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Nurturing the bond between you and your canine companion through force free, positive training methods.

Puppy Foundations

This 8 week course is designed to give your puppy the absolute best start. It is suitable for puppies from their first vaccination up the age of 20 weeks at the start of the course. We commence with an owners only talk to teach you about how puppies learn, overcoming common puppy problems, the importance of good socialisation, toilet training and much more. There are then 7 practical sessions to teach your puppy essential foundation training skills to ensure they grow up into a well rounded adult dog. 


Course Description

This 8 week course is designed to give your puppy the absolute best start. You will learn how to teach your puppy:

  • Greeting manners

  • Focus on you around distractions

  • Basic positions

  • Settle

  • Loose lead walking

  • Reliable recall

  • Self control

  • Wait & stay

  • Fun tricks


We will also look at:

  • Preventing common puppy problems

  • Dog-dog interactions

  • Understanding dog body language

  • Confidence building

You will receive a puppy goody bag, detailed handouts for each exercise and ongoing telephone support throughout the course.

We are also proud to be working in partnership with Alan Schofield Photography meaning that every puppy booked onto our foundation course will receive a free photo shoot with Alan and an 8x6 print!

Venue Information

Classes are held at:

St. John the Baptist Church Hall, South St, Barnstaple EX32 9DT  (Wednesdays)

Instow Parish Hall, Quay Lane, Bideford, EX39 4JR (Saturdays)

What Next?

Once you've completed your puppy course your journey doesn't need to end... We have a great selection of additional courses to keep you and your dog engaged and loving learning for as long as you would like. Have you thought about our Good Companion Dog Awards program? Or perhaps unlocking the full power of your dog's sense of smell in our WSDA Scent work classes? What about working towards some of our Trick Dog Titles? We really do have something for everyone!


“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

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Hoops and Hounds

T: 01271 322847

M: 07888732328

E: hoopsandhounds@gmail.com

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