Thinking about getting a new puppy? Then you are welcome to come along to any of our training sessions where you will be able to see and meet a number of different breeds, see them being trained, talk to the owners and learn more about the breed (the good points and sometimes the bad!) you are interested in. So come and have a look and see what puppies grow into!
'AS THE TWIG IS BENT...SO GROWS THE TREE'
Why Should I Train My Puppy? Training is a
process, not an event, your puppy is learning every day. Whether he is learning
the right things or wrong things depends how YOU react to his actions. Training is not
an option, one way or another your puppywill be trained. He can be trained by you to
be well-mannered and an obedient companion or he will train himself and may
end up to be unruly, obnoxious or uncontrollable. Please do train your puppy
-your future with him may depend on it.
About your Puppy…..& the Puppy Class....
A puppy is much like a baby; he is just an innocent blob of silly putty,
doesn't know right from wrong and has too much energy for his domesticated
lifestyle. But, like silly putty, he can be easily moulded. Puppies learn
something from every new experience and this can easily be unintentional,
So be careful what you are encouraging! Make a grab at
your pup’s collar when you are trying to catch him, and he will very quickly
learn to be an expert dodger. Instead, have a few treats ready in your hand
when you call him: praise and reward with one treat when he comes to you, and
as he is eating, gently hold his collar; then give treats and gentle praise for
a few more seconds – by then he will have forgotten that you called him and
Chase your pup for a stolen sock, and you will have
taught him how to get a game when he’s bored! So next time he steals a sock,
try to ignore him, or saunter over slowly and swap the sock for a toy or treat.
In order to have a well-behaved dog, an ounce of
prevention is worth a pound of cure. If a baby broke a vase, would we blame and punish it? More likely we would
say 'I should have moved that vase' or 'I should have watched the baby more closely'.
But do we always think about it in the same way when it’s a puppy? Try to think
of ways to avoid problems, and accept responsibility for a puppy's mistakes
rather than blaming it, and you will be well on the way to solving most difficulties.
To teach your puppy what actions and behaviour are acceptable to you
(and which are not), is mostly a case of consistently praising and rewarding
what you want (and consistently preventing, avoiding, distracting from, and if
necessary saying No or Aa! as well, to make clear what you don’t want.) Teach
your puppy the words that encourage or discourage an action or behaviour. Keep
it simple, and be consistent - each word should have only one meaning. Go over
the vocabulary with others in the family – perhaps put a list of your pup’s
‘words’ on the fridge - so that everyone is using the same word.
Words and consequences that are not properly and consistently paired
with the action or behaviour will confuse your puppy, and may even teach him
that obeying is an option – and he’ll give up trying to work out what you mean.
In our Puppy Class your puppy can earn
his/her Kennel Club Puppy Foundation Award, so
In addition to the exercises we teach, we
will also include:
Walking in a
approximately 10 seconds
away from the puppy
(take a treat without snatching)
So you've picked your pup......... before you pick him/her up
Think about getting bowls, puppy collar,lead and bedding.
Consider getting a indoor crate...they really are like a puppy's private room
they also help with 'house training' and avoiding a number of little puppy problems. If you visit one of our training sessions – please ask for our 'handout' on indoor crates.
The breeder should give you information on what your pup has been fed on
and how often – and will often have food to give (or sell) you to start you off.
A good idea is to register with a vet so you can pop your pup along for a 'check up' in the first few days.
Already have your puppy?
If you already have your new puppy (or before) you are welcome to come and see our puppy class in action before you decide if you would like to join. Details of venues and times can be found on our 'More Details' page.
You can join one of our puppy classes as soon as your vet advises your pup can go out and mix with other puppies and dogs.
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