Dogs Trust

Training Classes

Puppy Classes

Puppy Classes

For puppies aged 18 weeks or younger at the first week of class.

In Week 1 of Dog School Puppy Class

We will start to teach you:

  • Why we use food as a reward
  • About how your puppy learns new things
  • How to deal with some common puppy problems, such as mouthing or chewing.
  • All about socialising your puppy

 We will start to teach your puppy:

  • To settle down and relax in class
  • To pay attention to you and respond to their name
  • Sit down and lie down when asked
  • To interact and play with you and a toy (if they are ready)
  • Come back to you when called (to start with from just a very short distance away).

In Week 2 of Dog School Puppy Class

 We will teach you:

  • To make sure your puppy will be relaxed when left alone.
  • To ‘read’ what your puppy is telling you and recognise if they are worried.
  • How to make sure your puppy has positive interactions with other dogs

We will also work on teaching your puppy:

  • To be handled by you, and if they are doing well, by other people as well
  • To develop more social skills by playing with other puppies.

To start to learn how to walk nicely on the lead

In Week 3 of Dog School Puppy Class

We will teach you:

  • The importance of being consistent and predictable with your puppy
  • How to deal with some common puppy problems, such as mouthing or chewing.
  • All about house training
  • To set up environments so your puppy easily learns the right response.
  • How to make sure your puppy is not worried about people approaching stuff they value (like their food or toys).

We will also work on teaching your puppy:

  • How to walk nicely on a lead, with distractions!
  • To get used to more handling, including veterinary type examinations
  • How to come back when called, even when there are other pups to play with!

To give up something nice in return for something even nicer!

In Week 4 of Dog School Puppy Class

We will teach you:

  • How to teach your puppy to do -lots of different behaviour that you like.
  • To set up environments so your puppy easily learns the right behaviour.
  • About practicing behaviours in lots of different situations!
  • To teach your puppy house rules and ‘polite’ behaviours

We will also work on teaching your puppy:

  • To be relaxed with an increasing volume and range of noises
  • Some “tricks”!
  • How to walk nicely on the lead in lots of situations
  • To get even better at walking on a loose lead and coming back to you whatever is going on!
  • To wait politely before going through a doorway

In Week 5 of Dog School Puppy Class

  • We recap the key messages that have been covered in the previous weeks
  • We talk about how these skills should be taken forward and developed to make sure your puppy continues to learn as he gets older.
  • We use some time in week 5 to check that you are not having any problems with your puppy so we can give you some more guidance on this if needed.

We also teach you and your puppy:

  • How to wean your puppy off only working for treats
  • How to get your puppy to greet people with four paws on the ground
  • The importance of keeping your puppy’s mind busy