Battersea Launches New Virtual Skills Classes to Offer Lockdown Dog Owners Fresh Training Inspiration

21 JUNE 2022

Battersea has launched a new virtual training class to teach owners fun tricks and techniques to keep their dogs stimulated, following the successful launch of their online sessions for lockdown puppies and adolescent dogs in September 2020. 

Designed for dogs aged six months and over, the leading animal charity’s ‘Skills for All’ training classes will be delivered live online by Battersea’s expert behaviourists and trainers and teach owners entertaining new tricks to exercise both their pets’ brains and their bodies.   

With thousands of people across the UK welcoming new dogs during lockdown, demand for advice on pet training is on the rise. To help meet this need and complement their existing virtual training classes, Battersea is now adding a four-week skills course to its growing online training programme geared towards adult dogs of all ages.  

Battersea’s Canine Behaviourist and Training Manager, Rob Bays, said: “Lockdown showed just how special the bond between pet and owner can be. As we spend more time out of our houses in the summer months, our classes offer owners the chance to spend much-valued quality at-home time with their dogs, strengthening those existing relationships whilst teaching them fun tricks that the whole family can get involved in.”   

The classes are held on Zoom, with no more than six dogs per session, allowing the trainer to give each animal and owner plenty of one-to-one guidance. Skills taught include backwards walking, leg weaves and high fives, and are designed to offer a natural next step after learning the basics like ‘sit’ and ‘stay’. 

Rob added: “One of the great things about running these classes virtually is that we’re able to teach dogs fun and mentally stimulating tricks within their familiar home environment, free of any potential distractions and with the support of our expert behaviour team.” 

“With temperatures hotting up and owners on the hunt for fun activities for their dogs while keeping them cool, the summer months are the perfect time to get involved in our virtual classes and keep your dog stimulated in a safe way that’s fun for you both.”   

The next available courses are scheduled to start on 18 July and 27 July, with three classes held on each day.  

Any owners considering taking part in the programme can find out more, book a place or register their interest for future classes on the Battersea website.   

While classes are currently limited to dogs aged six months and over, Battersea is always here for dogs of all ages. If you have any questions regarding your dog’s behaviour, you can call our dedicated pet behaviour advice line on 0203 887 8347 or visit our website for tips and techniques www.battersea.org.uk/pet-advice/dog-advice.   

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For more information, please contact press@battersea.org.uk.   

Notes to editors  

  • The four-week course costs £55. 
  • Since Battersea was founded 160 years ago, we’ve been committed to helping every dog and cat that needs us - championing their rights, loving their imperfections and expertly caring for them. Because rescue is our favourite breed.  
  • We’re reliant on the generosity of the public to continue to fund our vital work helping dogs and cats and the people who care for them. Now more than ever, we need funds to enable us to continue to be here for every dog and cat.  
  • Battersea directly helps over 5,000 dogs and cats across its three centres and uses its expertise, influence, and voice to help thousands more animals all over the country and across the world. 
  • There is no time limit on how long an animal can stay at Battersea, but the average stay for a dog is 34 days and 25 days for a cat. 
  • In addition to the site in South West London, Battersea also has two other centres based at Old Windsor, Berkshire and Brands Hatch, Kent.  
  • To donate to Battersea, visit  https://donate.battersea.org.uk.  
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