Puppy Socialisation Classes
Held in Hampton Middlesex
Spaces on my extremely popular classes are shown below. Book early to avoid disappointment as my classes are always over subscribed.
Close to Kingston, Hampton, Twickenham, Sunbury, Richmond, Teddington, Molesey, Surbiton, Hanworth, Feltham, Hounslow.
Next Available Class. Monday 1st June 2015
Classes cover socialisation, basic training, behaviour, toileting, walking to heel, recall, nipping, biting and jumping up. Cost is £99.00 for the full 6 week course
I can also offer a full individual one to one assessment of your pup.
The Class After The Above, Will Be Monday 13th July 2015. Book this up before you get your Puppy
Socialisation early in your puppies life cycle is absolutely critical, Scientific studies have shown it to be so beneficial that it should be the most overriding factor in your pups early learning between eight and eighteen weeks
Starting at 6.30 in the evening and lasting one hour, these classes are held in Hampton at the Methodist Church Hall in Percy Road. one of the best venues in the area. MAP IS HERE.
Classes are limited to approximately 8/10 dogs, and covers all aspects of behavioural, obedience training, puppy health and both dog and people including children socialisation.
Price Of Classes
Cost of the full six week course is £99.00. We encourage children over five years old to come to the classes, so the pups get used to being handled positively and gently by youngsters as well as adults.
I am not present at all the classes. I try and get to at least two of them. My daughter Louise runs the classes with other staff. She been through extensive training courses on my techniques. Louise has now been running these courses for over seven years.
Louise also has a Dog Walking and Dog Sitting business and runs a Doggie Creche during the day. We have specially designed private land covering 45 acres. For those people that require this service please contact her on 08985 743719 or see her website HERE
At the classes we play "pass the puppy" where every person at the class handles all the pups in a kind and positive way. This builds up the pups confidence in being handled and touched by other people and not just the owner.
Problems Caused by Lack of Socialisation
I see and treat many dogs that have a problem with children, adults and of course other dogs. My intention is that none of the pups in my classes will suffer these problems in later life.
To be able to make that statement, means that I am acutely aware of the need to socialise and train puppies in the first 16 weeks of their life.
This period is the most critical in forming a well rounded and pleasant dog.
I always try to have children at my classes, so they are being handled by adults and children in a kind and positive manner.
As long as the puppies have had their first vaccinations and are over 8 weeks of age, then they are fine to come to these classes. see:
Critical Periods in Your Pups Psychological Growth and one of the main reasons for aggression and biting from dogs is Fear and Timidity which explains just how important classes and early socialisation are to the future behaviour of your dog.
We have little competitions on a weekly basis, such as the best sit, the best down, and the sit stay, walking to heel, down stay. Prizes are awarded weekly. Which culminates in week six with the puppy that has learned the best trick. and a prize for which puppy has improved the most during the classes.
It is all a bit of fun, however it does have a practical side. Owners tend to put more effort in if there is an enjoyable but slightly competitive element. The winners get a bag of treats or special goodbye hooves (for the dogs of course not the humans). The goodbye Hooves are to help in training the pups to accept periods when they are on their own. see Separation Anxiety
Things To Bring
All attendees will need to bring some treats and of course poo bags to pick up any little accidents.
If you are not in my area this is what you should look for when choosing a class:
No puppy should be over 18 weeks of age at the beginning of a six week course. This is because at 24 weeks dogs turn from pups to juniors and at that age they can have a very negative effect on the other puppies in the classes.
No more than eight or ten pups per class. Any more than this and the class becomes unmanageable and both the owners and the pups suffer.
The pups should be allowed about ten to fifteen minutes free but controlled play with the other pups at the end of the classes. If they are not allowed this then they do not learn meeting and greeting rituals, which are paramount to future relationships with dogs. This should be tightly controlled so no pup gets bullied or hurt.
No check or choke chains or aggressive training methods should be employed. Having said that, puppies need to know right from wrong. Therefore I do not subscribe to the idiotic notion that we should ignore all bad behaviour and only praise good behaviour.
- The class should have a specific length, the best are six weeks long. They should not be roll on and roll off classes where puppies just join a rolling ongoing course that has no beginning or end. Ours is a structured course that has a full six week agenda.
- The puppies should be handled by all the other people and children attending the classes. We call this pass the puppy.
May I also suggest you visit my Web site under "Puppy’s" There are lots of interesting articles I have personally written for various magazines and newspapers.
Plus lots of peer recognised up to the minute behavioural science, advice, and helpful hints for you and the new addition to your family
You may also wish to consider a “Puppy Assessment”. This is a full personality test at your own home.
It includes an appraisal to indicate your dog's character and possible behaviour in later life;
It also indicates the dog’s ability to learn and points to the methods that should work best for your individual dog.
This allows you to tailor your training to your dog's individual temperament, aptitude, and ability. I believe this to be extremely important and should be considered for all new puppies, but is almost a necessity for first time dog or puppy owners.
Remember you may have this dog for upwards of 15 years, and in some cases longer. This assessment costs £495.00 plus travelling.
This may sound like a lot of money, but equate it with getting your car repaired. The average hourly labour rate is £120. Mecahnics do not change you and your pups lives, I do!
What you do and how you train and develop your dog at this age, is so vitally important. It shapes the behaviour of your puppy for the remainder of his or her life.
The assessment also covers sleeping arrangements, feeding, toileting, initial training schedules, training expectations, crate training and some important articles personally written. Including “The Art of Communication” which explains how to communicate with your pet, what commands to give, when to praise and when not to praise.
You also get a checklist for socialising your pup and articles on first aid, basic obedience, overcoming Nipping and Biting, Jumping up, and how to start your dog on lead work, and especially recall. Done correctly at an early age, you should have no problems later when your puppy matures and could get the wander lust.
These Puppy Socialisation Classes are close to: Kingston, Hampton, Twickenham, Sunbury, Richmond, Teddington, Molesey, Surbiton, Hanworth, Feltham, Hounslow areas on the Middlesex Surrey Border. And surrounding areas
I would recommend booking my classes early as they are always over subscribed
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