We hold our puppy classes on Sundays at 9.30 am – 10.30 am for pups from 10 weeks of age
This is a great precursor to our Basic dog training course
Our puppy classes are essential for the upbringing of a well adjusted dog.An untrained puppy, generally speaking will become a badly-behaved adult dog.Conditioning during this early period is vital because it sets a solid platform for the way you want your dog to behave.
Along with having your puppy in a controlled social environment we begin teaching the beginnings of sitting dropping and standing.Getting your puppy accustomed to a leash and collar and letting it gain confidence to walk with you. Conditioning your puppy to look at you when its name is called and simple recalls.
Puppy school is a must for all owners looking to give their puppy the very best start in life and the opportunity to grow into a well behaved, sociable dog. Classes are designed for puppies from 10 to 20 weeks of age, as this is the critical learning stage when puppies gain important socialisation skills and learn the basics of being a well-behaved pet.
Just like humans, puppys learn at different rates and eachpuppy will often behave differently to the others during class. You may find that you dog is active, a barker, shy, boisterous or even timid.
These behaviours are all normal and it’s likely your puppy behaviour will change as the program continues. It is important to concentrate on your dog’s development and not compare them to others in the class. Your trainer will ensure that each puppy receives individual attention throughout the course.
Our puppy classes
Importance of socialising your puppy
- The puppy socialisation time frame (up till 16 weeks) is the most crucial time for forming your dog´s temperament, character and behaviour habits. If it misses out in social interaction during this period it is impossible simply go back and fix the problems later.
- Averting problem behaviours through proper socialisation is a more attractive alternative compared with trying to correct the unwanted behaviour (barking, resource guarding, gnawing, separation anxiety, dog to dog aggression etc.) that arises from insufficient socialisation.
- Puppy socialisation is an essential component in establishing and improving the relationship you will share with your dog all through his lifetime. The effort you spend now will be well rewarded.
How to socialise your puppy out of puppy classes
- Involve your new puppy in all that you can, always under careful supervision. Just get it acquainted and comfortable with all of the daily routines and happenings of its new household. This is its environment now, we want it to be relaxed and comfortable around things like the vacuum cleaner, dish washing machine, Televisions and noisy children.
- It’s crucial that your puppy interacts with as many individuals that they can before he reaches twelve weeks of age. Because his vaccinations won’t be finished by this stage, it’s best if the people go to him. Continually make visits a fun, non-threatening experience for your little puppy. Really encourage playtime, treats and contact between your visitors and your puppy.
What do we think of Puppy Pre Schools
Even though this has become quite a money making fad it does nothing for your puppy in gaining any social skills in dealing with other dogs.At this age Puppies do not socialise with other puppies outside of its own litter in a strange environment.The amount of clients we have that turn up telling us how their dog has been bowled over by a rambunctious puppy and now their dog is wary or even slightly aggressive towards other dogs is astounding.By all means socialise your puppy but keep it controlled. Handle it, let others handle it,take it outside in your care but please don’t let it “play” with other strange dogs. The repercussions can be appalling.
We don’t offer advice on medicating your dog just as a vet or vet nurse shouldn’t offer advice on training dogs