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

Teen/Adult Foundations

This 8 week course is designed to give your dog the skills needed to thrive in their life with you. It is suitable for dogs over the age of 5 months at the start of the course. This course is perfect for dogs who missed out on puppy classes, rescue dogs, teenagers and also adult dogs needing to brush up on their skills. We commence with an owners only talk to teach you about how dogs learn, overcoming common problems, the importance of expectation in dogs, toilet training and much more. There are then 7 practical sessions to teach your dog the essential foundation training skills.


Course Description

This 8 week course is designed to teach your dog the essential skills they'll need to thrive.  You will learn how to teach your dog:

  • 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:​

  • Dog-dog interactions

  • Understanding dog body language

  • Any specific issues arising for each attendee

You will receive a doggy 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 dog 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 foundation 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? Or perhaps 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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