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Settling the dogs before the class

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Puppies settled beside handlers in
down, stand or sit between exercises

Puppy Classes

Your puppy learns obedience and good manners with people and other dogs

When and where

What classes include

Dealing with individual needs:

Where possible we will help with individual behavioural problems.

This little puppy barks with frustration when he cannot get close to other dogs. We are trying to help the handler deal with this by gradually accustoming his puppy to the rest of the class, without the puppy barking. The progression involves gentle desensitisation and rewarding quiet behaviour.
This sequence was photographed in week four of the course.

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Starting off watching
the class at a distance
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The puppy was quiet, so now
watching from nearer the class
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Sometimes the handler would
have the puppy watch him instead
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Several rewards were given
when the puppy was quiet

Example of a class exercise:

These puppies are learning to walk to heel. The handlers are using a lure to keep the puppies in the correct position as they learn. The last handler will soon have a good heel without needing a lure.

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A lure near the nose
to get the correct position
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Lovely example of using the lure
well to get dog back into position
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Keeping attention on the lure
and giving happy attention
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It is important to reward at
times to prevent loss of attention
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This handler can progress to a hand signal,
as she can keep the lure away from the dog's nose

Families

We are happy for families or pairs of handlers to attend. the classes.

Where appropriate, families can help each other. At other times, we ask for one handler only with their dog, while others watch; this minimizes confusion for the puppy.

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We like play as a reward
and our programme includes
teaching about play

Quiet control

Between exercises, we help you keep your puppy calm. This helps you understand how to teach your puppy to settle. It also keeps the class environment peaceful, so that all can learn.

 

How to join      

Please contact us to ask if we have spaces.

If we give you a place, you will need to complete a Registration Form, which we will send to you.

 

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Responding to the Sit command (no lure) ...
and getting her reward!

 

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We also teach "Sit Beside,"
which helps prepare for heelwork

 

Further information

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ALL PHOTOS FROM OUR CURRENT GROUP OF PUPPIES IN WEEK FOUR OF THEIR COURSE

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Watch Fudge in her puppy class:

The video shows three short sections of a puppy at a Four Paws class.

  1. Fudge Finger practices her recall – a trainer releases her as her owner calls her.
  2. The recall is used to practice coming away from a quiet, adult dog.
  3. Fudge learns to walk nicely past another puppy.

Fudge Finger graduated to our adult classes. She has passed her Bronze, Silver and Gold Kennel Club Awards. Well done to Pat.

 


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