If you’re looking for puppy classes in Lincoln, then you’re in the right place!
Pet Potential provide small and friendly group training classes at South Hykeham village hall, for puppies aged 9 weeks to 5 months, who have had their first set of vaccinations.
Our 7 week Puppy Foundations course gives you over 8 hours of professional training support, a free training book and goodie bag, as well as a certificate with rosette upon completion.
Puppies learn all the time, from everything around them. So let’s make sure they learn well!
To book onto our Puppy Foundations course, please click here.
Our Puppy Foundations course will give you:
- The training skills and confidence you deserve
- A relationship with your puppy you dream of
- A well-mannered puppy, wherever you go
- A puppy to be proud of!
What you can expect from our Puppy Foundations course: Simple exercises and easy to understand explanations to make learning fun for both you and your puppy.
We’ll cover all the basics you might expect, like training for sit, stay, and down; as well as how to teach your puppy to come to you when called, to walk calmly on a lead without pulling, to leave things they shouldn’t have, and to stop those annoying and frustrating behaviours like jumping up, barking for attention, and biting.
Our Puppy Foundations course costs just £120 to get the best training and advice for a well-mannered puppy you’ll be proud of, and walk away as a happy and confident puppy owner!
To book onto a puppy course, please click here.
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
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.
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