Puppy Training

 

Jayne with Jana

One to One Puppy Behavioural & Environmental Training

Jayne undertakes most of our puppy training, unless a client specifically asks for Peter. Many clients make contact with us when they are already experiencing problems with their puppy, such as mouthing, food aggression, early displays of separation anxiety, jumping up etc. Others contact us as soon as they get the puppy (or even before), so that they can start off correctly from the very beginning.

Depending on the nature of the problem, Jayne will conduct a home visit and if necessary will do one to one environmental sessions, just as we do with adult dogs. This shows the owner how to socialise the puppy correctly and make an early start on their leadership standards, so that the puppy does not go running off to every dog it sees. There are sessions showing how to accustom the puppy to traffic, cyclists, joggers etc and the work put in whilst the puppy is still very young, can be vital to its development into a well-balanced adult dog.

As stated, some owners only make contact when their puppy is already developing into a juvenile delinquent and the rehabilitation programme will then follow much the same pattern as for an adult dog. The first 14-16 weeks of your puppy’s life (otherwise known as the juvenile socialisation period), play a significant part in the way your puppy develops into an adult.

During this time, the puppy should interact with as many calm and friendly dogs and puppies of all ages, in a controlled manner. If you allow it unlimited and uncontrolled play with other dogs, your puppy will soon start to regard these exciting four-legged friends as being much more interesting than you are. Just as a child’s character is more or less completely formed by the age of five, a puppy’s character is more or less completely formed by the age of sixteen weeks. See Puppy Advice page at ABOUT, for information on the fear imprint period.

Puppy Training Classes and Parties

We do not conduct classes of any kind, focusing on one to one work whether you have an adult dog or a puppy. Many of these classes have sprung up over recent years, some of them conducted at veterinary practices where the instructor is often a veterinary nurse with limited behavioural or training experience.

Others are conducted at local village halls etc. and are fraught with potential problems for impressionable young puppies. We totally agree with the comments of well known TV personality and dog behaviourist Robert Alleyne of Dog Borstal fame, who has very strong views about the potential damage that these classes can do.

Many of the puppies attending these classes are likely to be tomorrow’s aggressive dogs, having either been bullied at a puppy class or been the bully. A puppy’s early training and socialisation needs to be focused on forming a bond with its human family (pack) leaders and being more interested in them, rather than wanting to run around boisterously with every dog it meets.

Puppies need to learn their canine socialisation skills with dogs of all ages and not with a group of similar aged puppies, some of whom may be boisterous and unruly. This is best achieved in a real world environment under the guidance of an experienced behaviourist/trainer if you feel that your own experience is lacking or you feel you need some expert guidance.

We would recommend that you strongly consider obtaining one to one help with your puppy, which will set you on the right path to happy dog ownership. It may be more expensive than classes, but in the long run it will prove to be a great investment in your puppy’s future and may save you even more money for behavioural rehabilitation work in the future. Of course, you may have such a level of experience that you do not need to do either.

If you still feel that puppy classes are the way to go, then we would strongly urge that you go along to view at least one session at your chosen class, before enrolling. If your request is declined, then you should walk away. If the trainer agrees and you witness calm interactions under well supervised and controlled circumstances, then you may have been fortunate to find one of the few effective puppy classes.

If you see lots of boisterous behaviour, excessive barking, bullying of the more reserved puppies and inappropriate trainer:puppy ratios, then walk away and consider consulting a one to one puppy trainer.

 

Booking An Appointment With Jayne

If after reading our comments, or perhaps witnessing first hand an unruly puppy training class, you wish to book a one to one consultation with Jayne (or Peter), do feel free to contact us on one of the contact numbers which are at the foot of this page for a free, no-obligation chat about your dog’s problems.

“I cannot recommend Jayne highly enough. She is worth every penny of her fee and worth her own weight in gold! My friends have all noticed the difference in Batman (French Bulldog puppy) and say how much calmer he is. He loves her, I love her and you will love her too. Honestly the best thing I ever did.” Aimee Raymond

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If you are experiencing problems with your adult dog, have a puppy who is developing behavioural issues, or simply want to give it the best start in life you can do no better than contacting Peter and Jayne Mounsey at Ashclyst.