Nurturing the bond between you and your canine companion through force free, positive training methods.
Hoops & Hounds is dedicated to running effective, enjoyable training classes. Our goal is for both you and your dog to have a blast learning new skills. All exercises are taught using force free methods and rewarding dogs with treats or play when they succeed. The focus is on keeping things fun for all and setting your dog up for success. Class sizes are kept small with only 4-6 dogs so that there is plenty of time for 1:1 tuition. Currently classes run on Saturday mornings at Instow Parish Hall and on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at Newport Church Hall. Spaces fill up fast so get in touch to book in for the next course or add yourself to our waiting list!
This 8 week course is designed to give your puppy the absolute best start. You will learn how to teach your puppy basic manners, focus, loose lead walking, reliable recall, impulse control, prevent common puppy problems and much, much more. We will look at dog-dog interactions and how to set your puppy up for happy encounters by understanding their body language and what to do if things go wrong... Definitely a course not to be missed - your pup will thank you for it!
Suitable for dogs over the age of 5 months who are too old for our puppy classes but would still benefit from learning the essentials. Whether you have recently taken on a new rescue dog, want to brush up on your existing training skills or would like a bit of help through your dog's teenage stage, we have the perfect course for you! Packed full of fun, simple and effective exercises including a selection to help you survive your dog's adolescent phase without losing your mind!
Challenge your dog to think outside of the box and try new things! Trick training is great for all dogs from those which are young or boisterous and need an activity to keep them occupied, to older dogs who have perhaps retired from agility of dogs who need help building their confidence. A great way to provide mental and physical stimulation to your dog whilst having a lot of fun!
WSDA Scent Work
WSDA is the World Scent Dog Association - an association that aims to train up dogs ready to compete in the ultimate scent competition - The Man Hunt. The Man Hunt is a new sport from the WSDA and requires you and your dog to become a crime fighting team, competing at various levels to solve mysteries. At the highest level the Man Hunt competitions are themed and dogs are trained to participate in 3 areas of nosework - active searches, passive searches and mantrailing. Are you ready for a new challenge?
Paws on Boards Surfing
We are the only doggy surf school in the UK! Our ground breaking Paws on Boards course introduces dogs and their owners to dog surfing in a safe and responsible way. From the early stages of learning right through to riding the waves at competitions level this epic new sport is starting to gain momentum! Do you have what it takes?
Good Companion Awards
If you're wondering what to do after completing our puppy, teen or adult foundation course take a look at our Good Companion Awards program. The aim of the program is to acknowledge the hard work and commitment that you and your dogs undertake to make your lives together enjoyable. There are 5 levels to progress through and on successful completion of each, you will be awarded your coveted certificate as proof of your awesome achievement!
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
“We loved it! My rescue dog has never been in this kind of environment and he loved it, picked everything up really quickly and is now fast asleep! Bring on next week!”
— Helen M