FAQs

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FAQ

Often new customers have a few questions before they come to their first class, so we thought that answering some of the most asked question here on this page might help.

We are always happy to hear from anyone with concerns or questions, but before you email or call, please have a quick look below to see if we have already answered the question here for you.

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What should I bring to my first lesson?
  • As our training is positive reward based we use lots of treats and toys to reward our dogs. Please bring plenty of food for your dog, ideally cut into small pieces, approximately the size of your little finger nail. Shop bought dog biscuit type foods will be too large and too crunchy. You should try and bring a variety of food types – for example; dry kibble, chopped cheese, sausage, liver cake, sardine cake, tuna cake, chicken, ham, steak etc. Softer foods are better than hard foods that your dog has to stop and crunch up. The amount you need to bring should be a large lidded tub / box full. We will probably use more than you initially expect and it’s better to bring too much than run out half way through! (We have various recipes for delicious treats you can make for your dog yourself, such as liver or tuna cake – just ask for a hand-out or email)
  • It is also helpful to have a food treat bag – many people bring drawstring bags/pouches that hang from your waist or belt and refill these from their tubs of food when they run out during the class.
  • Please also bring a couple of different toys for your dog. If they have a favourite toy, bring it along, plus some others. If it doesn’t play with toys but quite likes the feather duster or old socks for example – bring that along too!! Anything that will encourage your dog to play! If possible, bring a toy that can be thrown and a toy that can be tugged with. Have a look www.tug-e-nuff.co.uk for some fantastic toys for dog training – these come highly recommended by all of our trainers at Devon Dogs – they are extremely well made, exciting and fun to play with.
  • Please bring your dog on a flat collar and lead. We encourage the use of head collars if they are used to wearing one. Please avoid bringing your dog on an extendable lead. These are too clumpy and awkward to work with in the class.
  • If you have a light long line it is a good idea to bring one of these. Again www.tug-e-nuff.co.uk sell long lines which are an essential item to have in your dog training ‘toolkit’.
  • You may also need poo bags so please bring these every week.
  • If your dog is used to settling in a crate please DO bring one along to class, with a cover for it. We will show you where to set it up.
  • If you are attending life skills/ obedience classes please bring a Crate if possible or a mat or dog bed if not as you will be using them in the exercises on the course.
  • Again, in life skills, obedience and puppy classes on some weeks you will need to bring a brush, comb or any grooming kit you use to brush your dogs coat.

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Do I need to wear any special clothing?

It’s possible you might get wet or muddy while training so please dress accordingly, depending on the lovely British weather. You might also be doing some running and other activities so make sure your clothing is comfortable for you.

Regarding footwear – try to wear some trainers or walking shoes that have grip in case the grass outside is wet.  Alternatively it may be very hot, so please dress accordingly and make sure you bring something to cover your crate, sun umbrella, cover etc.

How do I get to Newhall and where do I park?

From the M5 southbound: leave the M5 at Junction 28, signed Cullompton. At the end of the slip road turn right. Go through 3 roundabouts heading for “Town Centre”. At the traffic lights turn left, drive through Cullompton town centre. At the roundabout take the 1st exit towards Killerton House & Garden, B3181. Drive along this road for approximately 4miles following signs to Killerton. Turn right when you see brown signs for Killerton and for Newhall Equestrian Centre. Then immediately left into Newhall’s private lane.

From the M5 northbound: leave the Motorway at Junction 29, signed Exeter/Honiton. Stay in the left hand lane around the bend and follow signs for A30 Honiton. Once on the A30, stay in the left hand lane and take 1st exit to Sowton Village / Rockbeare. Follow this road through Clyst Honiton, past the airport on your right, and then take the next left, signed Broadclyst. Follow this road past The Hungry Fox pub, then Clyst Vale school until you reach a T junction at the B3181. Turn right, and follow the B3181 through Broadclyst, past yellow houses on the right, the Red Lion pub on the left, and then Broadclyst Primary school. Stay on the B3181 following brown signs to Killerton House & Gardens. Take the turning left when sign posted, towards Killerton House & Gardens and there is a brown sign to Newhall Equestrian Centre also. Turn immediately left again into Newhall’s private lane, with green signs at the entrance (if you go over the motorway bridge you have gone too far!).

From Exeter: head towards Pinhoe and Broadclyst, on the B3181. After passing through Broadclyst, stay on the B3181 for approximately 3miles, following signs to ‘Killerton House and Estate’. After 3 miles you will see a BROWN tourist sign for Killerton House and Estate, and ‘Newhall Equestrian Centre’. Take this turning on your left when signed, then turn almost immediately left again into Newhall’s private lane. There are green Newhall signs on the entrance. (If you go over the motorway bridge you have gone too far).

Once you have driven along the lane and down into Newhall’s site, please park in the main car park.

We use both an indoor and outdoor arena, depending on the weather. To find the outdoor field, head from the car park to the left, through the gravel courtyard with a white farmhouse on the left. Just after the white house go through the tall wooden gate in the stone wall on the left and you will find us in the field here.

If the weather is bad, or the ground outside is in a poor condition, head towards our indoor barn – from the car park head to the right, turn left and down the track and we will be training in the barn on the right hand side (entrance around the back).

Please keep your dog on lead at all times around the Newhall site. Newhall is a working equestrian centre and there are horses, dogs and other animals all around the site that we do not want our dogs being a nuisance to.

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How do I get to East Bowerland Farm and where do I park?

From Exeter: join the M5 southbound from Exeter, at Moto services roundabout, and then take the slip road onto A30 towards Okehampton and Bodmin. Follow from ***

From M5 southbound: pass junction 30 and 31 at Exeter and then take the slip road onto the A30 towards Okehampton and Bodmin. Follow from ***

From A38 / A380 northbound: head towards Exeter, take the exit for A30 Okehampton and Bodmin, before you reach Exeter. Follow from *** 

*** Travel along the A30 for approximately 25-30mins. Do NOT leave at the Okehampton exit, but stay on the A30 until the next exit, for ‘Sourton, Bridestowe, Hatherleigh’. Exit here, and stay in the right hand lane down to the T junction. Turn right, and travel under the A30 and along this road for approx 1mile. At a small crossroads turn left, signed Bowerland (opposite sign for Meldon). This is only a small turning, please kept your eye out for it.

Travel down the single track, tree-lined lane and East Bowerland farm is the first farm on the right hand side. Drive down into the yard, turn left at the barn and please park on your left, by the outdoor sand school and fields. There is usually a caravan in this area.

Please keep your dog on lead at Bowerland, unless working in the barn or sand school, or exercising them in the field. Please also keep them away from all livestock and under control at all times.

How do I get from East Bowerland Farm to Newhall?

Drive up lane from Bowerland Farmhouse to main road.

Turn right onto the A386 and travel for just over a mile.

Turn left and merge onto A30 and then travel for about 25 miles, joining the M5 towards Taunton etc.

Leave the M5 at Junction 29, signed Exeter/Honiton. Stay in the left hand lane around the bend and follow signs for A30 Honiton. Once on the A30, stay in the left hand lane and take 1st exit to Sowton Village / Rockbeare. Follow this road through Clyst Honiton, past the airport on your right, and then take the next left, signed Broadclyst. Follow this road past The Hungry Fox pub, then Clyst Vale school until you reach a T junction at the B3181.

Turn right, and follow the B3181 through Broadclyst, past yellow houses on the right, the Red Lion pub on the left, and then Broadclyst Primary school. Stay on the B3181 following brown signs to Killerton House & Gardens. Take the turning left when sign posted, towards Killerton House & Gardens and there is a brown sign to Newhall Farm also.

Turn immediately left again into Newhall’s private lane, with green signs at the entrance (if you go over the motorway bridge you have gone too far!).Your journey should take approximately 40 minutes.

What sort of treats should I bring for my dog?

As our training is positive reward based we use lots of treats and toys to reward our dogs.

Please bring plenty of food for your dog, ideally cut into small pieces, approximately the size of your little finger nail, or smaller for little dogs or puppies.

Shop bought dog biscuit type foods will be too large and too crunchy.

You should try and bring a variety of food types – for example; dry kibble, chopped cheese, sausage, liver cake, sardine cake, tuna cake, chicken, ham, steak, liver etc. Softer foods are better than hard foods so that your dog doesn’t have to stop and crunch them up.

The amount you need to bring should be a large lidded tub / box full. We will probably use more than you initially expect so it’s better to bring too much than run out half way through!

Do I need to bring any toys?

Yes please!! Bring a couple of different toys for your dog. If they have a favourite toy, bring it along, plus some others.

If it doesn’t play with toys but quite likes the feather duster or old socks for example – bring that along too!! Anything that will encourage your dog to play! It doesn’t matter what it is.

If possible, bring a toy that can be thrown like a ball, and a toy that can be tugged with, like a soft toy, a fleecy toy or a sheepskin type toy.

Check out www.tug-e-nuff.co.uk for motivational, fun and high quality toys specifically designed for dog training.

What Collar and Lead should I bring?

Please bring your dog to classes on a flat collar (no check collars please), and a standard lead, approximately 1m long.

Please do not bring extendable leads. These are too clumsy and heavy to be used in class.

If your dog wears a head collar we welcome these in our classes (see www.tug-e-nuff.co.uk for Gentle Leader head collars, as well as long lines).

If you have a light long line / puppy line, it might be useful to bring one of these too. But please bring a standard lead as well.

How many other dogs will be in my class?

The number of dogs in our Life Skills and Agility classes is usually between 6 and 8.

We find this is the best number of dogs for the space we have, and ensures our instructors can give maximum attention to all of the customers in the class this way.

Do you have any rules for your classes that I should know about?

We have a list of ground rules and guide lines for people attending Devon Dogs classes and workshops. We have come up with this list to help ensure your safety whilst training with us and also to help create a happy working environment for all of our customers.

Please make sure you are aware of these points before attending classes or workshops with us.

  • Firstly, please keep your dog on lead whenever you are walking to and from the training areas/ car park. Newhall is a working equestrian centre and there are horses, dogs and other animals all around the site that we do not want our dogs being a nuisance to.
  • Please pick up after your dog if it goes to the toilet anywhere on site, and take away with you as we do not have any bins on site.
  • Do not feed your dog on the day of your training, or exercise them too much so that they are hungry and keen to work for food and toy rewards when you bring them to their class.
  • If you are attending your first ever class with Devon Dogs we recommend you leave your dog in the car just for the first 5-10 minutes, make your way to the training area (indoor or outdoor) to meet the trainer, and they will be able to have a quick chat with you and let you know the basics of what you will be doing and show you how the class will run. The instructor will then tell you to get your dog and come and join the fun!
  • As there will probably be a class already running before yours starts please wait within the wooden gate if we are outside, or in the yard by the barn doors if we are working inside, until the previous class comes out or the trainer calls you in. When the dogs and owners from the previous class leave give them plenty of space to get through and don’t crowd the areas as some dogs can be claustrophobic in small spaces.
  • Once in the class the dogs will all be working on leads in the beginners groups to start with. We need to teach our agility dogs to be focused on us and we don’t want them going off to say hello to every other dog in the class, so they will work on leads until we know we have taught them this. The agility classes have up to 8 dogs in them and they will all be working at the same time. Therefore please make sure you keep your dog’s focus and attention on you and don’t let it be a nuisance to the other dogs by running off and interfering in their training if they are concentrating on their owners. Long lines are a great idea for having control over your dog but allowing them a bit more freedom that their usual lead – see www.tug-e-nuff for puppy/long lines.
  • Remember to have mutual respect for each other and each other’s dogs in the group. Your dog might be over friendly but there may well be dogs in the group that do not appreciate others in their space. Please keep yours under control.
  • If you think / know that your dog is not comfortable with other dogs too close to them, or there is a possibility it might be frightened by certain situations / exercises, or might bite, then please, please let your instructor know. We can work with these things but need to know before anything goes wrong. Please also warn anyone that you are partnered with if you do not want their dog too close to yours.
  • The trainer will structure the lesson into lots of short training exercises. They will call all owners and dogs in, have a talk about the next exercise and then set you working. Then they will call you in again after a few minutes of working, talk again and then give you another exercise. This way the owners and the dogs only work for short sessions and are given plenty of breaks from training. We find this keeps the dogs and owners keen and motivated. If your dog is used to being in a crate we encourage you to bring your crate to training and rest your dog in there in between exercises. Again, this is only if it will settle and not bark or stress. If you bring your dog in with you to listen to the trainer please encourage it to settle down for those couple of minutes, keep it close to you and don’t let jump all over the dog next to it or leap on other owners while they are concentrating on the trainer! Keep it under control.
Does my dog need to have basic obedience skills before I come to train with you?

No, not necessarily. If your dog has basic skills like sit, down, wait this is great and most dogs do know these to varying degrees, but if you don’t, it’s absolutely fine. That’s probably why you are coming to training classes, right?!

If you are joining life skills, puppy or obedience classes we will cover all of the basic obedience skills, plus many, many more to help you develop a well behaved happy pet, so do not worry if you don’t feel your dog is very well trained before it starts. Often that is why people come to training classes, because they want to train their dog better.

If your dog has a tendency to be worried, nervous, aggressive or reactive we can help you work on this but we MUST know about this or any other issues you dog has before they join the class. Please take a couple of minutes to let your trainer know about your dog’s issues so that we can avoid any problems or difficult situations in the class.

If you would like to join agility classes but do not have very good basic obedience skills we recommend that you attend at least one block of life skills classes first. Agility skills and behaviours are all based on those basic foundation skills and the dog has to have a solid foundation understanding before they can progress in agility. As many of these foundation skills are taught in our life skills classes it is best for you to join this class first. Then when you do join the agility classes you will probably find that you progress quicker because your dog has already learnt some basic skills, has a good foundation and has developed a strong working relationship with you and a desire to work for you.

Can I come to training classes if my dog is naughty or doesn’t always like other dogs?
These are the dogs that often need training classes the most so we are very happy to have them at Devon Dogs.

At first it would probably be worth arranging a 1-2-1 lesson with one of the trainers so that we can assess your dog, its behaviour and which class we feel it would fit best in to. We will also give you advice on things you can work on out of class time to help you progress.

We will probably then recommend that you join our Life Skills / Obedience classes for at least one block of classes.

In these classes we will help you work towards changing your dog into a delightful pet, who is a pleasure to own and spend time with. You will work on building a good relationship with your dog, teach them how to choose the correct behaviours over the more naughty ones, tackle problems like jumping up, running away, stealing food, barking, pulling on the lead and how to be comfortable and focused on you when you are around other dogs amongst many other skills.

If you want to then progress onto agility classes we will be able to advise you on this and whether we think your dog is ready, but we really emphasise a need for these basic life skills first.

If your dog isn’t too keen on other dogs, or doesn’t like them too close we can work with you on this. We will avoid putting you in situations which your dog cannot cope with whilst in class, and will give you advice on things that might help your dog. But you must tell your instructor about your dog before you bring it to class – by telling us when you book your first class, and again when you arrive for your first class. Please take a couple minutes to let the instructor know about your dog, it’s issues and that it likes its own space (whether they are nervous or reactive). This will help everyone avoid any unwanted situations.

What course should I start with?

Before you start training in any dog sport it is best to get your dog checked by your vet to ensure it is fit and well enough.

We recommend that ALL new customers to Devon Dogs start by joining our Life Skills / Obedience classes. Within these classes you will learn many of the foundation skills that we cover in agility plus much, much more to help you develop a happy, well mannered pet.

Once you have completed your Life skills classes you might want to carry on with your dog training and perhaps move onto Agility classes. Your trainer will be able to advise you on which Agility class would be best for you to join. When you do then join the Agility class you will already have a good foundation understanding from your life skills classes, and hopefully have a focused and work-oriented dog.

Whether you think you would just like to do agility for fun and fitness, or are aiming to compete with your dog, our training team at Devon Dogs will be able to teach you all the skills you need to be successful.

How do I start Agility?

Before you start training in any dog sport it is best to get your dog checked by your vet to ensure it is fit and well enough.

As agility is all based around a solid foundation of obedience and ground skills we recommend new customers to Devon Dogs join our Life Skills / Obedience classes first, for at least one block. Within these classes you will learn many of the foundation skills that we cover in agility plus much more to help you develop a happy, well mannered pet.

Once you have completed your Life skills classes your trainer will be able to advise you on which Agility class would be best for you to join. When you do then join the Agility class you will already have a good foundation understanding, and hopefully have a focused and work-oriented dog by then.

We will then help you build on these newly-learnt foundation skills and develop further agility-specific skills and behaviours.

Whether you think you would just like to do agility for fun and fitness, or are aiming to compete in Agility with your dog, our training team at Devon Dogs will be able to teach you all the skills you need to be successful.

What can I expect from my first class?

In your first class you might well receive lots and lots of information that you think makes your mind boggle as it may well all be completely new to you, but hopefully you will come away feeling inspired to learn more and to work with your dog to achieve a great working relationship in class and in life generally.

We would never put you into a class where you feel out of your depth but hopefully, as most of the classes are mixed ability, you will be able to look around and watch other dogs and handlers and see behaviours and activities that you want to have a go at, or be as good at. You will then be inspired to keep working to achieve these goals.

We will set you various tasks to work on during the lesson, and then set you homework of things we would like you to keep working on during the week until your next lesson.

Who will be my trainer?

We have a unique team of trainers at Devon Dogs who teach our Life skills, Obedience, Puppy and Agility classes between them. All of our trainers train regularly in the Devon Dog system with their own dogs, and they all train and compete in agility with their dogs. The team offers a range of experience and styles to suit your every need.

All of the members of the Devon Dogs training team are committed to helping you work towards creating a brilliant relationship with your dog, whether that’s through life skills or agility, and they are all enthusiastic, approachable, knowledgeable and dedicated instructors.

Can I bring a crate?

Yes, please do. We encourage anyone who uses a crate with their dog at home to bring one along to class. They are a very good way of letting your dog rest in between working, in a safe, familiar environment. If you allow your dog to rest in between exercises we find they come out refreshed and keen to work for you. So please do bring a crate with a cover, and if it is very hot, even a large sun umbrella as you will probably be working outside in the nice weather.

If you find it difficult to carry the crate and lead your dog at the same time we advise you to bring the crate to the field/barn first, set it up, then go back to get your dog from the car. Much easier than struggling with everything in one trip.

Why do you recommend crates?

Once a dog has been trained to enjoy going into his crate (which you should spend a good amount of time developing) and is happy resting there, they are a great resource to have to encourage a dog to settle when you want them to. They should never be used as a way of punishing a dog though. They should always want to go in there.

For agility, playing ‘crate games’ can be a massive help in building enthusiasm, work ethic, drive, and understanding of an excellent start line wait. A DVD on ‘Crate Games’ by Susan Garrett is available to buy.

Even for life skills and puppy customers we still recommend crates. People who use them in their dog’s everyday life would probably say their dogs like their crates as a safe place to go if they need it, where they can settle or sleep in peace. They are also very useful to use in the car for your dog’s safety to stop it being thrown all over the seats or boot, and so that you can leave the boot open to give the dog ventilation without it jumping out if you ever need it. As well as this, when you open the boot door your dog cannot push its way out before you are ready and possibly run in the road or somewhere dangerous.

Crates really do have a very positive place in dog training when used correctly, and we are more than happy for you to bring a crate to training classes if your dog is used to them.

Is there anything I should buy or read before I come?

If you are not familiar with positive reward based training ideas it might be worth trying to read up on this before you come to training, so that you understand the ethos and background behind the way that we train. There are lots of articles on the internet about positive and negative reinforcement, the theories and research behind it, and why we use positive reinforcement in dog training now.

We sell a variety of books and DVDs on dog training, and some specifically on agility training. If you would like to start collecting some reading material or DVDs on the subject, please contact us and we will be able to recommend some material to start with. In particular we have a couple of excellent books on relationship building with your dog and Leadership. Please email for more details.

If you only ever use a choke chain or extendable lead for your dog you will need to purchase a flat collar or head collar, and a regular (non-extendable) lead before you come to training as neither of these will be able to be used in classes. See www.tug-e-nuff.co.uk for head collars and long lines.

If you do not have something suitable it might be worth buying a food treat pouch for your dog’s treats. Most people have types that hang from their trouser waist band, or straps that clip around the waist. This means the food rewards are in easy reach for you to be able to reward your dog quickly when it offers you a great behaviour.

How do I book on the next available class?

If you have read all of the information on our classes and think you would like to join us, you can reserve a place online for your chosen course, and book and pay for it at the same time. Payment is either by bank card, or by PayPal.

You will get an automatic response from the website confirming your booking once the payment has gone through.

How old does my puppy need to be to come to training classes?
Our Life Skills classes are a great place to start your new puppy’s training and they cover all of the skills and exercises you will need to bring up a well balanced, well behaved family member. These classes can accommodate puppies from 10weeks old (once they are fully vaccinated) up to 6months.

We try to keep very young puppies in the same class to start with so that they are all at similar stages of development.

How do I stop my dog pulling on the lead?

If you are having problems with your dog pulling on the lead or any other day to day problems such as jumping up, stealing food, not coming when called etc, these are all covered within our Life Skills classes.

If you would like to start attending these classes please complete a booking form and send this with your payment to us and we will book you onto the next block of lessons.

Once you have joined any of our training classes we have many free learning resource hand outs that are available to you on specific problems such as pulling on the lead. Just ask your trainer or email us for more information.

Alternatively your trainer may be able to recommend a book or DVD that you would find useful. Just ask.

For a start though, we would probably recommend a good head collar for dogs that pull on the lead – see www.tug-e-nuff.co.uk for Gentle Leader head collars.

Where are your classes based?

We have three venue’s where all of our regular weekly Agility and Life skills classes are held at:

Newhall Equestrian Centre, Broadclyst, Exeter, EX5 3LW.

At Newhall, if the weather is fine and dry we will be training in the outdoor arena (to the left of the car park, through the yard and in the wooden gate on the left past the white farmhouse).However, during the winter and if the weather is bad in the spring and summer, we are lucky enough to have an indoor school too (right of the car park, down the track and in the barn on the right hand side).

Colebrook Community Hall, Newnham Road, Plympton PL7 4AN. We hold Weekly Life Skills classes only at this venue .

Our headquarters are in Okehampton at East Bowerland Farm, EX20 4LZ and we have a very large indoor training barn which is great for all weather training.

Where can I read about other agility training events you have going on?

A good place to read about our latest news is on our facebook account:  This is updated regularly with news of any up and coming events, guest trainers, exciting news, changes, club competition results and more and is a good place to keep up to date with Devon Dogs.

We also produce a monthly Newsletter which is packed full of news, event info, congratulations, changes and offers and is definitely worth keeping an eye out for. Sign up to be included in the mailing.  These are also posted on our website.

To keep up to date on other workshops, classes and events we are hosting please look at our Courses & Bookings page.

Can you look after my dog while I am away?

For existing customers only, it’s possible we might be able to look after your dog in our home while you are away.

Please contact us ([email protected]) with the dates you are looking for, in plenty of time and we will let you know if this is a possibility.

Your dog would be looked after within our own home so we are very limited in the number of dogs we can look after at one time, but please do ask and we will let you know if your dates are convenient.

When / why would you suggest I have a 1-2-1 lesson?

There are a number of reasons why people choose to have 1-2-1 lessons with one of the DD training team, or why we would recommend one to you. Some of these reasons are:

  • If you are apprehensive or nervous about joining a group class for any reason and would rather have 1-2-1 training.
  • If you have trained / competed in agility before but would like to start training with Devon Dogs. We will be able to assess your level in a 1-2-1and then recommend the appropriate weekly class / workshop for you to join.
  • If you own a difficult dog (reactive, nervous, aggressive etc) but would like to start training with us. We would like to meet you and your dog on a 1-2-1 basis first before we put you in a group lesson so that we can assess your level and suggest the right class for you, or even suggest a few more 1-2-1 lessons before you join a group class.
  • If you have specific goals you want to work towards or would like 1-2-1 tuition and guidance to help you set future goals or work on specific areas for you and your dog. This might be the only training you do with us, or it might be on top of your weekly classes.
  • If you cannot attend any of our weekly classes but still want to train with us at Devon Dogs. 1-2-1 lessons can be booked to suit you and your schedule.

Please see the relevant form on the Courses & Bookings page, fill in your details and put in the times that would suit you best on the comment section of the booking form, and proceed to payment.  This form will be automatically sent to our admin section and they will contact you to agree a specific time and date.  If you haven’t heard anything within a couple of days, contact [email protected] to arrange a suitable time, date and location.

What do you cover on an initial 1-2-1 lesson?

On an initial 1-2-1 lesson, dependant on why you are there, we would cover things like:

  • Assessment of your level of experience (handler and dog) – whether you are a new or experienced handler
  • Assessment of the issues you are having (if relevant) or the goals you would like to work towards
  • Suggestions of areas you should work on, setting you homework tasks to aid improvement outside of lessons
  • Advising of the next step that is best for you – either further 1-2-1 lessons if not ready for group classes, or a weekly class that would be suitable for you to join.
How do I progress with my training at Devon Dogs?

People often start with Life Skills classes and once they have progressed through the Starters and Improver levels they move over to Obedience or Agility classes because they have developed a fantastic working relationship with their dog and want to keep expanding on their learning and fun. This is not to say that this route suits every customer but our trainers will always be very pleased to suggest other classes for you to help keep you learning, progressing and building on what you and your dog already know.

In fact our trainers will regularly make suggestions for their customers regarding other workshops or courses that would suit them and their dog specifically but it is always entirely the customer’s choice whether they want to book these or not. There is never any pressure but we like to keep our customers progressing and moving upwards if they are interested.

Agility really is our forte at Devon Dogs and if you attending Agility classes with us and find you would like to learn more and more, our trainers will be very happy to keep suggesting other classes or workshops that will keep you moving on and pushing your knowledge forward. If you have a space in a weekly agility class at a set time, when you are ready to progress from this class your trainer will advise you of the next group you should join, as long as the time also suits you.

We love to keep our customers moving forward, expanding their knowledge and building on their experience as their passion for dog training grows.

Regular customers will receive Personal Training Calendars every few months to let them know of other workshops we have coming up that would suit them specifically.

Our customers can also talk to their trainer at any time to ask if they can work on specific tasks or areas within their class. We are always flexible.

Finally, we are always very welcoming of any feedback our customers might want to give us. We need feedback so that we can keep meeting our customer’s expectations and keep moving forward in the right direction. If you have any feedback for us please email [email protected] with your feedback, or to ask for a blank feedback form for you to complete and return