COVID – 19 – Updated April 2021

Training classes and individual training sessions are now allowed outdoors with updated Covid Rules and numbers to keep everyone safe. 

Please contact Janet for further details; 07790 996791 or pop me an email –

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

These photos have been very kindly shared by a client to show how you can make home made Hoops from garden hoops designed to cover your veg! Thinking outside of the box :)Check out the taster session for Hoppers on Thursday 12th August 5.15 to 6.45pm. A great way to try before booking onto a 6 week course. For further details and to book your place contact Janet on 07790996791/ 01823 432334, email or PM via this page. ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

New Course Dates: All the courses are 6 weeks and based in Minehead.Thursday Hoopers 11am start date 12th AugustCanine Connections 12.30pm start date 5th AugustSaturdayRally 9.15am start date 14th AugustPuppy 10.35am start date 21st AugustHoopers 11.55am start date 21st AugustPuppy Progress 1.15pm start date 21st AugustGun Dog 2.35pm start date 31st JulyRally Taster session Thursday 5th August 5.15 to 6.45pmHooper Taster Session Thursday 12th August 5.15 to 6.45pmThese taster sessions are a great way to try before committing to a 6 week course.For further details contact Janet on 01823 432334 / 07790996791 email or PM me via this page.We use positive training methods and aim to make the training fun and enjoyable for both ends of the lead. I look forward to hearing from you. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

I have been checking the forecast and every time it changes! Reviewing in the morning and will post. Keeping fingers crossed 🤞 ... See MoreSee Less
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