Frequently Asked Questions

The following is a list of frequently asked questions.

Yes, please do. I would love you to see a class or 2 in action. It also helps you to be sure you like the classes. Please come and visit as often as possible before your next course starts. You are welcome to bring any family or friends along too.

Yes. Some dogs react badly at first, so by bringing them with you when visiting it gives them the chance to get the initial nerves out of the way.

Please email me and tell me which class you would like to join. Please include: your name, address and a contact phone number as well as your dogs name, breed and age. I will email you to confirm and include an invoice for a £10 deposit to secure your place. You are also welcome to come along and visit the classes any Wednesday evening in Brookwood or Saturday morning at Merrist Wood but please contact me to check when the classes are running. I will also advise you which class will be the best to watch.

No, I ‘d love you to come and see what I do.

I am happy for puppies and dogs to visit once you and your vet are happy for them to mix freely with other dogs. They can join the next available course after your vet says they can mix freely. If you come to visit and they’re allowed to mix with other dogs, please bring them with you.

Yes, providing they are aged 12 or over and physically capable of handling the dog.

Yes.

No, it’s you I am teaching how to train the dog. If someone else is involved in your dog’s care and exercise, please encourage them to come and watch all the classes you come to. Please also teach them what you’re learning in class. If you are going to miss many sessions, please ask me about how best to catch up or about doing your training privately at home.

Not at the moment.

Please leave her at home but come and watch to see what to be practicing at home.

No. Once a course has been started, refunds are not possible. This is because it is not possible to fill the place with a new client. Please be advised that the hire cost of the hall or field is not refundable to me once the course has started.

Testimonials

May & Artemis (Working Cocker Spaniel) 2023

Claire is very knowledgeable on dog training, dog safety, and general dog welfare. Claire is also very patient, Artemis and I have learnt a lot from these classes and I’ve gained a lot of confidence as a dog owner. From these classes, I have more confidence in Artemis’ abilities, and though she surprises me on some weeks Claire is always unsurprised by Artemis’ progress.

May & Artemis (Working Cocker Spaniel) 2023

Louise & Mickey (Sprointer)

Claire was friendly but firm with our little puppy Mickey. She taught us how to engage him and provided us with lots of doggy activities, something he clearly loves and keeps him out of trouble. Now we have the tools to keep him occupied on walks and he gets to be the energetic, personable and fun dog he always has been!

Louise & Mickey (Sprointer)

Heather & Lucy (Labrador) 2019

Brookwood and Normandy Dog Training Club has a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere.  Claire has a wealth of knowledge and experience and you can guarantee that she will be able help you conquer any concerns that you may have with your dog.  Claire is a very genuine dog lover and has a very calm and patient approach.  The class that we attended had a wide range of age groups (dogs and owners!) and it had a lovely family feel. We learnt so much during our beginner course with our 4 year old lab, it was just as enjoyable for us as it was our dog….especially the Christmas party!! Thank you Claire for all your guidance and expertise.

Heather & Lucy (Labrador) 2019

Janice & Jasper (English Cocker Spaniel)

Happy dogs & happy owners.

Janice & Jasper (English Cocker Spaniel)

Karen & Ella Hill (Greek Hunting Dog)

Ella has been an absolute angel down at the stables running loose; I am really gaining confidence in her now and other people have commented on it!

Karen & Ella Hill (Greek Hunting Dog)

Tony & Winnie (Staffie cross)

Winnie attended two courses in Brookwood in 2016. She was very hyper when she first went and just wanted to play with all the other dogs but with Claire’s experience in training Winnie has become a well behaved dog. Thanks Claire for all your patience with Winnie she is now different dog on her walks her recalls are brilliant as is her interacting with other dogs.

Tony & Winnie (Staffie cross)

Hayley & Duke (Labrador)

We took our 9 month old puppy along to the Beginners’ course and absolutely loved it. We’ve seen real improvement in his obedience and also in his socialization. Claire is really patient and made us realise that a lot of where we were going wrong was our fault and not our dogs. We progressed to the Intermediate course and are loving it. Highly recommend!

Hayley & Duke (Labrador)

Paula & Eddie (Parson Jack Russell) 2023

Claire is fantastic trainer. Eddie and I both really enjoy her classes. We have both benefitted from the training.  I would highly recommend her.

Paula & Eddie (Parson Jack Russell) 2023

Jenny & Shelby (Labrador)

Shelby and I have been coming to lessons since September 2015. We enjoy the friendly atmosphere and the fact that the classes are not too big. Claire has a wealth of experience and it really shows in the fun but effective classes. We keep coming back because the mental stimulation is great for us both!

Jenny & Shelby (Labrador)

Natalie & Annabelle with Jazzy & Truffles (Cockerpoos)

Claire has helped us to train our 2 cockapoos Jazzy and Truffles who are quite mischievous sisters! She has an instant understanding of the dog’s personality and incredible patience with owners as well. There are some commands I keep on mixing (stay and wait) and she continues to help me with this with good humour. I am really impressed with her reading of the dogs and attention to detail. Dogs are always happy to come to training.

Natalie & Annabelle with Jazzy & Truffles (Cockerpoos)

Sue or Brian and Bernard (Labrador cross Mastiff)

Bernard has been attending Claire’s classes for the past five years. It is not that he is a slow learner. It is because he loves coming along each week to meet his friends. In fact, if there is a blank week he gets very upset. Bernard is a black Labrador cross Mastiff weighing 7 stone. When we first got him he was very headstrong and difficult to control. Under Claire’s guidance, he is much more obedient and loves doing his exercises as he knows that he will get a treat. Claire’s classes are a Godsend to us and to Bernard.

Sue or Brian and Bernard (Labrador cross Mastiff)

Barbara & Mishka (Alaskan Malamute)

Great dog training club, Mishka, and I have learnt a lot from Claire.

Barbara & Mishka (Alaskan Malamute)