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Spring Park Dog Training School

About Us

We are a small team of experienced volunteers, instructors who have owned and trained dogs and people for many years.

Steve Woods has run Spring Park Dog Training School since 2009, but has been a dog training instructor for 35 years.

Elaine and Xana joined Steve some years ago to give you a varied training experience, combining joint and one-to-one training in every lesson.

Becky and Pat have also joined the team as regular instructors.


Xana also runs her own Grooming and Boarding business, which can be found at 

Where are we?

We meet at Greystones Scout Hall, Ravenswood Crescent, West Wickham, BR4 0JH










Finding Greystones

At the junction where Pine Avenue turns off Ravenswood Crescent (there is a postbox on the corner), you will see a footpath leading to Blake Park.  Go down the footpath, keeping to the right, and you will see an open gate in the chicken-wire fence and blue double doors to the hall.  This is the entrance to Greystones - there's a sign to the right of the doors.  Just come in, we'll be there. 

When do we meet?

We operate on Monday evenings (all through the year except for Bank Holidays, but we close for August.

Class 1 (Newcomers - for puppies, rescued or rehomed dogs):  7:30 - 8:05 pm

  • Walking to heel

  • Hand signals as well as the spoken commands, in case your dog should lose hearing because of age or injury.

  • We teach you a daily Healthcheck for your dog, as a bonding exercise as well as a wellbeing exercise.

  • Recall

  • Sit, Stand, Down

  • Teaching your dog to look for you when off lead.

  • Wait and Stay

  • Teaching your dog to allow you through a door first.

  • Food manners

  • Grooming

Class 2:  8:10 - 8:40 pm

  • Sit, Stand, Down

  • Heelwork including about turn, cones, etc

  • Starting the Retrieve

  • Stay

  • Weaving between dogs

  • Watch me

  • Recall

  • Wait

Class 3:  8:45 - 9:15 pm

  • Send away to box

  • Scent: Find it

  • Continental finish

  • Full Retrieve

  • Long recall

  • Recall to Heel

  • Distance Control: short distances

  • Recall line-up

  • Leave it, including food and off-lead

  • Stays: handlers move to Hall doors

  • Left about turn

  • Tightening-up exercises

Class 4:  9:20 - 10:00 pm

  • Stays: handlers leave the hall

  • Exercises without vocal commands

  • Scent discrimination

  • Drop on Recall

  • Stay / Wait pairs challenge

  • Difficult Stays

  • Exchange dogs

  • Send away to anything

  • Distance Control: to length of hall

  • Pickup

  • Walk backwards

Path from Pine Avenue to Greystones
Footpath from Pine Avenue, West Wickham
Doors to Greystones
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