Adolescent Dogs Course


The course objective is to give dog owners a practical and theoretical knowledge of how to proof commands so that their dog responds to them in all situations. It is to help owners gain better control over their dogs around things that usually make them distracted and unresponsive. Dogs learn at different rates and are better at some things more than another; therefore, exercises will be adapted to suit each dog’s individual ability. Owners will need to practice with their dog for a short period regularly in order to get the most out of this course.

Price: £120

Please see our Events Calendar for course dates and enquire for availability.


Lead and Listen only use science based positive training methods to reinforce the behaviours that are desirable from our dogs. Positive reinforcement training is force free, fun and very effective.

Collette has used these methods with great success to train her two Labrador Retrievers and won numerous awards in gundog working tests, a hugely rewarding hobby for her and her dogs, in which they have to work together as a team to get the job done. It fulfills the dogs’ natural drive to retrieve game which makes for happy and content gundogs. She regularly works at a shoot and competes in field trials, which are the top level of gundog competition.


Adolescent Dogs is a six-week course of one-hour classes. Please check the calendar for current class times.


Lead & Listen, Windlesham Road, West End, Woking, GU24 9PS

What to bring

Please bring plenty of treats of varying size and value
Two toys of similar value (for example two balls)

Topics covered

Owners will have a good understanding of how to proof behaviours so they respond to trained cues in all situations.
Learn about their own dog’s threshold level and how to keep them from going over it.
Learn to be more aware of their dog’s body language and behaviour which will help them to know when they are going over threshold and unlikely to respond.
Whistle recall trained under various distracting scenarios.
Teach them to hunt an area on cue to help manage them when on walks and to keep them from getting over excited.
Stop whistle taught and developed by increasing the distractions and distance.
An off switch behaviour developed and owners will learn ways to calm them down when they get over excited.
Impulse control games using various exercises such as leave it, mat work and barriers.
Eye contact exercises to improve focus and attention around distractions.
The ‘Look at that game’ taught to teach dogs to remain calm around triggers that normally push them over threshold.
Learning how to reward your dog with a variety of rewards, including environmental rewards and how to use them effectively to get more reliable behaviours.
Sit stays with distractions.
Engagement and connection games to improve off lead control.
Focus whilst working alongside other dogs moving.


Weds 28th July at 6.30pm


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