- start class now, or book and come when your pup is 10 weeks old
- take the mystery out of having a puppy
- practice real life situations every week
- meet more puppies and more puppy owners
- progress at your own rate
- four weeks long
- experienced instructors take the class
- all based on a programme designed by Karen de Wit
The programme includes:-
- Basic training like sit, down, the recall, mat training, follow me.
- Practical tips and advice - toilet training, barking and biting etc
- General health care advice
- Boredom busters and enrichment ideas
- Socialisation and interaction with people and dogs.
- Handling tips for grooming and health.
- Guidance around how children and puppies should interact.
The info that we received from your course set me up with
the initial skills and knowledge to start training.
Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge, and all the information within your website.
Our next adventure starts with Good Canine Citizen which I know we will both take away more learnings and have a great fun time (Clive)
Thanks so much for the course and sending the photo through.
You've been an excellent teacher.
Have a great day. (Bevan)
We took our puppy to the Vet and she pulled us in and got straight up on the scales. Thankyou...you are a great teacher! (From Storms owner)
Puppy or soft toy??
The goal of socialisation is that puppies have lots of positive experiences, not bad or neutral ones.
You need to see what your puppy's response is to new things, not what it is and react appropriately.
If puppy tries to attack it, run away from it or freezes when exposed to something new it needs more work.
A puppy that is calm, relaxed, explores and is playful with and without food is responding appropriately.
Often a good guide is that if your puppy cannot take food in the presence of the "thing" then it isnt coping well.
A checklist for socialisation is given to all puppy owners and includes exposure to :- handling, different types of people, unfamiliar dogs, other animals species, new surfaces, different sounds, objects that roll, manmade objects that might be held, pushed etc, new places.
Whilst taking the time to get your puppy out and about, read this article about socialisation. which reminds us to keep it in perspective and to remember that the real aim of dog ownership is to create a dog that loves to be with you.
Dogs learn quicker if you use a clicker!!
We sell box clickers. $5 each. For large numbers please enquire.
Puppy class graduates, Kaiapoi 2021
Puppy class graduates 2018
Cuda, Ginny and Junior graduated in September. The two Rottweiler brothers had the loveliest nature's and Cuda wasnt shy about wearing a woolly hat on a cold night!
Below: August graduates - Archie and Lotus
Above; First Puppy pre-school graduates of 2018: Winston, Bailey, Archie, Koby and Doug
Below right: David and his lovely wee puppy Kona at graduation. She was a very good girl on her final night with her loose lead walking and coming when called!
Above: Saber graduated in March
above left: Sam & Nicola
Below left: Pango & Christine
and Above: Bindi & Lee family
Recent graduates in Upper Hutt, May 2021
Craig and Ted, Murray and Izzy
July graduates: Poppy the Rottweiler, Enzo the Labx and Axel the Airedale
The amount of the refund will depend upon how many weeks have been attended.
If you have paid and pull out before class begins an administration fee will be charged.
One week attended: partial refund, plus administration fee charged.
2 or more weeks attended: no Refund