of both you and your dog. Exercises include: Positions across the hall, The “A” Recall and an introduction to the Emergency Stop.
Advanced Course - Course Length: 8 weeks - Course Fee: £55
For very advanced dogs who have completed the Intermediate Course. Again, even if your dog hasn’t done the Intermediate course and you feel your dog would be suited to the Advanced course, please feel free to contact Katie to enquire about booking onto this course.
Many, many dogs enjoy the new and challenging aspects of training that the Advanced level brings, including modules such as the “send-away” the “emergency stop”, “scent work” and the “out of sight stay”.
Foundation Indoor Fun Agility Course - Course Length: 4 weeks - Course Fee: £40
The Foundation Indoor Fun Agility Course runs over a five week period and is run by Jenny Keehan. Jenny has vast experience with both competing in Agility and teaching the discipline. Katie will also often be on hand to assist. This is a foundation course, using low indoor equipment, and the emphasis is on teaching the very basics of the Agility discipline and having fun with it. The course will begin with the very basics, such as the teaching of the "Wait and Release" commands, teaching your dog left and right, walking on both your left and right sides, getting your dog to move away from you and getting them to confidently go through a tunnel. The course will move on to introduce and teach all of the indoor equipment, including: the tunnel, weave poles, the hoop and the low gate jump.
Young Handler Course - Course Length: 6 weeks - Course Fee: £48
This is a unique course, designed especially for young handlers between the ages of 8 and 16. It's open to dogs of any age, from about six months and up (very young pups would usually be better suited to doing the Puppy Course first).
Through Katie's patient and friendly tutoring, young handlers will be taught the skills, and given the confidence, to train their own dogs. Throughout her years as a dog trainer, Katie has always encouraged children to be involved in the training of their family pet. Katie has a huge affinity with children and the old adage of "Never work with children and animals" certainly doesn't ring true for her! She wants to be able to give young handlers the time and attention they deserve, so is now offering this unique and comprehensive course for children between the ages of 8 and 16. The training manual that Katie has written for this course (which she gives out on the first week) is also especially written with young handlers in mind.
To book a place on any of the courses, please either follow the links on the left-hand side of each courses' page, or go to the How to Book page.
Alternatively, you can email any enquiries to Katie: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or phone/text Katie on: 07714 510815