Which Puppy Class is for me?
“Sit, Down, Heal Are these the life skills your puppy needs?
As a new puppy owner, you can often feel completely overwhelmed in the first few weeks. Lots of people try to be helpful by making suggestions about the best way to live with your puppy. From feeding, exercise and training. So where can you look to find the right type of class to start you and your puppy off on the right paw?
Annoyingly, “it depends”, is the most honest answer we can give you. There are lots of options out there, and it can, like lots of things dog-related, feel like a minefield to navigate through.
Group puppy classes have really evolved dramatically over the last decade or two, and there has been a shift to focus more on the skills they need in the environment they live in rather than behaviours ‘we have always taught’, such as sit, down etc.
We are very proud members of organisations which have assessed our experience, knowledge and ability to teach in ‘kind, fair and effective’ methods, using positive reinforcement but we are even more proud of the curriculum we now teach. We focus on connection, between you and your puppy, building trust, giving you skills on how-to guide and support them instead of control and punish them.
- Your puppy learns how to walk with you, not because they have to, but because they want to.
- Your puppy learns how to become confident.
- Trust they are listened to and become an active participant in their own health and veterinary care.
- Not to mention comes back when asked.
- Most importantly though, you learn to be able to read them effectively and accurately, in order to support them in all aspects fo their life.
How do we achieve this, I hear you ask?
We keep our class sizes small, to a maximum of 6, we have an instructor and at least one assistant always. We teach and coach you where your puppy will be most successful, your home, this way your puppy can relax between exercises and above all else we adapt how we train to every single puppy and human handler.
nounplural noun: life skills
- a skill that is necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life.“sharing with a sibling can help children learn important life skills”
These are the skills we focus on, and we are not alone. There are so many amazing classes around now. Ask what the core skills are they focus on teaching, ask how many puppies can attend and what the ratio is of puppies to instructors, then watch a class, see how you feel, go with your gut (just make sure you’re not hungry at the time or you may rush the decision: True fact).
So how do you find these magic classes we speak of?
Well now we are completely online they are here for EVERYONE to access and get the very best for their puppies.
Good luck. And if you’d like to join our group classes check out the next dates here https://believeinmagic.dog/puppy-training/ they fill up fast but we get some fantastic feedback from clients on them.