classes and in-person consultations and sessions are currently
due to new restrictions in force.
Clients with existing bookings will be contacted about deferring
their sessions or changing to a video consultation where
All new dog and cat behaviour
consultations and one-to-one puppy advice sessions, are
available live online via Zoom, or Skype.
Puppy classes are held outdoors in Onehouse near Stowmarket on Saturday mornings
and weekday evenings, run for six weeks and cost just £60.
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
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
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