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Our History
To have a well behaved and socially accepted dog is the aim of all responsible dog owners. This club was formed with the objective of holding training classes in all aspects of domestic obedience - it does not teach competition work.

The first classes were held in Esher in 1958 under the tuition of Jack Kenworthy but the club was not officially formed until 1960. Soon after, it moved to Walton and hence the former name Walton & Esher Dog Training Society came into use. Around 1965, under the leadership of Jack Warden, the club moved to Cobham Village Hall where it has enjoyed success unrivalled in the area.

In 1975, the mantle of Chairman was assumed by Valerie Ingman. The club was under some pressure financially and the committee at that time decided to formalise the membership system which still exists today. The beginners' class was trained by the Chairman with Jennifer Meade teaching the intermediate class and Iain Hay the advanced class. By 1979, the club finances were so strong that the committee decided to embark upon the purchase of a Guide Dog for the Blind at a committed cost of £1,000 over two years. Guide Dog, Esther, pictured on page 3, proved to be the first of eight dogs sponsored by the club up to 1997 since which time the club has continued to make annual donations to the GDBA. We have also given support to Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, Wildlife Aid and Dogs for the Disabled all of whom have addressed our annual social.

At this time puppy classes were introduced to give owners an opportunity to socialise young dogs, whilst introducing basic control exercises. Most handlers continue their dog's training by participating in Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced classes.

Daytime classes were introduced in 1995 and have proved so popular that these are now held on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On average, around 100 dogs attend classes every week. In addition, private tuition can be arranged if this is preferred. In particular, owners with puppies in the 8-12 week age group (pre Puppy Class) have found these home visits beneficial.

In 1989, the club introduced its own shop selling training equipment and smaller items for dog care and grooming.

Recently the club has undergone some changes and all the classes are now held at Stoke d'Abernon Village Hall.