March 2020 update: We’re not currently running group puppy classes at Battlers Green Veterinary Centre but we’ve moved online.
You’ve welcomed a new puppy into your heart and home.. congratulations! There’s lots of things your puppy will need to learn to be well behaved in the world, at home and emotionally resilient too.
Our puppy classes are fun, informative, and a fantastic investment!
You and your puppy will learn
Puppy Socialisation and habituation
We will cover dog body language – our favourite subject! We will teach you to know whether your dog (or other dogs) are comfortable in a situation or not – this is important to notice so your puppy doesn’t become scared of a situation and can prevent potential emotional and behavioural problems later on. We can teach you subtle dog body language signals to look for in other dogs so you can avoid any problems in the park.
We will teach you how to handle your puppy appropriately to habituate them to situations where it’s imperative they are handled for their wellbeing – such as at the veterinarians.
We will teach you how to set up environments so that your puppy experiences sights, sounds and surfaces during the critical socialisation period – it’s imperative they experience different environments during the window 3 – 12 weeks or they may become fearful of these situations later on which can be difficult to treat and costly. Prevention is always better than cure.
We will teach basic manners such as: sit, say, lie down, hand targetting, eye contact (these can all be very useful in day to day situations when you would like your dog to relax, be patient or focus on you).
Life – saving skills
We will teach how to leave items on the floor (people leave so much rubbish on the floor which is dangerous for your puppy and can lead to expensive vet bills.) We will teach drop so you can have your comfy slipper back!
For times you’re out in the park, we can also teach your puppy to come back when called when they’re off lead – saving stress, worry and embarrassment.
Settling down and being calm
We have guidance on teaching your puppy to settle down quietly while you’re busy working or helping your children with their homework. We also can suggest fun activities to keep them occupied.
Some more manners
We have some loose leash walking solutions so your puppy learns to walk nicely on the lead down the street without pulling. We can teach them how to not jump up on you, others, the kitchen counter in search of food ( this one may be relevant once their little legs get bigger!).
Toilet training and nipping
It’s annoying when your socks get wet so we will help train your puppy to go to the bathroom outdoors. Puppies have sharp, needle like teeth that can be very painful when they’re on skin and can they can rip clothes, we will provide guidance on stopping mouthing behaviours on your skin.
- Worksheets and helpful handout’s
- How to guides
- A call before the sessions begins if you have any questions
- 5 x 1 hour sessions online guiding you on how to implement each training session with your puppy
Why choose us?
- Postgraduate Professional Development Programme in Clinical Animal Behaviour at the University of Edinburgh commencing September 2020
- Canine coaching diploma
- Members of the Pet Professional Guild
- Positive reward based methods rooted in science
- Continued professional development
- Lots of information to help you understand your dog and why they do what they do
- Access to videos
- Supportive coaching
- Trained in pet first aid
- Professional dog walking diploma
Sundays 1pm – 2pm online
Price: £90 for a block of 5 x 1 hour sessions – £18 per session