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Our 7 week foundation puppy courses are suitable for puppies aged 9 to 18 weeks old at the start of the course. They are designed to cover what you need to be doing right now in terms of your puppy’s training and socialisation needs, conducted in a fun and safe learning environment.
NOTE: Puppies can start our classes seven days after their first vaccination … the behavioural benefits of taking part in a well-run puppy course ahead of the second vaccination, has been shown to outweigh any potential health risks. Puppies not having completed their vaccination programme must not walk on the ground outside of the venue and are to be carried into and out of the hall to and from vehicles.
Puppy classes help to teach good habits and manners with positive training that will last a lifetime. At this important stage in your puppy’s life we focus on early intervention to help prevent future behaviour problems, build confidence and real life skills – everything you need to prepare your puppy for a happy, stress-free life.
The course begins with a welcome meeting on the first week when owners are taught how dogs learn, how to read a dog’s body language, the importance of socialisation and a brief introduction into the benefits of training. The following 6 weeks with your puppy cover:
- Basic puppy care
- Confidence building and socialisation
- Appropriate good manners when meeting new people and new dogs
- Basic skills including: sit, down, stay, leave, drop/give
- Walking nicely on a loose lead
- Come when called
- Fully managed off lead play sessions to develop social skills, confidence and regulate over-excited play
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You are very welcome to pop along and watch a class (without your puppy) so that you can be confident that you will be happy to train with Pet Potential in the future. We welcome children to our classes, and do not use any harsh punitive methods (dogs are never pushed into positions, only a flat collar/harness and lead, and food rewards and toys are used). You will also have lots of attention during classes as we have no more than 6 puppies in a class, together with one instructor and up to two experienced helpers.
Puppy Classes and Vaccinations
Socialisation is an extremely important aspect of a puppy’s development. Research shows that participation in puppy classes (when well-run like ours) helps to minimise potential problems that could develop as a puppy matures (e.g. problems associated with fearfulness and anxiety). This is why puppies can start our classes seven days after their first vaccination.
The behavioural benefits of taking part in a well-run puppy course ahead of the second vaccination, has been shown to outweigh any potential health risks. Whilst potential risks to health need to be considered, such risks are minimal compared to the huge benefits of attendance at well-run puppy / socialisation classes. Research published in 2013 shows vaccinated puppies attending classes were no more at risk of Parvovirus infection compared to puppies that did not attend a class.**
Kennel Cough vaccinations: Please note that if your puppy has had a vaccination against kennel cough, this is a live vaccine and your puppy is potentially infectious to other dogs for a period of time after they have had their vaccination. Therefore, please do not bring your dog to private lessons or group classes for at least 7 days after they have been vaccinated for kennel cough or 7 days after they last sneezed or coughed following the vaccine, whichever is the longest time. Kennel Cough is highly infectious and is caught by your dog breathing in or sniffing where an infected dog has been. You should also be aware that even after being given a Kennel Cough vaccine, dogs can still contract kennel cough, albeit a milder form and will be infectious while shedding the infection.
Stepita, M.E., Bain, M.J. and Kass, P.H. (2013) Frequency of CPV infection in vaccinated puppies that attended puppy socialization classes. Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association, 49(2): 95-100