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Our 1:1 Thinking-Dog Social Skills Programme is for dogs aged 6 months and over. The aim is to help your dog become well socialised and well-mannered both at home and out-and-about.

Most dogs go through a period between 5 months and 2 years where they have bouts of behaving like giddy teenagers. Their hormones are surging and they're learning who they are and how they fit into the world. You may have found that your very sweet, well-behaved puppy suddenly turned into a boisterous thug when she hit her teens! 

Many owners feel they need help with this stage.They find their pups become erratic with recall, they pull on the lead and can be overly bouncy around people and other dogs.

This programme isn't just for teenage dogs, though. Some dogs come to us at a much older age, either because they are rescue dogs or because they have never learned how to be calm. If you have a dog like this, then the Thinking-dog Social Skills Programme is for you both.



The course takes place over 3 sessions, spaced according to what works for you (weekly, fortnightly or monthly) Please let us know when booking. 


LESSON 1 – 1 hour

Connection and building foundations for responsiveness on walks and at home


Learning why dogs find recall and lead skills difficult: lack of connection, low concentration, high prey drive.

  • Loose lead walking and connection with low level distractions

  • Lead biting if needed

  • Excitement around distractions

  • Recall and Connection Games – building strong foundations


LESSON 2 –  1 Hour

£75 (additional £18.75 per quarter hour if time is exceeded)

Connection and responsiveness around low level distractions 


  • Loose lead walking – building connection

  • Using a long line

  • Building connected distance between you and your dog

  • Recall practise and connection games – how to work with distractions 


LESSON 3 – 30 mins

£37.50 (additional £18.75 per quarter hour if time is exceeded)

Connection and responsiveness around mid-level distractions


  • Loose lead walking – consolidating connection 

  • Long line practice – extending distance

  • Recall tricks – guaranteed recall every time

  • Recall practice and connection games




Social Skills sessions are for dogs/puppies who have basic training needs, such as loose lead walking, recall and being unable to focus calmly around distractions.


If your dog barks at other dogs or people, our Thinking-Dog Behaviour Programme will give you the support you need. Please email us at and we will send out details. Fern is also very happy to have a free 15 minute chat with you to go through the best programme for your dog.  



 Brattleby Aisthorpe and Scampton Village hall or Dunholme Old School Community Centre

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