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Puppy School curriculum - What will my puppy learn at puppy training classes?

In our puppy training classes you will learn to teach your puppy to:

  • Come when called
  • Sit, lie down and stand on command
  • Walk on a loose lead without pulling
  • Get used to being handled and examined for vets and groomers
  • 'Stay'
  • 'Settle'
  • 'Gentle’ (taking food from hands gently)
  • Accept people near to food bowls, bones and chews
  • Stop play biting
  • Socialise with an adults, children, and other puppies attending training classes
  • Greet people appropriately without jumping up

Puppy play

Puppies will be allowed to play in very 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 by your tutor to ensure that all puppies learn to be confident with others. When free and off the lead, puppies can learn and gauge body language of others well. On lead meets and greets at classes can cause frustration for confident puppies and anxiety for shy puppies so we discourage on lead interactions of puppies in classes.

Please note that, in some training classes, the mix of puppies may make it impossible to conduct puppy play sessions safely. Puppy play sessions will only be offered if they can be run without causing harm.

We unfortunately cannot offer this service for our Puppy School Online classes.

Puppy Play at Puppy School
Tutor puppy and boy

Behaviour advice

Throughout the course, we are on hand to help you with any behaviour problems you may be experiencing with your puppy from play-biting, mouthing, toilet training and jumping up.

All our Puppy School tutors and associate tutors strive to uphold standards and keep up to date with the latest behavioural science.

We are on hand to support you and your puppy through the various stages of their development.

Boy holding ball for puppy

Practice makes perfect

Although all the information you will need to train your puppy will be given to you in class, 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 six weeks.

As part of our course, clients will receive a helpful Puppy School manual which will allow you and your puppy to practice the techniques in lessons prior to the next class.

Dog sitting between student legs looking up

Too old for puppy training at Puppy School classes?

Puppies need to begin classes between 12 - 20 weeks old so that they are all at a similar stage of development. This allows them to play together easily. Since our classes get booked up quickly, it is recommended that you reserve your place as soon as can, even before you get a puppy if possible. Please contact us if your puppy is older than 20 weeks of age and we can chat through some options with you.

Puppy School Online age limits differ so please do contact us for more information

Reward-based puppy training

Dog Treats

We pride ourselves on using modern, reward-based training techniques based on the science behind behaviour to achieve great results. Only 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. In fully appreciating and understanding canine behaviour, we work hard to make sure you and your puppy have the best possible life together.

Are classes fun?

Encouragement and praise are used to help you acquire the skills you need to train your puppy. No humiliation or shaming of owners will occur and all lessons are fun and sociable with a happy, friendly atmosphere!

Regular monitoring for Puppy School training classes

Our Puppy School tutors have undertaken a comprehensive training course with Puppy School Founder and leading APBC registered behaviourist Gwen Bailey. Our tutors are kept up to date with new ideas by regularly attending meeting including Puppy School conferences and exclusive Puppy School courses by leading trainers/behaviourists. In addition, tutors regularly attend seminars and conferences run by groups such as CABTSG, APBC, and BSAVA.

Classes are monitored regularly to ensure high standards. All Puppy School tutors are well trained in the latest training techniques, as well as in human and animal behaviour. Regular refresher courses and an email forum for tutors ensure they stay up-to-date.

For further information, visit www.puppyschool.co.uk