I would prefer to do in-person puppy training, should I hold off until restrictions ease?
Unfortunately with the current restrictions we are unable to offer in-person training and group classes. Although group puppy sessions with structured play are very beneficial for puppy socialisation, there are many other aspects to socialisation. Puppies have a critical socialisation period (up to 16 weeks of age) and it is very important during this time to gently expose puppies to a variety of experiences, handling, new people, other animals, sounds and objects in a safe and controlled manner. As well as having positive experiences, it is also important to set up routines and teach puppies to focus and be calm in these situations. During our program we can provide support on strategies and training skills to begin the socialisation process at home while your puppy is still in their sensitive period.
How effective is training new skills virtually?
We have found the virtual training to be very effective, puppies are often more relaxed in their home environment and it can be easier to implement new training skills when they have been practiced at home. During your consultation, you will receive feedback while practicing all new skills and you will receive handouts afterwards with instructions so that you can continue to practice at home.
What age should my puppy be when we start?
The program is available for puppies aged between 8-20 weeks of age. Bringing a new puppy home can be overwhelming so most owners find it beneficial to start the program earlier on so that they can receive guidance on socialisation, setting up routines and behaviour/ training questions. Some owners also find it beneficial to have an initial consultation prior to bringing their puppy home.