Puppy Training


It is important that your puppy receives adequate training and socialisation. Having a well behaved puppy that leads to a well behaved dog is what everyone wants.  Putting in the time in the first 6 months to a year will ensure this.  Do your research first and find out the best puppy training classes near to you.  For further information see below ...

Start Training - socialisation

As a starting point to training and socialisation we recommend you expose your puppy to the sights, sounds, smells and experiences of the world they are living in.  Reputable breeders will raise litters with their mums to the age of 8 weeks before leaving to start their new lives.  The best pups are those raised in a home environment meaning that they have already started to experience home life!

To help you we have a socialisation check list to guide you through this.  Click here.

What to look for when selecting a training class:

When looking for local dog training classes it is vital that you choose someone who 
uses reward-based training methods only. This means rewarding dog behaviours that are wanted and that you have requested from the dog.  

For a list of what to look for click here.

Accredited Trainers:

There is no national mandatory body which regulates dog training establishments, but there are organisations which accredit training schools for their positive training methods, through voluntary membership.  This is a useful bench mark and something to bear in mind when you do your research!

Under the umbrella of the organisation, their members follow a set of rules which include a code of conduct to provide puppies and dogs with a reward based training experience.  Membership also includes periodic reassessment to ensure standard continue to be met.

COAPE Association of Applied Pet Behaviourists and Trainers

COAPE members have to achieve a minimum of a Level 3 diploma and Companion Animal Behaviour and Training.  Students on the Level 5 Diploma course must complete their Level 4. Levels 4 - 6 of the Higher Diploma are regulated by OFQUAL and each level lasts one year.

Membership is restricted so COAPE can guaranteed the educational level of their members who follow a code of conduct which members agree to comply with voluntarily.

To visit the COAPE website click here.

Kennel Club - Accredited Instructor KCAI

The Kennel Club runs its own accredited scheme and lists instructors/trainers who are working towards or have completed their KCAI training.  Training involves study, assessments and exams and member need to keep their practice up-to-date.  They are periodically checked to renew their accreditation.  Members can branch out and take further qualifications in specific areas of dog training.

For more information visit the Kennel Club website, click here.

Institute of Modern Dog Trainers - IMDT

IMDT membership is restricted to graduates from their own course.  Members must follow a code of conduct and are reassessed periodically.

Association of Pet Dog Trainers (UK) - APDT

APDT offer training courses for trainers, membership of this association is based upon a rigorous assessment which includes a written, practical and oral assessment.   Members must follow a code of conduct and are reassessed periodically.

To visit the APDT website click here.

Association of Pet Behaviour Councillors - APBC

Its worth noting that the treatment of behaviour problems in dogs (cats, horses and other companion animals) is a highly specialised field that requires qualified professional help.  The APBC represents a network of behaviour counsellors that have achieved the highest proven academic and practical standards available in the field of companion animal behavioural therapy.  Their members abide by a strict code of conduct and continually develop their professional knowledge in the light of new research so that clients and the vets who refer them can be assured they receive the latest expert advice at a reasonable cost.  The APBC is also an educational provider and continues to promote the pratice of pet behaviour therapy to improve the welfare of all companion animals.

Members of the APBC are highly respected by the veterinary profession.  Behaviour councellors will only accept cases following a full clinical examination by a vet and subsequent referral.  Some medical conditions can be the cause of behavioural changes in animals and for the welfare of the pet it is important to rule this out first, this would include medical conditions such as hyperthyroidism, brain conditions and testicular tumours.   There are a number of APBC members how are also veterinary surgeons.

We therefore recommend seeking the advice of your vet first.  

Simple behaviour concerns can be dealt with in many cases following advice and support from our staff at our practice.  Otherwise we would recommend referring you to a APBC pet behaviour counsellor.

To visit the APBC website click here.

Local Training Classes

There are a number of training classes locally.  Over the years a number of staff members have taken their own puppies to these classes, but we strongly recommend you visit the class before bringing your puppy for its first lesson.   For the local training list click here.

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