Susanne Bark - Canine Education & Puppy Classes
A bit about the classes...
All our classes have positive reinforcement in its foundation with emphasis on motivating dogs to learn and practice behaviours through play.
Puppy Classes ~ 8-16 wks
The best place to start! All puppies benefit from socialization with other puppies at this age as this is their one and ...ONLY... socialization period! This is the optimal time to acquire social skills, learning to get along with different breeds and sizes. The older dog does not play the same games as a puppy and can often be grumpy towards your exhausting playful puppy. Being told off by an older dog can be detrimental to the new puppy's outlook on life with other dogs. Puppy-hood is ideally supposed to be playful and fun! Building confidence is the key at this age.
Pick up a brochure from 152 Sawtell Road at Pacific Vetcare to enroll!
On Cue classes for adolecent dogs ~ 5-12 monthsThe bouncy adolescent! When you have completed the Puppy Pre School program the next step is to enroll in the Junior School. These classes are designed to help you structure and simplify the way you live with your adolescent dog. We start by teaching our young dogs to walk on a loose leash and expand their vocabulary. We concentrate on sit, drop, stand, stay, come, wait, leave it, give and many more "tricks" performed in a distracting environment. If your dog has come straight from our puppy classes you do not require "the initial private class" before you join Junior Class.
Adult classes ~ over 1yr
Reaching maturity! The next logical step after completing Junior School. Perhaps you have some issues and bad habits you would like to change. Or you may have acquired an older dog that you would like to teach new behaviours. These classes always require a private class if you are just starting from this point as this enables me to asses your dog and give you solutions to specific problems. It also gives your dog an opportunity to familiarize itself with the environment before a joining a group class. We practice walking on a loose leash, sit, drop, stand, stay, come, wait, leave it, just to name a few, in a more distracting environment.
BAT- Behavioural Adjustment Training
If you have a "reactive rover" then of course more private classes are required before you are able to join a group situation. Your dog must be able to offer you certain behaviours before we overwhelm your dog with a group of unfamiliar dogs and people. I will be working closely with you to achieve the best result for your dog. Aggressive behaviour can take time to alter, it requires dedication, patience and persistence from the handler.
Would you like more information about the classes?
Contact details are at the top of the page.
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