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Group Courses

Learn and develop in our Group Courses

Once you’ve completed your introductory session with us, where we understand you and your dogs goals, we invite you to participate in the varied educational courses at Martha & Friends. From young puppies to young and older dogs, there is plenty to choose from, depending on what goals and issues you would like to work on. The Martha & Friends training program offers both BLOCK COURSES and OPEN GROUPS.

Block Courses

BLOCK COURSES provide an ideal setting for learning new content or consolidating what you have already learned in a small group. Working in a regular fixed group which includes the same participants throughout the course, maximizing the success of each development phase.

Open Groups

OPEN GROUPS are flexible. You can participate whenever you choose, as long as you have completed your introductory session. If your dog is a puppy you can just drop in, without the need for an introductory session.

Block Courses

Puppy Block Course

With Lena Mertens

Who for: Puppies (8 to c. 24 weeks depending on their level of development) Date: Start: 03.01.22 | Start: 07.02.22 every Monday from 18.00-19.00 Location: Martha & Friends

In addition to basic good behavior and learning commands that make everyday life easier, learning on a social and emotional level also plays a major role in our puppy learning groups. All exercises and guided free games are adapted to the respective ages, levels of development and composition of the training group.

(Block course with 5 appointments)

We also have open puppy courses.

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Young Dogs Block Course

With Lena Mertens

Who for: Dogs from 5 months (depending on their level of development) Date: Start: 07.01.22 | Start: 11.02.22 every Friday 17.45-18.45 Location: Martha & Friends

In addition to learning commands that can make everyday life easier, in the "Young Dogs" class, learning on a social and emotional level plays a major role (as in the puppy classes).
All exercises are individually adapted to age, the level of development and the composition of the training group.

Important topics / contents are for example:
• Trust, commitment & cooperation
• Communication human-dog
• Communication dog-dog
• Frustration tolerance and impulse control

In addition to the theoretical and practical exercises, there is room for discussion and questions.

(Block course with 5 appointments)

We also have open puppy courses.

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Leash Training

With Lena Mertens

Who for: Dogs from 5 months Date: Start: 08.01.22 | Start: 12.02.22 every Saturday from 11.15-12.15 Location: Martha & Friends

If your dogs misbehaves on the leash and drags you around, particularly when meeting other dogs and people, a normal walk might end up being a stressful experience for you both. In this course, your dog learns to walk next to you in a relaxed manner on a loose lead.

(Block course with 5 appointments)

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BVZ-Dog handler licence

With Verena Helfrich and Anne Barrere

Who for: Dogs from 12 months Date: New course will start in January! Location: Martha & Friends and nearby areas

A challenge for ambitious dog owners!

This course is about the preparation for the exam for the dog handler license of the German association „BVZ-Hundetrainer e.V.“

With this license the „BVZ-Hundetrainer e.V.“ offers a high-quality test that not only meets a high quality standard but is also subject to nationwide uniform and method-free test criteria in Germany. Dog owners should have the opportunity to obtain a dog handler license without membership in associations or clubs.

In the preparatory group, we prepare specifically for the final exam or this license, we train for example
- leash training
- staying in contact without leash
- binding recall
- how to meet other dogs & humans
- environmental security in the city
- basic obedience

There is also a theoretical preparation for the exam.

For the practical test, situations in extra-urban or free-range areas and urban areas are examined. The dog should be controllable and safe to maneuver by the dog owner in both areas.

Important: The license only relates to the tested team and is not transferable to other dogs (if they are owned by several dogs) or to people!

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Communication, Concentration & Cooperation

With Lena Mertens

Who for: Dogs from 6 months Date: Start: 08.01.22 | Start: 12.02.22 every Saturday from 10.00-11.00 Location: Martha & Friends

This course is about learning better communication between dog and owner, improving concentration & cooperation. The focus is on improving teamwork. Your dog will learn to concentrate better on you and to cooperate with you despite distractions.
The participating dog owners learn how to use their body language for improved communication with their dogs.

(Block course with 5 appointments of 1 hour)

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Dog Meets Dog

With Anne Barrere

Who for: Dogs from 10 months Date: New course will start in the beginning of 2022! Location: Martha & Friends

Does your dog become reactive when meeting other dogs? Are you nervous about crossing the paths of other dogs on your walks? Does he show fear or uncertain behaviour, or aggression? Does he bark loudly and is simply not able to react to you? Has your dog ever got so worked up that he bit himself or maybe even you? Don't worry, you are not alone, this behaviour is extremely frustrating for many dog owners and often a very emotional issue. Fortunately, there are solutions. In this course, we take a close look at what your dog needs to cope with other dogs in a more relaxed manner.

(Block course with 6 appointments of 1.5 hours)

Course start 1: 14.04.21
Every Wednesday from 18.00-19.30
Course start 2: 02.06.21.
Every Wednesday from 18.00-19.30
Course start 3: 24.04.21
Every second Saturday from 14.30-16.00

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Open Groups

Puppy Learning Group

With Verena Helfrich and/or Anne Barrere or Lena Mertens

Who for: Puppies (8 to c. 24 weeks depending on their level of development) Date: Every Friday from 17:45 – 18:45 | Every Saturday from 10:00 – 11:00 Location: Martha & Friends

In addition to basic good behavior and learning commands that make everyday life easier, learning on a social and emotional level also plays a major role in our puppy learning groups. All exercises and guided free games are adapted to the respective ages, levels of development and composition of the training group.

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Young Dogs

With Anne Barrere

Who for: Dogs from 4 months Date: Starting 13. November 2021 every Saturday from 11:15 – 12:15 Location: Martha & Friends

In addition to learning commands that can make everyday life easier, in the "Young Dogs" class, learning on a social and emotional level plays a major role (as in the puppy classes).
All exercises are individually adapted to age, the level of development and the composition of the training group.

Important topics / contents are for example:
• Trust, commitment & cooperation
• Communication human-dog
• Communication dog-dog
• Frustration tolerance and impulse control

In addition to the theoretical and practical exercises, there is room for discussion and questions.

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Young Dogs Advanced

With Anne Barrere

Who for: Dogs from 5 months Date: Starting 17. November 2021 every Wednesday from 18:45 - 19:45 Location: Martha & Friends

All young dogs which already know some commands are welcome.

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Recall Training

With Verena Helfrich

Who for: Dogs from 6 months Date: Every Friday 16.30-17.30 Location: Martha & Friends

Recall training is one of the supreme disciplines in dog training!

It is not difficult to train a command, but the path to a binding recall requires many other skills:

impulse control, frustration tolerance, staying in contact and responding to a call back even in the event of distractions of any kind, such as other dogs, people, food etc. Therefore, this course involves comprehensive training on all the elements which are required to mastering a binding recall.

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Everyday Etiquette Training

With Verena Helfrich | From January 22 with Lena Mertens

Who for: Dogs from 10 months Date: Every Friday 19.00-20.00 Location: Martha & Friends

Do you know what? As soon as it gets a bit turbulent, Bello has forgotten all his manners. Even a simple "sit down" just won't work. Even with Luna, it does not work out as so often practiced: In the city she is quickly distracted and can hardly concentrate.

Our everyday life often provides one challenge or another for us human-dog teams. Therefore, we want to learn in this course how in real life, with all its distractions and temptations for our dogs, a human-dog team can get through everyday life in a safe and controlled manner.

The open group is aimed at those who want to get through everyday life in a relaxed manner together with their dog. Dogs joining this class should already have initial ideas for basic obedience (such as sitting, staying, and running on a loose leash), but they may not yet be able to put them into practice in every situation.

We practice going on the leash without pulling, basic commands, and talk about intra-specific communication. You learn to better assess your dog, strengthen the bond and ensure, in the meantime, that the trust grows between the two of you.

In addition to learning and deepening commands that can make everyday life easier, learning on a social and emotional level also plays a major role. All exercises are individually adapted to age, level of development and the composition of the training group.

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Intensive Recall Training

With Verena Helfrich

Who for: Dogs from 6 months Date: Tuesday, 07. December 2021 from 9:00 -12:00 Location: Martha & Friends

Recall training is one of the supreme disciplines in dog training!

It is not difficult to train a command, but the path to a binding recall requires many other skills:
impulse control, frustration tolerance, staying in contact and responding to a call back even in the event of distractions of any kind, such as other dogs, people, food etc.

Therefore, this course involves comprehensive training on all the elements which are required to mastering a binding recall.

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Leash Problem Solving Group

With Anne Barrere

Who for: Dogs from 5 months Date: Starting 17. November 2021 every Wednesday from 16:15 – 17:15 Location: Martha & Friends

Having trouble with a specific problem with your dog on the leash? Or just need to refresh techniques learned in your last leash training course? Join our Leash Problem Solving Open Group and bring your specific problem to the trainer for resolution!

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Social Walk for reactive dogs

With Anne Barrere and Lena Mertens

Who for: Dogs from 5 months Date: Starting 13. November 2021 every Saturday from 14:00 – 15:30 Location: Martha & Friends or as specified

The Social Walk is a training group for dogs that show insecurity, anxiousness or even aggressive behavior. Our sessions aim to address these issues by teaching your dog to relax in the presence of other dogs and people.The dogs should be given the opportunity to learn appropriate coping skills and the owners learn to better understand how to help their dog address various situations which can cause stress.

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Lunchtime Educational Walk

With Verena Helfrich

Who for: Dogs from 10 months Date: Every second Tuesday from 12.30-13.30 Location: Martha & Friends or to be specified

During each Lunchtime Educational Walk, we work on various training issues and skills, depending on the location and group composition. For example, meet other dogs, humans and animals; leash training, walking without a lead, and recall.

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Educational Walks

With Verena Helfrich

Who for: Dogs from 10 months Date: Saturday, 11.12.21 from 09.30-11.00 Location: Martha & Friends or as specified

During each educational walk, different issues are worked on,
depending on the training location and group constellation, for example:
- meet other humans, dogs and other animals on your dog walk
- leash training
- stay in contact with the owner even without a leash in distracting situations.

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