At the moment we are not running any set puppy courses, but instead we offer free puppy socialising sessions and for your puppy training needs, you can take the Basic Obedience Pay As You Go lessons. You can read about the Basic PAYG lessons on the Basic Obedience page.
This gives you more freedom, as you can pick the dates and times that suit you from the schedule and you only take as many training lessons and socialising sessions as you would like.
Be pro-active and start your lessons before you've even collected your puppy, or while your puppy is not yet fully vaccinated.
You can take the First Aid and Dog Language theory lessons before you even get your puppy. Alternatively you can bring your puppy for a private training session before he/she is fully vaccinated. The information you get in these lessons will help you create a solid and trusting relationship with your puppy, as you are preparing him to meet the world.
You can also read our article about puppies.
The puppy socials (also called puppy party or puppy play session) are 20 minute long play sessions.
Your puppy will be off lead, playing with other pups of a similar size and confidence level. There is no training involved. These play sessions are free of charge.
The focus of the Puppy Socialisation sessions is to let your puppy play, to learn to accept other breeds of different sizes and ages and to learn bite inhibitions. Socialising will help teach your puppy some self control, confidence and some basic social skills with other puppies, in a secure environment.
During these socialisation sessions I will answer any questions you have about your puppy.
The first time we let the puppies off for a socialising session, you will be told what body signals to look out for and you will be shown how to protect your puppy, so we build up their confidence. It is vital to make sure your dog doesn't have any bad experiences with other dogs, children, other animals or inanimate objects.
We want to give the puppies as many good experiences as possible, so that when they do come across a bad experience, their good experiences will outnumber the bad ones.
As soon as your puppy is fully vaccinated and protected (1 week after second vaccination jab), he can join a puppy social. You will need to show proof of your puppy's vaccination, so ask your vet for a copy, if you don't already have one.
When they hit puberty we tend to move them up to the socialising walks instead, but there are exceptions, for example if your puppy is very nervous and needs to build up a bit more confidence...
Providing we have enough puppies, there will be one group for Tiny pups (Chihuahuas, Mini Dachshunds, Toy Poodles, etc), one group for Small pups (Cocker Spaniels, Jack Russell Terriers, etc), one group for Medium pups (Labradors, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Golden Retrievers, etc), and one group for Large pups (Great Danes, Irish Wolfhounds, etc).
Having said that, it could be that your puppy is particularly nervous and would therefore be better suited in a group with smaller pups or your very boisterous Jack Russell pup would be better suited with the Labrador sized pups...
The socials are free of charge.
The socials are held in a smaller secured paddock in Ovington, Norfolk.