Group training classes are a great way for you and your dog to train, have fun, learn new and valuable skills and experience new places and different environments. Not only are you and your dog learning from your trainer but you can also learn from others within the class. All training uses positive reinforcement (generally based on food and/or play) and no force or punishment is used. The objective of our classes;
Great behaviour and
(most importantly!) GREAT FUN!
Classes all take place in our fully fenced, secure paddock. We run our group classes as an 8 week course. If you miss the beginning of a course there is the option to ‘catch up’ as we offer a rolling program of entry if possible. Our classes can get very busy and we try to keep numbers low so each puppy/dog gets more individual attention – so please book ahead if possible.
Classes are held weekly for 1 hour and we vary what we are learning to keep it interesting and fulfilling both for owner/handler and puppy/dog. The first class in puppy school (reception) starts with a 15 minute introduction to positive training for you and your puppy and a Q&A session at the end. All classes will be most successful if you can follow up the training in the week (homework will be given!!!) even if it is just for a few minutes each day.
We recommend classes for at least the first year of a puppy’s life or for the first year of ownership of an adult dog/rescue to ensure a well-balanced, happy member of the household. Older dogs still benefit greatly from ongoing training and it has been proven to enhance the relationship between the dog and owner for life.
Puppy school (reception)/starters
In puppy school (reception) we start your puppy off in the best possible way to be a great friend, companion and family member for life. Puppies can attend as soon as their initial vaccinations are complete and there is no upper age range (this can be a great class for newly acquired rescue dogs as a way of ascertaining their level of training and needs) It is not suitable for reactive dogs or overly nervous adult dogs but is fine for nervous puppies (the world is so new to them!) We cover training such as:
Amongst other essential and fun skills and exercises.
We also work towards achieving our IMDT bronze award.
Cost: £80 for an 8 weeks course.
Monday 9.00am and Saturday 10.15am
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The health scare in March 2020 due to the Coronavirus has had an impact on all of us across the country and across the world.
Although we must be alert to health issues, especially for the most vulnerable, we must also ensure that we don’t neglect issues that will bring problems in the future – like training our dogs!
Therefore, I am going to suspend training for a period of 1 month – training will restart on Thursday 16th April. Training classes on a Monday will restart on Monday 20th April at either 9am or 10.15am and on a Saturday on Saturday 18th April at the normal time.
Following government guidance, as we train predominantly outside, we will carry on training as normal following this period. We will ensure that we follow sensible health and safety precautions ie we will observe social distancing, hand sanitizing etc.
If you would like to book adult behaviour/training consultations or puppy/pre-puppy consultations/training I will be carrying out initial consultations via Skype or video call. Please enquire for bookings.
Many thanks for your ongoing support of Pup School Suffolk