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Designed for dogs over 6 months old at the start of training the APT Beginners Course is based on a series of progressive exercises that will help teach your dog how to learn. The course builds positive habits in both the dog and handler.

Course Elements

The APT Beginner Dog Training course is designed for older dogs at the beginning of their training journey. We have incorporated a range of elements that are educational, build positive habits and best of all are fun for both your dog and you.


6 Weeks

The APT Beginner Training Course is held over six consecutive weeks at both our Mansfield and Brinsley dog training bases. The course length is calculated to ensure al the necessary foundational elements are included in the course.


Solid Recall

The concept of Recall - your dog coming back to you when called - may sound simple but this training element is essential to ensuring your dog can be kept safe when off the lead. As such this is a foundation of the Beginner course.


Watch Exercises

Watch exercises are another foundation exercise and they are designed to help your dog learn his name. They also teach the dog how to focus his attention on the handler and ignore distractions. 

Happy Dog


Participants of the APT Beginner Dog Training Course will receive a training booklet to take home to help you and your dog maintain the learning and progress they have made between classes.

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Basic Positions

The beginner training course will teach your dog some basic positions such as sit and down. We will also start some loose lead work and heelwork to begin preparing your dog for activities in public areas.



The Beginner course is carried out in groups with other dogs and handlers at a similar stage in their training. This helps to socialise your dog with other dogs and people in a range of new situations and environments. 

6 Week Beginner Foundation Course - £70

Once you and your dog have successfully completed the Beginner training course you will receive an attendance certificate and rosette. If you wish to continue your training journey you can then move on to the Bronze Aptitude courses.

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