If you struggle to keep your dog on a leash, put it through its paces in fun behavioural classes and who knows, soon it could be dancing!
Choose your canine as your New Year training partner and in as little as eight weeks you can become responsible buddies, according to Jeannie Hall of Filey.
She relaunches the Puppies and Dogs Socialising and Training Course this Sunday at the Masonic Hall in Rutland Street, Filey.
Now entering its third year, Jeannie, who is now retired, says it’s her passion to help and teach people “to be happy and proud with their dog” in these not-for-profit classes.
She added: “It’s like infant and junior schools; good basic obedience for dogs.
“The better trained the dog, the better life it has. You can take it for walks, it can go places and on days out instead of being left at home.
“The aim of the course is to become good companions by building up a bond of trust, respect, and affection. Your dog will walk well on a lead and beautifully by your side, it will come when you call it, stay when you tell it and be a good, well-mannered dog that’s a joy to own.”
Basic obedience of sit, down, come to me, wait, stay, leave it, take it, drop it, say hello and heel can be achieved in two months.
Following this, four-legged friends can then go on to games and doggy dancing.
Jeannie started training informally 23 years ago following other dog owners’ enquiries about the secrets to her well-behaved Yorkshire Terrier.
When she started breeding puppies and received further requests for help with training she decided to run her own lessons.
This year owners can learn how to command their canines through written signals - which Jeannie recently taught to her six Yorkshire Terriers.
“Once you can get a dog to do basic commands verbally and with hand signals, then you can use signs as long as the words, in shape and positioning, look different, said Jeannie. “They’ll recognise the shapes but don’t actually read.”
The lessons operate on a roll on, roll off basis, and after six weeks, members progress to advanced classes.
The beginners’ course runs every Sunday from 10.15am-11.30am, and an advanced class starts at 11.45am.
A small fee is charged to cover costs, any profits are donated to the RSPCA or the Dog’s Trust.
For more information, or to book onto the course, call Jeannie on 01723 512712.