Puppy classes (also called Puppy Kindergarden or Puppy Socialisation classes) help owners of new puppies to train and socialise their puppies, thereby helping to prevent problems with fear-based aggression in adult life.
Many puppy "problems" are, in fact, normal puppy behaviour that owners do not yet know how to handle or cope with. These problems often seem insurmountable especially for owners who have not had a puppy for some time, or ever! A great many owners choose to have a "Start Right" home visit in the first few weeks of their puppies time with them, so that they can "start as they mean to go on" and prevent small problems becoming big issues.
Properly run and supervised puppy classes are an important part of every owner's puppy training. Puppy parties held at vet's offices usually focus just on puppy free play with little training being introduced. If they are well run, such classes are definitely worth attending for the puppy socialisation that they provide, but owners should follow this up with attendance at well-run puppy classes. Aimed at young puppies less than 5-6 months old, puppy classes (also often called puppy socialisation classes, puppy school, puppy kindergarden or puppy classes) should provide a mixture of puppy socialisation and basic puppy training.
Attendance at a poorly run puppy socialisation classes with unsupervised off lead free play can be worse than not attending at all, and can result in some puppies learning to be bullies, while others become fearful of other dogs and may resort to defensive aggression. Helen Taylor Dog Training & Behaviour Puppy classes provides expert training and carefully supervised socialisation for young puppies up to the age of around 6 months. Intererctions with the other puppies are carefully controlled so that all puppies benefit from the experience and learn good social skills.
Puppy Training Tip: Did you know that dogs that have attended a properly-run puppy class are less likely to show aggressive behaviour or to develop aggression towards other dogs as adults?
Class numbers normally limited to 8. Classes are held near Sturminster Newton
For older puppies that have already attended puppy classes with me - Intermediate Juniors classes are also available.
Wednesday 15th November at 5.45 pm in Manston (nr Sturminster Newton) - six-week course ending 20th December 2017
This is the last class of 2017. If you wish to go on the waiting list for this class, or join the next class, starting in January, please contact us.
Intermediate Juniors (for previous attendees of puppy class)
Wednesday 11th November at 7.00 pm in Manston (nr Sturminster Newton) - six-week course ending 20th December 2017
..Helping your best friend to be even better..