Puppy Life & Social Skills

for socialisation & problem prevention

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This puppy group training class is a 6-week programme for young puppies (2-5 months); designed to provide the foundation for life and social skills. Early puppyhood is a critical time for socialisation & learning, but finding a safe environment and similar-age pups for healthy and appropriate interaction is difficult. Our group puppy classes allows puppies to interact with people and dogs in a safe and positive environment

 

Puppy Life & Social Skills Programme is developed by Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behaviour, USA. The programme has a unique approach that combines veterinary expertise with dog training expertise. This programme focuses on the importance of puppy socialisation in a positive and fun way, providing foundation experiences for your new puppy, address normal puppy behaviours and prevent the development of behaviour issues including fear and reactivity or aggression.

 

Our classes are small with a maximum of 6 puppies to ensure puppies and puppy owners receive lots of attention.

 

Who will benefit from Puppy Life Skills Group Class:

  • Healthy and happy puppies between 2-5 months old

 

What will you learn:

Problem Solving & Prevention

  • Independence training
  • Potty training
  • Anti-jumping
  • Low-stress handling (teaching your dog to love being groomed and checked)
  • Food bowl exercise to prevent resource guarding
  • Handling play biting & chewing

 

Basic Training Skills

  • Recall
  • Stay
  • Sit
  • Leave it
  • Drop
  • Loose leash walking

 

Supervised play time

  • Puppies will have supervised play time with other puppies
  • You will learn to read how a good play and risky play look like
  • You will also learn the best way to interrupt play and get your puppy's attention

 

Limitations of puppy group class

Puppy Life & Social skills is designed to facilitate socialisation, address normal puppy behaviours and prevent the development of behaviour problems. It is not designed to treat serious behaviour problems such as aggression anxiety, extreme fear or other issues that is beyond the normal puppy behaviour.

 

This programme focuses on early socialisation in positive and safe manners, basic life skills, along with some basic training. Puppies are advised to take intermediate group classto learn more comprehensive real-life & social skills along with basic training.


Schedule: New intake starts in Aug 2017. 6 group lessons (one hour per session). The first class is orientation, this is for owner only (please do NOT bring your dog)

Price: S$ 600 for 6 lessons

Location: 182 Bukit Timah Road. Check out our Newton Campus.

Class size: 4-6 puppies

 

Who can attend Puppy Life Skills Group Class?

  • Healthy Puppies 2-5 months old; who has received the first DHLPP/ DHP vaccination (Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parvovirus and Parainfluenza)  - puppies can start group class 7 days after the first DHLPP/ DHP vaccination.
  • Puppies that has started appropriate parasite prevention (heartworm, intestinal worm, flea & tick)
  • If your puppy has any behaviour problems, you maybe advised to take some private sessions to reach a level where your pup can be comfortable and focused in a group environment 

 

Contact us now. Indicate that you are interested in Puppy Life & Social Skills and describe the main challenges that you are currently facing. We will reply within one working day.

 

Socialisation & Vaccinations

The first three months are the period when sociability outweighs fear. Participation in well-run classes helps minimal potential problems such as fearfulness towards strangers, other dogs and anxiety. The potential risk needs to be considered, however the risks associated with attending puppy classes are minimal compared to the benefits of attending well-run puppy classes. Research published this year shows vaccinated puppies attending classes were no more at risk of Parvovirus infection compared to puppies that did not attend a class.*

 

The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviour (AVSAB) released a position paper outlining the importance of early puppy socialisation, preferably before the puppy reaches 12 to 16 weeks old. AVSAB stated that in general, puppies can start puppy socialisation classes as early as 8 weeks of age. Puppies should receive a minimum of one set of vaccines at least 7 days prior to the first class and a first deworming. AVSAB believes that it should be the standard of care for puppies to receive such socialisation before puppies are fully vaccinated.

 

We also take precaution by cleaning our class room using Byopet Pet Surface Sanitiser that will kill 99.99% bacteria and viruses to protect puppies in our class. The cleaning material is safe and gentle to pet and human.

 

* Reference: Stepita, M.E., Bain, M.J. and Kass, P.H. (2013) Frequency of CPV infection in vaccinated puppies that attended puppy socialization classes. Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association, 49(2): 95-100

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