we use Positive Reinforcement Training Methods combined with TTouch
. Our puppy classes consists of a 6 week course in which we
Teaching you and your puppy Basic Obedience commands like
Sit, Down, Stay, Loose Leash Walking, etc
Teaching you how to cope with behaviours like Jumping Up, Digging etc.
Giving advice on all your puppy questions on topics like Housetraining.
Socialising your pup to other dogs and people as well as building
their confidence to ensure a well rounded happy adult dog.
All breeds of puppies from 8 weeks
are welcome to join our classes. Even though 8 - 16 weeks are the ideal age to join Puppy School we do offer seperate classes for older puppies as well.
For more info on Puppy School times, dates and rates please contact us.
Puppies are very open to learning at the age of 8 - 16 weeks
and absorb everything around them like a sponge. This is why puppy school is so important during this critical age. Now is the time to teach them acceptable behaviour, because they learn easily and have not learned any bad behaviour yet.
It is much easier to teach a puppy good behaviour form the start than to try and correct bad behaviour when they are older. Prevention is definitely better than cure in this circumstance. Don't wait until the problems start rather take action early enough.
The window closes at around 16 weeks
by which time the brain has more or less completed its development. After this the dog can still learn, but he will not be as open to things as in those early weeks. The impressions created in those first few weeks literally affect the way the brain develops and are extremely difficult to eradicate later. Negative impressions in those early weeks can affect a puppy for the rest of its life and the same with positive impressions.
Most behaviour problems that dogs exhibit when older can be prevented if the dogs are properly socialised when puppies. Puppy School is so important that each owner should first assess if they can afford it and will be able to fit it in their schedule before getting a puppy.
Most people skip Puppy School
thinking it is not important and then when their puppy turns an adolescent at around
6 months the problems start and they realise they can't control their dog anymore. Truth is if this dog learned from the beginning what is acceptable behaviour this would never have happened. It is also important to socialise your puppy to a variety of stimuli and in effect it can minimize behaviour problems when your dog is older. So act now while you have the power to change your dog's behaviour for the better. Would you wait until your children are teens before sending them to school?
For answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Puppy School click here.