Classes are planned with your dog’s age and experience in mind, making it easier for you and your dog to learn at a steady progressive pace. Classes are likely to include, but will not be limited to, the following:
Loose Leading Walking
Tackling common problems like jumping up at people
You will develop an understanding of how dogs learn, and also how to prevent common problems from occurring.
Difficulty; as you and your dog progress through the classes, the level of difficultly will be carefully increased. But don’t worry, if there’s anything you or your dog finds too hard then we will adapt training accordingly.
Enjoyment; this is your 45-60 mins of fun learning time with your dog. Classes have emphasis on building a strong bond with your dog and we want you to enjoy classes and look forward to coming every week.
The first training session is done on a 121 basis. The reason for this is that I want both the owner and puppy to acclimatise to the training environment. Often some owners are nervous about attending a group class for fear of their puppy showing them up or because they’re joining a group of people they don’t know. I want to meet owners on a 121 basis to put them at ease. During this session the owner will learn some theory on how dogs learn. They will also learn the mechanics of how to train without the pressure of other people watching and having those feelings of embarrassment. I want to prepare owners for the group classes. It’s also essential for your puppy to be familiar with the training environment and I will spend some time building positive associations with the training centre so they LOVE coming along for training!
Dogs are very good at picking up on human emotions. This is one of the things we love about them. However, if we’re anxious, the chances are our dogs could become anxious too. Dogs can detect the tones and frequencies in our voices; meaning that they can identify when you’re sad, happy, worried, fearful, or anxious from your tone. They can also detect our levels of stress hormones via their noses. Because of their super-sensitive noses, dogs are able to smell changes in hormones.
Small Classes; the number of puppies/dogs attending group classes is kept to a maximum of five. Large group classes are often noisy and chaotic – it’s extremely difficult for puppies to train and learn in these situations because they often find it very stressful. This would not be a healthy learning environment, and certainly not the best way to try and socialise puppies. This is why places are limited.
How many courses should you book?
This is really up to you. Some people choose to repeat courses depending on their dog’s age and performance. You are encouraged to progress through the different levels of training for at least the first year of your dog’s life. This gives your dog the very best possible chance of transitioning into adulthood as a happy and well-mannered member of the family.
THE ‘WINDOW’ OF SOCIALISTION
Up until 16 weeks old, puppies are going through a critical stage of their development when they are open to learning about new situations and environments, and are most accepting of new experiences usually between 3 and 12 weeks old. After this age anything new that they haven’t come across before may be met with apprehension. Between about 12 to 18 weeks old the opportunity to ‘easily’ socialise the puppy ends, and with each passing week it becomes harder to get the pup to accept and enjoy something that she or he is initially wary of. After 18 weeks old, it’s extremely difficult, and sometimes even impossible, to teach a dog to like something new, or help them become comfortable with something she or he finds frightening.
All classes are unsuitable for aggressive or reactive dogs without prior assessment via a qualified behaviourist.
Covid-19 safety measures in place – book with confidence
Age guide: 9-15 weeks (with some flexibility)
This is a training programme suitable for pet dog owners who are seriously committed to training their puppies. As a puppy owner you will want to ensure he or she grows up to be a well-mannered adult dog.
Your puppy will progress through basic training to more advance training skills over a 12 week period.
The aim is to teach at least the following on this course (this does always depend on those pups attending – we go at their pace)
This will prepare them for the next level of training, which is the ‘Adolescent Classes’.
End of April 2021 (TBC)
Age Guide: 18 weeks – 7 months (with some flexibility)
These group classes have been introduced because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Many puppies have not been able to attend training classes and so this class is designed to help your puppies catch-up.
Your puppy will progress through basic training over an 8 week period. This will prepare them for the next level of training, which is the ‘Adolescent Classes’.
end of April 2021 (TBC)
Age Guide: 7 months + (with some flexibility)
Help my puppy is not listening to me!!
This is the age when puppies can become particularly difficult to manage. Over an 8 week period we will be focusing on preparing your adolescent puppy for transitioning from adolescence to adulthood. We will revisit already trained behaviours and increase the level of difficulty. There will also be the opportunity to tackle any individual struggles.
* for those who have attended either of the puppy classes, the 121 training session can be banked for a future date (to be used within a month of the final class).
end of April 2021 (TBC)
Age guide: 18 months + (with some flexibility)
These classes are suitable for complete novices to dog training. They would also suit rescue dogs who have had little or no formal training, or those dogs who have missed out on puppy/adolescent training classes.
There will also be the opportunity to tackle any individual struggles.
end of April 2021 (TBC)
Age guide: 8 months + (with some flexibility)
These classes are designed for the pet dog owners who want to continue to train with their dog. They follow on from either the adolescent or adult beginners classes.
In these classes we will tackle any struggles or problems which may have occurred as your dog transitions into adulthood. These classes will go beyond basic training, and we continue to work on proofing existing skills and behaviours. This is also an opportunity to learn new skills.
If you haven’t attended classes before, you are required to book in for at least one Private 121 Training session prior to joining a class.
These classes run in blocks of 6 and can be repeated as many times as you wish.