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Puppy Life Skills


Puppy Life Skills Classes are for puppies aged six months and under from the start date of the course. Our course content is designed to focus on socialisation, creating confident, resilient puppies and showing you, how to help your puppy to make positive introductions to the human world. We love to welcome families to training so that everyone can get involved, whether you’ve had puppies before or you’re a first-time dog owner, we’re here to help!

We do recommend that puppies are fully vaccinated before attending classes, as it is an outdoor space, with lots of wildlife, a high footfall of dogs and neighbouring livestock. Classes are restricted to no more than five puppies to allow for adequate training time, so spaces are limited.

If you are unsure about whether your puppy is suited to a class environment for any reason, please don’t hesitate to contact us prior to booking.

About our Puppy Life Skills Class

Keeping your dog’s mind active

What will you and your puppy learn?

Puppies enjoy different socialisation activities each week, alongside an introduction to basic training skills through games-based learning, which include sit, down, stay, the foundations of loose-lead walking and recall. We also trouble shoot those all-important puppy behaviours like biting and toilet training.

As a handler you will learn how to set your puppies up for success using different training techniques tailored to your individual puppy. How to assess your puppies’ mood, feelings and consequently how to understand and support them, creating the best relationship with your puppy and lasting results when training.

How to book

Does our Puppy Life Skills Class sound like the perfect class for you? Head over to our online booking page to find our next available dates and to secure your place!

Full payment is taken on time of booking to secure your place on the course. Once booked, you will be sent a confirmation email with further details of the class, however if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are unable to attend the course for any reason as places are limited.

Our Puppy Life Skills course is designed as a progressive series, and we hope that you will attend the complete course to make the most of the training. If you are unable to attend a session for any reason, please let us know as soon as possible. We will then supply information about the training given so that you are able to practice the training at home before the following session to avoid any disruption to your progress.

Classes at Pawsitive Intentions
Where will the training take place?

Training takes place in a secure paddock outdoors at Barton Under Needwood. Classes are rarely cancelled so you will need to dress appropriately for the weather. If the weather is unsuitable to train in, such as extreme heat or rain, the class will roll over to the following week and you will be notified as soon as possible. We recommend that puppies are fully vaccinated before the class due to wildlife accessing the paddock, high footfall of dogs and neighbouring livestock.

What methods do we use?

At Pawsitive Intentions Dog Training we use, modern, scientific reward-based dog training methods. This involves using food rewards or toys, alongside learning through play and games-based activities.

We prefer puppies to wear a harness, but a flat collar and lead is acceptable. Shock collars, choke collars and half choke collars will not be tolerated in class. We also ask that you do not bring extendable, figure of eight or slip leads to puppy classes, as these are not suitable for training in. If you do an alternative will be provided for you for the session. All other equipment will be provided on the course.

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