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YOU & YOUR DOG + OUR EXPERTISE

All you need to develop a relationship and connection with your dog for the whole of their life

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HOW CAN WE HELP?

Developing Dogs is a dedicated dog training centre owned and run by Sian Ryan, expert trainer from BBC2 show Me and My Dog. You want your dog to be a well-mannered member of your family; we want you to achieve that goal.

During the Coronavirus lockdown all our classes are now available online and we have a whole range of interactive sessions to keep you and your dog occupied, learning, and having fun. See our Classes page for more details. 

Set in 8 acres of securely fenced fields, our unrivalled training centre near Ely, Cambridgeshire has a range of classes and workshops for pet dogs, owners and trainers. Our expert trainers have designed courses, classes, and 1:1 packages to meet your needs, develop your skills, and make sure you have fun along the way. These are now all available online, in fully interactive sessions with our expert trainers.

Start with our open enrolment Life Skills classes – for puppies or older dogs – then progress to our range of fun and practical classes.

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Our aims are to develop your relationship with your canine companion, give you the tools to understand each other and help your puppy or dog develop the important life skills that make them part of the family.

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WHAT WE DO

We offer a range of classes so there’s sure to be something to suit you.
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If you’re a puppy / new dog owner

Take a look at our Life Skills classes, to give you a great start with your new puppy / dogs, and as the classes are on line there’s no restrictions on age. The classes are open enrolment so you start whenever you’re ready, and are a great introduction to training with the Developing Dogs team. We also have a twice-weekly FREE Puppy Chat session if you want to ask questions, get to know us before you sign up to classes, or just to share the sometimes exhausting experiences of being a new puppy owner.

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If you’re a more experienced dog owner

Want to learn something new? We offer a range of fun things to do with your dogs and are always coming up with new ideas. Our Developing Dogs Lockdown Parkour classes could be the place to start, or our Trick of the Week class where the challenge and learning changes every week.

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Workshops, Seminars & Training Holidays

While our in-person workshops and holidays are currently suspended because of Covid-19 we’re busy planning for 2021, and have a whole range of exciting adventures and learning to share with you.

While restrictions are in place due to Covid-19 we have moved our classes online, with fully interactive taught sessions. When we are able to safely open up in person classes we will be delighted to welcome you to our dedicated training centre with securely-fenced eight acre field, heated indoor training barn, and floodlit outdoor training areas.

If you want somewhere to walk your dog while following social distancing rules then you might want to join our dog walkers and have our secure field to yourself.

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Our Online Classes

FREE Virtual Coffee and Chat Group

Free weekly chat during this tough period for everyone so that you can keep in contact with us, and we can keep in contact with you!

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Life Skills Online

The place to start if you have a new dog in your family or are looking to start your training with us.

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Life Skills PLUS Online – Outside

The follow-on from our Life Skills sessions to help with all the things you need help with when out walking your dog e.g. lead work, recall, settling etc.

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Creative Classes

Mysteries to solve, puzzles to complete, clues to crack: can you work as a team to solve these mysteries?

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Home Alone? No Worries! Online Chat

30 minute chat with Sian for those that need help when they go back to work and need to leave their dogs for a period of time.

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No Walks? No Worries! Online Chat

30 minute chat with Sian for those dogs that are on restricted/limited/no exercise.

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Talking Dogs Scentwork Introduction

A great start to you and your dog's fun-filled scenting journey!

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Gundog Skills

A fun and lighthearted session to help you with your basic gundog skills.

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Talking Dogs Scentwork

Sessions to challenge you and progress your dog's scentwork skills and your handling skills.

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Mental Workout

Take part in our weekly brain games sessions flex you and your dog's mental muscles.

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Lockdown Parkour

Teaching you how to use everyday items in the house to do parkour with your dog.

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Hoopers: Intro and Advanced

An online introductory course to teach you how to partake in this fun sport and online sessions where you will be coached around newly designed courses weekly.

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Nail Maintenance Intro Course

Three week course teaching you how to maintain your dog's nails in various ways to suit your dog.

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Nail Maintenance Online Drop-in

A session to chat and help you progress with maintaining your dog's nails.

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Activities Class Online

Puzzles and mysteries, tricks, clicker work, scentwork and more!

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Our Featured Videos

Introduction to Life Skills for Puppies


How to handle Puppy Biting / Mouthing


Housetraining Tips from Developing Dogs


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OUR HAPPY CLIENTS

Sian is hugely encouraging and takes great trouble to adjust the activity to the level of your dog and to plan each session. The class sizes are small and this allows for good communication, a lot of attention and time to learn or develop the skills being shown. Sian is a masterful teacher; she has been instrumental in enabling us to enjoy our boisterous Cockapoo in so many ways and we are proud that Rosa is a Developing Dog!

Kathryn & Niall

Rosa the Cockapoo

Hugely recommended! Developing Dogs helped me turn a miserable dog ownership in to a respectful, joyful and wonderful one. Rupert is a highly strung, intelligent dog and no previous attempts to find a good relationship with him had been fruitful. Working with Developing Dogs has transformed my relationship with Rupert, I still use all the tips, hints and techniques that I was taught 18 months ago – if ever things start to go awry I go right back to what I was taught and we are soon sorted.

Judith

Rupert - labradoodle (2 and a bit) and family

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for last Sunday and The Dog Particle course. Thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt so much. I have been telling anyone who will listen about it all week!

Vanessa

Flame, Charlie, Ember & Quin

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