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Puppy Classes
Apart from being a lot of fun, bringing your pup to puppy classes is proven to give you...  •	Increased sociability towards people and other dogs •	More control over your pup's behaviour •	Knowledge of how to handle your pup now and in the future •	A sound investment of a couple of hours now for the many years to come!  WHY PUPPY CLASSES? All too often owners wait until their dog's behaviour has become a problem before they start training. While progress is definitely on the cards with older dogs, the impact that a good puppy socialising school has on a puppy throughout its life cannot be understated. In addition to being socialised with other dogs (which greatly reduces aggressive behaviour as an adult) puppies also learn to apply a thought process to new stimuli i.e. they don't automatically use aggression or fear to handle new situations as adults.  Puppy school provides the perfect opportunity for puppies to polish their canine communication skills, which are interrupted when they leave their mother and littermates. Puppies also get socialised to children and different types of people. This is one of the most valuable lessons you can teach your new puppy  All types of puppies (pedigreed and crossbreeds) should enrol in a recognised puppy school. Family pets, show dogs and working dogs in particular benefit as the training stands them in good stead for their future "career", be it family guardian, show stopper or lovable mutt!  REWARDS-BASED OBEDIENCE Owners are taught how to get their puppy obeying simple commands such as: sit, down, stay and heel. All puppy training commands are taught with hand signals from Day One, which is particularly useful for domestic purposes. As this training is rewards-based the puppies do it because they want to - NOT because they are avoiding punishment. This type of training conditions the dog to LOVE TO LISTEN and is much more pleasant and effective for the puppy and the owner!   PUPPY PROBLEMS By using canine behaviour techniques, handlers achieve their objectives of getting their puppy to understand their requirements. We cover all of the "usual" puppy problems, such as:   •	Nipping •	Chewing •	Digging  •	Jumping Up •	Lead Pulling •	Boisterous Behaviour •	Toilet training  SENSORY STIMULATION All too often puppies are raised in "sterile" environments and find it difficult to cope with anything new as adults - which can have disastrous consequences. We expose the puppies to a variety of different stimuli (at appropriate levels) such as loud sudden noises, gunfire, flapping umbrellas, banging doors, etc.  It's amazing to see how adaptable these puppies are - before the magic age of 16 weeks, anything introduced positively is generally accepted without question by these "super dogs in training".  BODY AWARENESS A lot of importance is given to physically handling the puppies (and not just by the owner) and encouraging the puppies to negotiate tunnels and mazes. These exercises are designed to teach the puppies "where their body starts and stop" - we've all seen clumsy puppies who grow up into boisterous dogs with little apparent sense of depth or balance and this early body awareness activity helps to reduce boisterous behaviour.  ABOUT THE PUPPY COURSE The course runs for two months, with six one-hour lessons. Puppies can start at 8 - 10 weeks of age. They should have had the second of their three puppy inoculations and must be suitably protected against ticks and fleas due to the rural environment.  A new class starts every month with classes on Saturdays. Exact times vary according to the season and class location. Please consult the Branch section below for details.   ENROLMENTS & REGISTRATIONS Enrolments on this popular course are handled on a "first come first served" basis. Course payment and confirmation via email or fax secures your booking. For details on costs and payment as well as an enrolment form,  call or email us.  Clients are advised to book early to avoid disappointment. Facilitated socialising with other puppies and adult dogs help pups learn how to "speak dog" Basic obedience skills are taught which gets pups off to a great start! Pups are heartily rewarded with lots of praise and a tasty treat for a job well done Negotiating obstacles is a great way to teach confidence and practice loose lead walking Watching your pup enjoying themselves all the while learning is a great experience
Honeydew Saturday mornings 14 Cypress Road, Zonnehoewe, Honeydew Instructor: Shannon McKay Request details... or call 082 565-6160
Have a look below at which of our puppy groups is most convenient for you...
Midstream Saturday afternoons Midstream Methodist Church (corner of Chorges & Madeleine Street), Olifantsfontein, Centurion Instructor: Belinda Thomas Request details... or call 082 565-6160
Camp Delta Saturday afternoons Camp Delta at Delta Park (entrance off Craighall Road), Craighall Instructor: Ady Hawkins Request details... or call 082 565-6160
The Reeds Saturday mornings OR Tuesday evenings Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk - The Reeds, 42 Sacharia Street, The Reeds, Centurion Instructor: Janine da Silva Request details... or call 064 881-6588
Puppy classes are an exceptional opportunity to bond with your pup *EXTRA SERVICES*  Day Care & Play Group!
Groenkloof Saturday afternoons Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk NG Kerk Groenkloof 75 Van Wouw St, Pretoria Instructor: Janine da Silva Request details... or call 064 881-6588
Don’t forget our extra services for puppies...   Puppy Day Care  Perfect for your new baby puppy who you don’t want to leave at home alone while you’re at work. Only offered at our Honeydew branch.                 Puppy Play group  A great opportunity to burn off some puppy energy! Held under the supervision of a qualified instructor. Only Offered at The Reeds and Honeydew branches.              Contact us to find out more! Puppy classes