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Dog Training Classes


Below is some general advice regarding puppy training and a list of puppy training classes in East and West Sussex.


  • Always go along and watch a class before signing up to ensure you are happy with the methods used. All credible trainers will be more than happy for you to observe their work.
  • Maximum number of dogs per class should be 8-10, ie large enough to ensure adequate socialisation but small enough to ensure close attention from the trainer.
  • If off lead puppy play sessions are taking place, the trainer must watch carefully to ensure only appropriate play is taking place. Puppies should interact by smelling each other, following each other, play bowing etc - puppies being pinned to the ground/standing over each other/excessively chasing IS NOT appropriate and should be prevented/stopped by the trainer immediately
  • Class sessions should last no longer than an hour; any longer and dogs can get too tired to learn.
  • The trainer should be friendly, approachable and use kind methods only.
  • The hall should be large enough to allow plenty of individual space in which to train.
  • Be aware of all influences around your dog, eg other dogs barking at your dog, too many dogs.
  • Classes should be enjoyable for both you and your dog.

APDT: Association of Pet Dog Trainers


The APDT was set up in 1995 in order to offer pet owners a guarantee of quality when looking for a training or puppy class. All members of the APDT have been assessed according to a strict code of practice and have agreed to abide by the no choke chain policy. It is no longer considered acceptable to use harsh methods in training and the use of gentle, motivational methods are as enjoyable as they are successful.

Puppy School: Puppy School

Training and socialisation, kind, effective methods, fun and easy; puppies/junior/adult classes; private one-to-one and behaviour modification; children welcome

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Taking The Lead with Gill White
Puppies and adult dogs - clicker training

SHOREHAM 01273 463554


Train that Dog
Puppies and adult dogs - one-to-one, gun dog training
PETWORTH 01798 342096

Woof Dog Training: Gemma Whitlaw

One-to-one home training, small group classes
WORTHING 01903 265732

GROVE LODGE VETS DOES NOT ENDORSE ANY OF THE ABOVE SERVICES. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THE WELFARE NEEDS OF YOUR DOG ARE MET.