Dog Training

""I tried to teach my dog with books

She gave me only puzzled looks.

I tried to teach my dog with words, they passed her by; oft unheard.

Despairingly I turned aside

"How shall I teach this dog?" I cried.

Into my hand she put the key

"Come', she said " Come play with me"."

Author Anon

Welcome to FITdogs Club.  We are based in Blackpool, where we specialise in puppy training and Rally Obedience.

We help you to teach your puppy how to live in our world as they become part of your family.

Here at FITdogs Club we believe training should be fun for you and your dog, we use kind motivational, reward based methords.  We are members of the KCAI Scheme and adhere to their code of conduct.

We help you puppy learn by helping them think for themselves with guidance from you.

We teach your puppy essential skills such as loose lead walking, food manners good focus even in distracting environments), to come back when called,  how to relax and chill at home, stay and wait (and what the difference is), leave, give and take and much more.  We believe that mental stimulation and play form an important part of training and we incorporate these activities into our classes.

Our puppy course is held at our Bispham venue and can be tailored to your puppies needs.

We also offer classes in Rally Obediance, Lifeskills, Kennel Club Good Citizen, Stars Classes, Hoopers and RallyFree (all these classes are suitable for older dogs)

Here at FITdogs Club we believe a trained puppy grows up to be a HAPPY dog and HAPPY dog is a pleasure to live with.

Puppy Training

Here at FITdogs Club we like to keep our puppy classes small (maximum 4 on a course) in order to give you and your puppy more individual attention.

Our six week reward based puppy course is for puppies 12 weeks to 5 months, follows the Kennel Club Puppy Foundation and can be tailored to suit your puppies needs.

Please contact us via email for availability of courses and a puppy booking form. A non refundable deposit of £20 will secure your place on our course.

Helping you to develop your relationship with your puppy and for them to become part of your family

Day and Time

Thursday

 

6.00pm to 6.30pm 

6.30pm to 7.00pm

Location

 

St Anne's Greenland Church 

Salmesbury Avenue 

Bispham 

FY2 0PR

Puppy Training

Here at FITdogs Club we like to keep our puppy classes small (maximum 4 on a course) in order to give you and your puppy more individual attention.

Our six week reward based puppy course is for puppies 12 weeks to 5 months, follows the Kennel Club Puppy Foundation and can be tailored to suit your puppies needs.

Please contact us via email for availability of courses and a puppy booking form. A non refundable deposit of £20 will secure your place on our course. 

If you have an older puppy for training please contact us with details as we now offer courses for older puppy training.

Day and Time

Thursday

 

6.00pm to 6.30pm 

6.30pm to 7.00pm

Location

 

Unit D

Ashley Mews

Rear of 18-20 Woodland Grove

Blackpool

FY3 9HD

Helping you to develop your relationship with your puppy and for them to become part of your family

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

"Classes are both fun and informative. Thoroughly enjoyable. Caroline and Sarah are brilliant teachers, patient and kind.  We look forward to rally classes every week"

MishMash

Do you want your dog to give you awesome attention? Is your dog a recall rebel or are you struggling to get your dog to settle.

Our mishmash class focuses on what you want for your puppy or beginner dog adding a personal touch to our class.

Our Mishmash class is suitable for puppies that have already attended our puppy course as well as  beginner dogs.

Location

 

St Anne’s Greenlands Church

Salmesbury Avenue

Bispham

FY2 0PR

 

Day and Time

 

Thursday

7.00pm to 7.30pm

MishMash

Location

 

Unit D

Ashley Mews

Rear of 18-20 Woodland Grove

FY3 9HD

 

Day and Time

 

Thursday

7.00pm to 7.30pm

Our Mishmash class focuses on what you want for your puppy adding a personal touch to our class.

Our Mishmash class is the follow on class for puppies that have already attended our puppy course.

kc

Rally

Kennel Club Rally or Rally Obedience is a fun sport where you and your dog work a s a team and follow a set of signs around a course.

Any breed of dog can take part in Rally whether they be mixed breed, cross breed or pedigree and you can start competing in Rally when your dog is 6 months old until senior years.

Although based on competitive obedience Rally incorporates behaviours your dog already knows (such as sit, stand and down), you do not need obedience style (very close) heelwork nor do you have to compete against anyone or gain a first place to progress in Rally.

Once you have mastered the lower level signs in our beginner’s class you then take the next step up to our higher-level class where the more advanced exercises are covered.

In September 2014 Julie Barrett of FITdogs became the very first Kennel Club accredited instructor in Rally and at Crufts 2017 Sarah Stridgeon was part of the Northern Rally Team with her Staffordshire Bull Terrier Apollo and gained a second place for the team in Level 1.

Day and Times

 

Wednesday

Beginners: 12.10pm - 12.50pm (FULL)

 

Thursday

Afternoons

Beginners:  1.00pm to 1.45pm (FULL)

Next Step Up:2.00pm to 2.45pm (FULL)

 

Evenings:

Beginners:           7.30pm to 8.10pm. (FULL)

Next Step up:     8.15pm to 9.00pm

 

Friday; Beginners; 7.00pm to 7.40pm (FULL)

Take a look at Caroline and Bella the Papillon taking part in a Rally competition.

Sarah and Apollo at Crufts 2017

RallyfrEe (pronounced Rallyfree) combines the sport of KC Rally Obedience and Heelwork to music freestyle moves such as leg weaves, spin and bow.

You and your dog work as a team  following a course of 15 stations with the start sign telling you what side your dog is working on (left or right) and all courses end with your dog performing a bow. Your dog may work to your left/right, in front or behind depending on what the sign description says and some signs ask your dog to change from one side to the other.

There are also 4 Free Choice signs on a course where you can choose your choice of safe trick.

As you progress in each level the moves you and your dog have to perform  become more challenging.

 

Come and try this fun new sport

RallyFree

Location:

Unit D, Ashley Mews

FY3 9HD

Time: 6.20pm-7.00pm

Day and Times

Monday

 

6.15pm-6.55pm (beginners)

7.00pm to 7.40pm

7.50pm to 8.30pm

Wednesday:1.10pm - 1.50pm

Location

 

Unit D

Ashley Mews

Rear of 18-20 Woodland Grove

Blackpool

FY3 9HD

 

 

 

Hoopers

Have fun with your dog with the exciting new sport of  Hoopers.

You and your dog will learn to work as a team  as your dog navigates a course of hoops, cones and tunnels learning to work at a distance whilst you encourage them using voice cues and hand signals.

 Suitable for all breeds of dog, Hoopers is especially suited to puppies, older dogs or dogs that have suffered an injury. Due to its low impact there is little strain on your dogs joints.

Stars Class

Can your clever canine Earn their stars?

Location:

 

Unit D 

Ashley Mews

Rear of 18-20 Woodland Grove

Blackpool 

FY3 9HD

Days and Times

Wednesday 

Shooting Stars: 12.10pm - 12.50pm (FULL)

Friday

Shooting Stars: 7.50 - 8.30pm (Full)

In our stars class You can work towards our FITdog trick awards which advance from Pearl to diamond trick level. Work with your dogs to earn their stars. 

About Us

Caroline Ward

My name is Caroline Ward and I have always loved animals.

As a child we had a family dog, Monty, a cocker spaniel as well as a variety of small pets.

Circumstances meant that I was unable to have a second dog for many years but eventually we were able to welcome Bella, a papillon, into our home who enjoys training, especially in Rally, tricks and scent work. Darcy, a Shetland sheep dog came into our lives as a re-home in 2013 and Rally has helped to build up the bond between us.  In 2016 we welcomed a second papillon Joey into our family.

In 2014 I joined FITdogs to train rally and became a volunteer instructor. Since then I have gained my IIABTC Level 1 and 2 Clicker and Target Training (currently working towards Level 3), and have also attended workshops and courses including; Dog Handling and Bite Prevention; and Canine First Responder. I am working towards accreditation for my KCAI.

I now take my own classes and have achieved my IABTC Assistant Instructor - I am currently working towards full Instructor. I am also a trainer for the Charity Dog Aid.

I am especially interested in how dogs learn and feel, and I am an advocate for the smaller dog breeds who I feel have great potential.

Sarah Louise Stridgeon

My name is Sarah Louise Stridgeon and I have always loved being around animals. I am currently studying at Bishop Burton College (In association with Hull University) to gain my degree in Canine Behaviour.

From exotic reptiles, to horses to dogs. My first dog Jake was a Labrador Retriever and a Working Gundog.  He was the first dog I trained alongside my dad.

In 2015 I bought a Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy, Apollo.  Little did I know that this chubby little puppy would take me all the way to Crufts, coming second in Level 1 in the Inter-regional Rally Competition 2017.  Apollo has his Gold Good Citizen award and competes in KC Rally.  He also enjoys training tricks and doing fun agility.

I attended classes at FITdogs to train Apollo in Rally and the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme, realising my passion for dog training. I enjoy learning through continued personal development and I have currently been on several workshops in puppy training, lifeskills and canine cognition.

I am very interested in canine cognition and how it has developed as a science in recent years.

You can contact us by: (between 09.00 and 18:00 only please!)

 

     

     Caroline: 07485120128

     Sarah:      07476080836

     or  puppies@fitdogsclub.co.uk

Use the contact form below (we will get back to you as soon as possible).

If you are having a problem with your dog please briefly describe the problem, age and breed of dog.

Regrettably, dogs with aggression problems towards other dogs and/or people cannot take part in our classes.

 

 We have been asked by our landlady to keep the site clean of dog waste daily (including the alleyways).  Please do not allow your dog to wee up the side of or near the building.  If your dog does have a wee please either clean the area using the disinfectant provided or let us know and we will clean the area. Please bag any dog waste and put in the bin provided. 

 

Your dog must be micro-chipped and wear a collar with identification tag, badge, or plate attached (with owners name and address) as required by the Control of Dogs Order 1992

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