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Puppy classes are held in Onehouse near Stowmarket on weekday evenings at 7.30-8.30pm, run for six weeks and cost just 50.

Puppies are inquisitive and rapidly learn about the world around them, and how to interact appropriately with the people and animals they live with. Encountering a wide and diverse range of objects and events at a young age encourages puppies to become confident dogs, while a lack of exposure to people, other dogs and the wider world can lead to behaviour problems such as anxiety, destructive behaviour, phobia and aggression later in the dog's life.

Prevention of behaviour problems is always better than cure. My puppy socialisation classes provide the opportunity for puppies to meet other dogs and encounter a variety of everyday objects in a safe environment, and through play and positive reinforcement form pleasant associations. The socialisation process should start as early as possible, as pups are most sensitive to learning before they are just 16 weeks old! Click here for information about socialisation.

I introduce some basic training exercises, including "sit", "down", "heel", "fetch", "settle", introduction to the lead and a recall, as well as advice on housetraining and common problems such as chewing, play biting and jumping up. This helps to get owners off to the best possible start with their puppy. All training is based on positive reinforcement (reward) methods.

Courses for puppies aged up to 6 months are held near Stowmarket in Suffolk and cost just 50 for six classes of an hour each. The first session is for owners to come along without their puppies and covers the essentials: principles of socialisation, learning theory and leadership, with lots of opportunity for questions and discussion of specific issues. Over the next five weeks the focus will be on puppy interactions and practical training.

There is no substitute for active positive socialisation, and this is a large part of the curriculum at my puppy classes, where demonstration and interaction are the main features of the puppy sessions. As adequate socialisation is essential for preventing fear and aggression problems later in life, do try to take your puppy to a good class at the earliest opportunity.

Puppy one-to-one home visits

I offer home visits for families with new puppies (up to 4 months old) to give advice on specific or general issues, prior to beginning puppy class. During this 90 minute home visit I cover basic training and discuss the common issues with puppy behaviour. The fee for this is 45 for distances less than 10 miles from Stowmarket - please contact me if you live further away than this. 

This session is ideal for owners who can't start puppy class before their pup is 4 months old, or who are having particular problems with a puppy's behaviour, or just want some general advice and guidance about their pup's behaviour.

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If your puppy is over 4 months old, please contact me before booking so we can discuss the most appropriate session for you.

Classes for Young Dogs

Classes for adolescent dogs (6-18 months) are suitable as a follow-on for puppy class graduates, or for owners of dogs who want to build on training among distractions.

If you and your dog didn't come to my puppy class, please contact me to arrange a one-to-one session first (so we can ensure that a class environment is right for your dog).

These classes take place on Saturday mornings, and on weekday evenings in the summer. This course costs 50 for 4 weeks.  

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