How to Train Your Dog The Battersea Way

As lovable as they are, training puppies and young dogs can be hard work! So, if you’re looking to make those early days more joyful than stressful, our online dog training classes, Training Your Dog The Battersea Way, are here to help.

Dog at Battersea, being trained

Dog Training Classes

Puppy Programme

For young puppies (aged 2-5 months), we offer a six week long Puppy Programme which will cover all the basics (comprised of 6 one-hour weekly lessons).

Book Your Place on the Puppy Programme

Adolescent Dog Training

For adolescent dogs (aged 5-18 months) we offer Adolescent Dog Training - a series of six one-off sessions on more advanced topics. You can book any number of classes, depending on your dog's training needs.

Book an Adolescent Dog Training Class

Register Your Interest for Future Dates

Or if you are not ready yet, you can register your interest (for both Puppy Programme and Adolescent Dog Training) for our classes later in the year, and we will let you know when booking opens.

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Interactive Online Training Classes

Whether you choose to attend our six-week Puppy Programme with your young puppy, or one of our Adolescent Dog Training sessions, you and your dog can learn together from the comfort of your own home - always using the positive reinforcement training style we recommend.

Our courses are run by experienced Battersea Canine Behaviour and Training Advisors who will work with you and your dog via an interactive online class. You’ll be shown Battersea-recommended techniques and behaviours, which you’ll then get the chance to try yourself while your trainer watches on and advises. Classes will be held on Zoom, with no more than six dogs per session, so you can rest assured that your trainer can give you plenty of one-to-one guidance.

The Battersea Way: Puppy Programme - Course Overview

Puppy at Battersea

This is our six-week course which will take you and your puppy through all the basics to help them become a well-rounded, well trained dog. Each week will focus on a new behaviour, and after each session you will receive a homework task to complete together. This is designed to be fun, and to help you build on the skills you’ve learnt in the lesson. After six weeks, you’ll graduate with the tools you need to continue to grow and learn together. You’ll even receive a digital certificate to show that your puppy has completed the course and has been trained - The Battersea Way.

Behaviours you’ll learn

This course has been tailor made for puppies between 2 and 5 months old (puppies must be this age when the course begins), and will cover basic training technqiues including:

  • Sit
  • Settle
  • Stay
  • Down
  • Spin
  • Lead walking
  • Self control
  • Hand touch
  • Recall skills
  • Handling at the vets
  • Emergency recall

We’ll also give you the tools you need to keep your puppy happy and stimulated through enrichment and play, so you’ll both have plenty of fun along the way.

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at puppy owners who would like to learn the basics of puppy training. So we can make sure the class is tailored to your needs, we ask that your puppy is between two and five months old (your puppy must be this age when the course begins). If you have a new puppy, we’d advise making sure they’ve had a few days to settle into their new home before starting the course.

We encourage everyone in your home to be actively involved in training, so all members of the household are welcome to join. To get the best from each class, we need puppies and owners alike to remain as focused as possible. So we’ll leave it up to your discretion when deciding whether to bring young children to the training.

Dates

Dates, March and April are below, we will be announcing more dates on a rolling basis - register your interest to be the first to hear about new dates.


MARCH

Beginning Friday 12 March, running for 6 weeks

  • Friday afteroons (3:00pm-4:00pm)

Beginning Monday 29 March, running for 6 weeks

  • Monday afternoons (3:00pm-4:00p)

APRIL

Beginning Tuesday 6 April, running for 6 weeks

  • Tuesday mornings (8:30am-9:30am)
  • Tuesday afternoons (1:00pm-2:00pm)

Beginning Thursday 15 April, running for 6 weeks

  • Thursday mornings (10:30am-11:30am)
  • Thursday afternoons (1:00pm-2:00pm)

Beginning Friday 23 April, running for 6 weeks

  • Friday mornings (10:30am-11:30am)
  • Friday afternoons (1:00pm-2:00pm)

In order to ensure small class sizes, we can’t move people between sessions, so once you’ve signed up to a specific day, you are committed to that day.

Prices

The course costs £80 in total for six hour-long sessions, with one class per week for six weeks. Payment will be taken when you sign up. By signing up to a Battersea course, you’re not only helping your own puppy, but all the other animals who we care for every day across our three centres.

Read our course FAQs and the booking Terms and Conditions.

Book our Puppy Programme

The Battersea Way: Adolescent Dog Training - Overview

Dog at Battersea, being trained

We also offer a series of six one-off classes, aimed at adolescent dogs between 5 and 18 months old. You can choose to attend all six sessions, or a combination depending on your dog’s individual training requirements. The six class topics that you can book are, Loose Lead Walking, Meeting New People and Other Dogs, Multi-animal Households, Constructive Play, Preventing Resource Guarding and Preventing Separation Anxiety.

In these sessions, a Battersea Canine Behaviour and Training Advisor will work with you and your dog on slightly more advanced behaviours. You’ll be shown Battersea-recommended techniques and behaviours, which you’ll then get the chance to try yourself while your trainer watches on and advises.

Classes will be held on Zoom, with no more than six dogs per session, so you can rest assured that your trainer can give you plenty of one to one guidance. You’ll even receive a virtual badge on completion of each session to show the new skill your dog has learnt, or a special virtual certificate if you complete all six sessions.

See all class topics

These classes have been tailor made for adolescent dogs between 5 and 18 months old and will cover more advanced topics including:


  • Loose Lead Walking
  • Meeting New People and Other Dogs
  • Multi-animal Households
  • Constructive Play
  • Preventing Resource Guarding
  • Preventing Separation Anxiety

Classes are repeated throughout the year and you can mix-and-match classes to suit your dog.

Who are these classes for?

These classes are aimed at adolescent dog owners who would like to learn techniques to help with specific behaviours. So we can make sure the class is tailored to your needs, we ask that your dog is between five and eighteen months-old (your dog must be this age on the day of the class). Whilst this course will be an excellent follow on from our Puppy Programme, it is not necessary for you or your dog to have had any previous puppy training experience.

We encourage everyone in your home to be actively involved in training, so all members of the household are welcome to join. To get the best from each class, we need dogs and owners alike to remain as focused as possible. So we’ll leave it up to your discretion when deciding whether to bring young children to the training.

Dates

All Adolescent Dog Training classes are held between 10.30 and 11.30am. Dates for April and May are below, we will be announcing more dates on a rolling basis - register your interest to be the first to hear about new class dates.


LOOSE LEAD WALKING

  • Monday 29 March (10:30am-11:30am)
  • Tuesday 6 April (10:30am-11:30am)
  • Monday 19 April (10:30am-11:30am)
  • Tuesday 27 April (10:30am-11:30am)
  • Monday 24 May (10:30am-11:30am)

Meeting New People and Other Dogs

  • Monday 5 April (10:30am-11:30am)
  • Tuesday 13 April (10:30am-11:30am)
  • Monday 3 May (10:30am-11:30am)
  • Tuesday 4 May (10:30am-11:30am)
  • Monday 31 May (10:30am-11:30am)

CONSTRUCTIVE PLAY

  • Monday 12 April (10:30am-11:30am)
  • Tuesday 20 April (10:30am-11:30am)
  • Monday 26 April (10:30am-11:30am)
  • Tuesday 11 May (10:30am-11:30am)

Preventing Resource Guarding

  • Monday 10 May (10:30am-11:30am)

Multi-animal Households

  • Monday 17 May (10:30am-11:30am)
  • Tuesday 18 May (10:30am-11:30am)

Preventing Separation Anxiety

  • Tuesday 25 May (10:30am-11:30am)

Register your interest to hear about class availability beyond May (for both the Puppy Programme course and our Adolescent Dog Training).

Prices

Each class costs £15 for one hour-long session. There are 6 different topics in total on the Adolescent Dog Training course, you may book as many different topics as you like, depending on your dog's training needs, the price is £15 per class. Payment will be taken when you sign up.

By signing up to a Battersea course, you’re not only helping your own dog, but all the other animals who we care for every day across our three centres.

Read our class FAQs and the booking Terms and Conditions.

Book our Adolescent Dog Classes

Please note that for our Adolescent Dog training programme you must select each class topic that you would like to attend individually, you may book as many or as few as you like.

FAQs

My puppy/dog isn’t from Battersea, can I still sign up?

Yes ! We welcome rescue and non-rescue puppies and dogs of any breed to the class, as long as they are the correct age for your chosen class. Battersea’s mission is to be there for every dog and cat who needs us.

What’s Zoom and will it cost me money to join the call?

Zoom is an app which hosts group video calls, but you don’t need to have a Zoom account to join and it will not cost you any additional money. We will email you a clickable link before each session, you will need a laptop or smartphone with a camera and internet connection.

Can I mix and match which classes I attend?

In order for your puppy to get the maximum benefit from the class, we strongly recommend attending every week of the course.

Each adolescent class is a standalone session, so you may book onto whichever topic(s) meets your requirements. You don’t need to attend the adolescent classes in a particular order and you also don't need to attend all 6, you book any number you like. Classes will also be repeated later in year, should you decide that you want to attend further training down-the-line.

In order to ensure small class sizes, we can’t move people between sessions, so once you’ve signed up to a specific day, you are committed to that day.

What training methods does The Battersea Way use?

Battersea always trains dogs using positive reinforcement. This is where we reinforce good behaviours by rewarding dogs with their favourite toy or treat. These methods are proven to be effective, ensuring lasting results. We never recommend negative techniques that would threaten or distress your puppy or dog.

Do I need to have anything with me?

We’ll email you before the sessions begin to tell you what you’ll need to bring to the class. You’ll always need treats and their favourite toys, and some weeks you’ll need blankets, a lead and household objects. You won’t need to buy any special equipment to take part in this course.

Can I get in touch with my trainer between classes

Yes, you can. You will be provided with an email address, so that if you have any questions about what you’ve learnt on the course you can contact them.

Is each class run by the same trainer?

Our aim is for the same trainer to deliver the sessions, but this may not always be possible. To ensure you receive training that meets your needs, all our puppy programme and adolescent dog trainers will have access to the information you provide when booking about the topics that you have identified as key goals and what you would like to achieve from the session.

What age must my dog be for your courses?

For The Battersea Way: Puppy Programme your dog must be aged between 2 months and 5 months at the time the course begins.

For The Battersea Way: Adolescent Dog Training classes your dog needs to be aged between 5 months and 18 months. Our course content is designed for dogs going through adolescence (5-18 months) and focuses on teaching them valuable life skills they can carry forward into adulthood. Adult dogs older than 18 months are likely to need more tailored behaviour and training support with regards to the topics covered. For this reason, we would instead advise getting in contact with us and discussing your dog’s behaviour with our Behaviour Team. Our team will be able to provide you with guidance and support tailored to you and your dog. Get in touch with our team at trainingclasses@battersea.org.uk

Can I register more than one puppy or dog?

We recommend that if you wish to attend with more than one dog, you book them onto separate sessions, so that each dog can be given your full attention during the training. If this is not possible, each dog should have its own handler for the session.

I’m not based in the UK. Can I still attend?

Yes, but please be aware that all classes are delivered in English, and our class times are GMT.

How many people from my household can attend the classes?

We encourage everyone in your home to be actively involved in training, so all members of the household are welcome to join. To get the best from each class, we need dogs and owners alike to remain as focused as possible. So we’ll leave it up to your discretion when deciding whether to bring young children to the training.

Is there a discount for booking multiple classes?

Our Puppy Programme costs £80 for six one-hour sessions, with one class per week for six weeks. Our Adolescent Dog Training classes costs £15 per class, there are 6 different training topics - you do not have to book all six and you can attend them in any order, but we're afaid we cannot offer any discounts for people booking more than one.

Do I need to do the Puppy Programme before the Adolescent Dog Training and do I have to do all six Adolescent dog Training classes in order?

No, you do not have to hav attended The Battersea Puppy Programme prior to attending The Battersea Way: Adolescent Dog TraininG. You do not have to have attended any previous puppy training classes, and you also do not have to book all six Adolescent Dog Training classes you may attend them in any order.

How can I get in touch?

If you would like to get in touch with any questions about the classes before booking you can contact our team on trainingclasses@battersea.org.uk

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