Puppy Training – Life Skills 1

puppy running through tube in Puppy Life Skills 1 class

Puppy Training – Life Skills 1

You’re thinking about getting a puppy, or perhaps you’re already sat looking at your new bundle of fluff, and wondering where to begin with training.

From toilet training to lead training and everything in between, there’s a lot to learn when it comes to puppies! Luckily our Puppy Life Skills 1 course covers everything you need to know.

As a new puppy owner, we know you’ll have lots of questions, which is why this course was put together by some of the top dog trainers in the country so nothing is missed out.

Training a puppy should be fun too, and that’s what we aim to achieve.

Getting started with online puppy training


This course is open to puppies who haven’t had their full set of vaccinations yet, from just 8 weeks old (before 1st jabs) up to 12 weeks of age (before their second jab).

Life Skills 1 is an online puppy training course, completed in the comfort of your own home. It’s conducted via Zoom so we’re right there with you, and the course takes four weeks to complete.

You’ll be given our number so you can chat to us at any time via WhatsApp, plus our super helpful Facebook community group is available to you too – it’s where the Haven family hangs out.

Once you’ve completed Life Skills 1 you can then progress onto Life Skills 2 and 3 if you wish, to advance upon all the amazing things your puppy has learnt so far.

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 as 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 are key here; we can’t rush it. We’ll give you the tools you need 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 my home a place that is safe and not stressful for my puppy?

Your lovely new puppy has just left the only world they know; they have been with their mum and littermates 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.

Puppy training to suit you and your family


One thing to remember: 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 foundations of puppy training which are vital for building a clever, happy puppy and a confident, supportive caregiver.

Simply click below to book on to Puppy Life Skills 1.

Once you have completed Puppy Life Skills 1, you can then progress on to Puppy Life Skills 2, and then Puppy Life Skills 3.

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If you have a question, get in touch.  We'd love to hear from you.


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