The classes are small, to give the opportunity for group and individual tuition. The puppies also have the chance to socialise with other dogs and their owners. Children are welcome to attend with parents, to ensure that the whole family takes part in the dog’s training programme. Some of our best trainers are under 12 years old.
The classes cover the basics of puppy ownership, including house training, walking on the lead, coming when called and communicating effectively with your puppy. An information pack is provided for each new owner.
Basic cues, including, sit, down, stay and leave an object, are part of the six week programme, recommended as a minimum commitment. Further training is advised to ensure that the puppy remains under control through adolescence and into adulthood. This is particularly important between 6 and 12 months of age.
Kind training is based on rewarding desirable behaviours and retraining undesirable ones. This is done with food treats, toys and owner praise, smiles and interactions with the puppies. The classes always include games to reinforce the training and make the sessions interesting and enjoyable.
Clicker training is also available as it is an extremely effective training method. A Clicker can be used to develop confidence in shy puppies and to train many behaviours, including fun cues such as ‘give me a paw’ and ‘roll over’.
Nelly had a fab time at puppy agility today and Rocky enjoyed the grown up class after, thanks Jane (September 2013)