A Well Trained dog is a joy to live with.

Dogs and humans are two different species, and sometimes there can be misunderstandings between the two. Paws 2 Play can help you to better understand your dog, and learn how to raise a happy, confident, well adjusted dog.

Whether you have a young puppy you want to get off to the best possible start, or an older dog who could do with learning some new skills, Sunderland Dog Training can help.

We use only reward based techniques and believe in kind, fair and effective training methods. As we are supposedly the more intelligent part of the canine/human partnership, we have a moral obligation to teach our dogs kindly, being aware of how their minds work and how they learn best. Punishment has no place in training dogs, we can teach them what we want without having to resort to using physical force. It's brain not braun that trains dogs!

Booking and information about the group training can be found here:



Classes are held at Herrington Scout Hut in Crow Lane, which is just behind the Board Inn.



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BEGINNER PUPPY TRAINING

This is a course of 4 private lessons, each lasting an hour at your home or a mutually agreed place. As this isn't a regular class with other dogs, this training can begin before your puppy has had his vaccinations.

All techniques are purely reward based, and suitable for very young puppies. Puppies who have completed this course can attend the socialisation and training walks for a discount of 25%.

Some of the topics covered include:
  • Positions (sit/down/stand)
  • Coming when called
  • Walking on a loose lead
  • Food and chew toy manners
  • 'Leave it'
  • House training
  • Puppy biting
  • Socialisation advice and support

The course contents can be tailored to suit you and your puppy.

Flexibility is the key to these courses, they needn't be held at the same time every week so are perfect for people who work shifts.

The course costs 60.



The beginner courses have the option to book and pay online. If you would like to take advantage of this method, clicking on 'buy now' will take you to a secure payment page, where you can pay by PayPal. On receipt of your payment, you will be emailed a registration form to complete, and a list of available appointment times.

Simply return the completed form, let me know your preferred appointment and I will see you then. So simple, even a puppy could do it. Provided he'd been trained by Sunderland Dog Training first, obviously!

The course is also available outside Sunderland with a surcharge of 40p per mile.

If you feel you need fewer than 4 sessions and just have a few niggling problems you'd like help with, or confirmation that you're doing the right thing, you can also book just 2 sessions for 40, or a single session for 25.

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ADVANCED PUPPY TRAINING

This is the same price and structure as the Beginner Puppy Course, but it's about proofing the training and practicing in real world situations. They will be arranged for a different location every week, and help your puppy put into practice what they've already learned, as well as providing continued socialisation.

This is available to puppies who have completed the Beginner Puppy Course, or another approved reward based class.

The course is also 60.



BEGINNER DOG TRAINING


This follows the same structure as the puppy course, with 4 weekly sessions of an hour each, held at your home or a mutually agreed location.

The topics covered on this course will depend on what you're aiming to achieve, but can include loose lead walking, coming when called, basic manners, control and communication and polite behaviour.

Friendly dogs who have completed this training are able to join the Training and Socialisation walks with a 25% discount.

This course is 60

The beginner courses have the option to book and pay online. If you would like to take advantage of this method, clicking on 'buy now' will take you to a secure payment page, where you can pay by paypal or Nochex. On receipt of your payment, you will be emailed a registration form to complete, and a list of available appointment times.

Simply return the completed form, let me know your preferred appointment and I will see you then.

The course is also available outside Sunderland with a surcharge of 40p per mile.


If you feel you need fewer than 4 sessions and just have a few niggling problems you'd like help with, or confirmation that you're doing the right thing, you can also book just 2 sessions for 40, or a single session for 25.

Buy 2 hour long sessions:

Buy a single session:




ADVANCED DOG TRAINING

This is the same price and structure as the Beginner Dog Course, but it's about proofing the training and practicing in real world situations. They will be arranged for a different location every week, and help your dog put into practice what they've already learned, as well as providing continued socialisation.

This is available to dogs who have completed the Beginner Dog Course, another approved reward based class, or can demonstrate a certain level of training at an assessment which costs 5.

The course is also 60.


SOCIALISATION WALKS

Socialisation doesn't end with puppy classes, and if dogs are going to grow into confident, well adjusted dogs they will need ongoing training and socialisation throughout their adolescence and beyond.

Socialisation walks are for dogs who have attended previous classes or have had an individual assessment. They take the form of an outdoor training class in a public place, and incorporate socialisation, polite behaviour, walking on loose lead, coming when called, control around toys, strange people, dogs and animals, and other real life situations.

They are held fortnightly at Herrington Country Park, and will cost 5 per walk (4 if you've already completed a course) for the first 4 sessions, and then 3 per session thereafter. These will be split into 3 walks, Young Guns, for puppies and young, shy dogs. Teeny Boppers, for adolescent dogs or very boisterous younger dogs and New Tricks, for veteran dogs over 7 years old. All the proceeds from the New Tricks group will go to The Oldies Club, a rescue which specialises in helping older dogs find new homes.

Discounts apply if you bring a well socialised adult dog to the puppy walks. For socialisation, we actively encourage people to dress or behave in a way that will give young dogs some experience of things they may encounter in their lives, which many dogs can find difficult. For example, a hat, mirrored sunglasses, a large coat, and umbrella, a skateboard, a bike, a pram etc to help the young dogs learn that people come in all shapes and sizes, and sometimes wear odd things!

Once you reach a required standard, you and your dog will become a Sunderland Dog Training Golden Paws member, which will mean you can attend any training walk at any time without prior booking for free.

BEHAVIOUR

Sometimes, problems occur and the help you need will be more in depth

If you are experiencing problems such as aggression, reactivity, fears and phobias, anxiety or predatory behaviour, the training requirements will be different.

A behaviour course consists of 2 sessions lasting an hour each, and costs 60. The sessions are usually a fortnight apart, but can vary depending on your needs.

Home visits outside Sunderland are also available with a surcharge of 40p per mile.


FOR FURTHER DETAILS ON ANY OF THE CLASSES, OR TO BOOK A PLACE, PLEASE EMAIL
info@sunderlanddogtraining.co.uk