Can I bring my children to your classes?
Well behaved children are very welcome in my classes.
They offer the opportunity for puppies without children at home to socialise. The children enjoy watching the puppies and are often better than their parents at the training! May be able to accommodate children that are nervous of dogs by sitting them behind a “fence”.
What happens if my puppy is frightened?
It is essential to carefully socialise a nervous puppy.
Nervousness in a puppy can sometimes develop into fear aggression as an adult. Your puppy should be happy to greet things. Nervousness, although common and sometimes expected, is important to resolve. It is quite normal for puppies to be a bit nervous when first joining the class. For most puppies this lasts seconds as they get a chance to assess the situation and relax before going off lead to play. Often even the most nervous puppies end up playing happily in the first session but it is important not to rush them. Occasionally a puppy watches at first from the safety of your lap. Nervous puppies are carefully monitored and socialised so that they join in with the play when they are ready.
What happens if my puppy is too boisterous?
As well as teaching puppies they have no need to be frightened, an essential part of the class is teaching the puppy manners in play.
The puppies learn that to continue playing they need to be polite. They will be prevented from being too rough and encouraged to play politely.
Which breeds attend?
The classes are open to all legal breeds.
It is essential for your puppy to socialise with all types of breeds so that they can recognise the different looks and body language restrictions some breeds have. Your puppy will find puppies of the same breed easiest because they were socialised with mum and litter mates. Often unlikely pairings are formed through play. Puppies tend to pair up to those with similar attitudes rather than looks and size.
Which treats are good?
Treats need to be highly palatable (tasty), small and quick to eat.
You can use your dog’s food but for harder situations you may need something tastier. See Liver Cake Recipe.
Do you use Reward Based Methods?
The Behaviour Clinic only uses positive reward based methods.
The recommended positive Behaviour Therapy techniques are designed to be carried out by people of all ages and abilities.
Do I need classes or a 1:1?
If you are unsure please contact us for advice.
Is there a maximum group size for Group Sessions?
Yes, 6 in the maximum number of dogs.
This ensures that each dog and owner receive enough 1:1 attention and assistance.
Does the whole family need to be present during a 1:1 behaviour consultation?
It is helpful if all family members are present during the consultation.
With the possible exception of young children if it is hard to concentrate when they are around. A DVD in a different room works well. Sometimes it is essential that the children are present, if unsure please contact us. If someone is unable to attend the consultation handouts are provided and we are always happy to go over things via telephone or email.
How will I remember everything?
Handouts are always provided so that you can re-read the information at home.
How do I know if I need a referral?
Please contact us if you are unsure after reading the 1:1 Behaviour Consultations page.