How to train your dog The Battersea Way

22 Jun 2023

As lovable as they are, training dogs can be hard work! 

Whether you are looking to help your dog walk better on the lead or wanting help managing your anxious canine friend. Battersea offers a series of our online dog training classes which allow you and your dog to learn together from the comfort of your own home, always using the positive reinforcement training style we recommend. 

Our classes are run by experienced Battersea Canine Behaviour and Training Advisors who will work with you and your dog via an interactive online class. You’ll be shown Battersea-recommended techniques and behaviours, which you’ll then get the chance to try yourself while your trainer watches on and advises. Classes will be held on Zoom, with no more than eight dogs per session, so you can rest assured that your trainer can give you plenty of one-to-one guidance.  

A person in a red and white polka dot dress crouches down to a white scruffy dog while during trick training

We offer a series of eight one-off classes, aimed at dogs five months and upwards. You can choose to attend every session, or a combination depending on your dog’s individual training requirements. 

 The eight class topics that you can book are: 

  • Loose-Lead Walking 
  • Meeting New People and Other Dogs
  • Constructive Play 
  • Working with and Managing Overstimulated Behaviours
  • Working with Nervous and Anxious Dogs
  • Preventing Separation Anxiety
  • Preventing Resource Guarding
  • Handling at the Vets

Please note that for our training classes you must select each class topic that you would like to attend individually, but you may book as many or as few as you like.  

Read our course FAQs below and the booking Terms and Conditions.


Each class costs £15 for one hour-long session. There are eight different topics in total on the Adult Dog Training course. You may book a class for as many different topics as you like, depending on your dog's training needs. Payment will be taken when you sign up. By signing up to a Battersea course, you’re not only helping your own dog, but all the other animals who we care for every day across our three centres.

These classes have been tailor-made for adult dogs aged six months and upwards and will cover more advanced topics including:

  • Loose-Lead Walking
  • Meeting New People and Other Dogs
  • Constructive Play
  • Preventing Separation Anxiety
  • Managing and working with dogs that display overarousal and overstimulated behaviours
  • Managing and working with nervous and anxious dogs
  • Preventing resource guarding
  • Handling at the vets

Classes are repeated throughout the year and you can mix-and-match classes to suit your dog.

Loose-lead walking

In this class we will cover the topic of walking your dog on the lead. You’ll be given training tips to help your dog walk without pulling, and we’ll even start teaching your dog to walk to heel. We’ll also discuss when to reduce the amount of rewards you are giving your dog, and when you might need to increase them.

What we will cover:

  • Lead walking
  • Teaching a ‘heel’
  • Phasing out of rewards
  • Increasing the rate of reinforcement in busy environments
  • Introducing eye contact around distractions

Meeting new people and other dogs

In this class we will look at how to teach your dog to greet people calmly, while discussing common issues and problems owners face with socialising their dogs. We’ll also start teaching your dog a ‘leave it’, which is a handy cue you can use in various situations.

What we will cover:

  • Appropriate vs inappropriate socialisation and flooding
  • Flooding
  • Impulse control
  • Teaching a ‘stay’
  • Teaching a calm ‘hello’ greeting
  • Dog-walking etiquette

Constructive play

In this class we’ll look at building your bond with your dog through play. We’ll introduce games that are both appropriate and beneficial to the development of your dog and your relationship with them as well as teaching them skills like a ‘drop’, ‘find it’ and an ‘emergency stop’. We’ll also look at what overstimulation is and how to prevent this from happening.

What we will cover:

  • Exchange games
  • Teaching a ‘drop’
  • Search games/how to teach a ‘find it’
  • How to spot the signs your dog is becoming overstimulated and how to prevent this from happening
  • How/when to use toys as a reward instead of food
  • How to teach an ‘emergency stop’

Managing and working with dogs that display over-arousal and overstimulated behaviours

In this class we will cover the topic of over-arousal in dogs and how this can lead to overstimulated behaviours. You will be given tips on how to recognise over-arousal and the possible causes. We will then go through some training techniques that can be used to both prevent this behaviour and work with your dog if they do begin to become overstimulated.

What we will cover:

  • How to identify over-arousal and signs to look out for
  • How over-arousal can lead to overstimulation
  • Managing your dog’s arousal and working through overstimulation
  • How to keep your dog’s arousal levels down
  • Teaching your dog to drop items when asked
  • Teaching your dog an emergency sit
  • Teaching your dog to settle
  • Management techniques to help prevent over-arousal

Preventing separation anxiety

In this session we’ll be looking at separation anxiety, including what it is and how to prevent it. As well as that we’ll be teaching behaviours like a ‘bed’ cue and a ‘settle’.

What we will cover:

  • What is separation anxiety and how we can help to prevent it
  • Teaching a ‘bed’ cue
  • Your leaving routine and desensitisation to this
  • Enrichment/home-alone items
  • Teaching a ‘settle’ and maintaining this whilst you are out of the room

Managing and working with nervous and anxious dogs

In this class we will cover the topic of anxiety and nervous behaviour in dogs. We will be looking at the possible causes of anxiety and how these may present as physical behaviours. We’ll go through some top tips on how to recognise anxiety and how to help your dog be less anxious. We’ll even then start to look at how you can teach your dog some skills to better manage their anxiety.

What we will cover:

  • Dog body language and recognising nervous / anxious behaviour
  • Signs of stress in dogs
  • Importance of listening to body language
  • How to correctly approach nervous dogs
  • Teaching your dog to settle
  • Causes of anxiety and how to identify these
  • Teaching your dog to go to bed when asked
  • How to increase your dog’s overall confidence
  • Teaching your dog a hand touch
  • Management techniques that can be used with nervous / anxious dogs
  • Teaching your dog a middle (to stand between your legs)

Preventing resource guarding

In this class we’ll look at ways to recognise and prevent resource guarding. We’ll start to teach useful behaviours to prevent resource guarding and confrontation. We’ll also look at how to manage potential resource issues in a multi-dog household.

What we will cover:

  • What resource guarding is and why it happens
  • Teaching a ‘drop’
  • How to prevent resource guarding
  • Teaching an ‘off’
  • Resource guarding in multi-dog households

Handling at the vets

Some dogs feel uncomfortable with being handled by the vets and in this class, we’ll explore steps you can take to help them become used to it. We’ll look at dog body language and how dogs communicate to us when they may be uncomfortable and how to appropriately respond to this to help make vet trips less stressful. We’ll also look at how to build positive association with muzzles and other items that will help your dog feel more comfortable with being handled.

What we will cover:

  • Understanding body language and when to take a break
  • Marker association
  • Muzzle association
  • Touch and treat
  • How to desensitise to medical / grooming equipment

These classes are aimed at dog owners who would like to learn techniques to help with specific behaviours. In order to make sure the class is tailored to your needs, we ask that your dog 6 months and upwards. Whilst this course will be an excellent follow on from our Puppy Programme, it is not necessary for you or your dog to have had any previous puppy training experience.

We encourage everyone in your home to be actively involved in training, so all members of the household are welcome to join. To get the best from each class, we need dogs and owners alike to remain as focused as possible. With this in mind we ask that you consider the age and attention span of all family members you choose to involve in the session.

We release course dates regularly, on a rolling basis. Please check the booking form for our current classes.

Yes! We welcome both rescue and non-rescue dogs of any breed to the classes. Battersea’s mission is to be there for every dog and cat who needs us.

Zoom is an app which hosts group video calls, but you don’t need to have a Zoom account to join, and it will not cost you any additional money. We will email you a clickable link before each session, and you will need a laptop or smartphone with a camera and internet connection. 

Each class is a standalone session, so you may book onto whichever topic(s) meets your requirements. You don’t need to attend the adult classes in a particular order, and you also don't need to attend them all. Classes will be repeated throughout the year, should you decide that you want to attend further training down-the-line. 

In order to ensure small class sizes, we can’t move people between sessions, so once you’ve signed up to a specific day, you are committed to that day.

Battersea always trains dogs using positive reinforcement. This is where we reinforce good behaviours by rewarding dogs with their favourite toy or treat. These methods are proven to be effective, ensuring lasting results. We never recommend negative techniques that would threaten or distress your puppy or dog.

For some classes you may require items such as blankets, a lead and different household objects. We will email you before the session to tell you what you’ll need to bring to the class.

Yes, you can. You will be provided with an email address, which you can use to contact them if you have any questions about what you’ve learnt on the course.

We have a team of Behaviour & Training Advisors who are on hand to deliver our classes and to offer their expertise. They will have access to the information you provide when booking about areas that you have identified as key goals and what you would like to achieve from the session(s).

For our Adult Dog Training classes your dog needs to be aged five months or upwards. If your dog is slightly younger than the suggested age but you feel they may benefit from attendance, please contact us on

We recommend that if you wish to attend with more than one dog, you book them onto separate sessions, so that each dog can be given your full attention during the training. If this is not possible, each dog should have its own human for the session.

Yes, but please be aware that all classes are delivered in English, and our class times are GMT. 

We encourage everyone in your home to be actively involved in training, so all members of the household are welcome to join. To get the best from each class, we need dogs and owners alike to remain as focused as possible. With this in mind, we ask that you consider the age and attention span of all family members you choose to involve in the session.

Our Adult Dog Training classes costs £15 per class and there are eight different training topics. You do not have to book all eight and you can attend them in any order, but we cannot offer any discounts for people booking more than one

You do not have to have attended any previous training classes, and you also do not have to book all Battersea’s classes. They have been designed as standalone sessions so you can attend them in any order.

If you would like to get in touch with any questions about the classes before booking you can contact our team on