Dog Training

Educational Training

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 Anne Barrere

Who for: Puppies (8 to c. 24 weeks depending on their level of development) Date: Start: 31.08.21 Every Tuesday 17.30-18.30 | Start: 05.10.21 Every Tuesday 17.30-18.30 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 Anne Barrere

Who for: Dogs from 5 months (depending on their level of development) Date: Start: 31.08.21 Every Tuesday 18.45-19.45 | Start: 05.10.21 Every Tuesday 18.45-19.45 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 Verena Helfrich and/or Lena Mertens

Who for: Dogs from 5 months Date: Course start: 18.09.21 Every Saturday 15.15-16.15 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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Recall Training

With Verena Helfrich

Who for: Dogs from 6 months Date: Course start: 18.09.21 Every second Saturday 12.45 - 13.45 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.

(Block course with 5 appointments)

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Education-1x1

With Verena Helfrich

Who for: Dogs from 6 months Date: Start: 16.09.21 Every Thursday 17.30-18.30 | Start: 21.10.21 Every Thursday 17.30-18.30 Location: Martha & Friends

This course is aimed for first-time dog owners, with adult dogs or second-hand dogs as well as dog owners with young dogs from 6 months.

Together we will take a closer look at the basics of dog training.
You will learn to understand your dog better and to support him even in difficult situations.

In addition, you will learn to communicate effectively with your dog, give conscious hand signals and use your own body language to help your dog do what you want him to do.

You will learn how to teach your dog basic signals such as sit, down, stay and come.
Terms such as impulse control and reassurance signals are no longer foreign words to your dog after this course.

(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: Start: 18.09.21 Every Saturday 14.00-15.00 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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Anti-poison Prevention Course

With Verena Helfrich

Who for: Dogs from 6 months Date: Start: 10.09.21 Every Friday from 16.30-17.30 | Start: 15.10.21 Every Friday from 16.30-17.30 (no training 05.11.21) Location: Martha & Friends

In our anti-poison bait prevention course, you will learn step-by-step
how to prevent your dog from picking up and eating things from the ground.
You will also learn how to recognize symptoms of poisoning in case of doubt and how to react if your dog has swallowed something toxic.

(Block course with 5 appointments of 1 hour)

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Impulse Control Training - Learning Self-Control

With Verena Helfrich

Who for: Dogs from 6 months Date: Start: 10.09.21 Every Friday from 15.15-16.15 | Start: 05.10.21 Every Friday 15.15-16.15 (no training 05.11.21) Location: Martha & Friends

Many dogs have difficulty controlling themselves. This open training course is designed for these dogs. In various steps, the dogs will learn to control themselves better. The participating human-dog teams will start to learn together how to stay calm!

(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: Start: 25.08.21 Every Wednesday from 19.00-20.30 | Start: 06.10.21 Every Wednesday from 18.15-19.45 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? Barks loudly and simply is not able to react to you? Has it ever happened that your dog got so worked up that he bit himself or maybe 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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Calm down & Relax

With Verena Helfrich

Who for: Dogs from 10 months Date: Start: 09.09.21 Every Thursday from 20.00-21.00 Location: Martha & Friends

This course combines classic dog training with mindfulness and relaxation exercises for humans and dogs. In addition to relaxation exercises with humans & dogs, we will also do exercises for your own relaxation from the areas of mindfulness training and progressive muscle relaxation according to Jacobson (Verena is a trained trainer for progressive muscle relaxation), which also has a positive effect on the human-dog relationship and the mood of the dogs will affect.

(Block course with 5 appointments of 1 hour)

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Open Groups

Puppy Learning Group

With Verena Helfrich and/or Anne Barrere

Who for: Puppies (8 to c. 24 weeks depending on their level of development) Date: Every Friday 17.45-18.45 | Every second Saturday from 10.15-11.15 until 11.09.21 | From Saturday, 18.09.21 Every Saturday 09.00-10.00 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: Every Saturday from 10.15-11.15 (from 18.09.21) 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: Every Tuesday from 20.00-21.00 Location: Martha & Friends

All young dogs which already know some commands are welcome.

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Everyday Etiquette Training

With Verena Helfrich

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

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

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

The open group is aimed at those who want to get as relaxed as possible and with their own dog through everyday life. Dogs should already have initial ideas for basic obedience (such as sitting, 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 intraspecific communication. You earn to better assess your dog, strengthen the bond and ensure, in the meantime, that the trust grows together.

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 Leash Training

With Verena Helfrich

Who for: Dogs from 6 months Date: Tuesday, 14.09.21 from 09.00-12.00 | Tuesday, 23.11.21 from 09.00-12.00 Location: Martha & Friends

If your dog has learned to relax on a leash and is oriented towards you, he can often accompany you. Thus, the orientation on the leash also means a little bit of quality of life for you and your dog and gives you more freedom.

An orientation on the leash, however, is not to equate with to bring a dog to heel, rather it is about the dog learns to orient itself to his human partner. This orientation is also an important basis for "freedom without a leash" or "binding recall".

In everyday life, however, the interests of the dog and owner go far: The owner wants to walk without too frequent interruptions, the dog, however, pulls on a leash, sniffs here and there, changing the direction in which he runs or wraps his holder with the leash.

The goal of the orientation on leash is the proximity of the dog to the dog owner, his distance to this is undesirable. The dog learns to reduce its needs (eg its need for running or its interest in the environment) to a certain extent - in favor of its orientation towards its human being.
- You train your body language and learn how to use it in communication with your dog.
- You learn how to guide your dog and he follows you.
- Your dog learns that it is worthwhile for him to cooperate with you and to orient himself towards you.

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Intensive Recall Training

With Verena Helfrich

Who for: Dogs from 6 months Date: Tuesday, 28.09.21 from 09.00-12.00 | Tuesday, 07.12.21 from 09.00-12.00 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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Intensive City Training

With Verena Helfrich

Who for: Dogs from 10 months Date: Tuesday, 12.10.21 from 09.00-12.00 Location: Luxemburg City

This intensive training is focusing on achieving calm and good behavior in busy streets with lots of distractions around. We will train different situations during a city walk in will train in the city center and in the parc.

An important part of the training will be to train the dogs to stay calm and relaxed, even when the city is turbulent.

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Social Walk

With Anne Barrere

Who for: Dogs from 10 months Date: Every Wednesday 17.00-18.00 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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Canine Communication Skills

With Anne Barrere

Who for: Dogs from 10 months Date: Every Saturday from 12.45-13.45 Location: Martha & Friends

This special group has its focus on the communication between dog and dog. Designed for dogs who need to develop necessary skills to successfully interact with other dogs. The training is also suitable for those dogs who have to wear a muzzle for safety reasons.

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Small Dogs Play & Training Meeting

With Anne Barrere

Who for: Dogs from 10 months Date: Every Tuesday from 19.45-20.45 Location: Martha & Friends

This group is for dogs up to 6.5 kgs. They can practice social interactions and learn together with dogs of the same size. The training program will depend on the participants in the group and their level of education and development.

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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, 18.09.21 | 16.10.21 | 13.11.21 | 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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