Puppy Life Skills 1
Location: Taddiport Village Hall
Excited to get your new puppy but a bit nervous about where to start with settling them in your home and starting training?
This new and purposefully designed 4 week Puppy training class from The Haven Dog Centre has been carefully put together by some of the top dog trainers in the country. We know just how important getting off to the right start can be, so we’ve put together this course to set you and your dog up for long term success. As a new puppy owner, you’ll have a lot of questions – we’re here to help! Our trainers are some of the most highly qualified in the area and have a wealth of knowledge and experience in all aspects of dog training. We limit spaces to 5 puppies per class with 2 trainers and work experience assistant trainers, meaning that you’ll get lots of 1-1 time to really get the most out of your sessions!
Puppy Life Skills 1 is open to puppies from just 8 weeks old (after 1st jabs). We’ll help you from the very start, giving you the tools you need to tackle things like: toilet training, crate training, leaving your puppy for the first time, jumping up, introducing leads and collars, and other foundation training tools that will boost your confidence as a puppy care giver.
Once you have completed Puppy Life Skills 1, you will be able to progress on to Puppy Life Skills 2, and then Puppy Life Skills 3. Each 4 week block of courses has been carefully planned so that we build up skills as and when your puppy is ready.
So, what exactly does Puppy Life Skills 1 cover?
- How do I get my puppy to listen to me?
Developing your observation skills and learning how to understand your dog is key to building a trusting relationship. We’ll take a look at how dogs communicate through body language and simple movements so that you can quickly and easily understand what your dog is trying to tell you. Think of it like a translation service for dogs – you’ll be amazed by what you can learn about dog language!
- How do I stop my dog from jumping up?
Just like you’re excited and nervous about getting a puppy, your puppy will be feeling the same about coming home to a new house and all the new sounds, smells, people and even other animals, in it! We’ll teach you how to understand your puppy’s behaviour and learn why dogs jump up. By knowing how to read a dog’s body language and react proactively, we can teach good manners and appropriate greet behaviours.
- Leads, harnesses and ‘walking with me’ – where do I start?
Chances are your puppy has never worn a collar or had anything strapped around their tiny little body, let alone been attached to a lead with a human at the end! Their nervous system will be completely overloaded if we rush this, so technique and pace is key here; we can’t rush it. We’ll give you the tools you need to to read your dog’s behaviour and go at their pace to build a confident, happy puppy who enjoys being on the lead and walking alongside you. We’ll also give expert advice on which leads and harnesses are best suited to your puppy – don’t jump into this, it’s important to get it right from the start for long term comfort, safety and success.
- How do I get my puppy to listen to me outside and come back to me…what do I do if they “go deaf” and how do I stop them from running off?
So, this is a big one, and probably one of the top concerns of new puppy owners! Every new puppy owner’s biggest fear is letting their dog off the lead and not being able to get them back. This type of training is crucial and comes in several stages, but it needs to be started as early as possible – as young puppies, dogs are unlikely to have any bad habits and so it is the perfect time to mould them. Puppies are like sponges soaking up new information all the time, so make sure you make the most of this time and teach them that you are the most important, fun and loving person in their world!
- Crate training, toilet training, nipping, and settling – how do I make bringing my puppy home an experience that is safe and not stressful?
Your lovely new puppy has only just left the only world they know; they have been with their Mum and litter mates since day one and suddenly all of this has gone for them. They’ve arrived at a new home with alien human beings who may also have other pets or small human beings who want a cuddle! Not only that, but all their new humans’ friends and family want to stroke them too, you can see how it’s overwhelming! With this in mind, we need to adapt our home environment and be sensitive in our approach to introducing them to the world. We’ll give you the skills you need to set your puppy up for success with things like toilet training, nipping and settling in the home so that you build a strong, positive bond for life with your new best friend.
So as you can see, in summary, it doesn’t matter if your puppy doesn’t sit to command in the first week after you bring him home – there is SO much more that they (and you!) need to learn first. This course covers the principle foundations of puppy training that are vital for building a clever, happy puppy and a confident, supportive caregiver.
This course is sponsored by KONG and includes a FREE goody bag! All participants will receive support throughout the week over the phone if needed, as well as membership to a private Facebook group for peer-to-peer and trainer support and discussions.
Unlike other Puppy classes, our introduction session is done via a video prior to the first class, meaning that we get straight into learning in class and you get the most for your money.
Once you have completed Puppy Life Skills 1, you will be able to progress on to Puppy Life Skills 2, and then Puppy Life Skills 3.
Classes take place at:
Taddiport Village Hall, Taddiport, Torrington EX38 8AS
From Bideford – Take the Bideford to Torrington road, pass the Puffing Billy on the left hand side, take the next right turn signposted ‘Taddiport’. Follow road down hill, over bridge. The road then bends sharply to the right take the turning on the left on this bend (in front of you), follow road up hill, the hall is directly in front of you on a left bend. Please park on the road, after the left bend, on the right side of the road.
From Barnstaple – Take the Barnstaple to Torrington road, past Torrington Secondary school on the left hand side. Turn right at the mini roundabout. Next mini roundabout, with the BP garage on your left, go straight over. Past Lidl on right, then take a left turn opposite Torrington Commons signposted Taddiport. Follow road down hill, over bridge. the road then bends sharply to the right take the turning on the left on this bend (in front of you), follow road up hill, the hall is directly in front of you on a left bend. Please park on the road, after the left bend, on the right side of the road.