Tuesdays – 7.00pm – 10.00pm

Lyn Hastingwood DTC

07990 797675

The Abercrombie Centre

Abercrombie Way

Harlow, CM18 6YJ


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The Abercrombie Centre

Our club has been running for a number of years, and we strive to provide excellent dog training in Harlow Essex.
We train basic pet obedience, starting from puppy up to advanced, and we support the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Schemes, Puppy Foundation through to Gold.
Details of each test requirements can be found on the Kennel Club website. For the older dogs, during the summer months, we introduce a bit of agility when we can train outside, weather permitting.
The trainers are Lyn Cook, who teaches the more advanced dogs, and Kathy Woodger who teaches the puppies and beginner dogs.


Hastingwood DTC
Train on a Tuesday evening at the
Abercrombie Centre, Abercrombie Way, Harlow, Essex CM18 6YJ.
Puppy/Beginner from 7.30pm to 8.30pm at a cost of £ 4.00.
More advanced from 8.30pm to 9,30pm at a cost of £ 4.00

If you are interested in joining us, we require the following:-
A collar on your dog, and not a harness, unless there is a medical reason of course..
A proper lead, not an extendable.
Treats to reward your dog
Puppy/Beginner handlers – A toy (not one that squeaks), and preferably not a ball, unless it is on a rope,
Advance handlers, a retrieve item, which could be a toy or a dumbell.

Most importantly, we need to see your dog’s vaccination card.

Dog Training Tips

1. Every interaction you have with the animal is a training session. So it’s important to be aware of what you may be doing to reward inappropriate behaviors throughout the day especially when you are not having planned training sessions.

2. Animals care about your body language and actions more than your words. Consequently, you should focus on the messages your body is giving, pay attention to your pet’s response, and cut down on the words you use.

3. Animals perform behaviors that have been reinforced. In order to change behavior it’s important to reinforce desired behaviors, but we also have to remove reinforcers or motivators for unwanted behaviors.

4. Training is a skill like playing tennis, dancing or playing the piano. Little variations in how you move and on the timing of the movements and rewards make a big difference in whether you can communicate your intentions to your pet. If you’re not getting good results, find someone who can better instruct you on the intricacies of making the change.

5. Positive reinforcement is not just about giving treats for good behavior, it’s about moving and performing the exercises in a manner and speed that make it fun. It’s also about using everything your pet likes or wants, to your advantage—toys, petting, attention, access to go outside or come in, fetch….. and more.

6. The goal of training is to make behaving well fun for the pet. Dogs are more likely to behave well when good behavior is fun.

7. The walk is not a time for your dog to blow you off and do his own thing, rather it’s a time for you to bond with your dog and have fun. Practice exercises during your walk where your dog focuses on you as if you’re playing games. The goal is that the walk becomes like an enjoyable conversation.

8. Dogs, cats, horses and other pets need exercise every day. For dogs, walks provide not only exercise but they are crucial for continued socialization to people, new environments, and other pets.

9. Throw your dog’s food bowl away. Animals in the wild spend hours searching for food. They are hardwired to enjoy this behavior and studies show that given a choice, all species studied prefer to work for their food once they know how to rather than getting it for free. The best way to use food as entertainment and enrichment for the pet is to use it in training and games when you’re home as this provides both food and structured interactions with you. You can also place food in toys and puzzles made specifically for such purposes of entertaining your pet.