Over the years we have helped train thousands of puppies on our puppy class courses. Many of these puppies started off with puppy visits at home but are now fully grown, mature adult dogs and firm regulars on our group dog walks.
Our puppy carers observe our puppy classes and receive extensive training from our puppy class trainers to provide them with the skills to make puppy visits mentally stimulating, fun and quality time where your puppy learns desirable behaviours.
Puppies need plenty of rest and gentle exercise that is gradually increased over time. They do well with a healthy balance of being left on their own for short periods and receiving enough social contact and company to avoid behavioral problems forming.
We tailor make a combination of home visits and solo walks to suit you and your puppy’s needs. We can incorporate some basic training and mental stimulation games into their home visits. If you attend our puppy classes puppy visitors work through the course content with your puppy.
We then work towards introducing them to a small stable group of dogs for them to socialise with at 6 months of age. This helps them learn good manners and social skills.
My basic advise for puppies is as follows:
- Puppies under 6 months are too young for daycare or play school. Learning about the world that surrounds them is exhausting and rest and sleep is vital for growth and development. Puppies and young dogs need around 18 hours of sleep a day and the excitement of being around other dogs all day often prevents them from getting enough. For some puppies the experience can be overwhelming and can cause insecurities and fear-related behaviours. Alternatively, over tired puppies often become restless, manic, lack concentration and loose inhibition.
- A good guideline is 5 minutes exercise per month of age. This is to protect growing joints and bones and prevent puppies becoming too tired or exhausted.
- Puppies should have controlled social interactions with experienced and calm dogs so they build confidence in all the right places. Socialisation should be about quality not quantity and too many of the wrong type of interactions can create insecurities, bad habits or at worst- reactive behaviour.
If you are unsure of what sort of care your puppy should be getting we offer one-one training or puppy classes. These cover practical training as well as all aspects of care, from dietry advise to what equipment is appropriate for your dog.
Prices for home visits: £7-12.00 plus VAT depending on duration.
Discount of 5-10% for more than three visits in one week.
25% extra on weekends
Bank holidays £5.00 extra
Areas covered: Lower Knowle, Totterdown, Windmill Hill, Bedminster, Southville, Headley, Bishopsworth, Ashton, Hotwells, Clifton, Redcliffe and other areas within a similar proximity to Ashton.