Extending Life skills for the real world

Beyond the Basics

Taking your foundation skills to the next level




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About Beyond the basics!

Why Beyond the basics?

You built firm foundations at home, now it’s time to let them fly.

We get that not everyone wants their dog to be the next Crufts champion. Instead, you want a dog that can join you with family activities and you can occasionally wow your friends and family with their genius.

You’ve worked on the foundations and life is definitely easier, but there are still some tricky situations you’d like to run smoother.

In Beyond the Basics we keep the same philosophy you learned in Behave! Foundations and up the ante with some controlled distractions and harder environments.

We’ll introduce you to cooperative care so that your dog doesn’t embarrass you at the groomers or vet and you can clip their nails yourself at home. 

We’ll teach you how to set the challenge and help your dog meet it so that you can enjoy your lifetime together.

What You’ll Get

Focused training

Does your dog really need to do a 10min sit stay while you walk the length of a field? Or does well behaved really mean having a dog that settles on their bed while the kids run around, or so you can watch TV in the evenings undisturbed?

Small classes

No more than 4 in a class along with professional, experienced tuition means you can be confident you’ll get plenty of individual attention.

Online Access

Need a reminder of what you’re supposed to be doing? I’ve got you covered with an online academy where you’ll have access to printable notes and videos to recap each class.

dog friendly methods

Only modern dog (and people) friendly methods, no yanking or shouting here.

Learn to use food, toys, praise and other rewards as effective reinforcement. No bribery!

Concepts not recipes

Tails We Win is about empowerment of the learners at both ends of the lead. We’ll arm you with the knowledge you need to apply in real life so you can teach your dog whatever you want in the future.

a well behaved dog

Put a stop to leaping all over visitors, make begging (or just plain self-service) at the dinner table a distant memory. Enjoy having a dog that will rest quietly at your feet while you enjoy a drink in the pub or chillax alongside you in the evenings.

Transferable skills

You aren’t alone. It’s not always straightforward to transfer the skills you learned in Behave! Foundations to the more challenging everyday scenarios. 

We’ve got you.

We’ll help turn your tribulations to triumphs and show you how to stage the training so you can set the challenge at the right level for your dog. And what to do when real life ruins all your plans. 

What’s not to like? Kelly and Alison understand dogs, they don’t just train dogs (and their owners!) If you want to not only train yourself and your dog, but to understand why they do (or don’t) do things. Go along.
E. D.


Very approachable, excellent training tailoring the teaching specifically to take into account the particular needs of my dog. Good, sensible, easy to understand, and at a reasonable cost too. It is easy to see a marked improvement, very pleased with progress
S. M.


We are still teaching concepts rather than recipes so you can and your dog can apply your learning to new scenarios in the future.

We introduce new skills for teaching your dog to opt in for grooming and vet care to make the rest of your lives together smooth sailing.

This is a 6 week course. You will benefit from specialised instruction focused on teaching your dog to make excellent choices without you having to nag. Taught by a qualified, experienced behaviourist so any problems can be identified early and dealt with swiftly.

Sign up 

For anyone that has completed Behave! Foundations (previously Behave! / Life Skills)

Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm at Northchapel Hall

£125 per 6 week course

Course start dates:

TBC – fill in the waiting list form to hear first.

Northchapel Hall