Family Puppy Training
Welcome to Flexible Puppy Training for the whole family in Somerset
Family Puppy Training – for the whole family including toddlers
Bringing a puppy into a family with young children is very exciting but, sadly, it brings its own issues which traditional dog training classes do not address.
Young children and puppies love each other but it can soon end in tears when your puppy plays too hard and fast, starts play biting or jumping up.
Young children also love being able to tell the puppy what to do, but often the puppy only listens to the adults in the family, leading to frustration and tears.
It’s different with Peaceful Pups – we have the ultimate in Family Puppy Training Plans
It all starts with you and what you want for your puppy and from your puppy training.
We are very different to a traditional dog training club or school. We start with YOU.
What do you want your puppy to learn?
What skills do you and your puppy need to have so that you can live together in peace and harmony, free from the stresses that a boisterous puppy can bring?
This is not a one-size fits all training plan, it is specific to you and your family needs. It has been designed to easily fit into your daily life and around the whole family plus even small children will be able to join in.
So what are your priorities?
For most families, biting and jumping up are initially the most important issues, but once you get past them, what do you want?
Maybe it’s the Safety aspects, for example:
- Where to be when you are cooking so that you do not trip over and spill hot food and liquid onto you or your dog?
- Maybe it’s to not rush out through the front door into the busy road,
- Or for you to be able to go through doors without being pushed aside and for your children to be able to play and run without being knocked over?
What Manners are important to you?
- Do you and your family want to eat without your puppy sitting in front watching every morsel go into your mouth?
- What about making sure your puppy doesn’t pinch the ice-cream from your toddler’s hand – would that be useful?
- Do you want to be able to leave your plate of food on the table and pop out of the room knowing that it will be where you left it when you return and not in your puppy’s tummy?
Rules help us to live in harmony – what rules should your puppy learn?
- Do you want your puppy to be able to go upstairs?
- Do you want to exclude him from the dining room?
- Or maybe your puppy needs to learn that the sofa isn’t for him?
All these issues can be included in your plan if you want together with the traditional dog training activities such as Sit, Down, Walking on a loose lead and coming when called.
Now for the Fun!
That’s the necessities covered, now let’s think about the fun.
Fun activities are the activities that help build the bond between you and your dog, they are the cement that keeps everyone involved and working together.
Fun includes games and tricks but can also include activities that help you.
Imagine being able to get your puppy to find your child, your keys or glasses. Or what about carrying things for you?
What fun activities would you like to include?
And finally, we mustn’t forget that all important Socialisation
Socialisation is critical to ensuring that you can take your dog anywhere with you and that friends and family can visit. Socialisation does not just cover being able to play with other dogs and not growl at people. It includes sounds, surfaces, objects, other animals and all types of people. Did you know that if your dog is not used to seeing people wearing beards and glasses or carrying an umbrella, it can get upset or scare them?
So this family puppy training plan includes one or more socialisation trips where we go out to introduce your puppy to many of the situations that they may encounter in the future. For many families, they want to be able to take their puppy to a pub garden or coffee shop and be confident that it will behave perfectly. If this is something that you would like to do, then a trip out can be included.
How does it work?
Usually on my first visit, we discuss how you want to be able to live with your dog to decide what things must be included. Then we get down to the training. Most of the foundation behaviours will be started in the first session. Future sessions will continue to embed these behaviours and we will add other activities as we go. As this is flexible plan, you can add things as you decide about them.
Usually, the sessions are on alternate weeks to give you time to practise. Each session is normally around 2 hours but can be longer if there is a critical issue to cover.
I also provide all training instructions in writing so that you do not have to remember it.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions you will need depends on your circumstances and requirements.
If you are used to having dogs and puppies and just want help on a specific issue or to update your training knowledge, then one or two sessions may be enough.
If you are new to owning a puppy, then 5 or 6 sessions over a 12 week period seems to work best.
When can I start?
As this training starts in your own home, we can start from the week that you bring your puppy home before he has had the vaccinations. This way you will know you are starting off in teh right way.
Please note: As this is an intensive 121 training programme, I am restricted on how many puppies I can fit in, so at busy times (usually after Christmas, Easter and during the summer holidays) there may be a short waiting list.
How does Peaceful Pups compare to traditional puppy classes?
I realise it can be difficult to compare so I have drawn up a comparison list to help you. If there is something you want that doesn’t appear on the list, please just ask. I don’t bite.
|Activity||Most Dog Training Clubs||Peaceful Pups|
|Heel / Walk on a loose lead||Yes||Yes|
|Recall / Come||Yes||Yes|
|Search for food, toys or family members||Some clubs||Yes|
|Games to engage your puppy's brain||Some clubs||Yes|
|Behave on command (reactive)||Yes||Some commands|
|Teach your puppy to think for itself||No||Some behaviours|
|Stop puppy biting and nipping||No||Yes|
|Teach your puppy how to be calm||No||Yes|
|Manners around people||Some clubs||Yes|
|Manners around food||No||Yes|
|Manners around doors including cars||Some clubs||Yes|
|Whole family included (including toddlers)||No||Yes|
|When can you start?||After vaccinations||As soon as you bring your puppy home|
|Dog knows his name anywhere||No||Yes|
|How to exclude from your furniture||No||Yes|
|How to exclude from a room and the stairs||No||Yes|
|Safety first (when cooking)||No||Yes|
|Help with socialisation of sounds and situations||No||Yes|
|Training instructions in writing||No||Yes|
|Bespoke programme tailored to your needs||No||Yes|
|Support when you let your puppy off the lead for the first time||No||Yes|
|Support on dog walks||No||Yes|
|Help to prevent separation anxiety developing||No||Yes|
|Information on your puppy's growth phases||No||Yes|
|Help to get your puppy to behave everywhere||No||Yes|
I promise not to judge or tell you what to do with your puppy. If you want him on your bed and sofa, that is up to you. As long as it is not cruel or abusive to your puppy, it can be included.
I know it’s your home, your dog, your rules.