The first week is always without your dog so that the club can provide you with useful information about how to care for and train your puppy. It is also a good opportunity to familiarise yourself with the environment and to discuss what you hope to get out of the course.
The aim is to assist you to teach your puppy the skills required to be a good companion. The emphasis is on socialising your puppy with other dogs and people, so that he grows up to be a secure individual, confident in his environment.
You will also learn how to teach your dog the basic commands; sit, down, stand, recall, lead walking without pulling, suitable toys for your puppy and a short stay.
All methods used are positive reinforcement and fair using food, toys, play and praise.
Handling, grooming and general care skills are also demonstrated during the course. along with basic K9 First Aid.
Each week the puppies are assessed and at the end of the eight week course a “Good Citizen Puppy Foundation” Certificate will be awarded if deemed ready. Puppies must attend for a minimum of four weekly sessions.
The course runs for 8 weeks and costs £64.00. Check the events section to see when the next available set of classes are.
Note: Puppies must be fully vaccinated to join the class.
The Bronze Award Scheme builds on what your dog learns in the Puppy Foundation Scheme, before developing new skills and providing you with a basic knowledge and understanding in training your canine companion. (It is not essential for the Puppy Foundation Scheme to be completed before hand and there is no age limit on your dog).
Following on from the Bronze Course an owner can progress further by going onto the second level of training, the Silver Award.
As well as the puppy classes mentioned above, I also offer classes which offer basic training to all other types of dogs, from re-homed to more mature dogs,
If you feel your dog would benefit from this type of class, please contact me for further information and times.