Our beginners Life skills class is for any age dog. This course will give you all of the essentials your dog needs. Your dog will learn how to approach and socialise with other dogs. In our life skills class you will learn how to build a bond and motivate your dog as well as sit, down and stand, response to name, how to play with your dog, how to groom and inspect your dog, Puppy mouthing, toilet training, crate training,(if needed) as well as responding to all family members and attention exercises. You will also learn stay, loose lead walking, reliable recall, leave it/ food refusal, settle on your bed,, meeting people and dogs nicely, Settle Down - very handy with an excitable dog

We also offer a range of outdoor workshops and social walks which we recommend that you attend to help your dog generalise the training to the places which really matter!

We offer a range of packages for you, depending on how much time you can commit to training and what your dogs needs are:

If your dog doesn't like other dogs these courses are not suitable for you. If you need to solve a grumpy dog problem then book onto our Bark Class, please contact Dale for further information.

Packages and pricing 

Puppy socialisation

Our 4 week course is £60.00 for the course. 


Bronze package

This is our basic package. one course, plus facebook support from our group and page. The cost is £95.00 for 6 week course,

Silver package

This is our second most popular package. two 6 week courses, 2 outdoor workshops, 4 social walks, facebook support from our group and page. The cost is £282.50.

Gold package

Our most popular package. 1 home visit, 3 6 week course, 2 outdoor workshops, 6 social walks, facebook support from our group and page, access to our VIP inner circle. the cost is £350.00

Platinum package

Our biggest saving package! 2 home visits, 3 6 week courses, 3 outdoor workshops, 8 social walks, facebook support from our group and page, access to our VIP Inner circle The cost is £700.00.

Every dog is an individual and we understand this. We work with any and every breed of dog, no matter of their age, every dog and owner is welcome at VIP Dog Training Services. With over a decade of experience training dogs you could not be in better company. We train over 1000 dogs every year! Whatever your dogs issues we have helped 1000's of other owners in the same position to overcome these issues and have a happy, trained and lovable companion.

Puppy Socialisation 

LIFE SKILLS CLASSES

Booking

Booking onto classes is very simple, just fill out the form below! Once you have filled out the form we will process your booking and send you confirmation of your place on the course and what to do next.

LIFE SKILLS CLASS - BEGINNER

"Well who knew training could be such fun!! The classes were great and Dales style of teaching makes them enjoyable for all (we go along with our three kids too!!). I love Dales gentle approach to training which not only brings good results, it means the doggies love class too!! Efi loves Dale, that's apparent by the way she greets them when we arrive at class."                                                                                                                                                                     Andy & Efi, Rhodesian Ridgeback

Dog Training Classes! 

Upon Graduating our intermediate class you will then be invited to join our Life Skills Advanced Class. This is by invite only! In this class you will learn how to proof your training against the biggest of distractions, you will have to face Leave it Alley, Heelwork Hall, our Rally-O course and much more. This course really is the icing on the cake.

Workshops and more! 

DUE TO COVID-19 WE ARE CURRENTLY RUNNING OUR CLASSES ON SATURDAY MORNINGS AT THE SAME VENUE BUT OUTSIDE. THEY ARE SOCIALLY DISTANCED AND FULLY COVID SECURE. IN THE CURRENT CLIMATE WE FEEL THAT RUNNING INDOOR CLASSES WOULD BE IRRESPONSIBLE AND POSE A SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER TRANSFER RISK OF THE VIRUS 

 **** WINNER OF THE ANNUAL PET PRODUCT & SERVICES AWARD FOR BEST CANINE TRAINING SERVICE HAMPSHIRE 2020 ****  

"We wouldn't go to any other trainer, Dale runs excellent interactive and engaging classes for all different types of dog/behaviours. Highly recommended."

                                                                                                                                                                         Debbie with Poppy and Kitt, GSD    

If you refer a friend who books for a course of classes or one to ones you and the friend both receive a 10% discount off our Bronze package! There is no catch!

Not applicable to silver, gold or platinum class packages as these are already discounted

"Last nights class was awesome. It was all coming from a completely different way of thinking than we've been taught before  and makes alot of sense to me and apparently Tally, who stayed engaged for much more of the class. She was loose lead walking round the room. The jumping up is genius! She doesn't often jump up at us at home but does when she's wound up.Once she's reliable with us I'm going to put a plea out on facebook to get friends round to train her with strangers."
                                                                                                                                                                                    Jools and Tally, Beagle

VIP Dog training services is Basingstoke's premier choice for dog training. We are accredited, award winning and qualified, we come vet recommended and offer a unique experience. We are trusted by over 1000 owners and dogs every year! 

At VIP Dog Training we help take the stress out of training and owning a dog and will show you how have a relaxed, but fun dog who you will enjoy a lifetime of companionship with , all using the most up to date, modern, reward based techniques

We only have 8 places on each course as having too many dogs in a class does not make for a good learning environment. We want to be able to provide you with a personal service and spend time with each person and dog during the class.

Our puppy socialisation sessions are run over 4 weeks and focus on socialising your puppy - although we prefer the term stress inoculation. Puppies get to socialise with each other in a safe environment to learn vital social skills, plus get used to every day objects like hats, masks, hoods etc. We also cover some puppy basics, like sit, down and stand, Starting to learn recall from other dogs, we also go through, biting, toileting, sleeping and husbandry and grooming. We are also here to answer any questions you may have about basic puppy problems. 


​This course is available to all puppies under 6 months old. 

Our classes are run by Dale who is a qualified and accredited trainer . Our methods are reward based and force free, we will not ask you to do anything to or with your dog that may cause harm or distress to your dog. We have Nicola who helps at classes and has trained guide dogs, so that there is always some available to assist you.

On joining you will receive a welcome pack, plus a weekly homework email to keep you on track. On completion of your course you will receive a certificate plus a rosette or ribbon! .

Availability

LIFE SKILLS CLASS - INTERMEDIATE 

Once you have completed the Life Skills Basic class you graduate to the Life Skills Intermediate Class. In this class we take all of the training to the next level carefully adding distance, duration and distractions to make your training even more reliable. We work on owner focus, better loose lead walking, the all important emergency stop, distance control. We also throw in a few tricks and some scentwork!


You will still get your weekly homework email to keep you on track! 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS 

LIFE SKILL CLASS - ADVANCED

"We had great fun on the course and it has not only helped Jack Jack, but given The Minx so much more confidence with him and other bigger dogs! Thank you Dale! xx"                                                                                             Amanda and Jack Jack, Westie

VIP Dog Training in Basingstoke is an accredited, Award winning dog obedience school for puppies and older dogs. Are you interested in teaching your canine companion? We make it fun!

Our Life skills classes give you everything you need to know about training your dog. Our training is specific to living with a companion dog. By following our training and techniques we guarantee that you will have a well trained, well rounded dog who is a joy to live with. Our venue Wednesday evenings are in Kempshott Village Hall, Basingstoke. It is a lovely venue with indoor and outdoor facilities. We also run workshops to help you put your training into practice in realistic environment. 

By following our proven methods we guarantee that you will see an improvement in your dogs behaviour. The longer you attend for, the better the results! It really is risk free! Using positive, reward based methods, with the focus on building a good relationship with your dog, our syllabuses have been formulated because of our experience of what works to make great companion dog. We don't believe in training an exercise because of what the "experts" say a pooch should know! We believe in training an exercise because it makes the experience of living with a companion dog much more pleasurable.

Refer a friend discount! 




Saturday mornings:

Life Skills - beginner  in Kempshott Village Hall in Pack Lane. Next course starts Saturday 22nd May 2021 @ 12pm 

Life skills Intermediate in Kempshott Village Hall in Pack Lane Next course starts Saturday 22nd May @ 1pm

Life skills Advanced in Kempshott VillageHall in Pack Lane Next Course starts - TBC


Sunday Mornings: 

Puppy Socialisation in Kempshott Village Hall Next course starts 8th May  2021 @ 11am

Once you have filled in the booking form please be aware that a space has been saved for you.

If you need to cancel your place on the course no refund will be offered.

You have 6 months to use your class, one to ones, social walks and workshops once you have purchased them.

All purchases are non refundable.

No services are transferable to any other dog or person.

For the Bark Class no refund will be offered under any circumstances

Once you have booked onto a bark class your space is saved and due to the nature of only 4 spaces on the course we cannot offer a refund.

If you can't complete the course we can't be held responsible for this - only book onto a course if you are happy you can complete it!

We reserve the right to cancel a course if there is not enough attendees, in the event this happens you will be offered an alternative course or a credit valid for 6 months.

Please be on time for your class, if you are late we cannot guarantee we will have time to catch you up during the session.

Please exercise your dog before you come to classes, a dog with too much energy in the class will have difficulty concentrating.

Please don't give your dog all of its dinner before you come to class, if your dog has a full belly you may have difficulty motivating your dog during class. If the session is a very active class your dog will be very uncomfortable if they have a full belly, and this can also lead to intestinal problems - exercising on a full belly is never good for your dog.

If your dog toilets in the hall or outside of the hall it is your responsibility to clean up after your dog. Please make sure that you clean up after your dog wherever they toilet

Do not dispose of any toileting waste in the bins inside the venues, please take it home with you.

If your dog is ill please do not bring them to class, please come without your dog so that you do not miss the session.

If you miss a session we do not have time to catch you up during the next class, if you do want to catch up please book a one to one.

If you cannot make a session please make sure you let the instructors know.

Children are welcome at classes, but we would ask that they behave and do not disrupt the others in the group. If they are disruptive you may be asked to leave classes or not to bring them.

If you are bringing children to the class please make sure that you have enough adults at the class to supervise your dog and children.

Please do not let your children run around the hall. It is a dog training class not a playground

Please turn your mobile phone off or to silent. Being on your phone in class means you are not concentrating on your dog.

Do not interact with the instructors dogs who are tethered in class, they are not there to play with, they are there to demonstrate should the instructors need them.

If your dog is aggressive the ONLY class they are able to attend is the Bark Class - if your dog is aggressive our other classes are not suitable for your dog. If you are unsure please contact Dale.

Classes are not a social outing for your dog so please do not let your dogs play whilst in class, unless instructed to do so by the instructor.

Please don't talk while the Instructor is speaking, each session is only 45 minutes, so it is important the Instructor can impart the information to you quickly so that you have maximum practice time.

While waiting for your class to start please keep your dogs under control, we have neighbours to the venues and we have to respect this.

Do not enter the main classroom until you are invited in, we often have other classes running before yours.

While waiting to be invited in please ensure you give enough room for the previous class to leave the hall without blocking their exit path. Your dog might be friendly, but the dogs leaving the class might not be!