“I came to Pets great and small with my 10 week old dalmatian puppy. I started the pro puppy course and then moved onto good dog level 2. My puppy and I have enjoyed every session and now I have the best behaved and lovable pup. I have recommended pets great and small to a few friends who also have puppies and have heard nothing but positivity from them and how amazing their pups are progressing. I would recommend to anyone and will also be using pets great and small for my recently rehomed 4 year old 😁”
Personal Puppy training near Reading
If you want a different style of training to being in a stuffy hall surrounded by lots of other owners and their pups. If you want to have an approach that allows you to take training at your own pace and provides you with all the necessary skills for a well mannered and confident puppy then Personal puppy training is for you.
Personal Puppy training provides you with a personal trainer who is not distracted by other puppies. You can focus your efforts on improving your puppy’s behaviour and training them to be a well mannered, confident dog.
All of your family can attend the training or just one person, it’s entirely up to you and it will take place in either the comfort of your own home/garden or in a park/secured area. It allows you the ability to be able to ask all your questions and learn at yours and your puppy’s pace.
Instead of notes on what we cover each time we meet, your exercise practice will be videoed and posted on your own personal video library so that you can monitor your progress and also use it to remind you of the exercises you should be practising between sessions.
There are 3 options for puppy training:
Pro Puppy Course
This is a fun 6 week course covering all of the skills listed in the section below.
It is 1 hour per week and is a prescribed, progressive course content.
Cost is £360
Train 4 You
This is a 4 week course with 1 hour per week training session with you and 4 hours per week with your puppy.
Your trainer will take your puppy for 4 hours per week to train them and then do a handover session with you once a week for 1 hour.
Bespoke puppy training starts with a 1.5 hour consultation and is followed up with a training plan of what you want to achieve and how you can achieve it.
The initial consultation is 1.5 hours in length and is a great place to start if you want a more personalised training plan
£120 for consultation
Skills that can be covered in the training
The Puppy training course is a 6 week progressive course covering all fundamental training for your puppy including:
Your dog’s default behaviour. It can resolve lots of behaviour issues and will also be a fundamental life skill throughout the lifetime of your dog
If you are looking to take your dog out with you, the ability to settle in cafes, pubs or round friends and family’s houses will be a necessity
When your dog meets adults, children, cyclists, runners and other dogs, they should do so calmly and without jumping up. Calm, polite greetings are a great life skill to demonstrate on a daily basis
To ask your dog to stand will be useful for veterinary or groomer handling. It will also be useful for your day to day handling of your dog
If your dog is worried on a walk or you are being approached by something they have not seen before, standing between your legs will provide protection and reassurance to your dog. It is also a fun trick sometimes called peek a boo
Loose Lead Walking
Wherever you go and whatever you do with your dog the likelihood is they will be walking on lead, therefore a good focus and a dog who doesn’t pull on lead is a fundamental life skill
When you let your dog of lead they should wait until you tell them to go and play, also if there are distractions such as other dogs, children, cyclists and adults you should be able to call them back to you.
Another key reason for teaching recall is that most people buy a dog to have fun with them so teaching the dog you are a great place to be is a fundamental life skill
A hand touch is the basis of all nose targeting skills. It can be used to enhance recall, at the vet, groomer or giving medication such as ear and eye drops.
It is also used in dog sports such as agility and scent work as a basic skill
In order for your dog to grow up healthy they need to be receiving the correct nutrition.
Not only that but you will learn how to lower disease indicators and prevent cancer by up to 90%.
We will also talk about reward hierarchies and how feeding can assist with unwanted behaviours
Your dog will need to be handled throughout its life by you, your family, vets, groomers and other professionals.
You require your dog to be comfortable and happy to have their nails clipped, to have their ears, eyes, mouth inspected and also to be touched anywhere on their body without sensitivity
All dogs will bite if provoked enough and puppies do play bite.
Learn how to manage biting and ensure that it is kept to a minimum.
Biting is also a symptom of teething so we will learn how to manage that phase and what you can do to help your pup through it
Comes in many forms whether it be human led or dog led.
Your dog should learn to play nicely so that they can increase their bond with you through play
Also how to interact with other dogs they meet in the park or out on walks
If you are struggling with toilet training we will talk about how to handle this
Teach your dog to go to the toilet in one specific place in your garden
This is a fun trick to learn, we teach it over a 4 week period. The reason we teach spin is so that the handler can learn the process for teaching a dog new behaviours. The fact you get a great trick out of it is just a consequence really
Dogs can be scared of fireworks, traffic noises, drills, hairdryers and numerous other noises that are common place in today’s world. We will discuss how you can prevent your dog from having issues later in life by desensitising them to sounds early on
Claire is amazing! So patient and really helpful. She is realistic and provides techniques that work for you and your pup! Ziggy loved her sessions and we learnt so much! Thank you
Lauren and Ziggy