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Trick Stars Level 1 & 2

This 8 week course will introduce you to a wide variety of fun tricks to teach your dog. From take a bow to fetch a lead there is plenty to inspire all budding trick stars out there! Will you master the tricks and earn a place in our Trick Dog Hall of Fame?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 looking for something to keep them engaged in their golden years. It's also great for building confidence in dogs who are a little more reserved as the tricks will get your dog to think outside of the box and try new things.


Course Description

This 8 week course will introduce you to the world of trick training. You will learn how to build behaviours using positive reinforcement through shaping, luring and capturing, as well as developing a fabulous bond with your dog based on trust and communication. Deepening the bond you share with your dog will have a positive knock on effect to all other areas of training with your dog too. Trick training is a brilliant way to help build your dogs confidence and focus as well as give them new and fun mental challenges.


During the course we will teach you how to train:

Level 1

  • Paw

  • Ring a Bell

  • Leave treats on your paws

  • Catch

  • Leg Jump

  • Hand Touch

  • Drop


Level 2

  • Take a Bow

  • Peekaboo

  • Hoop Jump

  • Hand Signals x 3

  • Fetch a Lead

  • Crawl

  • Target Stick

  • Paws Up

  • Spin

  • Twist

  • Push Ups

  • Which Hand?

  • Guilty

  • Speak!

You will receive a goody bag, 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 Trick Stars 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  (Tuesdays/Wednesdays)

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

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What Next?

Our Level 3 trick course awaits those who have mastered the level 1 -2 tricks! Looking for something different? We also 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 the idea of teaching your dog to take to the waves with our Paws on Boards dog surfing lessons? 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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