COVID-19 UPDATE – 3RD LOCKDOWN. DURING THIS PERIOD (JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2021) ALL LESSONS WILL BE VIA ZOOM. AS SOON AS WE CAN RESUME IN PERSON LESSONS WE WILL. Don’t put off training your puppy during lockdown. 6 weeks is a huge chunk of your pups life and an important period. If you put off training until we come out of lockdown then you could find you have a lot of problems to put right. Problems such as jumping up, pulling on lead and not coming when called, to name just a few.
The sooner you get started with your training when you get a puppy the better. And even though we are in lockdown and not able to meet in person, you can still start puppy classes and learn the skills needed to train your pup. We can do this very effectively by Zoom.
Learning online is as efficient as doing classes in person. It is very effective, infact I believe it is better, as there are no distractions so you see success quicker, plus you get to train in the warm rather than standing in a wet cold field.
I know there will be people who think “yes but what about socialisation?”. Well let me tell you a bit about my classes when we are not in lockdown. We still don’t let the pups play and have meet and greet sessions. Why? Because i believe it is important you build a bond with your pup through training and play. If you let your pup learn they can have more fun with other dogs then you will soon have a poor recall and have a dog who, when in the park, runs off to play with all the other dogs and ignores your call to come back. Socialisation will be discussed in depth during the course and its probably not what you are thinking.
Sometimes having a puppy, as wonderful as it is, can feel like a real challenge. Even those who have had dogs before forget what hard work it is having a puppy in the house dealing with things like toilet training, biting & chewing and those mad puppy half hours.
Covid – 19 Update: while we are training via zoom during lockdown, you can start classes when your pup is 8weeks old as you will be attending the lessson from the comfort of your own home. Our puppy classes are for pups who are fully vaccinated which means your pup needs to have had both vaccinations and ideally a gap of at least a week between the 2nd vaccine and coming to class. This means that puppies can usually start from around 11 of age. Puppies must be 18weeks or under at week one of the 6 week course, however the earlier you start your training journey the better. Most pups are aged around 11-14weeks when they start at my classes. I can really recommend booking the puppy package which consists of the 6 week in person puppy course as well as the 39 instructional videos giving a step by step guide in how to train your pup. Also includes a E-Book which contains 40 pages of help sheets. This means you get help and guidance from the day you bring your puppy home and can start your training before your puppy is fully vaccinated and able to come to class. The step by step videos are also useful as a reference inbetween lessons and the 40pages of help sheets provide extra help in the form of extra tips and a ‘how to’ for each exercise. The videos in the online course also cover things like housetraining, teething, biting, exercise, mental enrichment, socialisation and the first night. I offer a reduction on the group classes to anyone who wants to take advantage of the puppy package, so if you are interested, give me a call and I will arrange the discount price for you.
The group classes will start on the date you choose in the drop down box and then will be for 6 weeks in total on the same day and time. Some of the courses are spread over 7 or 8 weeks as there may be dates I cannot do. If this will be a problem for you, do give me a call to check if your course will be affected. It is not possible for you to swop between different classes.
My aim is to provide calm and carefully supervised classes providing the ideal environment for puppies to learn. We do not use aversive methods, harsh handling or unpleasant things such as squirt bottles or choke chains. Your dog will never be hurt, frightened, provoked or made to feel anxious. Everyone wants a happy, well-behaved pup and this can be achieved by teaching him good manners using kind, reward based methods. Interactions with other puppies are carefully controlled so that all puppies benefit from the experience and learn good social skills. This is not a free for all, with all pups running around off lead! The best way to socialise your puppy is to teach him how to behave appropriately around other dogs, which is NOT to be a royal pain in the backside every time you see another dog. You want your puppy to be able to be around other dogs without feeling the need to interact with every dog. They need to learn they don’t always get to say hi.
Be aware of poorly run puppy socialisation classes with unsupervised off lead play as these can be worse than not attending any training classes at all. Allowing puppies too much off lead play or the wrong sort of play, does nothing to help your pup grow into a sociable adult dog. It doesn’t take long for some puppies to learn to bully with others becoming fearful, possibly resulting in the need to use defence aggression. At our puppy training school, very occasionally puppies are allowed to play together, but this is not the focus of the lessons as play can quickly get out of hand and become inappropriate. We prefer to concentrate on confidence building, life skills & basic obedience, manners, polite behaviour, self-control and husbandry. Socialistion isn’t about getting puppies to interact with all other dogs, its about teaching them how to behave in the presence of other dogs, which should include ignoring them as well as saying hello. The key to appropriate socialisation is teaching your pup they don’t always have to say hello! Socialisation isn’t about interacting with everything, its about being exposed to things in an appropriate safe and beneficial manner. Pups should learn they don’t (and shouldn’t) always get to say hello.
This is a 6 week course. The cost of this course is £95. *****Special offer***** Purchase the online course and get the in-person course for £75. By purchasing the online course you will have access to 39videos which give a step by step guide to training your pup and 40 page E-Book which means that you will have access to everything we cover in class, plus much much more. You can watch the videos as many times as you like at a time to suit you.
During the 6 weeks of puppy school you will be shown how to teach your pup the basic cues such as sit; down, impulse control, walking nicely on the lead, coming back when called, controlled greetings, jumping up, housetraining, mouthing/biting & nipping, how to settle and teach you how to prepare puppy for a life time of handling at vet visits. If you start teaching your puppy how to respond and act when they’re young you will make it a lot easier as they grow into adolescents and then on to adulthood. If you would you like to train your puppy using a modern approach to training based on positive reinforcement methods then this is the class for you.
NOTE: IF WE GO INTO ANOTHER LOCKDOWN DURING COVID-19 WE WILL CONTINUE THE LESSONS VIA ZOOM. WE WILL NOT BE ISSUING REFUNDS SO PLEASE DO NOT BOOK THIS CLASS IF YOU WOULD NOT WISH TO DO THE LESSONS VIA ZOOM SHOULD THIS BECOME NECESSARY.
Class numbers are limited with just 4-6 puppies maximum. Covid-19 update – During this period class numbers are limited to 4 pups.
Children of 8 years and above are welcome at puppy class but full adult supervision is required, so two adults will need to attend when bringing both a puppy and a child. If you would like to attend training with children under the age of 8yrs then you will need to book 1-2-1 lessons rather than group classes. We have found that children under the age of 8yrs often get bored and can then become disruptive which is not fair on the other people in the classes. Please note our training venue is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs and their are no toilet facilities on site.
We are lucky to be able to hold the classes at Holiday Home for Pets, East Ogwell, near Newton Abbot. Please be mindful that this is private property and not owned by the Ogwell Dog Trainer, so please respect it is someones home.
Please be aware, because we keep our class numbers small, once booked onto a course you cannot transfer onto a different date or time and any lessons missed or cancelled are not refunded.
Please make sure you pay for the course at the time of filling out the order form. Placing the order does not guarantee you a space on the course. Spaces are only confirmed once payment has been received. Your space will be cancelled if payment not received within 24hrs.
PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU USE SAT NAV THE POSTCODE WILL TAKE YOU TO WITHERIDGE FARM WHICH IS JUST A FEW MINUTES AWAY FROM US BUT ON THE WRONG ROAD! YOU NEED TO LOOK FOR WESTHILL ON CROFT ROAD.
From Newton Abbot: Take the Totnes main road (A381). Follow the road to the mini roundabout by the cemetery. Turn right to Ogwell. Follow this road down into the dip and then all the way to the top of the hill. At the top you get to a junction (Ogwell Green), take the first turning on the right, signposted East and West Ogwell. Come down the hill into the village and take the first turning on the right, by the phone box and village memorial hall. Stay on the road for approximately 3/4 mile. You will now be on a country lane leaving the village behind. Keep going and you will find us on the right hand side 3/4 mile from the village hall and approximately 2 miles (about 10 minutes) from Newton Abbot.
From Dyrons, take the Ashburton road (A383) for about a mile. Turn left into Orchard Grove, opposite the car wash. Then next left into Chercombe Bridge Road. Follow the country lane for 1 mile. Take the next left signposted Ogwell. You will find Holiday Home for Pets at the top of the hill on the left.