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 are here to help.

Online Dog Training Classes

Puppy Programme

For young puppies (aged 2-5 months), we offer a six-week Puppy Programme which covers all the basics (comprised of six 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 Puppy Programme 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 techniques 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. In order for us to 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. With this in mind we ask that you consider the age and attention span of all family members you choose to involve in the session.

Dates

We will be announcing more dates on a rolling basis - register your interest to be the first to hear about new dates.


October

Beginning Friday 22 October, running for 6 weeks

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

Beginning Monday 25 October, running for 6 weeks

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

November

Beginning Tuesday 2 November, running for 6 weeks

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

Beginning Thursday 11 November, running for 6 weeks

  • Thursday mornings (10:30am-11:30am)
  • Thursday 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 receive a virtual badge on completion of each session to show the new skill your dog has learned.

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.

What we will cover in each topic

Lead walking

In this class we will cover the topic of walking your dog on the lead. You’ll be given training tips to help your dog walk without pulling, and we’ll even start teaching your dog to walk to heel. We’ll also discuss when to reduce the amount of rewards you are giving your dog, and when you might need to increase them.

What we will cover:

  • Lead walking
  • Teaching a ‘heel’
  • Phasing out of rewards
  • Increasing the rate of reinforcement in busy environments
  • Introducing eye contact around distractions

Meeting new people and other dogs

In this class we will look at how to teach your dog to greet people calmly, while discussing common issues and problems owners face with socialising their dogs. We’ll also start teaching your dog a ‘leave it’, which is a handy cue you can use in various situations.

What we will cover:

  • Appropriate vs inappropriate socialisation and flooding
  • Flooding
  • Impulse control
  • Teaching a ‘stay’
  • Teaching a calm ‘hello’ greeting
  • Dog-walking etiquette

Multi-animal households

In this class we’ll look at tools for positively introducing your dog to new animals, such as crate training, teaching a settle and tips around separation and timings. We’ll also be joined by our feline welfare experts who will provide guidance on how to prepare a cat for a dog/cat introduction.

What we will cover:

  • Preparation, separation and management of new animals during introductions
  • How to crate train your dog
  • Planning the introduction
  • Teaching a ‘settle’
  • Teaching your dog to respond to their name

Constructive play

In this class we’ll look at building your bond with your dog through play. We’ll introduce games that are both appropriate and beneficial to the development of your dog and your relationship with them as well as teaching them skills like a ‘drop’, ‘find it’ and an ‘emergency stop’. We’ll also look at what overstimulation is and how to prevent this from happening.

What we will cover:

  • Exchange games
  • Teaching a ‘drop’
  • Search games/how to teach a ‘find it’
  • How to spot the signs your dog is becoming overstimulated and how to prevent this from happening
  • How/when to use toys as a reward instead of food
  • How to teach an ‘emergency stop’

Preventing resource guarding

In this class we’ll look at ways to recognise and prevent resource guarding. We’ll start to teach useful behaviours to prevent resource guarding and confrontation. We’ll also look at how to manage potential resource issues in a multi-dog household.

What we will cover:

  • What resource guarding is and why it happens
  • Teaching a ‘drop’
  • How to prevent resource guarding
  • Teaching an ‘off’
  • Resource guarding in multi-dog households

Preventing separation anxiety

In this session we’ll be looking at separation anxiety, including what it is and how to prevent it. As well as that we’ll be teaching behaviours like a ‘bed’ cue and a ‘settle’.

What we will cover:

  • What is separation anxiety and how we can help to prevent it
  • Teaching a ‘bed’ cue
  • Your leaving routine and desensitisation to this
  • Enrichment/home-alone items
  • Teaching a ‘settle’ and maintaining this whilst you are out of the room
Who are these classes for?

These classes are aimed at adolescent dog owners who would like to learn techniques to help with specific behaviours. In order to 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. With this in mind we ask that you consider the age and attention span of all family members you choose to involve in the session.

Dates

All Adolescent Dog Training classes are held from 10:30am - 11.30am. 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 25 October (10:30am-11:30am)
  • Tuesday 2 November (10:30am-11:30am)
  • Tuesday 30 November (10:30am-11:30am)

Meeting New People and Other Dogs

  • Monday 1 November (10:30am-11:30am)
  • Tuesday 9 November (10:30am-11:30am)

CONSTRUCTIVE PLAY

  • Monday 8 November (10:30am-11:30am)
  • Monday 16 November (10:30am-11:30am)

Preventing Resource Guarding

  • Monday 15 November (10:30am-11:30am)
  • Tuesday 23 November (10:30am-11:30am)

Multi-animal Households

  • Monday 22 November (10:30am-11:30am)

Preventing Separation Anxiety

  • Tuesday 19 October (10:30am-11:30am)
  • Tuesday 26 October (10:30am-11:30am)
  • Monday 29 November (10:30am-11:30am)
  • Tuesday 7 December (10:30am-11:30am)

Register your interest to hear about class availability beyond the dates listed above (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 a class for as many different topics as you like, depending on your dog's training needs. 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, but 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 both 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, and 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 Puppy Programme classes, 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. Classes will be repeated throughout the 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?

You won’t need to buy any special equipment to take part in this course, but you will need treats and your pet’s favourite toys. Some weeks you’ll need blankets, a lead and different household objects but we will email you before the sessions begin to tell you what you’ll need to bring to the class.

Can I get in touch with my trainer between classes

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

Is each class run by the same trainer?

Our aim is for the same trainer to deliver all of your 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 areas that you have identified as key goals and what you would like to achieve from the session(s).

What age must my dog be for your courses?

For our Puppy Programme your dog must be aged between 2 months and 5 months at the time the course begins.

For our Adolescent Dog Training classes your dog needs to be aged between 5 months and 18 months. The 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 human 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. With this in mind we ask that you consider the age and attention span of all family members you choose to involve in the session.

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 and there are six different training topics. You do not have to book all six and you can attend them in any order, but 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 have attended the Battersea Puppy Programme prior to attending our 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. They have been designed as standalone classes so you can 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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