At VetLove ‘we LOVE puppies’, nothing makes us go all mushy and goo goo than when a new puppy visits our clinic for the first time. If you have had the pleasure of owning a puppy before or this is your first time, you will know the first few months of puppy parenting can be very exciting but also challenging.
Puppy Love Academy is run by experienced veterinary nurses with an interest in behaviour, training and healthcare. Our aim is to support and educate you within a safe, positive and comfortable environment. Our instructors aim to give you the tools required to develop a strong relationship with your puppy by giving you realistic expectations through the understanding of their behaviour, communication and learning skills, allowing them to become a real part of your family.
Your first class is ‘human only’ attendance where you will learn everything you need to ensure your puppy’s training starts off on the right ‘paw’.
What To Bring To Your Class
Your puppy’s vaccination certificate All puppies’ must be up to date with their vaccinations and have had at least one vaccination two weeks prior
to starting session two.
1-2 family members may attend (due to limited space in the class)
NO puppy First class is ‘human only’ attendance
Flat collar and light lead No check chains, please
A variety of treats It's recommended you feed half your puppy's dinner prior to class to ensure your puppy wants to learn.
Like any school certain rules need to be put in place to ensure that all students have fun and get the most out of their class, this is no different with puppies. 8-16 weeks of age is the essential time of your puppy’s life. During puppy school they will learn vital communication and socialisation skills within a controlled environment. During this stage early life experiences will influence how your puppy will communicate, play and learn as they continue into their adulthood.
You will notice our classes have different size puppies, it’s important that all puppies are socialised around different breeds and sizes to develop positive social skills.
Our trainer only recommends using positive reinforcement techniques to ensure your puppy stays positive throughout their development. Puppy school is not only about properly socialising your puppy it’s also about educating the family on how to troubleshoot any undesired behaviours you may be experiencing.
Just like humans we need practice to excel at something therefore, the more time you spend training your puppy the more consistent they learn. At a young age we only suggest spending 10-15 minutes at a time training your puppy to keep the experience positive.
What will you learn?
A good first paw on the ladder of life
A dogs natural instincts and understanding your breed
Communication and being a ‘pawsitive’ leader – Family meeting