When to start
Puppy training can be started from around nine weeks of age or after. Give your puppy a few days to settle in at home and then book a session.
Training is done at home for puppy and family to gain most benefit from learning in a familiar environment. While learning in a group setting can be fun, it can also be distracting, overwhelming and restrictive for young puppies so one-on-one training is often the solution.
Individual training ensures that puppy feels comfortable to progress at his or her own pace. Learning goes faster and a lot more is covered.
Positive reinforcement (reward-based) methods are used and encouraged in training.
Avoiding bad behaviours and keeping normal puppy behaviours in check. Learn how to handle existing problems so that they’re discouraged each time, and stopped.
By understanding what to do when puppy chews your valuables, bites at you hands, toilets in the house or jumps up against you, unwanted behaviours can be unlearned and avoided.
Leash training (socialisation, exercise & mental stimulation)
During walks socialisation can take place at a natural pace for your puppy to absorb information in a way that doesn’t overwhelm, intimidate or scare as can sometimes happen in a group setting. New environments and different stimuli are encountered in ways in which your puppy will come to experience them during adulthood.
Leash training encourages relaxed and enjoyable walks for both puppy and owner. Because of the ongoing socialisation with the big world outside their garden, your puppy will learn to happily walk past dogs behind gates without having a bad reaction as many dogs do and will not pull you along during the walk.
In my finding dogs and older puppies that have regular walking routine to look forward to suffer from fewer behavioural issues and are better behaved at home.
Obedience and commands
General obedience and basic commands will help your puppy to be well-behaved and to listen to you. You’ll be more able to handle puppy even in public places, thereby avoiding mishaps and all the while encouraging good manners and general obedience.
Commands such as sit, stay, come and down are taught so that puppy can be asked to sit for meals, to come over when called or to stay or lie down when necessary.
What to expect
Classes last for around 1.5 hours and are enjoyable and educational for puppy and owner alike.
Have ready :
- Your puppy’s favourite toy
- Some tiny meaty treats (eg: chicken breast, liver bread)
- Their collar and leash
- Consultation/first session: R650
- Puppy consultations are comprehensive and typically focuses on common behaviours such as On owners or visitors; excessive excitement during greeting or play., People or other animals; strangers, visitors or family members. at hands, Forbidden household items, garden equipment, furniture, kids’ toys., Endless energy, always around your feet, jumping up, neediness., not listening, indoor elimination etc.
- Leash training, basic obedience & commands are also introduced during this session.
- Follow-up/additional sessions for further training: R450
- A second, or follow-up session is recommended 10 days to two weeks later – to recap on and continue with general obedience, commands, specific training and leash training as necessary.
- Between one and two follow-up sessions are typically booked for puppies receiving private home training as the rate of learning is much faster this way. Learning also sticks because you’re shown how to put to practical use all that’s been learned – you will use commands and correct interaction with your puppy so that puppy remembers these and so that all round good behaviour is always encouraged.