Booking, prices and start dates


Basingstoke, Saturday morning

 Puppy Life Skills                 11am in The Rucstall Centre, in Black Dam                                                                  Next course TBC                      ​

Basingstoke,Wednesday night
Life Skills Basic                   7pm in Kempsgott Village Hall in Pack Lane. Price dependent on package booked.    Next course starts Wednesday 6th November 2019

Life skills Intermediate        7.45pm in Kempshott Village Hall in Pack Lane                                                             Next course starts Wednesday 6th November 2019

Life skills Advanced            8.30pm in Kempshott VillageHall in Pack Lane                                                              Next Course starts - TBC 

Bark Class -                        £150.00 for 4 sessions  - waiting list. Please register your interest.


​Dogwarts School of Woofcraft and Waggery Spells Class - Waiting list please register your interest.

How to pay:
You can pay by Bank Transfer, or PayPal**.
To pay by PayPal please fill in the booking form and include your PayPal address so we can send you a request for payment.

**There is a booking fee for PayPal transactions..

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.

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

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! 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.

VIP 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.

Life skills Classes

​We all wish we could have got a Howarts letter, so what could be better than your dog joining us for some spell classes? Whether you are an aspiring Gryffindog, Hufflepug, Roverclaw, or Slobberin, there is a (dog) house for you. Amaze your Muggle friends with spells like Accio Ball, Confundus or Flipendo! Make your Squib family members jealous with Protego or Wingardium Leviosa!


This class is designed to show you how to manage your dog when they react to other dogs. It is important to understand that your dog may never want to interact with other dogs and that we should never force our dogs to do this. What we aim to do in this class is to change the dogs emotional response to other dogs. We will show you how to change this so that over time you will be able to walk your dog past other dogs without lunging, barking or biting. 

Terms of booking & Class rules
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 purchased class, one to ones, social walks and workshops once you have purchased them.

All purchases are non refundable.
​If you cannot make a class please give 24 hours notice or you will loose a class credit.

No services are transferable to any other dog or person.
​For the Bark Class no refund will be offered.
​Once you have booked onto a 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 let Dale know in advance she will be happy to bring a dog for you to practise with.
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!

Prices and packages

Bark Class

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.

Come and join us for our 6 week Spells Class where you will learn how to teach your dog some fantastic tricks using the Spells taught at Hogwarts. House robes, magic wands, cauldrons and spell books are optional!

Booking Form - only complete this if you are booking onto the class!

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

Bronze package

This is our basic package. one course, plus facebook support from our group and page. The cost is £85.00 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 £262.50. 

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 £340.00

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.

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Our Bark Class is designed for dogs who lunge, bark and don't like other dogs. The course is 4 weeks long, is at our Wednesday  venue and only has 4 dogs on it. Because of the  nature of the class and the dogs attending we have a ratio of 2 instructors for every 2 dogs. Safety is our number one priority on this course so all dogs MUST be muzzled! A basket muzzle is recommended as your dog can still pant, drink and take treats. A cloth muzzle doesn't allow the dog to pant and can only be used for short periods of time, and most importantly your dog can still deliver a front tooth bite - and biting is what we want to avoid! So we do not recommend a cloth muzzle for this class

In addition to this we will explain to you how and why the training works, give you tips on how to control your dog and also introduce some formal training to boot! Afterall if you have a well trained dog you will feel much more in control and feel a lot calmer about handling your dog.

To book onto the Bark Class simply fill in the booking form below. Once we receive your booking form we will send you a questionnaire to fill in so that we can ensure we have all of the essential information to help you! If you have any questions about our Bark Class please contact Dale.

Currently this course is run on a demand basis, so if you would like to attend this course we will put your details on a waiting list and contact you with details of when the course will be run.

​Hairy Pawters, Dogwarts School of Woofcraft and Waggery

VIP Dog training services is Basingstokes premier choice for dog training. We areaccredited and qualified, we come vet recommended and offer a unique experience. 

Every dog is an individual and we understand this.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 and have a happy, trained and lovable companion. 

​​"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


"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

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 helpers at classes so that there is always some available to assist you.

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 practise in realistic environment

On joining you will receive a welcome pack, including a training report book, plus a weekly homework email to keep you on track. On completion of your course you will receive a certificate plus your training report book completed by the assessor.

Our Puppy Life skills class is for dogs up to 6 months old and is a combination of training and socialisation.​ This course will give you all of the essentials your puppy needs. Your puppy will be socialised with other puppies and a select few appropriate adult dogs. Your puppy will learn how to play with other dogs, how to approach and socialise with other dogs. Your puppy will also learn how to come away from other dogs when playing which is essential to good recall later down the line. ​In our puppy 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, as well as responding to all family members and attention exercises. We also have an off lead socialisation session each week to allow your dogs to learn vital social skills.

​In our life skills basic class we focus on taking your puppy basics to the next level.It for any aged dog, but for puppies under 6 months we recommend that you complete the puppy life skills class first. Paying attention, 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, Meeting People, Meeting Dog, plus motivation.

​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 find it! 

Upon Graduating our intermediate class you will then be invited to join our Life Skills Advanced Class. 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.

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!     

"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 Ridgebac

"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 Foley! xx"                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Amanda and Jack Jack, Westie


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! There is no catch!

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