Life Skills Foundation are the skills and behaviours that
you need to teach your dogs to help them develop into
well mannered, happy safe and friendly dogs,
that you can take proudly anywhere!

What Is Life Skills Foundation?

Life Skills Foundation is the skills and behaviours that you need to teach your dogs to help them develop into well mannered, happy, safe and friendly dogs, dogs that you can take proudly anywhere! The classes cover a multitude of both exciting and life exercises. They are skills such as:

  • a really reliable recall
  • a solid stay
  • greeting people and dogs politely
  • food manners and leaving food (human!)
  • comfortable being handled and groomed
  • walking on a loose lead
  • crate and boundary games
  • relationship building
  • having a confident dog
  • and so much more!

This is just a small example of the skills covered but they are all taught using positive, reward-based training methods. The main underlying theme of all of the classes, regardless of the level, is building a happy, positive relationship between you and your dog. We also encourage you to ask questions.

To ensure success we always suggest that you work with your dog in small steps, to give them the best possible chance of getting the behaviour right, and therefore gaining a reward. If we set them too difficult a challenge, and they fail, and continue to fail, they will become de-motivated and lose all interest in us and our attempts to work with them. Because of this, we always suggest that you set yourself and your dog small and achievable goals.

You will work in a small class with one of our experienced trainers who can give you the best advice specific to your goals. This is a great opportunity for you to socialize with other like-minded dog-owners who want to get the most out of their relationships with their dogs. And of course it’s a super time for your dog to work around other dogs in a controlled environment. Many classes at other clubs are much larger than this but we feel this number will allow you maximum time for progress.

Please be aware our classes run for 50 weeks per year.

Life Skills Foundation Classes

We run weekly classes aimed at different levels and abilities of dogs. We would begin at starter level and you can progress right through to our genius level.

In order to join in with our Life Skills Foundation training you will need to purchase our Introductory Welcome Package as an initial starting point.

Your Introductory Welcome Programme rolls straight into our weekly classes and it is super easy and planned in for you to do this.  All you need to do is to setup a standing order during your first few weeks of the introduction. The standing order needs to be payable on the first of each month.  It’s as simple as that!

Check out the exercises and super fun games we’ve got planned for you, these are specifically chosen for you and your dog’s needs and pitched at your level.

Some of the other benefits of the Welcome Package include:

  • You will progress along with other students in the class;
  • You will receive regular homework;
  • Access to the Facebook Devon Dogs Student Room where you can post progress videos and ask questions in between classes;
  • Periodic planning and goal setting;
  • Discounts on certain workshops;
  • Discounts on certain products;
  • 10% off of your stay at Bowerland Holiday Cottages;
  • A fantastic annual gift

Cost – all this for a super duper £55 per month

Max was a 7 month old Border Collie when I got him, he had been in 3 homes and each one could not cope with his boisterous behaviour, this included jumping up, counter surfing, barking, and being unable to switch off. I was new to Devon Dogs and so decided to try their Life Skills classes to get a feel for what they do: I was also thinking it would help Max. The first training session came along and Max was a nightmare: he was lunging at the other dogs, barking all the time, pulling me over, and generally making a nuisance of himself. We learnt about choice games and using the crate as a boundary, homework was given, and we practiced every day at least twice. I could begin to see glimmers of hope, Max was showing that he could concentrate, make the correct choices and he loved getting his tennis ball as a reward. Over the weeks I found his 'off switch' (massage) and used this during the lesions to help keep him calm. A year on, Max is a different dog: he is responsive, can listen, and he loves any kind of training. We did two lots of Life Skills and are now starting to compete in Flyball. I can't thanks Devon Dogs enough for these lessons: the skills they teach really are 'Life Skills' and make having a dog such a pleasure. Thanks to you all.

Jo Wallace

Life Skills Foundation Events

Fri 24

Naughty But Nice Spring Solutions

24 April @ 10:00 am27 April @ 4:00 pm
May 01

Activity Break Holiday

1 May @ 10:00 am4 May @ 4:00 pm
May 09

Naughty But Nice Day

9 May @ 10:00 am4:00 pm
May 26

Stop Chase – 2 Day Workshop

26 May @ 10:00 am27 May @ 4:00 pm
May 31
Jun 05

Naughty But Nice Summer Break

5 June @ 10:00 am9 June @ 4:00 pm
Jun 27

Terrier Day

27 June @ 10:00 am4:00 pm
Jul 04

Spaniel Day

4 July @ 10:00 am4:00 pm
Jul 11

Track It Down, Search Days

11 July @ 10:00 am13 July @ 4:00 pm
Jul 17

Summer Gundog Skills Focus

17 July @ 10:00 am19 July @ 4:00 pm
Jul 24

Get Out There – Games on the Road

24 July @ 10:00 am25 July @ 4:00 pm
Jul 25

Border Collie Day

25 July @ 10:00 am4:00 pm
Aug 07

Activity Break Holiday

7 August @ 10:00 am10 August @ 4:00 pm
Aug 17

Agility Holiday

17 August @ 10:00 am20 August @ 4:00 pm
Aug 23

Site Hound Day

23 August @ 10:00 am4:00 pm
Aug 30

Naughty But Nice Day

30 August @ 10:00 am4:00 pm
Sep 05

Boundary Games Workshop

5 September @ 2:00 pm5:00 pm
Sep 18

Pro Dog Trainer The Trainer Evolution

18 September @ 10:00 am21 September @ 4:00 pm
Sep 25

Naughty But Nice Autumn Transformation

25 September @ 10:00 am28 September @ 4:00 pm
Oct 15

Stop Chase – 2 Day Workshop

15 October @ 10:00 am16 October @ 4:00 pm
Oct 17

Pro Dog Trainer – Focused Skill Up

17 October @ 10:00 am18 October @ 4:00 pm
Oct 23

Autumn Gundog Action-Taker

23 October @ 10:00 am26 October @ 4:00 pm
Nov 06

Pro Dog Trainer Success=Success

6 November @ 10:00 am9 November @ 4:00 pm
Nov 29

Boundary Games Workshop

29 November @ 2:00 pm5:00 pm

Life Skills Foundation Camps

There are no upcoming events at this time.