Training is essential for every dog. The trainers can assist you with your training needs via group or private sessions.
If you would like to join our puppy classes – complete the ENROLMENT FORM at the end!
PUPPY TRAINING & SOCIALISATION CLASSES – BY THE SA DOG WELLNESS CENTRE
A warm welcome to you and your fur baby! Well done for being a responsible dog-owner. It is so important to get the newest member of your family off to the to right start!
What Age Should my Pup be?
8 Weeks or 2 weeks after 2nd vaccination (please get the ‘go ahead’ from your vet)
6 Weeks (40 minute session every Saturday morning for the 6 consecutive weeks)
9 am sharp
123 Maple Road
(opposite Kyalami Country Club)
BENEFITS OF PUPPY TRAINING CLASSES
Developing interaction skills with other people, puppies and new environments
Getting used to being handled (cuddled, examined, touched by owners and strangers)
Listening to and learning basic commands (’sit’, ‘down’, ‘stand’, ‘wait’, ‘off’)
Coming when called
Walking nicely on a lead
Greeting humans appropriately
Good eating manners (food bowl)
Fully participating member of the family
Setting healthy boundaries
Advice on healthy home habits
Reinforcing positive behaviour
Exposure to unsettling sounds (thunder storms, crackers etc.)
THE RUN DOWN
1. Warm, fun and friendly environment
It is important to us that everyone attending our classes feel comfortable and at ease.
Our stress-free environment makes is easy to learn and share experiences.
If your puppy can’t do all of the exercises please do not panic – we all progress at different rates.
Our trainer/s will attend to any questions you may have.
We expect for your puppy to bark, be naughty and make mistakes as they are just learning how to behave.
2. What can be achieved in classes
During classes, exercises will be explained and clearly demonstrated by the trainer.
You will then practice these exercises with your puppy and the trainer will assist you.
The following will be covered:
- Recall (come when called)
- ‘Sit’, ‘Down’, ‘Stand’
- Walk correctly on loose lead
- ‘Wait’ & ‘Stay’
- Basic heel work
- Socialization with adults, children and other puppies attending the class
- How to greet people correctly
- Getting used to being handled, examined and lifted by owners and strangers
- Food bowl, chew/bone manners
- Tips: setting healthy boundaries, teething, housebreaking, anxiety, anti-poisoning
There is a lot to cover in each class so you will only get a short time to practice each of the exercises.
It is therefore essential to practice all exercises for 2-3 minutes OFTEN every day at home!
3. Preparing your puppy
If you have to travel to classes by car, it is best to get your puppy used to car travel beforehand.
Traveling in cars can be an unsettling experience for young puppies, so we suggest that you prepare as follows:
- Play with your puppy and feed treats in the car when it is stationary to give pleasant associations with being inside
- Take your puppy on short trips, ending with a play session or walk
- Drive considerately
- Arrive early to allow your puppy to recover from the trip before class begins
Your puppy needs to be interested in working for the treats that you are offering during training classes.
For this reason, and to prevent bloat, it is not a good idea to feed your puppy just before the class.
Most puppies are a little overwhelmed by the experience of coming to class at first but they soon start to enjoy it.
Try to arrive at least 10 minutes before the training session starts.
This will give your puppy time to recover from the journey, stretch its legs and go to toilet before joining the class.
4. Disease control
It is important that your puppy is dewormed and vaccinated prior to attending classes.
We recommend that you discuss puppy training with your vet prior to signing up.
Puppies get thirsty after traveling, playing and eating treats, so please bring water and a water bowl.
5. What to bring
Puppy collar and lead (no harnesses)
Please put the collar on a few days before coming to classes so that your puppy is already used to it before attending.
Family and friends including any children over the age of 4 years old
Everyone is welcome, and the more people who attend, the more socialisation can be done.
Puppy treats (or you can ask for us to arrange these on your behalf at an additional fee)
These should be broken into very small pieces about the size of a pea so that your puppy does not become full too quickly.
Your puppy’s favourite toy (please ensure that this is an actual dog toy!)
Please avoid squeaky toys and toys that roll as these can cause a distraction for other puppies.
Water and a bowl
Please wear comfortable clothes and non-slop shoes
Poop bags (kindly clean up after your puppy if the need arises)
6. Words and signals
It is important to decide on the words and hand signals you will use to ask your puppy to do a particular action.
This will help to ensure that everyone is consistent and this will help avoid any confusion for your puppy.