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puppy school

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by girlyhouse, May 22, 2010.


  1. girlyhouse

    girlyhouse PetForums Senior

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    Has anyone been or know anyone thats been to PUPPY SCHOOL? its a franchise all over the uk and from the website looks really good, but i know you cant really tell just from that. Looking forward to your replies x
     
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    Our vet runs puppy classes, They are well worth going to, it helps them get use to been handled by other people as well as playing with other puppies and doing a little basic training. The classes are for 4 weeks for puppies between 10 weeks to 16 weeks old.
     
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    girlyhouse PetForums Senior

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    thank you x sorry should of sounded a bit clearer the actual name of the training class is called "PUPPY SCHOOL". there are loads of them all over the uk , thanks again x
     
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    Do you mean this Puppy School?

    I was thinking of enrolling in one of the classes but found a training class closer to home. I would be interested if anyone has tried one of these classes too.
     
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    Gwen Bailey's Puppy School is I think what you are talking about? Not so much a franchise but more of a network - check out the individual one you intend to go to. The org itself is very good - Gwen is amazing! Dog Behaviour with Gwen Bailey - Homepage
     
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    girlyhouse PetForums Senior

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    yes thats the very one!!! there is a question and answer section with gwen on the site and its brillant.have never heard of her before either x
     
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    If you have a puppy get her puppy book - its brill!
     
  8. girlyhouse

    girlyhouse PetForums Senior

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    ooooh which one(s) ? i have a pup and a 4 yr old ? :thumbup:
     
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    7 steps to the perfect puppy...Gwen Bailey
    also good to read by her is
    what is my dog thinking?
     
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    I've never been to a class, so can't comment on them, my big problem with people who just do puppy classes is where do owners go from there. I think adolescence, from six months to a year, is a much more difficult time than puppyhood, a time when owners really need help.
     
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    i think the trainers do have follow on classes after puppy school.yes i agree with what you said too in my own experience, the trouble begins when the teenage hormones kick in !!! i get a bit confused as to when a pup age stops and the adult age begins?
     
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    Most do follow ons. (well run) Puppy classes are the most essential due to the socialisation opps they provide.
     
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    depends where you live, loads of people are capable of socialising their own pups without going to a pup class, however i do agree training is very important in puppyhood. unfortunately lots of people think going to a class once a week is in itself enough socialisation for a pup, which we all know on here of course it isn't.
    Just in case you think I am anti pup classes I aren't i have run them for years, in addition of course to carry on classes right up to competition level.
    They can also be very helpful to novice owners, because of the info you can supply.
     
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    Well run puppy classes attended and homework completed will provide puppies with the very best start. If we could get all (or majority) puppies into well run puppy classes starting before they hit 12 weeks socialisation would be so much easier.
    I don't think people who don't attend puppy classes socialise their puppys well enough IME. I'm not saying that all puppy class attendees are perfect but the pattern I most commonly see is a reactive adolescent who has never had any formal training.
    If we want to get puppies introduced to 100 people by 3-4 months I feel that a well run puppy class provides a basis for that supervised so that owner directed socialisation is more valuable.
    Puppies who I have had through puppy 101, then puppy class experience far fewer and far less severe adolescent issues. Most of the time the skills learned in puppy class has equipped pet and person with the tools to deal with them.
    I am certainly for any and all training levels but feel that a good foundation is the most important bit.

    Just my two cents :)
     
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