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Modern Dog Training FAQ’s

This page details some of the common questions asked by people about the modern dog training classes I provide. As a relatively new way of training dogs, modern dog training is rapidly becoming the norm. Modern dog training classes are less formal, high energy and lots of fun.


Where is your Puppy Training carried out?

I currently train at Hilton Village Hall & Repton Village Hall in South Derbyshire.

How big are Puppy Training classes?

My classes are small groups of up to six puppies.

Will my Puppy get a certificate when he finishes training?

Yes, all Puppy Training graduates receive a certificate and rosette at the end of the course.

What should I bring to classes?

Once you have registered, you will receive an email a week before your Puppy Training class start date that will tell you everything you need to know for the first class, including what to bring. For safety reason, slip leads, half and full choke collars, anti pull harnesses and head/face collars are not permitted in Puppy Training Classes or any other training class.

Can only one owner attend classes? I’ve heard it should be one person training?

Every member of the family is welcome to join puppy at Puppy Training classes. Modern Dog training encourages all members of the family to be part of puppy’s development and training. Classes may not be suitable for very young children (under 8) due to their duration.

Please note. Attendee numbers may be subject to change due to social distancing requirements, the T&Cs on our booking form will provide the latest guidance.

Do you teach The Kennel Club Good Citizen Award programme?
No, I do not currently offer the Good Citizen training; however, my modern dog training courses cover many of the same commands and also include advice regarding socialization, nutrition, mental exercise programmes and advice on avoiding common behavioural issues in later life.
How old does my Puppy need to be to attend?

Puppies must have completed their vaccinations before attending. The puppy training classes are suitable for puppies up to 20 weeks old.  Titre testing results may be requested for puppies whose owners have chosen not to routinely vaccinate.

What methods do you use to teach puppies?
As a positive, force free and modern dog trainer I only use methods which adhere to the code of ethics issued to all qualified members of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT).

I use positive reinforcement to teach puppies, which is reward based. These are approved and recommended methods that sit in line with the field of modern dog training. I encourage owners to use food, verbal praise and lots of ear and belly rubs (physical praise/reward) to let puppy know he’s on the right track.

Where can I find details of the next start date?

You can find details of the next start date and book your puppy/dog’s place on the Book Now page.

One to One Training

Will you come to my home or should I come to you for our consultation?

Normally, I recommend we meet at your home to ensure your dog is comfortable in their surroundings and therefore most likely to offer the behaviour that we may be addressing. In some instances, we may need to take a walk during our one to one dog training consultation or work outsides but this will be agreed with you in advance.

My dog is aggressive and will attack you, can you still help me?
In such instances, I would ask you to take the necessary actions to ensure my safety whilst working with your dog. Your dog must be under your control during our training sessions unless otherwise advised. This may include the dog being kept in a different room whilst I enter the property or being placed in a muzzle. You must ensure that I am aware of your dog’s likely reaction in advance of any meetings in such cases.
Do I need a vet referral letter?

No referral letter is needed to book a one to one dog training session; however for behavioural problems it may be useful to enable me to obtain information from your vet to ensure my approach is appropriate to any medical treatment being prescribed.

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Puppys Trained

Dogs Trained

Happy Dogs


“Dogschool is amazing! My dog Tess is one of those who can work well but often chooses not to, yet at Dogschool she maintained focus nearly all the time and learned lots! The class is friendly and lots of fun, all are made to feel very welcome, whatever level their dog is at. Tess and I can’t wait for the next sessions to start.”



“My puppy Minnie was really struggling to grasp how to walk nicely on her lead. She was so friendly and wanted to greet every person and every dog she saw on walks but this meant she was often pulling and jumping up at people. Louise has offered very practical tips and advice during our one to one sessions and most importantly Minnie really enjoys training with her.”


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