Welcome to Animal Basics

A choice of courses from Puppy to Puppy Progress, Agility to Hoopers, Rally to Canine Connections and Gundog.
Individual sessions available too. Have fun with your special Canine Companion whilst building a lasting partnership together.

About Animal Basics.

Training your dog should be fun for both you and your dog.  If we make it fun and rewarding, the training will be enjoyable and it will encourage us to continue too.

It will produce a strong working partnership with trust and confidence at both ends of the lead. There should be give and take as in any relationship, being aware of how your dog is feeling and importantly, how you are feeling too.

We owe it to our dogs to learn and to understand how they communicate using their body language.  Dog behaviour and training go hand-in-hand, and if the training is right, you cut down considerably the chance of the dog developing habits and behaviour that can cause a problem later.

Training Courses at Animal Basics 

Training takes place in Minehead in a secure privately owned field

PLEASE NOTE: I am unable to take on any behaviour consultations until further notice. Please check out the CAPBT website and click on the Map to find a local behaviourist 

There is no Training on 

Saturday 9th December

Thursday 26th October  

Canine Connections


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How to Enrol

To enrol on any of my courses please click the button below and this will take you through to my online enrolment form. If you wish to download and print a copy of the form to send back to me simply click the button in the left column on enrolment page.

Enrolment Forms


We all need to know how to communicate with our dogs. We owe it to them to understand, as much as possible, how they see the world and in turn, teach them how to behave and how to achieve it. What I try to do is to help you understand what makes your dog ‘tick’; to bridge the communications gap and build a working partnership based on trust and cooperation.

‘Animal Basics’ uses up to date positive training methods with rewards such as food, toys, games, and even sniffing!  Clicker training is also taught for dogs and owners wishing to use this method. The dogs are allowed to work out what earns a reward and what does not. Training is set at the individual dog’s level, which means dogs of different levels can work in the same class, if appropriate.  Dogs wishing to join are invited along for an individual session to be assessed to see which class would be most suitable for them.

Animal Basics Testimonials

All our family look forward to Saturday afternoons with Janet. Rubble really enjoys his agility sessions and his listening skills have improved tenfold! Thanks Janet

The Hirons family
Animal Basics Testimonials

Agility for dogs? Yes but it’s only for Collies and the like isn’t it?

Oh no it isn’t! My two little terriers love it – through tunnels, over jumps and climbing up dog walks, there’s so much for them to enjoy. You should see them go! Of course all the dogs doing agility need a bit of training but the emphasis in Janet’s classes is enjoyment and fun. 

David G
Animal Basics Testimonials

We have been going to Janet’s classes since Miss Chief was 5 months old, they have given me more confidence and has stretched a very demanding Miss Chief.  We both thoroughly enjoy the group and look forward to each week’s session. Janet is calm, friendly and imparts her knowledge in a very gentle and kind manner.  I highly recommend her.

Fiona & Miss Chief

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Any help Hedgehogs are given has to be good for them. let's hope we can keep them safe and sound. They do us all a very good service in our gardens.If you find a "dead" hedgehog during the cold months, do not bury it, do not throw it in the trash...No one wants to see a dead animal in their garden or road, but it could be a hedgehog hibernating from November to March.They usually dig holes to stay safe, but we have less green areas, bushes or wooded areas these days and it’s becoming harder to find a safe place to spend the winter sleeping.Some may come into your gardens seeking safety and warmth to hibernate, some are so exhausted from looking that they end up sleeping in various strange places like roadside streets or even on pavements.When they are in hibernation, their heart rate and general body functioning slow down considerably, as a way of saving energy that can confuse a person that the hedgehog is dead.Just in case you see a stationary hedgehog, make sure it is in a safe and warm place and that it can last five months. If you find a hedgehog in your garden or somewhere on the street, make a hole in a cardboard box and in a dry, safe and quiet place so it can spend the cold months there.Hedgehogs are an endangered species, they are completely harmless and very important in our ecosystem. They eat beetles, snails, frogs, lizards, snakes, including poisonous.They also destroy mice nests.They are not afraid of bees or wasps. The hedgehog can easily destroy a hornet's nest and eat its inhabitants by ignoring their bites.Scientists have long noticed the immunity of hedgehogs to strong poisons, including bites from insects. This antidote phenomenon is not yet known to scientists.Be aware when you see a hedgehog in the cold months. It costs nothing to help such a fragile wee thing.Let's be kind to animals!Credit ~All Animals ... See MoreSee Less
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