Got a question about our puppy class?  You may be able to find the answer here.  If not, please do contact us for more information or advice.

How old does my puppy have to be?

We recommend that your puppy is at least 10 weeks old before enrolling.  In any case, your puppy must have completed the first part of its vaccination programme and you will need to bring confirmation of this from your vet.  Some vets may recommend completing the whole vaccination course before joining classes and you should seek advice from your own veterinary professional.

Do I have to come every week?

Our Puppy Foundation courses are designed to ensure you and your puppy cover all the basics and to gradually build on your progress week on week.  Therefore we expect you to attend each week of the 6 week course.  Please speak to your trainer if circumstances beyond your control prevent you from attending.

Is there homework?

The puppy classes are aimed to point you in the right direction when training and socialising your puppy.  It is up to you to carry this on at home so that you both get the very best out of the course.  Training at home shouldn’t to be formal.  Very little and often is the key.  Make training fun.  The more you put into it, the better your puppy will respond and the more you will get out of the classes.

What if I have any questions or concerns?

You are always welcome to raise questions or concerns with any of our instructors and we will do our very best to help and advise. 

Everyone is given a booklet with helpful hints and advice.

Is there an exam at the end of the course?

No, but your trainer will assess your progress during the 6 week course to ensure that you are given all the help you need to succeed with the basics of puppy training.  Puppies who successfully complete the Puppy Foundation Assessment course will be awarded their very own rosette and KC Good Citizen puppy certificate.

Where to next?

Once you have completed your Foundation Course, and have reached the necessary level, you can join our Intermediate Class where you and your dog can expand on the obedience work previously learned and add new and slightly more advanced commands such as retrieve, go to bed, walk to heel off lead, stop and more.

If you still feel you are not quite ready, you can continue with the puppy class, paying on a weekly basis until you and your trainer agree you have acquired the skills to move up a stage