Due to Covid – 19 All Training is postponed for now.

It will resume as soon as we are able to. Meanwhile you are welcome to contact me.  Further updates will appear on my FaceBook page.

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 


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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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3 days ago

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For your information.** Advice regarding pets and COVID-19 - please read and share **

We would like to remind clients to please try to avoid any situations that may lead to visits to the surgery. We are providing veterinary cover for urgent cases, and have strict hygiene and social distancing measures in place. However ALL visits to us pose some risk to our staff, and we will have no option than to close completely if we have a COVID-19 outbreak affecting all staff.

Please consider the following:
- Keep dogs on a lead if there is any risk of them injuring themselves when running through woods etc.
- Be extra careful with interactions with strange dogs - please put your dog on a lead if you do not know an approaching dog.
- Do not change any foods, give your pet any new foods, or allow your dog to eat anything on walks. These are all common starts to gastrointestinal upsets that require veterinary treatment.
- Please try to keep cats in at night, when the majority of cat fights and road accidents happen.

Thank you for reading this advice and we hope that we will be able to continue helping the pets of Minehead and beyond throughout this troubling time.
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This is the first cover photo chosen from a fun competition that is running in the members group. Each week there is a special theme. Congrats It was a tough job choosing from all the excellent entries. ... See MoreSee Less

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