Companion Dog Academy

Dogs are incredible animals and it is our duty to guide and train them to a level where they can live happily in our human world.  Through jam-packed, fun-filled and highly informative courses, teach your dog to be respectful members of society and learn how to become your dog's best friend.  You and your dog are bound to have a great time learning new skills, whilst building a life long partnership.

There are three levels in the Companion Dog Academy and it is important to complete each level in sequence to ensure you and your dog have the skills necessary to complete each level successfully.  Class size is limited to ensure each dog and owner get individual attention and reach their full potential.  All dogs that enrol in group classes must be friendly towards people and dogs.

At the start of each course, you will be provided with a full written hand-out that will instruct and guide you on a week-by-week basis.  At the end of the course, you will receive an official Tricky Paws certificate and rosette.

Polite Paws

Welcome to the Companion Dog Academy!  Polite Paws provides the foundation blocks on which you can build a strong partnership and bond with your dog, whilst teaching your companion to be well-mannered and well-behaved.  It is perfect for beginners, rescue and adolescent dogs, and anyone who wants their dog to be polite!

Topics and exercises that will be covered include:

  • Responsible dog ownership
  • Pay attention to owner
  • Walk on a lead without pulling
  • Control at a door/gate
  • Positions on cue (sit, down and stand)
  • Controlled walk around people & dogs
  • Basic 'stay'
  • Settle when asked
  • Grooming
  • Handling
  • Come when called
  • Greet people politely

Duration:  Four week rolling course consisting of one hour per week.

Cost:          £40 per four week term & £15 per assessment

Location:  BAY Centre, Cassis Close, Burnham-On-Sea TA8 1NN

Course Availability

Classes begin every four weeks.  Please call Carrie-Anne to find out when the next course begins.

Classes are on Sundays at 5:30pm.

Clever Canines

Now you have the basics under your belt (and collar!), it's time to really build on these skills and learn some new and very important ones.  Clever Canines (level 4) is all about self-control and introduces more off lead exercises.

Topics and exercises that will be covered include:

  • The importance of play
  • Outside walk with distractions
  • Come when called from people and dogs
  • Off lead 'stay' at a short distance
  • Control in/near a stationary vehicle
  • 'Leave' and move away from distractions
  • Controlled greeting at door
  • Food manners (leave food alone and no begging)
  • Examination of the dog
  • Children and dogs
  • Emergency stop with dog running towards handler
  • Responsibility and care

Duration:  Four week rolling course consisting of one hour per week.

Cost:          £40 per four week term & £15 per assessment

Location:  BAY Centre, Cassis Close, Burnham-On-Sea TA8 1NN

Course Availability

Coming soon!

Top Dog

You have a polite dog and one that has good control, now it is time to push the boundaries and teach your dog complete control and obedience.  Be the dog-owner partnership that every owner aspires to, the one that has the perfectly well-behaved companion that they can take anywhere; the dog that everyone loves!  Top Dog (level 5) will give you the skills to train your dog in highly distracting environments and have complete self control, both on and off lead.

Topics and exercises that will be covered include:

  • Walk calmly on lead by moving traffic
  • Recall to handler's side
  • Walking off lead to heel
  • Advanced 'stay' from a distance
  • Send the dog to bed
  • Emergency stop with dog running away from handler
  • Relaxed isolation
  • Food manners and control
  • Full examination of the dog
  • Responsibility and care

Duration:  Four week rolling course consisting of one hour per week.

Cost:          £40 per four week term & £15 per assessment

Location:  BAY Centre, Cassis Close, Burnham-On-Sea TA8 1NN

Course Availability

Coming soon!

How to apply:  Please download the appropriateregistration form .and return a completed copy to me, stating your preferred course date.  The full course fees must be made at the time of booking (payment details on the registration form).  You will be provided with a letter confirming your place on the course, a link to the course welcome video and a receipt of payment, once your application has been received.

Please note, full payment for all courses/classes must be paid in advance.  Once booked, refunds cannot be given unless another client is able to take your place.  Please refer to our full Terms & Conditions.