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How to select a puppy class

Unless a school has been recommended to you, it is a good idea to visit a class without your dog. Here are few hints and tips to be looking for from a good puppy school:

  • Puppies should all be in a the aged range of 13-20 weeks at the start of the course.
  • The school environment should be clean and hygienic, preferably indoors.
  • Only positive training techniques should be used. Avoid classes that advocate use of metal collars, choke chains or any means that requires punishment or domination – all now considered ineffective as well as unpleasant.
  • Puppies should have plenty of opportunity to play together off the lead.
  • Classes should not be a free for all. All puppies should be frequently asked to settle during sessions.
  • Look at the puppies, are they having a good time !
  • Ask if children are able to attend. They are often able to spend a lot more time with your puppy than you can, so it is a good idea for them to learn good training practices as well as you.
  • Does the training allow time after the class to ask questions or discuss any concerns you might be experiencing.
  • Good puppy schools also cover other important areas such as preparing your puppy for vet visits and conditioning them to strange sounds (fireworks, thunder storms etc).