I'm just thinking of getting a puppy - Choosing the right type of puppy for your present life style and situation and carefully selecting where to get your puppy from is now more crucial than ever. It's so easy to grab a pup off some internet page. But please seriously think about whether that pup is going to be as healthy and emotionally balanced as it could be. Puppy farms are all over the place. And whilst many of us want our own dogs to have a litter, it's really important to know that who-ever is breeding your pup knows about inherited health problems and about early socialisation. Click here for more information on pre-puppy-help to ensure you get the best puppy.
My puppy is born and with my breeder - socialisation and "life" training starts before you even get your puppy. It's really important that your puppy is exposed to all sorts of noises and people at a young age - before they are even 7 or 8 weeks old. I'd therefore recommend selecting a breeder that is bringing the puppies up in the kitchen, or busy room in the house, with children and adults around. Once you get your puppy home, you then want to continue with safe socialisation. Even better, read up on The Puppy Plan and get your breeder to sign up. (This is a carefully thought through programme, developed by Carolyn Menteith for the Kennel Club and Dogs Trust, to ensure that puppies start off life with the right kind of experience.)
I've just got my puppy - One of the very first considerations is Toilet Training - Careful planning helps to ensure that they learn about toileting places as quickly as possible. So, it's best to be organised here so that your puppy never actually needs to do the toilet when they're in the house. Crate training can help to both give your puppy a secure den area to sleep and rest in, and also to help to keep their paws crossed for just a little longer. Crate training is not about just keeping your house clean. Read on for more information about how to house train your puppy.
I want help to socialise my puppy - Puppy parties can be an excellent way to get your puppy out and socialised with other puppies. However, many times puppy parties can just be a "rammy" - lots of puppies running chasing after each other and playing with toys. It's all great to watch... Unless your puppy is the timid wee one that just wants to hide under a chair. Or, conversely... unless your puppy is a bully and is causing other more timid puppies to feel anxious or scared. So do make sure to check before you join and if you are even in any doubt about what's going on then pick your puppy up and leave. Come back and chat about your questions and issues, but please don't allow keep your puppy in an environment where they are feeling then need to hide away or feel that your puppy is being a bit rought with the others. If you're near Ardgay, I run Pop Up Puppy Parties. It's so very hard to happen to have several puppies all of the right age - in 3 weeks time. So - if you have a puppy around 12-20 weeks old and want some careful puppy socialisation (and training help) then please get in touch. The Pop Up Puppy Parties run whenever we have more than 1 puppy.
Of course puppy socialisation is not just about playing with other dogs. Read more about puppy socialisation here.
When to train your puppy - you should start to train your puppy as soon as you get them home. There's no point in waiting and letting them learn bad habits. The things that you'll need to be thinking about are
How to Train your Puppy - training your puppy to understand what you're asking, and to understand your house rules is crucial. So here, you want to consider the different phases:
Having puppy problems? - Many puppies can be quite difficult, perhaps with toilet training or being very bitey or not settling at night. Please don't expect your puppy simply to grow out of this. It's really best to stop behaviours before they develop in a kind and careful way. So please seek out the help of a good reward based trainer or behaviourist to help you. Do ask questions about what methods they use. Be sure that you're happy.
Personal Puppy Training and Help:
Puppy Workshops (0 to 6 months)
There are no puppies to distract us are the Puppy Workshops, allowing us to really talk about and get to grips with your questions, issues, problems and concerns. The group session covers everything in the Puppy Early Learning private session, with the added benefit of hearing about other people’s questions and issues too. This is a prefect pre-curser to Puppy Pre-School and for preparing for your puppy before you get them home.
The puppy education workshops are run on an adhoc basis in the most appropriate location
NEW - Pop Up Puppy Parties!!
Prevent your puppy turning into problem!
These are like play-school for puppies. It focuses on allowing your puppy to interact and play with the other puppies in the group. It's carefully managed - to ensure that there is no bullying and to allow the wee timid puppies to build their confidence. And the play is controlled so that the puppies will still listen to Mum (or Dad!).
These New Pop Up Puppy Parties run every Sunday Afternoon in Ardgay (IV24) - so long as there is more than 1 puppy. Booking Essential - Please get in touch for more info and to book.
Puppy Classes (12-20 weeks)
Puppy Training Classes are generally for puppies of about 12 -16 weeks of age - but hey! we're in the Highlands and can't always have things as ideal as we'd like. So, the puppy classes are organised to suit the booked in attendees with socialisation, play and training organised in such a way to ensure that there's no bullying or scared puppies.
Classes are run in Ardgay (IV24).
NEWs - Pop Up Puppy Parties - running every Sunday Afternoon - so long as there is more than 1 puppy :)
Please do get in touch for more info on either.
Puppy Help by phone and on-line
Anna is happy to answer your puppy questions.
1 to 1 / Private Puppy Training (4 weeks-1 year)
Puppy 1 to 1 training and education sessions allow you the opportunity to really get your own questions and issues addressed to the fullest extent. Even if you're already going to or planning to go to classes, these sessions are an invaluable back up.
1-1 puppy training and education sessions take place at the Pet Behaviour Centre in Ardgay or in your own home, generally, and last for about 2 hours. They will help you to
For more information, please do phone or email Anna.
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