Puppy Skills 2

puppy having training at Puppy Life Skills 2 class

Puppy Skills 2 

So you and your puppy have completed Puppy Life Skills 1, now it’s time for the next step in your learning journey! We understand that the thought of getting help with puppy training can be a headache. Our puppy training course is designed to give you all the tools you need to get training off to a positive start.

Course content for in-person classes

This second set of Life Skills classes is part of the new and purposefully designed puppy training course from The Haven Dog Centre. It 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 2 is open to puppies who have completed Puppy Life Skills 1 with us. We’ll advance upon foundation skills taught in LS1 and move on to things such as loose lead walking, food manners (is counter surfing familiar in your house?!), recall, and sit, stay, down commands. We’ll also start to introduce some more fun learning games and also give you the tools you need to make positive associations with things like buster collars which will make vet trips a fun experience for your puppy.

Once you have completed Puppy Life Skills 2, you will be able to progress on to Puppy Life Skills 3 which looks at real-world situations and takes learning outside of the classroom! 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 2 cover?
  • Cues

Right, let’s get to the cues. We need our dogs to listen to us whilst out and about and follow cues or behaviours outside of a home or class environment. We teach you the theory behind how you teach a cue so that YOU become the trainers and understand how to set your dog up for success in all environments. Your puppy isn’t just a performer; your puppy needs to learn how to successfully follow cues in a human world. That’s why we focus on teaching you how to use and teach cues in practical situations successfully.

  • Loose lead walking

In LS1 we covered the basics of leads, collars and harnesses, and taught you the importance of creating a positive association with these everyday items. Now it’s time to build our loose lead walking skills and bring in distractions! Out in the real world, there are noises, people, objects and vehicles for your puppy to contend with, so we want to start bringing in distractions now so that you and your dog know how to respond successfully!

  • Recall

Are you the most exciting person on the beach yet? We hope so! We’re going to be really testing your puppy’s recall skills in this next set of classes by bringing in distractions! We’ll be putting objects, people and other dogs in between you and your puppy and giving you recall skills that work in the real world.

  • Fun and games

This is so important! As you know, we want all your training with us to be fun as well as helpful. We’re going to be learning new games that help with cues and recall so that training is where the fun starts, not ends!

  • Groomers and vets

The vets and the groomers are two places that your dog is going to be familiar with, and we want these to be positive and fun experiences! In LS2 we’ll learn the buster collar game and other fun games that will make vet trips much less stressful for you both.

And of course…

As with all of our sessions, there is room for change! We adjust our classes to go above the curriculum or make things easier, depending on how things are going in class. We tailor the sessions to suit individual dogs and set you up for learning success.

Once you have completed Puppy Life Skills 2, you will be able to progress on to Puppy Life Skills 3.


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


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