A comprehensive new and improved training course for puppies younger than 12 months with weekly 55 minute training classes over 8 weeks. Spaces are limited to 6 puppies per course.
The course covers
- Canine nutrition
- Appropriate chewing
- Puppy biting
- Lots of games to play with your pup to build engagement and confidence
- How dogs think, feel and learn
- Good doggy manners
- Impulse control
- Loose lead walking
- Confidence & dog body language
- How to deal with unwanted behaviour
- How to avoid common behaviour problems such as separation anxiety, aggression and resource guarding
The classes are accompanied by online notes with well over 100 articles which you’ll have access to for 6 months. You’ll be added to a group in which you’ll meet and be able to converse with fellow puppy owners and with the trainer.
Please register your interest using this form and we’ll be in touch with potential dates for training sessions and instructions on how to enrol on the course.
Upcoming Training ClassesNo Events
- Lectures 147
- Quizzes 0
- Students 21
- Assessments Yes
These are the training methods that we'll be using during the training sessions and an insight into how dogs learn.
We'll use these exercises to help build other behaviours during the training sessions.
You can shape your dog’s brain to make great choices by playing simple games with them! Games teach concepts to your dog like focus, self-control and even to be more optimistic in the face of scary things! The reason games work is because they teach concepts, concepts like self-control, optimism, confidence and focus! These concepts then come in handy in other contexts outside of the game – real-life situations! Think of situations like the moment your dog sees the squirrel or the other dog or visitors come to your house! Games teach your dog that good things happen around you. This naturally translates to a great relationship, which promotes confidence and facilitates recall and loose lead walking.
- Physical Exercise
- Sprat Onna String
- Chase Me
- Novelty Party
- Orientation Game
- Distraction > Mark > Treat
- Knock It Over
- Surface Paradise
- Go Sniff
- Ping Pong Recall
- Run the Gauntlet
- Flirt Pole
- Nose Targeting
- Magic Pots
- Puzzle Play
- Bottle Game
- Gift Box
- Let’s Get Digging
- Towel Game
- Muffin Tin Tray
- Bobbing for Food
- Magic Hand
- Disengagement Game
A good diet encourages good gut health which has a positive impact on behaviour. Food can be used to foster appropriate chewing habits and can be used daily to provide enrichment for your pup.
Sniffing is great for dogs!
Biting & Over Arousal
Pups need to chew when they're teething, which is covered under the Food section. When dogs are over aroused they make bad choices such as biting or jumping.
It's really important that you understand dog body language and how confident your pup is. Pups that lack confidence are at higher risk of behavioural issues such as fear aggression, resource guarding and separation anxiety. Learn how to read your pup's body lanu=guage so that any issues can be addressed before the become a problem.
How to avoid separation anxiety and how to spot the early signs.
Items that you'll need for the training course.
Learn about how to form associations that can then be used to train your pup in a positive manner.
This is a simple trick that shows the power of the lure-reward and shaping methods of training.
Teach your pup how to sit, and how to maintain that position until released.
Teach your pup how to lie down, and how to maintain that position until released.
The part of the brain that deals with impulse control is called the prefrontal cortex. As humans our prefrontal cortex isn't fully developed until we reach our early twenties. A dog's prefrontal cortex is comparatively smaller than ours, and a pup's is even smaller, so impulse control is very difficult for a pup!
We use modern training methods to encourage good good behaviour in place of unwanted behaviour.
Recall is mostly about you being the best and most exciting thing in your pup's environment. We use lots of games to build engagement.
Loose Lead Walking
It's difficult for most pups to walk nicely on the lead. The've got too more legs than us and naturally want to move faster than we often do. Everything is exciting to them.
Many pups don't like to be handled in the way we want to handle them. This section tells you how to form positive associations with being handled.
Tricks are great for mental stimulation and are good for boosting the pup's confidence.
Hobbies & Pastimes
Taking things further...