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Welcome to our puppy training programme

Welcome to our puppy training programme

Your puppy’s first few months set them up for the rest of their life.

You only get one shot at this critical period.

Training in your puppy’s safe space at home gives them a better foundation for life outside. Here's why.

 

Puppies are so vulnerable in their early months, it is vital to ensure they are not overwhelmed and one of the most common problems we see is puppies who have been exposed to too much, too soon and who can’t cope. It can lead to a world of problems.

We don’t take our own puppies into class environments until they have the right foundation skills, so we wouldn’t ask you to either. 

  • We know that group environments, especially in a training hall, mean your puppy has to cope with far too many distractions and things which cause fear and stress. Starting with online learning means your puppy can relax and so can you.
  • You can focus on the information you’re learning without having to worry about what your pup is doing, and when you then put it into practice, you can give your puppy your full attention.
  • You can learn at a time that suits you and your puppy, rather than having to attend at a specific time each week, so when your puppy actually needs a sleep and isn’t ready to learn, that’s fine, just do it an hour later when they are awake! Life with a puppy has ups and downs, online coaching is really supportive and allows you to work around that – and means learning is faster and more effective.
  • This programme also enables you to start as soon as your puppy arrives rather than waiting for vaccinations to complete, by which time you’ve missed a vital early development and learning window. In fact, the best time to start is BEFORE your puppy comes home. You can’t do that in a face to face class.

Over the 12 weeks we cover….

Homelife essentials

  • sleep well (both of you) – especially the first couple of weeks!
  • toilet training
  • chew the right things (not fingers or shoes!)
  • settle quietly
  • build up to short periods alone

Playtime and enrichment activities

  • Build great skills with games and play.
  • The right enrichment for a calm, content pup
  • Really understand how to meet your puppy’s needs and balance them with yours.

Going out and about and socialisation

Essential skills for enjoying walks together

  • loose lead walking
  • reliable recall
  • coping with new environments
  • car travel
  • develop excellent skills around people and dogs

Key training skills

  • Know their name
  • Get on and off things
  • Swap and share toys
  • Leave things alone
  • Wait at the door
  • Greet with paws on the floor

Brilliant communication

Want a puppy who really listens, even  with distractions? Be able to read your puppy’s body language so you know exactly what’s going on and how to be your puppy’s most trusted person and safe space.

Confidence

Help your puppy overcome worries, feel confident in new situations and know how to support them if things are a bit scary (which is completely normal for puppies – it’s how you deal with it that counts!)

Grooming and vet visits

Critical for wellbeing throughout their life, it is really important that vet and groomer visits are super easy and low stress. And that you can do all the essentials at home too – washing mucky paws and cleaning teeth can be easy!

Preventing future behaviour problems

Recognise the early signs and head off things like separation distress, excessive barking, problems on walks, guarding food and spaces, sound fears and other common issues

And anything else you need a hand with! We’re here to support you at every step of the way.

PROGRAMME LAUNCHES 1ST NOVEMBER

What our puppy clients say

 

“Never having owned a dog before, Lisa’s introduction sessions were invaluable, and it was reassuring to be able to call on Lisa for advice when we experienced difficulties in the first days.

Lisa’s training has been excellent, she promotes a positive reinforcement approach for both dogs and owners, it has resulted in a much calmer and happy border collie puppy in our home.

 

It is easy to understand what we need to do as owners as Lisa explains and demonstrates so well. She also provides guidance notes which was really useful for references as there is so much to learn as a new owner”

Sarah and David with Freya

An incredible programme to set your puppy up for success. 

3 bite size 20-30 minute lessons online each week

Do them when your puppy is ready to learn and in their safe space, so you don’t overwhelm and stress your puppy during their most vulnerable development period.

***Includes a bonus day by day plan for your puppy’s first week with you!***

 

A toolbox of skills

We teach you the skills so you can work on what YOU need and there is a choice of exercises to practice in between sessions so you can tailor the programme to your puppy and lifestyle.

 

Expert support at your fingertips

Access to help when you need it, rather than having to wait to the next class. A week is a long time in puppy-land!

    • We are on hand in our incredible ‘Circle of Tiny Paws’ coaching group to support you throughout the programme
    • 30 minutes of live coaching in the group each week
    • Join us with your puppy, send us a video to discuss, chat about health and wellbeing …. anything at all that you need support with
    • And help via posts and chat in the group in between!
FACE TO FACE socialisation with our ‘Out and About’ and ‘Puppy Social’ training groups WHEN YOUR PUPPY IS READY! (optional)

    • Exclusive access to book onto our fabulous ‘Puppy Social’ and ‘Out and About’ groups (an additional fee applies)
    • Maximum 4 puppies in a group so lots of individual support
    • We go together to the sorts of places you want to go in real life (no training halls!)
    • Help your puppy interact politely with dogs and people and really focus on you. 
    • Practice all the skills you need for recall in the park, nipping into town, having a coffee, going round the garden centre, walking up the canal or round the duck pond – we even pop to the pub!
    • All under the expert guidance of an experienced trainer

Priority access and discounts on one to one coaching, courses and more

    • Includes an invitation to join our Circle of Paws membership after you graduate from the Circle of Tiny Paws!
    • 10% off everything in the Canine Thinking shop, which has all you need to keep your puppy happy and occupied

see FAQs for more details

Peace of mind

that you’re giving your puppy the best start

and setting yourselves up for a lifetime of happiness together.

PROGRAMME LAUNCHES 1ST NOVEMBER

The details…

Location:

    • Lessons online (via our online course hub, facebook and zoom) 
    • Locations for optional out and about and social groups vary. Currently around Nantwich (East Cheshire) and Chester (West Cheshire). 

Puppy ages for this course: 

    • The younger your puppy is when you start the better!
    • You can even start BEFORE you have your puppy
    • This course is for puppies up to about six months old

Times and how to participate:

    • Programme launches Monday 1st November
    • You can enrol and start at any time
    • We release lessons every week and you can access them at any time, so it works best for you and your puppy.
    • Live coaching times are posted in the group each week
    • Optional face to face puppy social or ‘out and about’ group times and costs are shown with the location at time of booking 

Want to know anything else? See our ‘FAQs’ below, email online@caninethinking.com or just give us a call!

Pay in three instalments of just £159 per month or receive a 10% discount if you pay up front for £429

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is online training more effective than face to face group classes?

Puppies are so vulnerable in their early months, it is vital to ensure they are not overwhelmed and one of the most common problems we see is puppies who have been exposed to too much, too soon and who can’t cope. It can lead to a world of problems.

We don’t take our own puppies into class environments until they have the right foundation skills, so we wouldn’t ask you to either. 

  • We know that group environments, especially in a training hall, mean your puppy has to cope with far too many distractions and things which cause fear and stress. Starting with online learning means your puppy can relax and so can you.

  • You can focus on the information you’re learning without having to worry about what your pup is doing, and when you then put it into practice, you can give your puppy your full attention.
  • You can learn at a time that suits you and your puppy, rather than having to attend at a specific time each week, no matter how hard a day you might be having. Life with a puppy has ups and downs, online coaching is really supportive and allows you to work around that – and means learning is faster and more effective.
  • This programme also enables you to start as soon as your puppy arrives rather than waiting for vaccinations to complete, by which time you’ve missed a vital early development and learning window. In fact, the best time to start is BEFORE your puppy comes home. You can’t do that in a face to face class.
    I need to socialise my puppy. How does this work with an online programme?
    • Years of experience tells us it works far more effectively than in a training hall! Socialisation is not about exposing your puppy to as many dogs and people as you can, it’s about introducing your puppy to the right dogs and people, at a time when they are ready, in a place they feel safe, and when they have a few life skills in place so they can cope!
    • Our optional face-to-face ‘Out and About’ and ‘Puppy Social’ groups are not available until week 3 to make socialisation as successful as possible – the online part of the course prior to this helps you get your puppy ready to socialise. The groups are then structured to avoid the social stress that often arises in typical class situations – we have a maximum of 4 puppies and the activities we do are specifically designed to give your puppy a fabulous experience. And if you’re not joining us for those, the programme itself takes you through how to do this safely just in the normal places you go to. No classes required. 
    • The first part of what people often call ‘socialisation’ is actually ‘habituation’, which means helping puppies get used to new sights, sounds, smells, tastes, textures and experiences. This has to start at home (where we bring these things to your puppy so they can explore without being overwhelmed, and sets them up for a lifetime of confidence) and then gradually extends to new environments. This then makes introductions to other dogs so much easier, as your pup copes far better with the environmental distractions and can focus their attention on learning lovely social skills.
    • Introducing puppies to other puppies or older dogs before they are ready, or in a way which causes stress, is a really common cause of behaviour problems with other dogs later on. We see lots of dogs who were totally overwhelmed and stressed around other puppies in class environments who just don’t cope well with dog interactions later in life – it’s so sad when this happens and something we want to help you avoid.
    • Remember – the only thing worse than no socialisation, is poor socialisation. Bad experiences early on can have a catastrophic impact on puppies and cause lifelong issues. 
      How do I book onto the 'puppy social' and 'puppy out and about' face to face groups? And how much are they?
        • Our exclusive face-to-face ‘Out and About’ and ‘Puppy Social’ groups are carefully structured to avoid the social stress that often arises in typical class situations – we have a maximum of 4 puppies and the activities we do are specifically designed to give you and your puppy a fabulous experience with expert supervision and support.
        • We list the available dates and locations inside the Complete Puppy Life Skills course (these groups are only available to puppies on our programme). These are run primarily in and around Nantwich and surrounding villages and there is usually at least one per week, although sometimes we add more and new locations depending on the puppies we have registered. Yes – you can let us know the sort of places where you need more help and we do our best to schedule in a suitable session for you!
        • It’s £25 per session and if you book three we offer you a 10% discount for those three sessions and any others you book later on.
        • These sessions are open to puppies up to about 6 months of age. After that you are also welcome to book onto our ‘out and about’ groups for teenagers and beyond!

         

          Why is this a 12 week programme rather than a typical 6 week 'puppy class'?
          • Your puppy is precious and we want you to be able to live your happiest life together. It is vital that you can meet your puppy’s needs, balance these with your own and there are some critical foundations that give your puppy the skills to cope in a human-led environment. You simply cannot teach these in six weeks. 
          • Puppy training is not about teaching ‘sit’ and ‘down’, it’s about helping you and your puppy navigate the essential early months where development is rapid and helping you build a toolkit of skills to set you up for the rest of your life together. Learning happens every minute of every day, not in class. Our 12 week programme gives you a carefully planned series of short lessons with all the extra help you need in between in a way that is impossible via typical 6 or even 8 week face to face courses. 
            Can I still have one to one coaching?
            • Of course! You can book one to one coaching sessions from 30 to 90 minutes (either face to face or online) as a top up to the programme and we give you a 10% discount.

             

            • Or some clients prefer to join our fully personalised one to one Ultimate Puppy programme which is centred around 12 weeks of individual sessions (face to face or online) and offers the ultimate puppy settling in and development support. This includes direct phone access to an expert trainer whenever you need. And you still get all the online resources as a bit of extra help. For more information about this, please call us on 01270 629 289 and we’d love to chat to you about exactly what you need.