The most important thing to learn is communication between human family and your puppy. Puppy cannot understand human language so you and your family have to learn puppy language to communicate effectively.
Learning how puppy thinks, communicates and use of positive reinforcement means that very quickly the puppy will understand what you want and start repeating desirable behaviours.
You can start teaching puppy from the 1st day it moves into your home, they are like little learning sponges, soaking up information every waking second.
PUPPY KINDERGARTEN – This course is for puppies aged between 12weeks to 20 weeks. This is a 4 week course. The lessons duration is half an hour. The maximum number of puppies per class is 8. Puppies need to be taught and socialized from an early age.The Puppy Kindergarten course is about educating the owner and getting off to a great start. Between 6-16 weeks whilst your puppy’s brain is still developing, is the ideal time to start them (due to contagious diseases though, pups start on or after 12 weeks. (This is providing that they have had their vaccinations). studies clearly show that doing a little at this time will gain maximum benefits for later on in life, reducing the incidence of antisocial behaviour. While pups are still small in stature and easy to control, it is the best time to develop a leadership role with your dog and to bond with them.
Puppies are also more focused on play and investigation than adult roles, so it is easy to introduce them to obedience training and leadership rituals, because they are far more accepting and less defiant/challenging.
PUPPY CLASSES – This is course for puppies aged between 20 weeks to 18 months. Each course is 6 week duration. The lessons duration is 45 minutes. The maximum number per class is 8. With Bronze, Silver and Gold all puppies are under assessment each week with clear goals laid out at the start of the course. The puppy must a pass mark before continuing into the next grade. As these assessments are carried out throughout the lessons there is not a test at the end. Something which I favour as I have seen many handlers fail Kennel club attests due to nerves getting the better of them.
Bronze – This is your first step up after Kindergarten class. This course is held outside at our Herne training ground. This is where the training becomes more realistic. We introduce distractions as well as well as building on the foundations that we made in Kindergarten.
Silver– Here we start to really use the environment to test both dogs and handlers. We also teach more impulse control and increase distance in our static exercises. There is also some out of site work. A very demanding yet satisfying course.
Gold – This is our top course and the standards are high. We expect a lot from both dogs and handlers but once completed you know that you have a well trained K9.
- How to behave around other puppies, people and distractions
- Hands are good things and not for biting
- Coming back when called
- Walking on a loose lead
- Sit, down, and stay obedience
- How to enjoy grooming and handling
- Waiting and walking through openings behind the leader
- Fetching and leaving toys
- Food manners with feeding bowls and taking treats gently
- Learning to be handled by others
Toys are so important to both reward your dog for performing the correct behaviours and to help you build a bond between yourself and your dog.
Different types of toys are used in different ways. For example tug toys are usefull in building that bond between you and your dog.
Balls and frisby like toys are good for exercising your dog as it gets your dog running.
Kong Toys are used to distract a dog or used as a slow release reward which helps keep the dog calm and it also teches him to have some downtime for himself.