Puppy Visits and Classes
I only accept maximum eight puppies per class. I run Roll-on Roll-off groups meaning puppies can start as soon as there is space plus they meet a wider variety of people and dogs in class.
Young puppies are like sponges. The ‘critical socialisation’ period is the 3-12 week age, when they accept new things as normal but by 4 to 5 months most pups enter a short fear period.
‘Socialisation & Habituation ’ aren’t just about meeting dogs and people, other animals but learning social manners. Plus getting used to all the sights and sounds in the wider world to learn what is ‘normal’. Giving them this variety of experiences really does affect a young puppy’s brain power and how well they cope with future new experiences.
Safe Socialisation is possible; there is a lot we can show young puppies safely without risking health.
If a puppy below 12 weeks stays at home, it will only get used to home. Because that is the size of their world.
Learning carries on throughout puppyhood. But it is harder without good beginnings.
Train Your Puppy Well
For 9 month plus friendly older pups and adult dogs, a class where all can work at their own pace working towards their Kennel Club Bronze Good Citizens Award and on through the levels. A link to the Silver Award requirements is below. Other life skills and games are also included.
If you have a new rehomed dog, this would be the class for you,,, please look at my Golden Window page too regarding the special needs of rehomed dogs. A pre-class home visit first is essential for 'displaced' dogs
For 5-9 month old pups. PuppyPlus is a natural follow on from Toddlepaws, but I also welcome new clients into PuppyPlus. Here there is further opportunity to join or complete the Kennel Club Puppy Award and sart working towards the Bronze Award too! Pups older than four months, don’t all develop mentally at the same speed. All different types and sizes still need to mind their manners. This is a tricky age for all, even the most devoted owners as they learn how to deal with doggy pre-teen dramas. Plenty of training games and take home tips in this class. We take turns on tea duty! Owners can repeat six week blocks until their pups are out of age and can start working up through the Good Citizen Scheme levels .
For healthy puppies with baby teeth. There are so many things pups of this age need to learn, this is THE MOST important group! Puppies may start from ten weeks if your vet offers early vaccination. Includes the Kennel Club Puppy Foundation Award syllabus. Toddlepaws encourages owners to guide learning as well as building puppies’ confidence and social skills.
On and off leash exercises are owner centred.
Bright Start Puppy Visit
Designed to give your 8-12 week old puppy a risk free and enjoyable start in early learning. Held in your own home, a visit is usually around 90-120 minutes long. But allowing time for puppy snoozes and comfort breaks, no extra charge is made if we run over! Topics from bite inhibition, safe socialisation, food manners, toilet training to loving recall, and first trick!
Plus the opportunity for owners to discuss anything they particularly need.
If your pup is booked into Toddlepaws as recommended, we can start the KC PFA here.
I also offer home visits for older pups and adult dogs. If you are about to rehome a new dog or have just taken on a rescue please check out my Golden Window page.
Please contact me to discuss your pet.
Puppy Pop Ups in Vet Surgeries
Here the aim is to provide the safe exposure to other dogs and people which is essential for puppies' normal mental development. Owners can discuss common topics and take home safe socialisation ideas while their pups see each other.
Developmentally, pups under 12 weeks desperately need safe social exposure. Mentally, nature will not let them wait until they are 'safe to go out' before they start showing fears. Please tell your local VETS I am willing to run bi-monthly Puppy Pop Ups in their premises, for their own clients.. for free!