Our Training Approach


At Warley & District Dog Training Club we've been helping owners train their dogs for over 60 years. We’re looking forward to meeting you and your best friend to help you do the same!

Training methods change over the years. In the past 10 years or so, much more has been discovered about how dogs learn, and what makes them tick. We know that dogs learn best when they feel relaxed, happy and safe, so that’s our first priority in class. We know they learn well when there’s something in it for them – like a juicy bit of sausage or a game with a tuggy! And we know that dogs (and their owners) deserve to be treated with fairness and respect. Finally, dogs need sensible boundaries that they understand. All this leads to happy, confident, well-mannered dogs – and what owner doesn’t want that?

Natural training

We use reward-based, motivational training to help dogs learn good manners in a fun and friendly atmosphere. We work in harmony with your dog's natural abilities to help you build the trust and security your dog needs from you. We take dogs (and owners!) of all shapes, sizes and ages. All dogs, from puppies to oldies, from purebreds to cross-breeds, from rescue to working dogs, benefit from socialisation and training in our classes.

If punishment, dominance or pack leader approaches make you (and your dog) uncomfortable or have failed  you, you've come to the right place. There is no place for harsh methods at W&DDTC, and the great results we achieve are reached without damaging your bond with your dog.

Our instructors

In order for you to be able to teach your dog, we need to be able to teach you. The good news is.......

Caroline, our head trainer, has a degree in education and is a qualified teacher with over 35 years' experience. For over 30 of those, she's been here at club, helping owners learn the skills they need to train their dogs. She is an A-list, KC-accredited examiner for the Kennel Club Good Citizens Dog Scheme awards and a member of the Kennel Club Accredited Instructor (KCAI) scheme, which leads to a City & Guilds qualification in instructing. She has attended courses and seminars by world-renowned dog behaviourists and trainers such as John Rogerson, Gwen Bailey, John Fisher, Roy Hunter, Lee Windeatt, Dawn Weaver, Toni Shelborne and continues to expand her knowledge of modern training approaches through trainers such as Chirag Patel,Jane Killion (Puppy Culture)and . She competes at Agility (Grade 4) and instructs foundation agility classes. In 2016 Caroline became a full member of the Association Of Pet Dog Trainers.

Karen is also a member of the Kennel Club Accredited Instructor (KCAI) scheme. She holds Level 1 in instructing with the International Animal Behaviour Training College, and has completed Levels 1/2/3 Practical Skills (chicken/clicker) and  'Puppy Instructors Course', with internationally renowned animal behaviourist Chirag Patel. Karen also completed the Karen Pryor Academy of Animal Behaviour & Training- 'Puppy Start Right for Instructors Course' and attended the 2017 Puppy Culture Seminar. Karen has experience with a wide range of breeds and has owned rescue dogs with a variety of behavioural issues. She competes at Agility (Grade 4) and has achieved her Agility Warrant 'Silver' award. Karen regularly attends seminars and courses to continue her development in training and behaviour such as: The Bite Conference(bites/aggression), IMPACT (working dog conference), IMDT seminars, Scentworks Level 1/2, Canine Massage, First Aid, Clicker Expo, Daniel Mills, Simon Gadbois, Susan Freidman, Turid Rugaas, Ian Dunbar and Brenda Aloff. Karen will usually be the person you discuss your training/behaviour needs with over the phone or in person at club. 

Mair holds an Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management and is a member of International Canine Behaviourists and a Student Member of The Canine Behaviour & Training Society. She's not letting the grass grow, and has embarked on Animal Behaviour Management at Graduate level. She has owned Hungarian Vizslas for 20 years. Mair is now busy teaching our Bronze GCDS class and also running Warley Woof in partnership with Viv Cole at the Warley Woods Trust. She is a Tellington Touch Student Practitioner.

Together, Caroline, Mair and Karen use their understanding of human learning to help you gain the skills you need to teach your dog - but don't worry; it's not like being back to school. Learning is always fun and friendly at W&DDTC.

Dogs learn best when they feel relaxed and safe - but that doesn't mean they can't have fun!

If you're wondering what all this is going to cost, don't worry. W&DDTC is a non-profitmaking club. We are all volunteers, giving our time freely to make a difference to dogs and their owners, so our charges are just there to cover our costs. See Join Our Club for details.

Out and about with your dog

Every owner wants a well-behaved dog who is a pleasure to be with. Good manners in public, behaving well at home and around other people and animals are the main things people want from their dogs.

Achieving this is an ongoing process that will need your commitment, patience, and understanding. Provided you bring those, we will give you the skills you need to teach your dog to be a well-socialised, happy, well-mannered pet. We can also help you overcome problems such as not coming when called, mouthing, jumping up and pulling on the lead, all using kind, tried-and-trusted methods that will not frighten your dog or damage your bond with him.

If we understand our dogs' natural abilities, we start to understand them.

Behavioural problems

Sometimes, a dog has more ingrained behavioural problems that mean he or she would not benefit from being in a group class. If that’s the case, we’ll provide free advice and direct you to a reputable, qualified behaviourist who can work with you and your dog until you are ready to join a class. Please be honest about any problems your dog has: our experienced instructors have 'seen and heard it all' and they will be able to help.

Tailor-made training

You and your dog are individuals, so as far as possible we'll tailor our training to suit your needs. Classes are small, so that you can receive individual guidance if you need it. We’re always at the end of the phone or on email to offer advice outside classes too. Please remember we are all volunteers though and have to be in bed by 9pm!


Welcome on board. Whether you are coming with your first dog, have more than one dog, or have owned many dogs over the years, there is something for everyone to enjoy and learn at Warley & District Dog Training Club. We hope you and your dog enjoy an long, happy, and successful relationship with our club.

For more details of what classes are available, click on 'Our Courses'. For details of how to join a class, click on 'Join Our Club'.

Download our Top Training Tips below for some suggestions about how you can help your dog get the most from your classes with us. 

    Warley Dogs,
    14 Oct 2013, 01:40