Thaxted and Barnston dog training classes resume

After Freedom Day lifted many restrictions, it’s time to go back to dog training classes, said a business owner.

Annette Boreham from Take The Lead Essex has met many nervous dogs who have not had the opportunity to socialize with other dogs due to the pandemic.

Two dogs during dog training at Take The Lead Essex

Two dogs during dog training at Take The Lead Essex
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She has also met many nervous owners who are worried about dog theft or first time pet.

Annette said: “I’ve been doing this for 19 years.”

She added, “I’ve helped so many people over the years.”

Dogs trained at Take The Lead Essex

Dog training courses at Take The Lead Essex
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Annette only got her first dog at the age of 23, when she became the new owner of a rescued German Shepherd dog that was kept in a closet with others.

The animal was four to five months old and so scared that it peed.

She said of the experience: “I had no idea, I couldn’t afford a behaviorist.

“I started to study, to read, I took classes. I just kept doing it, I still do it even though I teach.

“If there is a course that I think I haven’t taken, I’ll leave if I think someone else will.”

Annette had a mentor for the first 10 years. She said she found that her self-confidence increases when dogs and their owners are trained.

Dog training course participants with their pets in Essex

Covid-safe courses for Take The Lead Essex in Thaxted and Barnston have restarted
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A dog training with Take The Lead Essex

A student at Take The Lead Essex
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A dog at a dog training session for Take The Lead Essex

A participant in Take The Lead Essex courses
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A woman trains a dog at Take The Lead Essex

A dog training session with Take The Lead Essex
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A woman trains a dog at Take The Lead Essex

A dog training course in session
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On her Facebook page, she shares free advice on how to help dogs get too hot until they get enough exercise.

Annette is an Advanced Instructor at the British Institute of Professional Trainers.

She currently teaches Monday evening and Saturday morning in Thaxted and Monday morning and Thursday evening in Barnston.

Annette takes beginner, intermediate and advanced courses and her clients often return to the next level to add more knowledge.

She runs the Kennel Club’s Good Citizen Dog Scheme in her club.

Annette still asks attendees to be Covid-safe, wear their masks, and maintain social distance for everyone’s safety.

To get involved, send an email to [email protected], call 07785 745051, or search for Take The Lead Essex on Facebook.

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