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Enrolling in Puppy Training Classes

20/02/2020 - Latest News

Everything you need to know about puppy training classes at Premier Dog Training

How old does my puppy need to be before I start training?
Puppy training classes can start as soon as your little one has had all of his or her vaccinations.

However, a wise dog owner will also invest in puppy pre-school. In other words training sessions at home with a qualified dog trainer who can make sure you start off on the right paw.  Puppies are at their most receptive between the ages of 8 and 16 weeks so why not make the most of the opportunity to start teaching recall, response to name, basic manners and most importantly, confidence.

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What does puppy training cost?
The cost of puppy training – either at home or in a class – is minimal compared to the cost of buying your puppy.

You should perhaps ask yourself “what are the dangers of NOT training my puppy?” A dog lives for up to 15 years and even the tiniest breeds can be a complete pain if they are not trained. Do you want to live with a nightmare for the next decade or more?

At the time of writing, it costs £99 for six consecutive puppy training classes or £65 for a 1-2-1 session.  However, I urge you to double check on the Premier Dog Training website for the most up to date prices.
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What is included in the cost of puppy training?
1-2-1 puppy training sessions are entirely tailored to your needs. Together we’ll look at things like toilet training, learning to settle, basic behavioural cues such as “sit” “down”, ”bed” and “here”. And we’ll address any specific questions you may have.

In puppy classes we have a very curriculum. The classes are small so that our lessons can be adapted to suit everyone. Generally, we work together to learn a new skill and then spend some time individually practising that skill with help from the trainer if you need it. There’s a chance for puppies (and owners) to socialise and learn more about doggie body language too.

What will my puppy learn in class?
At this stage puppies are like little sponges and will learn lots and lots from training classes

  • Getting used to travelling to and from classes will help with journeys in the future
  • How to behave well and feel confident in a new place
  • Meeting and greeting other puppies
  • Being polite to people
  • Focusing and listening skills
  • Recall
  • Sit/Stay
  • Walking nicely on the lead
  • The benefits of being a good dog

Classes also benefit the owners in many different ways. Even experienced dog owners who have trained pups before say that puppy training classes are more than learning how to train a dog. One of the best things about classes is that the puppy will sleep long and deep afterwards which means that their human family gets some peace and quiet!

Are puppy classes the same as puppy parties?
Puppy classes and puppy parties are very different things. As I understand it, a puppy party just means several pups meeting up in a safe place to play. Similar to taking a group of toddlers to the park.

Well run puppy parties and/or play dates can be great for confident pups. However, it’s crucial that it doesn’t turn into a free for all. A boisterous pup might have great fun racing around and greeting new “friends”, but, he or she needs to learn that it’s not OK to “boing” on other dogs. In adult dogs, exuberant behaviour can lead to fights so it’s vital that manners are learnt early in life. Conversely, a less confident pup could easily become overwhelmed at a puppy party and become afraid of other dogs. Fearfulness often leads to aggression.

At puppy classes, owners and their pets learn the basics of doggy body language and etiquette.  Those all-important life skills if you like that will help your pup grow into a well-balanced and well liked dog.

Can any breed of dog come to classes?
Absolutely. Size, shape, character, background and future career aspirations make no difference to puppy training. Provided vaccinations are completed we welcome everyone.

If you are worried about whether your pup will be happy at classes, please don’t hesitate to phone for an informal chat and some reassurance.

How do I enrol in puppy training classes?
Enrolling in puppy training classes at Premier Dog Training couldn’t be simpler. You can book online at any time of the day or night, or you can call us and book in over the phone.
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