Lifeskills Training

If you haven’t been to training for a long time, if you have a a rescue dog and have no idea what he/she knows or doesn’t know, you have done puppy classes and need to continue training or if you would like a refresher on the polite everyday behaviours then these classes are for you.
What are lifeskills for our dogs?
Walking nicely next to you without pulling
Coming back when called
Leaving things when asked
Sitting (not jumping up) when you ask them to
Waiting to go through doors
Lying down when asked
Learning to lie quietly and calmly when needed
Your dog might be able to do all this when there is nothing else around.  We work with you to build up your dog’s ability to cope and focus on you when there are other things going on.
We cover all this in our 6 week foundation course.  It is suitable for the majority of dogs over 6 months (see Puppy for under this). 
We have maximum of 6 dogs in a class because we are ensuring we can tailor the content for you and your dog every week. 
Jennie is a behaviourist and a trainer and helps you understand your dog’s behaviour and how they learn.  As well as the part you play in your dog’s behaviour – you are a team after all!
We use a marker word to help with communication which transforms relationships!
The next level is Improvers and builds on the Basics course and adds distance control, off lead work and building even further the relationship between you and your dog.  
We push you as a handler to be the best you can be!

Call us to book your place on the next available course – 01865 400408, or email us on
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reactive dog, training is kind and positive, come on leaps and bounds

Kathy & Jenry

Doing brilliantly, no barking or acting fearfully, working towards going to the pub

Marcus, Justine & Harley

Wonderful team, thank you for helping

Joy, Dan & Sash

Ainsley has superb knowledge, Active Paws carries our strongest endorsement, recommended

S Martin

my dogs love their courses


Fab facility, well set up, 1:1 support & classes made a huge difference, continue with classes

Vicky & Otto

fantastic puppy training course, we have loved it, brilliant tips, lovely warm people

Katie and Martha

A Different Max, less anxious, much happier, gained confidence and trust, overcome thanks to Ainsley

Dee And Bob Burgess

Thank you, learnt so much, happy dogs, puppy training

Kaye, Rosie & Harley

A much happier and less anxious lurcher, new dog, recommend Active Paws

Nicola & Simon

Family Rescue! Come a long way, pride, can't thank Active Paws enough


Canine Physio noticing calm, focus after training helping her exercises

Nycky Edleston


Caroline And Carla

myotherapy definitely working...improvement in gait...jumping in car,on to things...done the trick

Gaby & Bertie

GSD X Beagle rescue, numerous issues, help from Ainsley, improved from day 1, I know how to help him

Sharon Ritchie

informative, huge benefits to every day life, he loves it

Carol Street

I can really recommend this course and Ainsley to everyone.


Great venue - Great Trainers - What else do you need?!

Caroline Shelford

Lots of tools and tips...huge improvement in only a couple of months...we travel 1½ hours

Mark & Gareth

I thoroughly recommend this place!

Sue Lane

Wow, lovely people, great venue and super class

Paula Topping

Highly recommended.

Rob Staves

What a great place!!

Sue Barlow

Such a lovely time

Carol Anne Street

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