Puppy & Dog Training

We’re now offering Puppy and Dog training classes run by our Animal Training Team. The sessions are tailored to each dog’s age and training needs.

Sessions are overseen by Sarah Tapsell, BSc (hons), MSc (CAB) who is an ABTC- Registered Animal Training Instructor, CCAB.

Classes take place outdoors, on-site at the RSPCA Rehoming Centre (postcode TR9 6JS).

Group classes

  • Courses run for 5 weeks.
  • The cost is £75 (including VAT). £10 reduction for dogs adopted from the RSPCA Cornwall Centre.
  • Group sessions with a maximum of 6 dogs per class.
  • Each session is an hour.
  • Classes take place outdoors, onsite at the RSPCA Rehoming Centre (postcode TR9 6JS).

If you are interested in registering for a group classes, please complete the registration form below. One of the team members will then contact you to discuss your dog’s needs and, if necessary, arrange an initial assessment.

1:1 sessions

  • 1:1 sessions are also available to support you individually with your dog’s training needs.
  • Get help with recall, lead walking, improving calm behaviour and teaching cues.
  • 1:1 sessions are a good way to provide more tailored support for your dog’s learning and focus on their individual needs.
  • Sessions are £50/hour and are held on site at the RSPCA in our secure paddocks.

If you are interested in 1-1 sessions, please complete the registration form below. One of the team will then contact you to discuss your dog’s needs and if necessary, arrange an initial assessment

Puppy Classes

  • All puppies under the age of six months that are adopted from our Centre are eligible to attend our puppy training course. The cost of the course is included in the adoption fee.
  • Classes are also available to non-RSPCA puppies.
  • Learn key skills such as:
    • Lead walking and recall
    • Obedience cues such as sit, down and hand target
    • Good and calm behaviour around people and dogs
    • Socialisation so your puppy can become a confident and resilient dog.
    • Get a 40-page puppy handbook as a course complement to support you outside of class.

We offer our puppy classes on several different days. Please fill out the form below if you’re interested in booking a spot, and Sarah will get in touch with you to discuss our current schedule’s availability.

Follow-On Classes

  • Follow-on classes are an option after the initial 5 weeks of puppy classes to continue you and your dog’s learning.
  • Available to all dogs over 6 months who have had some basic training, even if they haven’t attended our puppy classes.
  • Continue learning by practising and progressing skills, such as recall around distractions, calm behaviour around distractions, cues such as emergency stop and stay, plus continuing to ensure your dog is happy and confident with the world around them.
  • Get complimentary handouts to continue learning outside of classes.

We like to remind our adopters and owners that learning for dogs is life-long. However, the sooner you start and the more you practice, the easier it will be throughout your dog’s life.

We offer our Follow-on classes on several different days. Please fill out the form below if you’re interested in booking a spot, and one of the team will get in touch with you to discuss our current schedule’s availability.

Information for all classes 

  • Once you’re classes have been confirmed payment must be completed to secure your place. Payment details can be found below.
  • Courses are held in our outside paddocks. Sessions may be postponed due to bad weather, but we will offer an alternative date to complete any cancelled sessions.
  • Anyone bringing a dog for training sessions must be 18 years or over. Children (over 10 years of age) are welcome to attend sessions, but we request an additional adult also attend if children are present please.

 

Dog/Puppy Training Registration form

PAYMENT DETAILS Following discussion and agreement with Sarah on the most appropriate course for your puppy or dog, to secure your place, please make the relevant payment via BACs as follows:

  • Beneficiary:   Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Cornwall Branch.
  • Branch:  Barclays Bank plc, 28 Molesworth Street, Wadebridge   PL27 7DN
  • Account Number: 33309819
  • Sort Code: 20-74-20
  • Payment Reference:  YOUR SURNAME, DOG’S NAME