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We are a friendly non profit-making club, which is run by volunteers.

We are based at the Chattenden Community Centre and we meet there every Monday night.

We have been training dogs for over 58 years and have a real passion for helping you and your dog begin your journey in training no matter how old they are.

We are affiliated to the Kennel Club and follow the Good Citizenship Award Scheme, where there are four levels of courses from Puppy Foundation, to Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards. You can find out more information about the scheme here.

All of our training training is done on a group basis, and we have several classes for you and your dog that should cover what you want to achieve together.

Hopefully after looking around our website you will find all the information you need to begin you and your dogs journey of knowledge and growth.

The Medway Dog Training Club Team.

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Our 2020 newsletter is waiting for you!

Here’s some great reading material that our members always look forward to… Our annual newsletter is out and ready for you to download and read just click the link and away you go MDTC Newsletter 2020 We hope you find it informative and useful. All the best, stay safe, stay home your Medway Dog Training Club team.

IMPORTANT UPDATE REGARDING CLASSES

CLASSES SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!

Dear Members, As the Coronavirus outbreak continues, our thoughts are very much with all our members at this challenging time. We recognise that you have many priorities in these moments, but wanted you to know we are all thinking of you and wish you all well and safe. In light of the continued advice from the Government we will not Continue reading

Guest Trainer – Vander Fitter POSTPONED

Due to the ongoing situation with Corona virus and for the safety of our members and volunteers we have taken the require step to postpone the visit of Vander to the club until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience the may cause, but please keep checking back on the website to keep up to date on when this event Continue reading

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OUR CLASSES

Our classes cover all stages of you and your dogs development from Puppy to Adult and anything in-between. We don’t believe in the old saying of you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, with the right support any dog and owner can develop a rewarding and pleasurable union. When you decide to join you will always start either in the Puppy Class or the Intake Class and progress up the scale as you and your dog become more confident.

Below is a brief outline of all the classes we offer if you want to find out more in depth detail then just click the button below.

Our Services

Puppy Class

This is the start of your journey together to learn and develop as one to get a well mannered and obedient dog.

We will aid you in teaching your puppy to walk to heel, respond to their name via recall, do a basic retrieve, do the three basic control positions of sit, stand and dow and finally how to perform a short stay. Our class has the added benefit of helping your puppy to become socialised with other dogs and groups of people.

Your puppy must be vaccinated and microchipped.

Intake Class

Our Intake class is designed for handlers who have dogs that are not eligible to join the puppy class and would like to begin training them properly.

Whatever your desired outcome is and what particular bad behaviour you would like to correct we will advise you in a talk a week before training begins.

The emphasis in this class is the use of positive training methods and covers all the basics like heelwork, stays and recalls etc..

This is also a great opportunity to socialise your dog with others in a friendly environment especially if particularly nervous.

Puppy Improver

This class builds upon what has been learnt in the Puppy classes and takes the training to the next level.

Again the emphasis is on treat reward along with verbal praise, to ensure the dog enjoys the training.

This class concentrates on developing the commands such as sit, down, heel etc. The retrieve is moved on from being a game to a more formal exercise.

The length of time the dog is in the Stay position is extended in the puppy improver class.

The dog is encouraged to be more focussed on the handler, which allows for better control.

Improver

The improver class takes what has been learnt in the puppy improver and intake classes to the next stage.

The instructor concentrates on extending the length of time the dogs are able to remain in the stay position for along with starting to reduce the handler's reliance on the lead.

The recalls and retrieves in this class are started to be done over short distances off of the lead.

When the dogs and handlers reach the required standard they are promoted to the intermediate class.

Intermediate

The Intermediate class aims to improve upon what you have already learnt and now introduces new and more difficult exercises.

Again, like the other classes, the emphasis is on reward and praise based training rather than corrective, compulsive methods.

When the dog and handlers reach the required standard, they are promoted into the top class.

Advanced

This is the top class. Having worked your way through the classes, improving step by step, this is the class that you will eventually reach.

The class is aimed at the dog and handler teams looking to enter obedience competitions. These competitions require the dogs to be responsive and controlled and this is emphasised and taught in this class.

New exercises, such as send-away, scent and distance control are introduced. These new exercises allow the handler to mentally stimulate their dogs even more.
Our Classes in detail

Our Key History

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The club was formed in March 1959. Meetings were held fortnightly in a garden in Strood, classes were 2/6d per dog.
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The club moved to the Casino Rooms, Rochester in December 1969. It had the hall from 7.00-10.00pm every Thursday evening. So the Ringcraft class had the centre of the hall all night. Rent was 30/- per hour.
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The club moved again to a much bigger hall at the end of 1973. This was the Aurora Hotel, Brompton Road, Gillingham. The rent increased in September 1975 to £7.56 per evening.
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January 2006 saw the club on the move again to Chattenden Community Hall, Chattenden, still on Monday evenings, but two halls are available, allowing the puppies and more difficult dogs to be in the smaller hall and three classes being held in the larger hall.

For a full timeline of the clubs history please click here

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60th Anniversary

Xmas Party 2019

Contact us

Address: Chattenden Community Centre, Swinton Ave, Chattenden, Rochester ME3 8PH
Phone: 07557 673261

If you are interested in joining us and need any more information about what we do and our classes, then please get in touch or pop along to one of our classes and speak to one of us on the front desk.

We’d love to hear from you and how we can help you begin your journey towards a rewarding partnership for you and your dog.

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