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TAKE THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS A BETTER LIFE WITH YOUR DOG!
4 WAYS TO WORK WITH DOG SCHOOL NERJA

*All our classes and workshops are delivered in English

GETTING STARTED IS AS EASY AS 1, 2, 3!

01.

Choose your option from the menu

Group classes are a great way to teach your dog all the skills and manners that they need to be a great family pet in an environment where they can learn alongside other dogs and humans.

Every dog is different and has different needs when it comes to training.  Group classes don't always work - sometimes a dog doesn't cope well in a group where focus is important. Maybe the class times don't work well with your schedule. Or maybe you'd just prefer a little more personal, one to one attention to work through your training.

Whatever you need, Dog School is here to help. If you're not sure, send us a message and we can have a chat.

02.

Enrol & Onboard

Once you've chosen your class or training program, click on the link to book and complete the online form. If you're booking a class, you'll get all the information you need sent to you such as location and what you need to bring. 

  • If you're booking a class, choose the option that matches the date of the course that you want to enrol into.

  • If you're booking Private Training, complete the form with as much information as you can about what you need and when you're available, and I'll be in touch with details about what happens next.

03.

The work (& fun) begins!

Watch out for a confirmation email arriving in your inbox! It'll give you all the details you need to know about getting started with your training at Dog School Nerja such as where to go, how to get there and what to bring. 

If you've booked Private Training Sessions, you'll get an email with information about what happens next, and confirmation of the date and time of your first session.

Basic Obedience 1

LIFE SKILLS 1

Beginners Class

Do you wish your dog would walk a bit nicer, greet a bit calmer or just… settle down? This class will give you skills to achieve a more focused dog! No pre-requisites required. Perfect for puppies, young dogs, rescues or as a refresher!

 

Our Beginners Class is a great starting point for dogs of any age who are ready to work on basic cues such as: sit, down, stay, leave-it, come and walking nicely on the leash. We also work on impulse control and manners around people so you can take your dog out to the local bar in the knowledge they can settle. Class is full of natural distractions, so even if your dog knows a few of these already, it is a great environment to work in to increase difficulty. 

Teach and strengthen your dog’s essential basic manners skills while learning to add in challenges such as distance, distraction and duration.

What's included:

  • Introduction to the fundamentals of Positive Reinforcement

  • Timing & Rewards

  • Manners & Polite Greetings

  • Sit/Stay

  • Walking nicely on the Leash

  • Come back when called

  • Social Skills with People & other Dogs

Classes are held on Monday mornings at our completely secure Training School in Little Weeds, Nerja (behind the industrial estate near Lidl). All our courses are great value for money at only €65 inc. IVA for 4 x weekly 60 minute classes. They also include printed class notes and materials that you can take home to share with friends and family.

Who this class is for:

For absolutely anyone who has a dog! This is the perfect way to start your dog's training and work on the building the important stuff that your dog needs to know to be the “perfect guest”. 

A fun 4 week beginner's course in Nerja for dogs of any age regardless of experience. 

basic obedience 2

Who this class is for:

This class is the next step for students who have already completed Obedience 1, or if you've done some formal training elsewhere. 

4 weeks of real-life training for dogs over the age of 6 months

LIFE SKILLS 2

Advanced Class

Are you a graduate of our Life Skills 1 course who wants to move on to the next stage of your training? Are you striving to bring out the best in your dog? Would you like a dog that will listen anytime, anywhere, no matter what...even off-leash on a beach full of squirrels? Great! Please hold on to that vision, but first you need to take the next logical step on that journey.

 

This four week class is designed to advance and polish the skills you learned in Obedience 1. We build on the foundation laid in previous classes, raising the bar of expectations and preparing the dogs for real world situations. We also add in a few new cues and an intro to agility, tricks and other fun games!

 

What's included:

  • Fading The Lure - food lures become hand signals to avoid a “Show me the money” dog

  • Petting & Praise - stronger emphasis on verbal praise and affection with less treats

  • Increasing the 3 D's - distance, duration and distractions

  • Cafe Relax - teaching your dog to chill while you do - coffee & donuts provided! 

  • Wait - boundary training exercise to stop your dog from bolting through doors

  • Fluency - Learn new verbal commands and hand signals 

This class is held on Wednesday mornings from 9.30-10.30am at our Training School in Little Weeds, Nerja (behind the industrial estate near Lidl). Some of the course will be "on location" in various places in and around Nerja - dog training doesn't always need to happen in a classroom!

All our courses are great value for money at only €65 inc IVA for 4 x weekly 60 minute classes. They also include printed class notes and materials that you can take home to share with friends and family.

ROCKET RECALL

Recall masterclass

If your answer to any of the following questions is ‘yes’, then this may be the course for you!

  • Does your dog stop listening to you as soon as you take them outside for a walk?

  • Perhaps your dog recalls beautifully when there isn’t too much else going on, but ignores your requests to come back in favour of playing with other dogs, saying hello to strangers, sniffing around in the hedges or chasing squirrels in the park?

  • Do you have to call / whistle to your dog more than once before they come back to you?

  • Is your dog reluctant to let you reattach their lead at the end of a walk? Perhaps they dodge away from you or struggle when you hold their collar or harness

In this class you'll learn how to:

  • Teach your dog a basic recall cue 

  • Use a recall whistle

  • Encourage your dog to give you better focus and attention

  • Build your value as a highly-rewarding feature of your dog’s environment through a variety of fun recall games

  • Identify when your dog is likely to make a mistake and what you can do to change the situation to enable them to be successful

  • Respond positively when a recall attempt is unsuccessful

  • Use a recall training line correctly and effectively

  • Vary the type and frequency of rewards given to your dog to help promote successful recall at different stages of training

  • Handle transitions between your dog being ‘on-lead, off-lead, on-lead’ so that your dog remains relaxed and cooperative

  • Avoid training mistakes that can weaken your dog’s recall; make your dog reluctant to be put back on their lead.

When it comes to recall, you want your dog to respond first time because they want to - not because they HAVE to, even when other everyday things that attract their interest and attention are present in the environment. We want to help you achieve that! 

This course is great value for money at only €65 inc. IVA for 4 x weekly 60 minute classes. 

Who this class is for:

All breeds, sizes and shapes of dog can take part. Dogs need to be well socialised as they will be often working off lead with other dogs and some basic obedience skills are an advantage. 

Recall

AGILITY CLUB

Fun Agility for all Levels 

Big and small, young and old - all dogs love the chance to learn fun new things with their favourite person - YOU!

Strengthen your relationship with your dog, explore a new form of enrichment, and drain his batteries while learning beginning agility games.

Although we use competition-grade equipment, our emphasis is on safety and having fun, not on preparing you or your dog to compete. 

Obstacles used in these courses include:

 

  • jumps

  • tunnels

  • weaving poles

  • see saw

  • A-frame

  • Dog walk

 

 

Agility Club is all about having fun with your dog and learning to work together as a team. Therefore this class is suitable for everyone, regardless of experience.

Agility Level 1

This course offers an introduction to Agility, covering the basics from tunnels, jumps, A-frame to weave poles. Dogs need to be a minimum of 8 months old, have completed basic obedience and have good social skills.

 

Agility Level 2

Building on the basics of Agility Level 1, dogs and handlers will fine-tune performance for smooth manoeuvering through the course. Special attention is focused on perfecting techniques and communication between handler and dog, to build speed and fluidity around the course.

You can take part in Level 2 as many times as you like so that you can perfect your skills!

What's included:

  • Learning in a fun way that's tailored to your dog

  • Teach self control basics so your dog can follow cues even when excited

  • New obstacles each week, introduced at safe, appropriate heights

  • Safe environment in a fully enclosed outdoor field

  • Build balance and co-ordination for both you and your dog!

Classes are held on Wednesday mornings at our secure Agility Field in Nerja . This course is great value for money at only €95 inc. IVA for 6 x weekly 60 minute classes.

If you'd prefer to learn on a one to one basis, then you can book a 60 minute session for €45. Perfect if you just want to try agility to see if you like it, or if your dog doesn't socialise well with other dogs.

Dog Agility Nerja

Who this class is for:

This is a class for all skill levels so it's beneficial for dogs that are brand new to agility as well as those that have had experience. Dogs need to be well socialised as they will be often working off lead with other dogs and some basic obedience skills are an advantage. Our classes are non-competitive and just for fun!

Agility

PRIVATE TRAINING PROGRAMS

About private training programs:

Every dog is different and therefore has different needs when it comes to training.  Group classes don't always work - sometimes a dog doesn't cope well in a group where focus is important. Maybe the class times don't work well with your schedule. Or maybe you'd just prefer a little more personal, one to one attention to work through your training.

Whatever the reason, private training sessions can be tailored exactly to what YOU and your dog really need.
 

 

  • personal sessions based on your dog's learning style and speed

  • session times are flexible and can be worked around your schedule

  • work on what you really need and get instant and specific feedback

  • time to talk with an instructor and ask as many questions as you like

  • book as many sessions as you need, as often as you need

Training a Puppy

Starter Pack

 €165

3 customised hour-long sessions delivered to you at your home or a chosen venue, depending on your training topic

Premium Pack

€250

5 hour-long sessions at various locations depending on your training topic

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Short Term Program

 €195

3 customised hour-long sessions delivered to you at your home or a chosen venue, depending on the issue and includes a Personal Training Plan

  • Initial evaluation session to determine the root cause of the problem

  • Weekly 1 hour sessions discussion, teaching, answering questions, and observation of your work with your dog!

  • Personalised Training Plan with homework, videos and instructions to follow

  • Phone/email/messenger support for 1 month

Long Term Program

€325

5 hour-long sessions specifically to help overcome your dog's issues and a long term Personal Training Plan for the future

  • Initial evaluation session to determine the root cause of the problem

  • Weekly 1 hour sessions discussion, teaching, answering questions, and observation of your work with your dog!

  • Personalised Training Plan with homework, videos and instructions to follow

  • Phone/email/messenger support for 3 months

BEHAVIOUR THERAPY

Sometimes there are more difficult and challenging behaviour problems that need a bit more work and often liaising with a vet. Unlike regular training, behaviour modification looks to change a dog’s reaction to a situation, a person, an object, another animal, etc.

 

This type of package is for dogs living with issues such as reactivity, aggression, resource guarding, and fear and requires a minimum of 3 sessions, one of which includes a consultation and analysis.

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