Animal Care

Introduction to Puppy Training Part-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

The courses start on the following dates. Stage 1: Saturday 28 May 2022 Stage 2: Saturday 4 June 2022 or Saturday 11 June 2022 Stage 3: Saturday 9 July 2022 or Saturday 16 July 2022 Each stage is a one-day course, which starts at 9.30am and finishes at 3.30pm.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for Stage 1. Each stage must be completed prior to moving onto the next.

All puppies must have had a full course of vaccinations to attend the course and be no older than six months.

You will achieve

This is not an accredited course. You will receive a Barnsley College accredited certificate of achievement.

Course overview

Do you have a new puppy and want to learn how to train it? Our fun and practical course, consists of three stages and each will teach you the basics of puppy training and help your pup learn positive behaviours and relationships.

Please note:

  • Each class size will be no more than eight due to health and safety considerations.
  • Stage 1: A theory-based session which is completed in class with practical demonstrations. No puppies are allowed to attend Stage 1 classes.
  • Stage 2 and Stage 3: Practical sessions – you’ll need to bring your puppy to the class.

You will learn and explore the following topics:

  • Introduction to health and safety when working with dogs
  • Assessing your puppy’s behaviour
  • Safe socialisation
  • Confidence building for you and your puppy
  • Equipment required for puppy training
  • Skills for training in the home
  • Recommended reading/trainers

Course content

  • Taught session on developing your puppy behaviour assessment skills
  • Practical session on behaviour assessment skills
  • Taught session on safe socialisation
  • Taught session on tone of voice and body language
  • What is your dog trying to tell you?
  • What equipment you really need and how to use it (feel free to bring your own equipment)
  • Practical training including luring, shaping and capturing
  • Introduction to health and safety

There is no formal assessment.

You will need to own a puppy and have a suitable collar/lead, poo bags and a collapsible water bowl.

Please wear suitable clothing and flat, closed shoes. If you have long hair, it will need to be tied back.

You will be provided with a booklet that includes a step-by-step guide to creating a positive learning environment at home for your puppy.

Wigfield Farm
Haverlands Lane
S70 5NQ

Beyond College there are many opportunities within the industry including occupations such as dog handler or further study onto the extended diploma.

How much does the course cost?

If you do not hold a full Level 3 qualification the course will be free of charge. If you hold a full Level 3 qualification already, the course will be co-funded by the College and the remaining course fee is £75. This will be payable on the day and payment will be taken at the till in the Farm café.

Extra information

This course may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email about eligibility and how to apply. You can also visit the Advanced Learner Loan page.



For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Introduction to Puppy Training Part-time

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