Fun Hoopers Classes for Puppies from 6 months


Are you a dog owner who struggles to control you pup outdoors?

Are you scared to let your pup off the lead and is walking him a nightmare?

Do you wish you could quickly get your pup’s attention and stop him being distracted by every bird, dog or human he sees?


Would you like to build a fantastic bond with your puppy
and find a fun hobby to do together for years to come?

My Hoops ‘n Pups class is designed to help create an unbreakable bond between you and your puppy, while you have fun learning a new game that will give you the control you want regardless of the situation you find yourself in. .  

During the class we will cover the following topics:

Safely introduce your puppy to the various pieces of equipment used in hoopers, such as the hoops, barrels, tunnels, gates and dash mats. 

Work on your puppy’s coordination to improve body awareness and reduce the risk of injuries.

Teach your puppy when he needs to focus on you and when to focus on the game of hoopers.

Teach your puppy to wait.

Teach your puppy to complete short sequences of equipment, slowly increasing until you and our puppy can complete a short flowing course. 

Teach you how to use play as a reward.

Directions: Teach your puppy to turn left and right on cue.

Distance: Teach you how to keep control as puppy moves further away from us. 

Teach you how to control your puppy’s speed and ensure success on the course.  

Your puppy will learn:


  • To focus on you, the handler.
  • To follow your directions at a distance.
  • Learn to keep an eye on you no matter where you are.
  • Come back to you quickly.
  • Ignore distractions.
  • Self-control, so your puppy won’t chase or run off.
  • Stay with you unless you ask your puppy to move away.
  • To be confident in a wide range of situations and environments.
  • Listen for directions from you.
  • Sit and Wait.

What is Hoopers?

Hoopers is a low-impact fast-paced dog sport, which came over from the USA to the UK in 2017, this latest dog sport is taking the UK by storm. 

In this game, you and your dog must complete flowing courses of hoops and low-impact equipment, like tunnels and barrels. You can either run with your dog or you can choose to handle your dog from a distance.

Who can Play?

Any Dog Can Play, the smallest and biggest dogs can join in the fun. Canine Hoopers is an all-inclusive sport and caters for dogs and handlers of all abilities and ages, including those less mobile. 

What will Hoopers classes do for me and my puppy?

You will learn how to control your dog off lead, making your walks together more enjoyable.

Your dog will learn self-control and enjoy the mental challenge.

Your dog will learn to focus and take direction from you.

But most important of all: You will have fun, training and playing with your dog.

What training methods are used to teach Hoopers? 

Positive force-free reward-based methods are used to teach the skills required to complete the hoopers courses. No verbal or physical corrections are allowed.

What, Where, When? 

Classes are limited to 4 dog and handler teams per session.

Hoops ‘n Pups Classes are held at:

Milborne St Andrews Sports Ground.

On Wednesday afternoons from 2 pm to 3 pm.

8th March Course – Fully Booked

Please note: All our training is at our Outdoor Venue, Covid safety measure are in place. 

Hoops ‘n Pups Foundation course

      • 8 week course – 1 hr each week

      • Certificate and rosette on completion of the course
      • 3 Months Access to the Hoopers specific pages on our membership site, containing valuable resources such as training videos showing foundation body awareness exercises, warm-up and cool-down games to protect your dog from injuries, instructional videos on basic hoopers skills that you can practice at home.

  • Please check the booking page for next available course date.

Hoops ‘n Pups workshop

Not sure whether our Hoops ‘n Pups Foundation class is right for you?

Why not join us on our 90-minute workshop and discover what Hoopers is all about. 

This workshop is suitable for social puppies from 6 months. 

The workshop is divided up in to three 30-minute modules where you get to experience a flavour of what to expect in our Hoops ‘n Pups Class. 

The three Modules we will cover are:

  1. Warm Up & Basic Control
  2. Introducing Equipment (hoops and tunnel)
  3. Short Sequences.

Please book early to avoid disappointment.

What our clients are saying

We started attending Hoopers in March this year. In a fairly short time Henry has earned his Level 1 & 2 Rosettes. In order to achieve this, he had to learn to turn in different directions, to move away from me and to read my body language as this helps him to go in the right direction. These skills are great fun at Hoopers classes but they are also useful when we are out on walks. Natasja is an excellent trainer. She gives clear instructions and also demonstrates with her own dogs. If Henry or I make a mistake Natasja pinpoints where I have gone wrong and helps me put it right. All the training is reward-based and there is no pressure on either dogs or handlers. There are 10 levels in Hoopers, Henry and I still have some way to go! In the meantime we are having fun, learning lots in the process and building a stronger bond between us.
Cynthia Metcalfe
& Henry

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