Puppy Class

Wednesday evenings 7.00 - 7.45pm.

Puppy class is intended for pups aged up to 6 months at the start of the course. 

If you have booked and paid and do come along to our club we expect you to bring the pup, a normal soft collar and lead (not a flexi and not a chain – we will be asking you to drop the lead and let the pup run around dragging the lead behind for part of the time), and a good supply of small treats that really interest your dog (meaty chunks of chicken or sausage or little cubes of cheese usually work really well), and poo-bags just in case.

Don’t feed the pup just before you bring it; it will be more interested in the treats and be less likely to leave a “deposit” during the visit. Also, give it a short walk so it has an opportunity to “eliminate” - that means “do one” - before it arrives, and don't forget to bag it and bin it.

The most important things that your puppy will learn at puppy class are:
- to inhibit its bite,
- to happily encounter people,
- to happily encounter dogs.

In puppy class your dog will spend some part of each session running around off-leash with other dogs, at which time some of their play will involve biting. Other puppies are the very best teachers.
Your puppy will bite. This is good. When they hurt another pup it will yelp and the fun will stop. This way they learn to bite more gently so as not to stop the game.

“The more your puppy bites, the safer its jaws will be as an adult, since it will have had more opportunities to learn that biting hurts.” (Ian Dunbar)

In addition to this organised chaos (we like to call it socialisation) the puppy classes follow the Kennel Club’s Puppy Foundation Assessment scheme. This lays the foundations for a well-behaved dog.
The course includes 12 different exercises ... 

1. Responsibility & Care
2. Cleanliness & Identification
3. Attentive Response To Name
4. Puppy Play
5. Socialisation
6. Handling & Inspection
7. Puppy Recall
8. Basic Puppy Positions
9. Walking in a Controlled Manner
10. Stay for approximately 10 seconds
11. Take Article Away from the Puppy
12. Food Manners (take a treat without snatching)

Most dog-food brands are owned by a few major manufacturers.
     Mars: Pedigree, Cesar, Chappie, Frolic, Pal, Nutro, Greenies, James Wellbeloved, Royal Canin
     Nestle: Bakers, Bonio, Winalot, Beta, ProPlan, Purina One, Purina Veterinary Diets.
     Colgate-Palmolive: Hills Science Plan, Hills Prescription Diets.
     Proctor & Gamble: Eukanuba, Iams.

Are their premium dog-foods worth the money?
dog foods and rank them from highest to lowest rating and see how the big-name varieties stand at the excellent "All About Dogfood" website:
For example, Jollyes own-brand... "Lifestage grain-free puppy" has a nutritional rating of 82%, while Hills Science Plan scores in the 50's and Royal Canin scores in the 40's. No contest!

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