Kindy Puppy Training (Blended Learning Class)

Kindy Puppy Training is for puppies who are 15 – 20 weeks old. These puppies may have missed out on going to puppy preschool for various reasons.

It’s not too late for help

Puppies who are 15-20 weeks old typically still need help with their:

  • Training. Basic manners are important.
  • Socialisation. They can become fearful at this age if not already positively socialised before 12 weeks old.
  • Problem prevention. Yes, these puppies may still be nipping, biting or mouthing. Chewing the wrong objects. Toilet training issues.

Get the best of both worlds

I’ve been using online training, even before COVID-19 continually shut everything down. But what I discovered during the pandemic is that only puppy training is very effective, and it’s had it’s time to show proven results. For puppies who are 15-20 weeks old, it’s actually better for them than the face-to-face classes.

That’s why I’m going to give you exactly what you need. A course that has 2 streams of focus:

#1 Training

We’re going to do the training online on zoom, at home. Why?

  • Puppies in this age range learn their manners better at home
  • Training is faster and more effective at home
  • You get success sooner, and it’s less frustrating, more fun
  • It makes sense to train your puppy, in the place they actually need the training to work. That is, your puppy lives in your house and you need them trained in your house
  • Puppies don’t tend to do silly things, like nip you, when they’re in the hall for face-to-face classes. But they will do it at home, they don’t know the trainer is watching them! So I can give you instant coaching for the problems as they happen.
  • You get to save yourself some travel time, costs, and stress by doing this training part of the course from home
#2 Socialisation

We’ll do the socialisation part of the course face-to-face.

Whilst we’re able to teach the preschoolers how to socialise over zoom, I know it’s more fun face to face. However, because your puppy’s socialisation window is closing, or closed already, they’re likely to have fear responses at this age.

So, I’m going to get you into a safe, controlled environment. To give you specific help with how to socialise your puppy.

Saturdays are our socialisation day. You will spend the morning giving your puppy safe socialisation experiences, in the presence of other dogs and people. Fully concentrated on socialisation so you and your puppy get the most out of it you can.

What you really need is a dog you can walk down the street confidently. One that isn’t going to have a fearful or aggressive response. A dog that is happy to be near other dogs. But not a dog that has no manners, so happy they’ll pull you towards every dog they see yanking your shoulder out of its socket and causing you much embarrassment!

How long is the course?

This is an express course. If you already missed out on puppy preschool – you just don’t want to keep waiting. Lets give you and your puppy the most amount of help we can, the soonest we can. Why wait to complete a normal dog training course in 4 to 7 weeks? Your puppy could be 5 to 7 months old by then. You’re waiting to deal with issues. And the effectiveness of early socialisation is lost.

  • This course goes for 3 weeks
  • You have a self-guided online safety induction, with pre-coursework to complete before your first lesson
  • Then there are a total of 6 lessons
  • There are 3 x 60mins zoom training sessions on Wednesday nights
  • And 3 x 50mins face-to-face socialisation sessions on Saturday mornings

What your puppy will learn

We’ll train basic skills so that your puppy has some nice manners.

  • Respond to their name
  • Pay attention when asked
  • Automatic sit manners
  • Go to a place, like a mat, bed or crate
  • Relax and settle in place
  • Come when called
  • Walk on lead with you
  • Touch / Target (it’s super handy)
  • Give, take, or leave an item when requested

What you will learn

  • How dogs learn, so you know how best to teach them (dog psychology)
  • Dog communication. Because you don’t have to be a ‘dog whisperer’ to know what dogs are saying.
  • What socialisation is
  • How to safely socialise your puppy
  • The key to preventing problems behaviours (e.g. nipping, chewing, jumping up, toilet training etc)

You get access to the online learning platform. This includes the how-to videos, helpful handouts with written instructions and other training tidbits.

Who can do this course

  • Puppies who are 15 to 20 weeks old
  • They must be in healthy condition and had at least 2 vaccinations
  • Puppies that can be within 3 metres of another dog or person (if your puppy constantly barks, or tries to run away they might be too scared for class just yet and I recommend private training instead. Contact me first if you are unsure.)
  • Max 4 persons per dog to comply with social distancing. Children under 12 should be supervised by an additional adult.
  • There are a maximum of 5 dogs per class for quality and safety. Because classes are open enrolment, there could be any number of 1 to 5 dogs at a time. You will not necessarily start and finish the same dogs and people in class.
  • OTHER RESTRICTIONS BASED UPON PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS MAY APPLY FROM TIME TO TIME

It is a current condition of entry that: *ALL ATTENDEES ARE AGED 16 YEARS OR OVER *ALL ATTENDEES MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19 *ALL ATTENDEES MUST WEAR A FACE MASK INDOORS

When, where, how much

  • Wednesday 7:30pm on zoom in your home & Saturday 9:00am in Hebersham
  • $225
  • See booking calendars below for current start dates and availability. If there is no information showing then the class is full. Contact me to find out info on future classes or go on a wait or cancellation list.

Accessibility and Participation requirements

Equipment:

To participate in zoom classes on Wednesday you will need

  • A portable device. E.g. laptop, tablet or phone
  • That device has a working camera and microphone
  • And that device has fast, stable internet connection
  • You may need a tripod, home made tripod, or something to lean your device on to get the right viewing angle
  • A room where you have 2 metres space, and can be seen on camera standing or sitting down
  • Chair, seat or lounge
  • A large room, open plan space, or hallway with 5 metre line of sight
  • If you do not have a large room or hallway: You can pick a space outside (e.g. verandah, patio, carport etc. Be mindful you’ll need appropriate lighting and shelter if it rains. Check your wifi or 4G/5G connection is good in that area.
General puppy training equipment:
  • A collar or harness, with leash
  • Towel, mat, or bed for your puppy to lie on
  • A treat bag, or bum bag is recommended (you can purchase from me if you need to)

The course is presented in English. Videos are in English and at this time are not captioned. Written handouts are in English.
There is ramp access to the facility for socialisation days.
If you have a physical or mental disability and would like to check if reasonable adjustments can be made to training exercises that will meet your needs do not hesitate to contact me

It is a current condition of entry that: *ALL ATTENDEES ARE AGED 16 YEARS OR OVER *ALL ATTENDEES MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19 *ALL ATTENDEES MUST WEAR A FACE MASK INDOORS

DON’T WAIT BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE, SIGN UP NOW

This course is OPEN ENROLMENT. That means you can start on any Wednesday (when your puppy is 15 to 20 weeks old) subject to class capacity. As such, there can be 1 to 5 puppies in your class. You might not start and finish with the same dogs.