inquisitive and rapidly learn about the world around them, and how to interact
appropriately with the people and animals they live with. Encountering a wide
and diverse range of objects and events at a young age encourages puppies to become
confident dogs, while a lack of exposure to people, other dogs and the wider
world can lead
to behaviour problems such as anxiety, destructive
behaviour, phobia and aggression later in the dog's life.
Prevention of behaviour problems is always better than cure. My puppy socialisation classes provide the opportunity for
puppies to meet other dogs and encounter a variety of everyday objects in a safe
environment, and through play and positive reinforcement form
pleasant associations. The socialisation process should start as early as
possible, as pups are most sensitive to learning before they are just 16 weeks
old! Click here
for information about socialisation.
I introduce some basic training exercises, including
"sit", "down", "heel", "fetch", "settle", introduction to the lead and a recall,
as well as advice on housetraining and common problems such as
chewing, play biting and jumping up. This helps to
get owners off to the best possible start with their puppy. All training is
based on positive reinforcement (reward) methods.
Courses for puppies aged up to 6 months are held
near Stowmarket in Suffolk and cost just £50 for six classes of an hour each.
The first session is for owners to come along without their puppies and covers
the essentials: principles of socialisation, learning theory and leadership,
with lots of opportunity for questions and discussion of specific issues. Over
the next five weeks the focus will be on puppy interactions and practical
There is no substitute for active positive
socialisation, and this is a large part of the curriculum at my puppy classes,
where demonstration and interaction are the main features of the puppy sessions. As adequate
socialisation is essential for preventing fear and aggression problems later in
life, do try to take your puppy to a good class at the earliest opportunity.
Puppy classes are held in Onehouse near Stowmarket on
weekday evenings at 7.30-8.30pm, run for six weeks and cost just £50.
The next set of classes start on Tuesday 14th August.
Classes for older
dogs (suitable as a follow-on for puppy class graduates, or for owners of dogs
who want to build on training among distractions) take place on weekday evenings
and Sunday mornings. This course costs £50 for 4 weeks. Wednesday
evening classes start on 4th July and 15th August; the next Sunday morning
classes start on 30th September.
I offer home visits for families with
new puppies (up to 4 months old) to give advice on specific or general issues, prior to
beginning puppy class. During this 90 minute home visit I cover
basic training and discuss the common issues with puppy behaviour.
The fee for this is £45 for distances less than 10 miles from
Stowmarket - please contact me if you live further away than this.
This session is ideal for owners who
can't start puppy class before their pup is 15 weeks old, or who are
having particular problems with a puppy's behaviour, or just want
some general advice and guidance about their pup's behaviour.
training for older puppies and adult dogs is available. Sessions are
tailored to the owners' goals and usually include the following:
training exercises as required ("sit", "down", introduction to the lead and
"heel", and a recall)
that during these sessions I work with you and provide assistance and
demonstrations, but you actually do the training. Working together during
training improves the dog-owner relationship and helps you to understand your
training is available on a one-to-one basis and takes place in my secure field
at my premises near Stowmarket. These individual
sessions can be absolutely tailored to cover the training that you want to
complete with your dog, and have the additional advantage of avoiding the
distraction that other dogs may cause.
If you have concerns about taking your
dog to training classes with other dogs, individual sessions will be more appropriate
Individual training sessions last an hour and cost
In a few
cases of behaviour problems it might be possible
to resolve the behaviour through straightforward training, without the need for
a full behavioural consultation.
If you are unsure whether your pet's
behaviour problem has a psychological cause or is more a training
issue, please phone me for a free no-obligation
discussion so that you can decide how best to proceed.