Clever Canines Dog Training

Clever Canines dog training club is a fun, active learning environment for you and your dog.

About Our Classes

Training your dog should be fun for you and your dog.

Our priority at Clever Canines is to use positive reinforcement and motivational training  to get the best responses and behaviours.


We want your dog to love training - to find it rewarding and enjoyable - to do that he must view the experience as a positive one - a fun place to  be, where he can interact with people and other dogs and be  rewarded for good behaviour.

We use food, toys, play and interactions to train our dogs  - if you want a class where  force is used - where punishment training is the first port of call, where choke chains are used and where correction is the only way then please look elsewhere.


Our Mantra is 'a positively trained dog is a happy one'.

Our classes include several fun sessions - we celebrate for example Christmas and Halloween with our dogs and take part in charitable activities like comic relief. The regular club members have raised thousand of pounds for various charities. Our current charities are Trinity Hospice and Cancer Resarch UK.

Scroll down for details of classes on Thursday and Friday nights

All classes are held at the Hewlett Lecture Hall, Bannister Street, Lytham, FY8 5HP.

You are more than welcome to come and watch a class before you start, so you can decide if it is the right class for you.

Thursday Classes

There are three classes on Thursday 

The Puppy Class

Puppies are welcome to attend our puppy training classes from when your vet says they are safe to venture out( and have had all their relevant vaccinations), till they reach a year depending on size and behaviour - we like our puppy class to be a safe haven for young dogs to grow and learn.


Classes are interactive and include: play sessions, health care and obedience training, normal canine behaviour is explained and your trainer will offer advice and assistance where appropriate.

Initially you book an 8 week course - which costs £85 on enrolment - After 8 sessions (which do not have to be consecutive - life sometimes takes over so if you miss a week you simply tag another one on to the end) you can continue on in the class and pay a weekly amount which is currently £7.50 a session.

Class duration is 45 minutes to cover Coronavirus wipe down and cleaning.

All breeds welcome - puppies on harness and normal flat collars only - no choke/check chains

Thursday Adult Pet Activity Training

Once you have completed the puppy class, or if your dog is over puppy age, we have adult dog classes on Thursday and Fridays evenings.

This class is is a great way to continue your dogs training , socialisation and development - these classes are fun-filled action-packed classes which vary in their activity week to week. The focus could be on obedience and control one week, the next fun agility or timed obstacles, or scent training.

There is a highly social aspect to this class and here dogs can relax and be dogs. Owners can have fun with their dogs and enhance their relationship - we call it Dog time.



There is no pressure put on dogs in any of our classes and because of this we see good well rounded canine citizens develop.



A highlight of this class are dogs' birthdays where they are celebrated by the owners bringing in cakes and treats for all.


All classes cost the same - £85 per dog for the first 8 week course then £7.50 a session or £12 for two dogs.




Thursday Heelwork to Music

Get on your boogie shoes!

Heelwork to music is the generic name for the sport. However beside a dog and handler walking at heel to a piece of music there is also a division called Canine Freestyle - click on the dancing with Dogs link for more information about the sport and Ann DeRizzio and club members achievements.

This class is fun and full of music and laughter - here we teach the dogs and handlers to work as a team and to interact in a positive manner using music.

Access to this class is via the adult pet dog class, or by booking a week course cost £85. However dogs will need to be assessed before they can join.

You really don't have to have any dancing ability or even rhythm but you do need a sense of humour! This class runs from 8.45pm - 9.30pm.(approx timing due to Corona cleaning).



Friday Classes

Friday One - The Speciality Class

This is the class that dogs 'with issues' can join - a class where owners are welcome to come and try to iron out any behavioural or training challenges that they have.

Training here is slightly different to other classes - dog management is paramount and some dogs will be asked to wear a muzzle, if the trainer thinks that for the time being they are not safe to handle. usually that is quickly dispensed with once the dog has learnt to trust and feel safe.

Most aggressive dogs are showing aggression because of a failure in communication.

In this class we try to LISTEN to the dog and aim to give owners coping and handling strategies.

Dog management and training is vitally important if you have a dog that shows signs of behaving aggressively or nervously. So having dogs under proper control is an essential part of the classes. Currently the dogs in this class many of whom have come from rescue, are some of the BEST behaved and trained dogs in the club. They have been a credit to their owners; handing, training, compassion and care.

The class members fully appreciate how difficult it can be to socialise a dog with 'issues' and are sympathetic and understanding and above all non-judgmental.

Access to this class is usually done on assessment and owners must sit and watch a class before they start. It may well be that you will require some one to one training/behaviour session with Ann DeRizzio before you can start.

Course 8 week session cost £85.

Owners must be aware that they are responsible for their dogs at all times and must not let their dog interact with people or other dogs - until they are safe to do so.

Friday Two - The Friday Flyers

They call themselves The Friday Flyers - others beg to differ! This is the longest running class in the club and some of the dogs who attend have been coming for many years. We often host dogs retirement parties!

It's a safe haven for dogs of all ages to interact socially and enjoy a special night out with their people.

Cakes are eaten, dogs are trained the world put to rights and fun had by all.

This is the class where  several fun dog activities are developed and spread throughout the club.

Obedience, mini agility, heelwork to music are just some of the dog activities that take place in this very special  class - as well as dogs being free to have their own personalities and sensibilities.

Access to this class is either via the puppy class route or after assessment - we will always try to fit new people in.

Friday Three - The Dancing Divas

This class is specifically for this who are competing in the sport of heelwork to music and canine freestyle . Its a small group where training involves putting together routines for competition and the choreography and developing the working dog partnership.



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