A new puppy? Reasons why to find a good dog school and start training

So you have a new puppy! Congratulations!

sue-2012-300x284 A new puppy? Reasons why to find a good dog school and start trainingA new puppy is like a “blank piece of paper” and it is up to you to write on it all the things you want.You will need to decide what you want it to do and what you DON’T want it to do.This is called setting your boundaries.

For example – do you want a dog that jumps up at you and other people? The answer surely,is no! So you will need to teach the puppy how you want him to greet you.It is never too early to start training – puppies have “windows” of learning.

The 49th day. The brain waves of the puppy are the same as a mature dog, but the puppy is a clean slate.


Puppy should be completely weaned from mother.

This is the age when most rapid learning occurs and the greatest impact on future social behaviour will be made by any experience that happens at this point.


The window of opportunity is closing. Although puppies can continue to learn to be comfortable with new things, it is not as easy.

Join a good dog training school !

When you get your puppy you will need to teach it right from wrong e.g, not to eat your furniture, where to go to do its business etc. The dog will need to know its boundaries and its place within your home as well as learning how to walk nicely on a loose lead, not jumping up at people, how to play properly with other dogs and to come back when you call.

You are aiming to teach your dog how to be a civilised “person” in today’s modern society! Dogs learn through kindness, consistency and repetition Training techniques must reflect well researched non-aversive methods that will help dog and owner develop an understanding of each other’s needs.

Dog owners should not be tricked by television programmes into thinking that there is a ‘quick fix’ for every perceived dog behaviour problem – these techniques do not work.

The thing is dogs don’t speak English; we have to teach them this. They don’t abide by the same social rules as we do, don’t communicate in the same way we do, and don’t come with remote controls or programs like a computer.

Let the emphasis of your training be on what your dog is doing right, not on what they are doing wrong. If you find yourself in a position where you need to correct your dog, always ask yourself if you would correct a three-year-old child in the manner that you are about to correct your dog. If the answer is no, then don’t do it or let anyone else tell you there is a “right way” to do it. We should all agree to hold ourselves to this simple standard as individuals and trainers.

The more you put into your dog the more you get out of it. To teach and train your dog will reap huge benefits – this beautiful creature is part of your family and you want and need to build a relationship together.

What do you need to look for in a good dog training school?

  • Recommendations from your vet, pet shop and friends are ideal.
  • Is the school listed with the Kennel Club?
  • Call the school and talk to the trainers – ask what methods they use – is it positive, reward based training based on scientific learning principles – or is it still the “check chain” old-fashioned type of training?
  • Is the class venue suitable?
  • Are there separate classes for different ages?Is there flexibility for you to catch up if you miss some sessions?
  • How many pupils will there be in a class?

An owner’s responsibilty to their dog :

  • Puppies need to be socialised properly -puppy parties are not socialising as they can be a recipe for disaster.Pups need to learn how to behave around other dogs and not play or beat other pups up all of the time.This can lead a dog being so dog focused it will not pay you any attention.You will need to find a good dog school that uses positive motivational techniques and not check chains,pinch collars,sprays water at the pups ot throw rattle cans at them.Don’t listen to everything that people tell you!  Good dog trainers use up to date and modern techniques.The old fashioned methods were based on laboratory experiments on rats.
  • Set your dog boundaries and have realistic expectations.Do be consistent wit your training – dogs learn by repetition.,speak
  • Remember that dogs are sentient beings with emotions but the DO NOT misbehave out of spite! Only humans behave like that!Think about how you would feel if you were on the other end of your lead – would your dog jerk your about,speak to you in a strange language and expect you to know what he wanted?
  • Remember – do no harm

At Tip Top Dog School we care about you and your dog and we treat the individuals on both ends of the lead with respect, empathy and kindness.

  • We use positive, motivational training methods based on scientific learning principles.
  • We will teach you exercises required at various levels of the Kennel Club Good Citizen’s Dog Scheme with emphasis on responsible dog ownership and enhancement of the human canine relationship – you will learn a lot but you and your dog will have fun too! Dog training should never be boring for either of you!
  • Dogs are good for us – we aim to make people’s life with dogs good for both the people and the dogs.

About The Author

Tip Top Dog School is fully insured, Kennel Club listed, members of the Pet Professional Guild, and CRB checked

We don’t use punishment or aversive equipment such as choke or pinch collars,spray or e-collars, rattle cans or discs. Puppy & adult classes and 121 training

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