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Why Puppy School is perfect for your puppy

At Puppy School only kind, effective techniques are used and puppies are ‘educated’ to have good manners, to be friendly with adults, children and other dogs, and to respond to commands.

Our puppy training classes are of the highest standard, and your professional tutor will make classes stimulating and fun for you and your puppy. As a national organisation Puppy School has qualified tutors around world sharing knowledge, innovative training techniques and best practices to ensure the very best and most effective training methods are used to train your puppy.

What to expect from a Puppy School training course

Puppy School brings out the best in your puppy! By using kind but effective force free methods your puppy will thrive over the six week course, and you will gain confidence and learn how to understand your puppy.

Puppy School is a set of 6 puppy training classes lasting 1 hour. The comprehensive programme has been carefully designed by Gwen Bailey (author of the best selling book The Perfect Puppy) to take you through all the obedience basics giving you a good foundation for life with your new puppy, which will help you to avoid behaviour problems and prepare you for any dog training activity you choose to do later.

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Common questions you may have…

Why should I register for Puppy School?
  • They are fun
  • They will encourage and motivate you
  • They will teach you how to train your puppy
  • Your puppy will play with other puppies if appropriate
  • Your puppy will be introduced to children
(if children are attending with their parents)
  • You will receive help, advice and support.
  • Class sizes are small to support your puppy’s learning environment
  • You will receive notes to help with practice at home
  • Graduates will receive a rosette and certificate.
Where are the classes held?

Warrington Puppy School classes are currently held at Stockton Heath Scout Centre in Stockton Heath, Warrington on Friday evenings.

Northwich Puppy School classes are currently held at Barnton Methodist Church, Lydyett Lane, Barnton, Northwich, CW8 4JP

Birchwood Puppy School classes are currently held at Birchwood Scouts Hall, Warrington rd off Kinsale Drive WA3 6AF

What is the price?

The cost of the course be be found here

What will I learn at Puppy School?

You will learn how to teach your puppy to:

  • Come when called
  • Sit, lie down, stand on command
  • Walk on a loose lead without pulling
  • Accept handling (including for vets and groomers)
  • Wait
  • ‘Settle’
  • ‘Leave when asked
  • Accept people near to food bowls, bones and chews
  • Stop play biting
  • Be sociable with humans and other puppies
  • Greet people without jumping up

The puppy training exercises gradually progress from easy to more complex, building up your puppy’s understanding and reliability each week.

What methods will be used to train my puppy?

Unlike some other training classes in our area, only kind, reward-based puppy training methods are used at Puppy School. Treats, toys and praise are used to encourage puppies to be well behaved. No bullying or rough handling is tolerated. For more information on the type of rewards that are suitable, and how to use them please click here.

Is Puppy School fun?

Your tutors Jo and Debbie enjoy working with people as well as training puppies, and love to help you get the best from attending training classes. Encouragement and praise are used to help you acquire the skills you need to train your puppy. Owners will be given help to manage all the common puppy problems that you might be having, so if your puppy barks in class, or is too timid to meet the other puppies, or goes to the toilet on the floor don’t worry, we will do our best to help you. All Puppy School lessons are fun and sociable with a happy, friendly atmosphere.

Can I bring my children to class?

You are welcome and encouraged to bring your children if they are four years old and over. The class is fun and children often enjoy getting involved in the training, in fact all members of the family are encouraged to come and practice training their puppy. We involve the children in the curriculum and teach them how to greet the puppies, and teach the puppies how to have good manners with the children.

Please note that although the class has a family atmosphere children do have to be reasonably well behaved and you will be expected to keep control of your children at all times. For parents with very young children it is better if you can attend with at least two adults so that you can focus on both your puppy and your child.

Will my puppies be allowed to play with other puppies?

Puppies will be allowed to play in carefully controlled small groups to ensure they learn good manners around other puppies, do not get scared, and do not learn to play roughly or aggressively. Puppies will be matched for size, age, and experience, and play will be carefully supervised to ensure that all puppies learn to be confident with others.

Please note that, in some classes, the mix of puppies may make it impossible to conduct puppy play sessions safely. Puppy play will only be offered if it is safe to run.

Can I ask for behaviour advice?

Jo Wriglesworth is a fully qualified pet behaviourist and she is can help with any behaviour problems that you and your puppy might be struggling with. You can ask for advice in your class or drop her an email at any time. You might also benefit from a private session to discuss your puppy’s behaviour at your home.

Will my puppy be trained at the end of the course?

Although all the information you will need to train your puppy will be given to you in class, including a training manual, you will need to set aside time every day to practice the exercises at home to make the most of the ideas you have been given.

Training at home will allow you to progress further in class and will result in a better trained puppy at the end of the 6 weeks. All puppies progress at different rates, dependent on age, breed and commitment from the owner, but our evaluation forms show that most people are very happy with the progress their puppy has made in six weeks.

Is my puppy too old to attend Puppy School?

Puppies need to begin classes between 10 – 20 weeks old so that they are all at a similar stage of development. This allows them to play together easily. Since Puppy School classes get booked up quickly, it is recommended that you reserve your place as soon as you can.

It is never too late to start training your dog however, and if your puppy is older that 20 weeks you can attend Junior School or book one to one sessions.

Does my puppy need to be vaccinated?

Your puppy needs to be vaccinated to come to classes and most vaccinations are complete by 10 to 12 weeks of age. If the course is due to start after your puppy has had his final vaccination but before he is cleared by the vet to go for walks then please register him and carry him in from the car for the first week. The hall is disinfected each week with anit-virulent DEFRA approved product and all dogs that attend classes have been vaccinated and their certificates checked.

The earlier you start socialisation the more successful it is likely to be and the earlier you start training the less opportunity there is for your puppy to practice unwanted behaviour.

Does the course include socialisation?

Socialisation is an important aspect of the puppy course. The sensitive period for socialisation in puppies occurs between weeks three and twelve of your puppy’s life. This is when the puppy learns to recognise and respond to different stimuli such as other animals, people and the environment, and these experiences, either good or bad, will affect the puppy’s brain development into adulthood.

The most important time in your puppy’s life usually occurs before your puppy starts attending classes. That is why it is so important to purchase your puppy from an understanding breeder that has already started to create good experiences for your puppy with different adults, children, other dogs, different environments and different floor textures. You will continue the important job of socialisation when you bring your puppy home at around eight weeks. During this time you can help your puppy have lots of good experiences by inviting friends and family, including children of different ages, to meet your puppy. This has to be a fun experience for your puppy so allow him or her to get away if he wants to and approach in his own time. Show him that new people are friendly by giving them some food to offer to your puppy and provide some toys for everyone to play with. You can also carry your puppy out and about so that they start to experience the world, and you could invite fully vaccinated and de-wormed dogs to meet your puppy if you are sure that they are calm and friendly with puppies.

After twelve weeks the socialisation needs to continue so that your puppy builds on his understanding of the world and continues to have good experiences. This is where a quality puppy class with a qualified tutor can help. During the course we can help your puppy to socialise properly with human strangers, children that attend the classes, and puppies of different breeds.


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