We do also run puppy classes, puppy parties and workshops on an adhoc basis and if you're further away, then help is available by phone or skype etc.
Many puppy owners ask about when puppy training should start. The answer is simple - as soon as you get your puppy home - or indeed, you should be asking your breeder to ensure that they carry out some level of training and socialisation and life exposure - gently and carefully of course.
There's plenty of free help here - just follow the arrows below regarding where you are on your puppy training journey.
And new for this year (2019), we've started The Pawsability Puppy Programme, which will help you with all your training worries and deal with all the common puppy problems such as:
This puppy course is carefully customised to deal with your own individual puppy problems and concerns. The whole programme contains 4 separate lessons spanning 2-4 weeks and costs £100 if you travel to Argday or £150 if you wish the training lessons to be in your home. You also get free membership of the Pawsability Puppy group on facebook where you can discuss your joys and woes with others, and be assured that expert help is always on hand. And finally the package includes 2 hours additional free phone support. Depending on circumstances, there may also be the opportunity to team up with other puppies for socialisation opportunities.
All Anna's puppy training is fear free and kind - find about more about Anna's education and experience here. And most importantly, it's about helping you to fully understand what makes your puppy tick and how to help them grow into a happy puppy for all the family to enjoy.
Please just call or email for more information or to book - contact Anna for Puppy Training Here
And then we can get started on getting your puppy off to the right start in life.
For more information on various aspects of your puppy journey, please have a look below.
Where are you on your puppy journey?
Choosing the right type of puppy for your present life style and situation and carefully selecting where to get your puppy from is now more crucial than ever. It's so easy to grab a pup off some internet page. But please seriously think about whether that pup is going to be as healthy and emotionally balanced as it could be. Puppy farms are all over the place. And whilst many of us want our own dogs to have a litter, it's really important to know that who-ever is breeding your pup knows about inherited health problems and about early socialisation. Click here for more information on pre-puppy-help to ensure you get the best puppy.
socialisation and "life" training starts before you even get your puppy. It's really important that your puppy is exposed to all sorts of noises and people at a young age - before they are even 7 or 8 weeks old. I'd therefore recommend selecting a breeder that is bringing the puppies up in the kitchen, or busy room in the house, with children and adults around. Once you get your puppy home, you then want to continue with safe socialisation. Even better, read up on The Puppy Plan and get your breeder to sign up. (This is a carefully thought through programme, developed by Carolyn Menteith for the Kennel Club and Dogs Trust, to ensure that puppies start off life with the right kind of experience.)
One of the very first considerations is Toilet Training - Careful planning helps to ensure that they learn about toileting places as quickly as possible. So, it's best to be organised here so that your puppy never actually needs to do the toilet when they're in the house. Crate training can help to both give your puppy a secure den area to sleep and rest in, and also to help to keep their paws crossed for just a little longer. Crate training is not about just keeping your house clean. Read on for more information about how to house train your puppy.
Puppy parties can be an excellent way to get your puppy out and socialised with other puppies. However, many times puppy parties can just be a "rammy" - lots of puppies running chasing after each other and playing with toys. It's all great to watch... Unless your puppy is the timid wee one that just wants to hide under a chair. Or, conversely... unless your puppy is a bully and is causing other more timid puppies to feel anxious or scared. So do make sure to check before you join and if you are even in any doubt about what's going on then pick your puppy up and leave. Come back and chat about your questions and issues, but please don't allow keep your puppy in an environment where they are feeling then need to hide away or feel that your puppy is being a bit rought with the others.
Of course puppy socialisation is not just about playing with other dogs. Read more about puppy socialisation here.
When to train your puppy?
You should start to train your puppy as soon as you get them home. There's no point in waiting and letting them learn bad habits. The things that you'll need to be thinking about are
How to Train your Puppy - training your puppy to understand what you're asking, and to understand your house rules is crucial. So here, you want to consider the different phases:
Many puppies can be quite difficult, perhaps with toilet training or being very bitey or not settling at night. Please don't expect your puppy simply to grow out of this. It's really best to stop behaviours before they develop in a kind and careful way. So please seek out the help of a good reward based trainer or behaviourist to help you. Do ask questions about what methods they use. Be sure that you're happy.
Of course Anna can also help with any types of training problems that you're having with your puppy. Please just call or email and we can work out whether you'd just like some quicj help over the phone or whether a one off visit or indeed the puppy training progamme would be best for you.
Or, please have a look here at the extensive puppy training help notes.
Or, if you're on Facebook, please join the free Pawsability Puppy Help group there and post up your questions there.
Personal Puppy Training Help:
Puppy Help by phone and on-line
Anna is happy to answer your puppy questions.
1 to 1 / Private Puppy Training
Puppy 1 to 1 training and education sessions allow you the opportunity to really get your own questions and issues addressed to the fullest extent. Even if you're already going to or planning to go to classes, these sessions are an invaluable back up.
1-1 puppy training and education sessions take place at the Pet Behaviour Centre in Ardgay or in your own home, generally, and last for about 2 hours. They will help you to
Or, for a more comprehensive approach to your puppy training, please have a look at the Pawasbility Puppy Programme at the top of this page.
For more information, please do phone or email Anna.