Puppy School? Why Bother?

"It costs a lot of money" - Well how much did your puppy cost?  And how much will it cost to replace your nice shoes, the spa cover and your iPhone?

"I'm not paying that for dog training!" - Unless you are an experienced dog trainer, some tuition will go a long way to helping you raise your new puppy.  After all, if you wanted to learn tennis or guitar, you would take lessons from a professional, wouldn't you?

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Everyone’s an expert when it comes to puppies!  Just like having a baby, everyone has advice and tips.  If you want the best education for your new baby, here’s what you need to know about Puppy School.

What age to start training? – Yesterday!  Ideally your breeder has started the process, exposing your puppy to sounds, sights, surfaces and handling.  From 8 to 12 weeks of age is the most important time educate & socialise your puppy.  Puppies start learning the minute they hit your home – good behaviour and bad!

Research the best trainer for your puppy!  Look for:

  • A Delta Cert IV Accredited trainer, qualified and experienced in the use of modern reward based training methods (food, toys, games & fun)
  • Select a trainer who specialises in pet dog classes for families
  • A maximum of six puppies per class.
  • Screening to ensure all pups are healthy & vaccinated.
  • A class that teaches pups manners and prevention of behavioural problems such as jumping on people, biting, barking, etc before it’s too late
  • Classes that teach you how to calm your puppy – a puppy that learns calm behaviour and self control can focus and learn.  Frantic puppies don’t learn!
  • Minimal well managed play – rough, free-for-all play can lead to shy pups becoming scared of other dogs and bullies learning to be bigger bullies!
  • Time for questions in class, ongoing support and further education.
  • A trainer that uses methods recommended by the Aust. Veterinary Assoc. & continually updates skills at industry seminars.
  • Training methods that focus on rewarding and shaping behaviour, rather than correcting or punishing.  Old fashioned “dominance” dog training techniques such as scruffing, water sprays or shouting “no” are dangerous, particularly where children are involved.
  • Puppies should not be wearing tight head halters or choke chains.
  • Ask if you can watch a class.  If you don't like what you see, walk away!
  • Read testimonials & reviews on line.

You will only get one shot at training your baby puppy. Do your homework and avoid the potential grief and disappointment of a relationship gone wrong! 

Train with Fun, not fear!

 Our puppy class looks a bit like this

4 Responses

  1. Lovely! I like what you are doing. What do you use as a venue? Kaye Hargreaves
    • Thanks Kaye. I have a community hall which I have hired for around 10 years now. Held on to it through all sorts of adversity! Councils generally will not approve any halls for animal use, as you probably know.
  2. Dee
    I would love some information
    • Paw Behaviour Dog Talk
      Hi Dee. Take a look around our website pawbehaviour.com.au which has all the information, course start dates, prices etc.

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