Puppy Class Questions
Questions we find are frequently asked
Are classes just once a week?
Yes, class sessions are once a week at the same time every week. We have 3 puppy classes running each week either on a Saturday at midday or a Sunday at 10am.
All classes are at a different stage in the 8 week programme so whichever class time you start on is the time you continue on for 8 weeks.
How long is each session?
Each session is an hour and a half long. This includes a tea break. Yes, we make you tea/coffee & sometimes we even give you cake!
This means pups get a good break and a play and you get chance to chat to each other and chat to the instructors if you have questions or problems you need to discuss.
Where are classes held?
During summer months classes are held in Upper Northam Drive, Hedge End, we give you full details of how to find us. We also have some classes running in Bursledon and even Hayling Island if this is closer for you.
During winter months we sometimes use the car park at the Brickworks in Swanwick Lane, Bursledon. We give you full details at the time.
Do I need to come to classes – my puppy is really good?
We would always suggest coming along to classes or undertaking our 4 session home visit training. Puppies can often appear good and learning well during those first few months. However, if you don’t train them well, around distractions, once they get to around 6 – 8 months, their confidence grows and they can become a completely different dog. Suddenly the dog that always came back when you called, no longer listens to you. The dog that always sat when you asked starts ignoring you.
It’s so important to get this training in place at a young age, around all the distractions you will meet in life when out with your puppy.
We always take our own puppies to class training. It’s the only way to get enough distractions to be sure pup will listen wherever you are.
What age can my pup start classes?
Pups need to be vaccinated. Some vets are happy for pups to come after their first jabs, some like them to have both. We suggest you chat this through with your vet.
The sooner you start your training the easier it is. Training should start from the moment your pup arrives home to prevent bad habits forming. It’s much harder to break bad habits than to train good ones right from the start.
Should I have a home visit? What will this entail?
A home visit is always useful if you if you’ve not had a puppy before or if it’s been a long time since you had a puppy. During the home visit we will help you to get started on your training and make sure things like puppy biting and toilet training are taught correctly right from the start. Teaching puppy not to jump up right from day one. Making sure separation anxiety does not develop. How to use a crate. Correct feeding. And anything you need to know.
What are the dates of puppy courses?
A new 8 week puppy course starts every 2 or 3 weeks. If you let us know when pup will have his/her final vaccinations we let you know the start dates of the course closest to that date. All puppy classes are on weekends, Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning depending you your start date.
How much are classes?
The total for our 8 week puppy programme is £145 incl. VAT. This is payable one week before the start of the course and can be paid by BACS.
A home visit can be added to this to make a total of £215 incl. VAT.
Do I need to book?
Yes, you do need to book a place. We can send you a booking form by email or you can come along to watch a class and fill in a form if you like what you see.
What if it’s raining – do you cancel?
Generally we don’t cancel or postpone classes if it is raining. If it is torrential downpour then we do postpone for a week meaning the programme then runs over 9 weeks. It is very rare that this happens, despite the good old English weather.
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