Puppy Training

Puppy Training

Pawsitive Pups Training School

'Life Skills for Puppies' class - for puppies aged 8 - 16 weeks

Life Skills for Puppies is run by Behaviour Nurse Sarah Liversage, MSc Clinical Animal Behaviour, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner, Registered Veterinary Nurse. The course was designed by Veterinary Behaviourists at the University of Lincoln.

How is Life Skill for Puppies different to other puppy classes?

Our Life Skills for Puppy classes are taught with emphasis on preventing common behaviour problems and helping your puppy to take responsibility for being well behaved. Ideally these skills are incorporated into daily life, so time spent training your puppy is reduced. Once your puppy has learnt these skills, it will become a natural way of living with your puppy.

The life skills taught are:

  1. I have confidence
  2. I like surprises
  3. I like to be touched
  4. I have self control and can tolerate frustration
  5. I can be calm
  6. I know the rules
  7. I can listen
  8. I have good manners
  9. I can make the right choice
  10. I am allowed to be a dog

We will discuss these in more detail during the first class 

What will my puppy learn?

  • Sit
  • Down
  • Stand
  • Coming when called
  • Walking nicely on a lead
  • Being able to settle and amuse themselves appropriately
  • Having good manners around people and other dogs
  • Being comfortable being touched and groomed

Call us now to book your puppy in for Pawsitive 'Life Skills for Puppies' on 01934 852 422!

Useful information:

What breeds can attend?

Any breed of puppy can attend classes

How many puppies will be in the class?

A maximum of 6 puppies will be in each class. This allows time to you and your puppy to have the individual help you need during the class.

What happens if there are only 2 puppies singed up on the course?

The Life Skills course aims to teach your puppy how to behaviour around people and other dogs. If there are less than 3 puppies enrolled onto a course, the course will be postponed by one or two weeks to allow other puppies to join.

This will ensure you and your puppy get the most from the 7 weeks course.

What does it cost?

The cost of the seven week course is £125.

How do I pay for classes?

The first class will be held in the Small Animal Practice; this will allow you time to pay for the course before we start the class.

Once you have paid for the course, you will receive your free copy of the book which accompanies the Life Skills course “Life skills for puppies: Laying the foundation for a loving, lasting relationship”.

My puppy is nervous or excitable in new situations, should I bring them?

The classes will be laid out so there is plenty of room between you and the next puppy. If your puppy is struggling, visual barriers can be used to block you puppies view of the other puppies until they have settled into the classes.

Your nervous puppy will never be made to interact with other puppies unless they want to and will always be allowed to move away if, they need to.

Your excitable puppy will have closely monitor, appropriate, interactions with other puppies and will be moved away before they become excited or boisterous.

How will I remember everything taught in the classes?

After each class you will be email class notes detailing what was covered in the class. If you have any questions, you can email sap@langfordvets.co.uk and I will get back to you before the next class.

My puppy has not been well, can I still attend classes?

If your puppy is not well, please contact the practice before you are due to attend the class to discuss this with a member of staff.

If there are concerns, you will be asked to skip a class until you puppy is better, alternatively, if you puppy is unwell for an extended period of time, you may be advised to join another course, so you do not miss a large amount of the training.

Langford Small Animal Practice is a teaching Practice, will there be students in the classes?

There will be a mixture of Veterinary Surgeon students and Veterinary Nurse students attending the classes while they are on rotations gaining some practical experience.

They will be there manly to observe the classes and will not disturb you when you are training your puppy.

You are more than welcome to chat to them and ask for help. If they can not help, they will find out Instructor to help you

How long is the life skills course?

The course is a set 7 week course. You will be expected to attend once a week for 7 consecutive weeks to complete the course.

What happens during the 7 weeks?

The first week is an introduction to the course and lasts an hour and a half and is without puppies. This will be held in the Small Animal Practice and includes refreshments.

The remaining 6 weeks are held with puppies and are each one hour in length. These will be held in the covered arena.

What happens if I miss a class?

You will receive class notes for the class you miss, if you read through these and need help with anything, you can email us, and we can try to accommodate this during the next class.

In addition, everything we cover in the course in your free “Life skills for puppies: Laying the foundation for a loving, lasting relationship” book.

Who can attend the classes?

I would encourage anyone who is going to be part of your puppy’s life to come to the classes.

Who runs the classes?

Sarah qualified as a Veterinary Nurse 2002, since qualifying, she has specialised in Animal Behaviour and holds an MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour from the University of Lincoln.

What methods do you use?

We use evidence-based, non-confrontational methods to training your puppy and address any problems you may be having

Each puppy and owner are different, so we aim to work with you and your puppy to make the training positive and enjoyable to you and your puppy.

What are positive training methods and why should I use them?

Positive training methods teach your puppy what to do and increase their desire to keep doing it. In addition, you will learn how to encourage your puppy to repeat those desirable behaviours instead of engaging in undesired behaviours.

We use reward-based methods as during training to provide your puppy with something they want when they have showed the desired behaviour. Not only does it encourage your puppy to repeat a behaviour, but it also encourages positive interaction and a puppy who is eager to learn and do things with you.

Negative training methods are based on punishment and aversive tools, including water spray bottles, shouting at them, and rubbing their noses in soiled area of the house through to lead corrections, choke chains and prong collars. While punishment may stop your puppy from showing any behaviour by making it afraid of the consequences, it does not teach them what to do.

The outcome of using punishment is a feeling of fear and anxiety which leads to your puppy not wanting to be near you in the future and may lead to aggression because these techniques you cause pain and discomfort to your puppy. In addition to causing fear and anxiety, punishment does not teach your puppy what to do.

Langford Vets are against the use of any negative training methods because there is ample research

proving that these methods are not efficient in addressing undesired behaviours and damage the owner- per relationship.

Will all training be food motivated?

When using positive based training to teach your puppy the desired behaviour and encourage it to continue, we choose a reward that motivates your puppy. While it is true that food (including treats) is highly motivating for most puppies, it is not the only available reward.

Some puppies are motivated by toys, play, affection, or praises.

Together, we identify what would work best for your pet in different situations.

Will I always have to carry food with me?

Every time you interact with your puppy, go for a walk, or play with them you have the opportunity to teach them, and reward appropriate behaviour. So, having small, tasty treat available is a good idea.

In the future, as your puppies grows and behaviours become easier for them, you can slowly wean them off of needing a treat every time they perform a behaviour. However, you can not expect your puppy to work for free, so even when they are well behaved and performing cues well, they will still need the occasional treat to keep them motivated to do these things.

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