For whom is the puppy class?
Age: For puppies between 10 and 16 weeks. We also welcome slightly younger or older pups so do not hesitate to mention this in the sign-up form.
If your pup is 5 months or older, we would like to welcome you to the Obedience training course.
Owners: Curious what previous clients have to say about the puppy class? Why not check our testimonials page (search for the word ‘pup’)?
Puppy class objectives
With the puppy class, we give you 5 tools to help raise a polite and confident family and city dog:
A quick look at our puppy class
We hope these pictures give you an idea of the puppy class in real-life. Enjoy the cuteness!
You can also view a video of the puppy class here
(filmed on our old field).
Good to know about our puppy class
- Focus on life-skills: The lessons focus more on life-skills than strict obedience because you only have one shot at the socialisation window.
- Open enrolment: To cut on waiting time, puppies can enrol every week. So groups are very diverse, mixing experienced and less experienced pups. The groups are small and we have a lot of staff, so each pup gets individual attention and is challenged at the right level.
- Supervised play: The pups can play together, but this is under supervision, with carefully picked playmates, and during only one dedicated lesson (during which we give live commentary about their body language and interactions). This is why.
Need a little extra help with your pup?
If your dog is your first pup, we can imagine that you will be feeling overwhelmed at times. We strongly advise purchasing this book before the puppy comes home, so that you are prepared: Lifeskills for puppies (by Ellen Zulch). It is ethically and scientifically sound, beautifully illustrated, exhaustive and yet nice and short.
We have also written some hand-outs to see you through Pup’s first days with you:
- Crate train Rex: Teach Rex to relax in his crate
- Rex stays home alone: Teach Rex to be cool with a little alone time
- Housetrain Rex: Teach Rex to hold it in
- Make Rex brave: Teach Rex to get over life’s little stresses, and to find a loud truck, horses, a vaccuum cleaner, the most normal things in the world.
- Rex refuses to walk on: How do you deal with a pup who puts on the brakes during a walk?
- Help! My puppy bites: Learn the various reasons pups bite, and strategies how to deal with it
- Socialisation & habituation checklist: All the things to get Rex to love, in one neat little list.
- Puppy belly rub photo: From Unsplash http://bit.ly/2aBkJ8c (CC0 licence). Modification: Frayed frame