This page is primarily about puppy training. We can also help with problem behaviour in young or adult or dogs, but it’s a different process. Our dog behaviour page is here.
Puppy Training – getting your puppy off to a confident and good start
Leadchanges offers you a clear and logical programme to help you help your puppy on his or her way to being a good canine citizen and everything you need to know is taught in your home ready to take your puppy into the big wide world where he or she can join in other classes and fun activities. Most people wait until their puppy can attend group classes but by then issues can have already set in. Sometimes a group class is too overwhelming especially for shy puppies and they need their confidence built up before entering a group situation. There are also issues such as house training that I often see people want to fix in a group class or training group situation, but this is something that is most logically and best taught in the home. On the whole, a group is not the best place to start, it’s where you want to go after the basics are in place.
The foundations are laid so that your puppy will learn automatic sits and how to progress to down, how to walk with you on the leash, be polite around people, grow confident and avoid jumping up. It prepares your puppy for being left alone and helps you understand the basics of puppy and dog psychology so that you can watch out for and avoid the pitfalls of things like fear periods which puppies go through at various times during their first two years.
Of course socialisation is essential, but you can lay all the foundations for your dog from day one and before he or she is going out and about regularly after the initial vaccinations. Guidance is also given about what kind of classes to look out for and how to choose the right kind of puppy socialisation class to ensure your puppy continues to have good experiences. Additional guidance includes:
Checklist for socialisation – dogs, humans and things
- How to avoid resource guarding
- Building confidence to prevent separation anxiety
- How to help your puppy through chewing phases and to continue bite inhibition
- What fear periods are and how to deal with them
- Stages of puppy and young dog development
- Recall exercises
- Leash walking and walking exercises
- Introducing a puppy to other dogs – how to meet and greet politely
- What play should look like
Please note: socialisation is very important and meeting other dogs that are vaccinated and in a healthy environment should not put your puppy at risk. The risks of not socialising should, in my personal opinion, override almost any other consideration. It is worth checking current outbreaks of any canine diseases in your area and speak to your local Vets about this in order to make a decision. Find owners with healthy, vaccinated dogs that can act as good, calm role models.My own dogs can also be brought to meet your puppy at an additional session if owners wish.
Puppy Foundation Session (2½-3 hrs) £90.00
Session includes the following – consult and practical training, written personalised puppy programme for your dog, video clips and links to refer back to and ongoing free email/phone support for three months.
There are no travel charges applicable for those who live up to an hour and 15 mins away (usually around 85km).
Travel outside this radius – 25p per km.