Essential Life Skills

From puppy to confident adult

Our Essential Life Skills programme is a three-tier programme. Life Skills Puppy and Life Skills Junior are beginner-level courses for new owners. Life Skills Intermediate is the follow on course, and Life Skills Graduate consists of a variety of increased obedience skills and some Fun and Functional skills.

Your dog must be sociable with other dogs to join our group courses. If you have any problems with their behaviour please contact us for 1-1 advice.

All our students are fully supported with a 40 page training and behaviour manual written by our Principal and Behavioursit Victoria Cooper, weekly homework including video tutorials, and a private Facebook group for each level, where you can ask questions and be supported by your instructor

Essential Life Skills

From puppy to confident adult

Our Essential Life Skills programme is a three-tier programme. Life Skills Puppy and Life Skills Junior are beginner-level courses for new owners. Life Skills Intermediate is the follow on course, and Life Skills Graduate consists of a variety of increased obedience skills and some Fun and Functional skills.

Your dog must be sociable with other dogs to join our group courses. If you have any problems with their behaviour please contact us for 1-1 advice.

All our students are fully supported with a 40 page training and behaviour manual written by our Principal and Behavioursit Victoria Cooper, weekly homework including video tutorials, and a private Facebook group for each level, where you can ask questions and be supported by your instructor

Level - Novice

Life Skills Puppy – Level 1

For puppies under 5 months

1 theoretical Lesson & 5 practical lessons

This comprehensive Puppy Training course starts with an Induction Theory class and continues for five practical classes on location. The course is designed for all puppies from around 11 weeks of age and up to 20 weeks of age.

We cover all aspects of puppy behaviour as well as the basic training exercises, taught using positive fun and practical methods that are enjoyable for you and your dog which will help lay the foundations of a loving, lasting and healthy relationship between you and your puppy.

(Older puppies should book the Life Skills Junior course)

£90

Our life Skills courses teach you and your dog how to develop key skills that enhance your relationship with your dog; these include

  • Be calm and settled around distractions
  • Greet people and dogs calmly and politely
  • Come when called
  • Walk on a loose lead
  • Develop confidence with people and dogs
  • Go to their safe place when asked
  • Food and toy manners – and much more

All our courses are fully supported with a 40 page training and behaviour manual designed by our Principal and Certified Behaviourist Victoria Cooper, weekly homework including video tutorials and a private Facebook support group for each level where you can get to know your fellow students and ask our instructors for support as required.

Online Course

We are delighted to be able to offer you access to our Good Dog – Level 1 online training course at a bonus purchase price when booking your group course. At only £30 when purchased in addition to your group course, this is a massive 50% discount on the retail price.

This beautifully filmed course complements your practical lessons and is especially useful if you have to miss out on attending an in-person class because your dog is ill or in season.

If you wish to purchase this online course along with your Life Skills course, tick the box on your booking and we will email you the details.

Life Skills Puppy – Level 1

For puppies under 5 months

1 theoretical Lesson & 5 practical lessons

This comprehensive Puppy Training course starts with an Induction Theory class and continues for five practical classes on location. The course is designed for all puppies from around 11 weeks of age and up to 20 weeks of age.

We cover all aspects of puppy behaviour as well as the basic training exercises, taught using positive fun and practical methods that are enjoyable for you and your dog which will help lay the foundations of a loving, lasting and healthy relationship between you and your puppy.

(Older puppies should book the Life Skills Junior course)

Level - Novice

£90

Our life Skills courses teach you and your dog how to develop key skills that enhance your relationship with your dog; these include

  • Be calm and settled around distractions
  • Greet people and dogs calmly and politely
  • Come when called
  • Walk on a loose lead
  • Develop confidence with people and dogs
  • Go to their safe place when asked
  • Food and toy manners – and much more

All our courses are fully supported with a 40 page training and behaviour manual designed by our Principal and Certified Behaviourist Victoria Cooper, weekly homework including video tutorials and a private Facebook support group for each level where you can get to know your fellow students and ask our instructors for support as required.

Online Course

We are delighted to be able to offer you access to our Good Dog – Level 1 online training course at a bonus purchase price when booking your group course. At only £30 when purchased in addition to your group course, this is a massive 50% discount on the retail price.

This beautifully filmed course complements your practical lessons and is especially useful if you have to miss out on attending an in-person class because your dog is ill or in season.

If you wish to purchase this online course along with your Life Skills course, tick the box on your booking and we will email you the details.

Life Skills Junior – Level 1

For pups over 5 months who have not attended basic puppy training.
If you have done our Life Skills Puppy course, please book Life Skills Intermediate

1 theoretical Lesson & 5 practical lessons

Is your dog an adolescent? Aged  5 to 24 months?  If so the Life Skills Junior dog training course might be just what you need!

Adolescence is a tricky time for all dogs, it starts at around 5 months and ends around 18 months in most breeds.  It is when your adorable perfect puppy becomes a hooligan hound! This is a period in a dogs life that has many challenges and can be hard for dog owners to navigate successfully. 

The Life Skills Junior course is a foundation dog training course for all puppies over 5 months of age and under 2 years of age and will help establish solid foundations to prevent behavior problems from developing as your dog matures.

We cover all aspects of adolescence as well as the basic training exercises taught using positive fun and practical methods that are enjoyable for you and your dog which will help lay the foundations of a loving, lasting and healthy relationship between you and your pup.

£90

Our life Skills courses teach you and your dog how to develop key skills that enhance your relationship with your dog; these include

  • Be calm and settled around distractions
  • Greet people and dogs calmly and politely
  • Come when called
  • Walk on a loose lead
  • Develop confidence with people and dogs
  • Go to their safe place when asked.
  • Food and toy manners

And much more. All our courses are fully supported with a 40 page training and behaviour manual designed by our Principal and Certified Behaviourist Victoria Cooper, weekly homework including video tutorials and a private Facebook support group for each level where you can get to know your fellow students and ask our instructors for support as required.

Level - Novice

We are delighted to be able to offer you access to our Good Dog – Level 1 online training course at a bonus purchase price when booking your group course. At only £30 when purchased in addition to your group course, this is a massive 50% discount on the retail price. 

This beautifully filmed course complements your practical lessons and is especially useful if you have to miss out on attending an in-person class because your dog is ill or in season. 

If you wish to purchase this online course along with your Life Skills course, tick the box on your booking and we will email you the details.

Life Skills Junior – Level 1

For pups over 5 months who have not attended basic puppy training.
If you have done our Life Skills Puppy course, please book Life Skills Intermediate

1 theoretical Lesson & 5 practical lessons

Is your dog an adolescent? Aged  5 to 24 months?  If so the Life Skills Junior dog training course might be just what you need!

Adolescence is a tricky time for all dogs, it starts at around 5 months and ends around 18 months in most breeds.  It is when your adorable perfect puppy becomes a hooligan hound! This is a period in a dogs life that has many challenges and can be hard for dog owners to navigate successfully. 

The Life Skills Junior course is a foundation dog training course for all puppies over 5 months of age and under 2 years of age and will help establish solid foundations to prevent behavior problems from developing as your dog matures.

We cover all aspects of adolescence as well as the basic training exercises taught using positive fun and practical methods that are enjoyable for you and your dog which will help lay the foundations of a loving, lasting and healthy relationship between you and your pup.

Our life Skills courses teach you and your dog how to develop key skills that enhance your relationship with your dog; these include

  • Be calm and settled around distractions
  • Greet people and dogs calmly and politely
  • Come when called
  • Walk on a loose lead
  • Develop confidence with people and dogs
  • Go to their safe place when asked.
  • Food and toy manners

And much more. All our courses are fully supported with a 40 page training and behaviour manual designed by our Principal and Certified Behaviourist Victoria Cooper, weekly homework including video tutorials and a private Facebook support group for each level where you can get to know your fellow students and ask our instructors for support as required.

Level - Novice

£90

We are delighted to be able to offer you access to our Good Dog – Level 1 online training course at a bonus purchase price when booking your group course. At only £30 when purchased in addition to your group course, this is a massive 50% discount on the retail price. 

This beautifully filmed course complements your practical lessons and is especially useful if you have to miss out on attending an in-person class because your dog is ill or in season. 

If you wish to purchase this online course along with your Life Skills course, tick the box on your booking and we will email you the details.

Level - Intermediate

Life Skills Intermediate – Level 2

5-week practical course

Our Life Skills Intermediate follow on course is the ideal way to perfect and improve your dog’s training and education. We will work on your dog’s focus, manners and self-control through this challenging time in your dog’s development. Also, we will teach you lots of new skills and exercises to enrich your bond with your dog and have fun.

To be eligible for this course, you must have completed our Life Skills Puppy or Life Skills Junior course, or an equivalent with another force-free dog trainer.

£90

We are delighted to be able to offer you access to our Good Dog – Level 1 online training course at a bonus purchase price when booking your group course. At only £30 when purchased in addition to your group course, this is a massive 50% discount on the retail price. 

This beautifully filmed course complements your practical lessons and is especially useful if you have to miss out on attending an in-person class because your dog is ill or in season. 

If you wish to purchase this online course along with your Life Skills course, tick the box on your booking and we will email you the details.

Life Skills Intermediate – Level 2

5-week practical course

Our Life Skills Intermediate follow on course is the ideal way to perfect and improve your dog’s training and education. We will work on your dog’s focus, manners and self-control through this challenging time in your dog’s development. Also, we will teach you lots of new skills and exercises to enrich your bond with your dog and have fun.

To be eligible for this course, you must have completed our Life Skills Puppy or Life Skills Junior course, or an equivalent with another force-free dog trainer.

Level - Intermediate

£90

We are delighted to be able to offer you access to our Good Dog – Level 1 online training course at a bonus purchase price when booking your group course. At only £30 when purchased in addition to your group course, this is a massive 50% discount on the retail price. 

This beautifully filmed course complements your practical lessons and is especially useful if you have to miss out on attending an in-person class because your dog is ill or in season. 

If you wish to purchase this online course along with your Life Skills course, tick the box on your booking and we will email you the details.

Life Skills Graduate – Levels 3-4

5-week practical course

Hone your skills even further in our Life Skills Graduate class. 

The aims of the course are to build greater focus, learn how to engage your dog with fun skills such as scent-work, play and retrieve, develop your dog’s self-control around distractions. The emphasis is on building a positive partnership with your dog. Exercises include walking to heel on and off the lead, distance control, advanced stays with distractions, an emergency stop and great recalls. If you love training and want to continue to develop your dog—this is the course for you.

To be eligible for this course, you must have completed our Life Skills Intermediate course or an equivalent with another force-free dog trainer.

£90

Image credit: Susan McKeon

Level - Advanced

Life Skills Graduate – Levels 3-4

5-week practical course

Image credit: Susan McKeon

Hone your skills even further in our Life Skills Graduate class. 

The aims of the course are to build greater focus, learn how to engage your dog with fun skills such as scent-work, play and retrieve, develop your dog’s self-control around distractions. The emphasis is on building a positive partnership with your dog. Exercises include walking to heel on and off the lead, distance control, advanced stays with distractions, an emergency stop and great recalls. If you love training and want to continue to develop your dog—this is the course for you.

To be eligible for this course, you must have completed our Life Skills Intermediate course or an equivalent with another force-free dog trainer.

Level - Advanced

£90

Image credit: Susan McKeon

Level - Beginner

No Frills – Back to Basics

4-week practical course

This is our ‘No Frills Back to Basics’ budget course for any sociable dog that has missed out on Life Skills Puppy or that needs a refresher.

This short course consists of 1 theory lesson delivered as a recording and 4 face to face group lessons on our Training Fields at Dronfield.

Skills taught will include:

  • Focus and respond to name around distractions
  • Sit, lie down and settle at home and in public
  • Foundation Recall skills (come when called)
  • Foundation Loose Lead walking skills
  • Leave it

This short course has been provided to support owners on a budget, or those who want to refresh their dogs skills in a group, and does not include homework, the training manual or the private support group. If you prefer to have the additional support please choose our Life Skills Puppy or Life Skills Juniors course.

£60

We are delighted to be able to offer you access to our Good Dog – Level 1 online training course at a bonus purchase price when booking your group course. At only £30 when purchased in addition to your group course, this is a massive 50% discount on the retail price. 

This beautifully filmed course complements your practical lessons and is especially useful if you have to miss out on attending an in-person class because your dog is ill or in season. 

If you wish to purchase this online course along with your Life Skills course, tick the box on your booking and we will email you the details.

No Frills – Back to Basics

4-week practical course

Image credit: Susan McKeon

This is our ‘No Frills Back to Basics’ budget course for any sociable dog that has missed out on Life Skills Puppy or that needs a refresher.

This short course consists of 1 theory lesson delivered as a recording and 4 face to face group lessons on our Training Fields at Dronfield.

Skills taught will include:

  • Focus and respond to name around distractions
  • Sit, lie down and settle at home and in public
  • Foundation Recall skills (come when called)
  • Foundation Loose Lead walking skills
  • Leave it

This short course has been provided to support owners on a budget, or those who want to refresh their dogs skills in a group, and does not include homework, the training manual or the private support group. If you prefer to have the additional support please choose our Life Skills Puppy or Life Skills Juniors course.

Level - Beginner

£60

Find It & Fetch It!

5-week practical course

Teach your dog to fetch, find and brings things back!

  • Does your dog take a toy and just run off
  • Does your dog run off with your stuff?
  • Does your dog just chew their toy?
  • Do you have to find and fetch your dog’s toy?

Having a dog that will fetch a ball or other toy and bring it back is so rewarding for both dog and handler!

Learn exercises to engage with your dog through the power of play! Build the bond with your dog through interactive games of find it and fetch it! Build the enthusiasm and confidence of your dog, and work as a team!

These 1 hour classes will be held over 5 consecutive weeks on our outdoor training fields.

Please note: this course is only suitable for dogs that have attended prior force-free group training. Dogs must be able to play and train when other dogs are around.

This course is not suitable for dogs who show aggression, reactivity or resource guarding to other dogs or people.

This course might not be suitable for people with mobility challenges due to the uneven ground.

£90

Image credit: Susan McKeon

Level - Beginner

Find It & Fetch It!

5-week practical course

Image credit: Susan McKeon

Teach your dog to fetch, find and brings things back!

  • Does your dog take a toy and just run off
  • Does your dog run off with your stuff?
  • Does your dog just chew their toy?
  • Do you have to find and fetch your dog’s toy?

Having a dog that will fetch a ball or other toy and bring it back is so rewarding for both dog and handler!

Learn exercises to engage with your dog through the power of play! Build the bond with your dog through interactive games of find it and fetch it! Build the enthusiasm and confidence of your dog, and work as a team!

These 1 hour classes will be held over 5 consecutive weeks on our outdoor training fields.

Please note: this course is only suitable for dogs that have attended prior force-free group training. Dogs must be able to play and train when other dogs are around.

This course is not suitable for dogs who show aggression, reactivity or resource guarding to other dogs or people.

This course might not be suitable for people with mobility challenges due to the uneven ground.

Level - Beginner

£90

Level - Beginner

Scentwork Foundations Part 1

6-week practical course

Do you want your dog to learn new skills and keep them (and yourself) entertained? If so then why not introduce them to scent work?

A dog’s sense of smell is so powerful and they love to explore the world with their nose, which is why scentwork is a great mental and physical enrichment for your dog. Whether you are wanting to have some fun quality time together or would also like to work towards trials. There is no need for any previous experience, just a willingness for you both to learn.

This is the one sport where the dog knows more than the person at the end of the leash!

  • Suitable for all dogs, any age & any breed
  • Perfect exercise for older, injured or disabled dogs – non injurious sport
  • Improves bond between owner & dog
  • Great confidence builder for shy dogs
  • Learn fun games to play at home

During our Scentwork classes we cover how to find specific odours in a variety of situations whilst working as a team with your dog. These include; luggage and box, table & chairs, room and outdoor searches.

No experience is required – this course is for complete beginners and sociable dogs from 5 months. We have total of 5 places available.

The Scentwork Foundation Course consists of 2 parts. Part 1 – zoom induction plus 5 practical sessions and Part 2 – 5 practical sessions.

£95

Scentwork Foundations Part 1

6-week practical course

Do you want your dog to learn new skills and keep them (and yourself) entertained? If so then why not introduce them to scent work?

A dog’s sense of smell is so powerful and they love to explore the world with their nose, which is why scentwork is a great mental and physical enrichment for your dog. Whether you are wanting to have some fun quality time together or would also like to work towards trials. There is no need for any previous experience, just a willingness for you both to learn.

This is the one sport where the dog knows more than the person at the end of the leash!

  • Suitable for all dogs, any age & any breed
  • Perfect exercise for older, injured or disabled dogs – non injurious sport
  • Improves bond between owner & dog
  • Great confidence builder for shy dogs
  • Learn fun games to play at home

During our Scentwork classes we cover how to find specific odours in a variety of situations whilst working as a team with your dog. These include; luggage and box, table & chairs, room and outdoor searches.

No experience is required – this course is for complete beginners and sociable dogs from 5 months. We have total of 5 places available.

The Scentwork Foundation Course consists of 2 parts. Part 1 – zoom induction plus 5 practical sessions and Part 2 – 5 practical sessions.

Level - Beginner

£95

Urban Agility – For Dogs

4-week practical course

Our Urban Agility classes are fun for both dog and handler, teaching both to connect with their surroundings in a creative and enjoyable way.

We will teach students how to interact with their environment by balancing on, going through, on, in, under and over obstacles in their path.

Urban Agility is a discipline which engages the brain, strengthens core muscles, increases confidence and develops a trusting bond between dog and handler. 

Handlers will learn how to use their own environment to add novelty, fun and mental stimulation to their daily walks.

Unlike standard fast paced agility classes, Urban Agility requires more controlled and considered movements, making this course suitable for dogs of most ages.

£60

Image credit: Susan McKeon

Level - Beginner

Urban Agility – For Dogs

4-week practical course

Image credit: Susan McKeon

Our Urban Agility classes are fun for both dog and handler, teaching both to connect with their surroundings in a creative and enjoyable way.

We will teach students how to interact with their environment by balancing on, going through, on, in, under and over obstacles in their path.

Urban Agility is a discipline which engages the brain, strengthens core muscles, increases confidence and develops a trusting bond between dog and handler. 

Handlers will learn how to use their own environment to add novelty, fun and mental stimulation to their daily walks.

Unlike standard fast paced agility classes, Urban Agility requires more controlled and considered movements, making this course suitable for dogs of most ages.

Level - Beginner

£60

TESTIMONIALS

What Our Students Say

We took our Cockapoo Dougie to Life Skills Puppy training which was fantastic. As new dog owners, the training Victoria gave us was brilliant too. We had a second puppy and unfortunately moved out of the area so used a different trainer. In comparison, Victoria’s knowledge and training methods are far more superior.  I would have no hesitation in recommending Victoria and her team.

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Julie Birtwistle

Dougie – Cockapoo

A friend recommended People & Dogs, and I reluctantly contacted them – it was very much a last resort. That was 6 months ago, and now Poppy walks beautifully on a loose lead, never, ever pulling. Her recall is now 100% consistent. Don’t get me wrong, it didn’t happen overnight, and it required effort and commitment from me, but it has been totally worth it, and worth every penny.

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Miss K Tute, Sheffield

Poppy – Golden Retriever

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do not advocate the use of any methods that inflict pain or fear.

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People & Dogs

We only use kind, effective, reward-based training techniques and
do not advocate the use of any methods that inflict pain or fear.

About usContact