Puppy socialisation and training
Puppy Crèche – for before your puppy completes their vaccinations
This runs alongside our pre-school and is aimed at puppies who are able to be carried out and about, and have had their first vaccination but not necessarily their second jab. This enables your dog to be carefully habituated with the outside world, allows you to watch and listen to what goes on in the pre-school class and gives you access to one of our trainers who will be able to answer any questions you may have.
You can sit with your puppy on your lap and listen and watch the rest of the class and then go home and practise so no time is wasted.
All pups must be carried in and out to the class.
This is a 8 week rolling term which you can join once your puppy is ready (space permitting). Any puppies who have joined the puppy crèche have an allocated space in this group. These classes are suitable for any dog up to the age of approx 5m (depending on size and any issues) and are suitable for most rescue puppies.
We teach careful habituation – confidence building for the scared and self control for the bouncy! We teach you strategies and skills – plus plenty of opportunity to practice your new skills in class (our skills checks) so we can support you and keep improving these new skills.
This class may not be what you initially expect! The content of these classes is informed by what is usually missing when I see dogs with difficult behaviours – often a lack of ability to be calm, to listen, to ask and be connected to the owner. This is not an off-lead play session – this is all about building future proof skills for you and your puppy.
We deal with puppy problems – house training, jumping up, biting, teaching your pup to be left alone and most importantly how to get your puppy to come back from playing! A big focus is how to teach your puppy to be calm and develop impulse control (generally totally lacking in puppies!) We aim to get you both off to a good start.
The puppy class is 45 minutes long.
The first 15 minutes are for puppy habituation and teaching calm behaviour when around other people and dogs and the remainder of the class is focused on skills checks, specific new learning and dealing with common issues. Our course aims to cover the content of the APDT Good Companion Awards (see www.apdt.co.uk) to ensure your puppy is as well prepared for the big, wide world as possible.
We teach how to read how your dog may be feeling – but download this great app which shows in pictures what your dog is feeling – some of them are pictures where a dog is mistaken for being happy (and he isn’t). Download and share especially with children. Dog decoder app