Why go to Puppy School puppy training classes?
- They will encourage and motivate you
- They will teach you how to train your puppy
- Your puppy will play with other puppies
- Your puppy will be introduced to children
- You will receive help, advice and support
- Good advice is always available
Statement Concerning Channel 5's 'Dogs Behaving (very) Badly'
Puppy School is all about positive training in an environment free from stress for both dogs and owners. We would like to air our concerns regarding this recent channel 5 programme, which features training methods that cannot be considered ethical or appropriate.
As a practitioner organisation of the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC), Puppy School firmly believes that all dog training methods used, either with a puppy or an adult dog, should be both supported by scientific evidence as well as being kind and effective. Methods for dealing with reactive behaviour that involve high levels of stress for the dog, and owner, should be avoided at all costs, opting instead for techniques which rely on time, distance and new positive associations in order to improve the dog’s attitude towards other dogs/humans. Techniques that involve physical punishment, heavy handling and aversive methods serve no purpose in modern dog training other than to create fast, unreliable and temporary fixes (and sensationalist viewing). We are concerned that some dog owners will copy such techniques, and we do not consider them to be suitable for television.
For suitably qualified, highly trained dog trainers and behaviourists, Puppy School recommends visiting the ABTC website (http://www.abtcouncil.org.uk) where you will be able to find an accredited member who commits to using an ethical approach to dog training as explained further in the ABTC’s article concerning Ethical Dog Training (http://www.abtcouncil.org.uk/images/EthicalDogTraining.pdf).
Puppy School at Dogfests 2019
Puppy School ran the Puppy Zone at all Dogfests, the ultimate summer festivals for dogs, held around the country this year. We ran a Move and Learn area where pups were helped over small obstacles to build their confidence, a Train and Play area where owners were given expert 1-2-1 advice, and a Chill and Learn area where pups could relax away from the show’s activities. Altogether, over 200 puppies were welcomed in.