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.

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.

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 to 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

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 to 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

Life Skills Junior – Level 1

For pups over 5 months who haven’t received 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!

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.

We cover all aspects of adolescence as well as the basic training exercises to help lay the foundations of a loving, lasting and healthy relationship between you and your pup.

£90

Level - Novice

Life Skills Junior – Level 1

For pups over 5 months who haven’t received 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!

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.

We cover all aspects of adolescence as well as the basic training exercises to help lay the foundations of a loving, lasting and healthy relationship between you and your pup.

Level - Novice

£90

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

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

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

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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

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

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.

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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