Puppies and New-comers

So you have a new addition to the family or maybe you have a dog that needs a bit more training – then check out our Puppies and New-comers classes, which are suitable for all dogs, regardless of size, age or breed.  The prime objective of The IDTC is to make your dog a better citizen.

Places need to be booked so please telephone 01481 257834  – leave a message on the answer machine and Terry will get back to you.  Please note that as IDTC is run by volunteers you will not get a response in a matter of hours, but you will definitely get one.

Whether your dog is 3 months or 13+ years everyone is welcome. The course runs for 6 weeks and we have sessions running on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings. Each of the lessons are 45 minutes long and we cover all the basics. At the end of the course you will hopefully gain the Kennel Club Good Citizen Scheme Puppy Foundation Certificate and Rosette (for dogs up to 12 months) or the equivalent Island Dog Training Club New-Comer Certificate and Rosette.

“The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Puppy Foundation Assessment aims to provide a means of socialising puppies and to lay down a foundation for education and training.  On successful completion of the course puppies will respond to their handlers and the handlers will have an awareness of the responsibilities of dog ownership.  The inclusion of play exercises adds an extra dimension to a dog’s life and can be used to make training fun. Constructive play and suitable incentives are encouraged within this puppy training programme.”

                                             Taken from the Kennel Club Website.

Puppy Foundation Information – Good Citizen Puppy Foundation Leaflet


We hold more advanced classes later in the evening and these are attended by dogs and handlers that have been where you are now.  Remember those cute puppies will become adolescent teenagers!! and Old dogs CAN always learn new tricks.

We use fun, friendly techniques for teaching – Praise and reward are key.


  1. Be consistent with your movements, signals and words. Dogs learn through repetition. Make sure the whole family works together.
  2. Use your voice, praise must sound happy and interesting and slightly deeper, firmer for commands – shouting isn’t necessary.
  3. Once a week isn’t enough training, try and spend at least 5 – 10 minutes EVERYDAY.
  4. You will need 7 basic commands to start SIT, HEEL/CLOSE, COME, DOWN, STAND, WAIT and STAY But our dogs can learn many, many, more e.g. shake, paw, spin etc.

REMEMBER you will only get out of training what you put into it. 

Training is fun for you and your dog and as a club we offer many fun activities for you and your ‘best friend’ to try after you have completed the course e.g.  Agility, Competitions, Rallies, Displays, Social events etc.

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