Welcome to the Altrincham & District Dog Training Society The ADDTS is one of the largest Dog Training clubs in the Altrincham area, having been in existence for about 60 years. At present we have over 250 dogs and their handlers enrolled in the society. The Club is a Registered Charity (No: 702376), affiliated to the Kennel Club and staffed entirely by volunteers. Many members of the current training team arrived as new dog owners, worked their way through the classes and then decided to train as instructors. So they well understand the situations new members may find themselves in. As a society, our aim is to promote a high standard of responsible dog ownership to ensure that each dog will receive the best possible care and enjoy a fulfilled and happy life. We also hope that coming to the classes and other activities we offer will increase handlers’ understanding of their dogs and enjoyment of their company. We meet at Manor High School, Manor Avenue, in Sale, Cheshire on Sunday afternoons, Bank Holidays excepted, and train outside in all weather conditions. The foundation classes are divided into Puppies, for dogs under 6 months of age, or Assessment, for older beginners. On completion of this introduction to training, the dogs then begin their progression through the continuation classes. The training methods we use are based on the principle of positive reinforcement of the desired behaviour and we firmly believe that the classes should be enjoyable for both dog and handler. The old adage, ‘Be firm and fair, but do have fun,’ sums up our approach. Initially, on arrival, before moving on to their individual classes, handlers and dogs gather in the school playground area. This provides an opportunity for the dogs to begin the process of socialisation, which is crucial if they are to become well behaved members of the community. It also enables the handlers to meet together and, compare their puppies’ or older dogs’ behaviour with others. The ADDTS always welcomes new members and if you are looking to build a sound loving relationship with your dog, we would be delighted to see you. Do check the files section at the top of the page for information on registration, classes and fees. If you would like to talk to someone directly, you will find telephone numbers under ‘Contacts’.