"My (and my dog's) favourite hour of the week! We have fun in a safe environment and learn lots at the same time. It has given us a very close bond, i have met new friends and the dog wouldn't be half the dog she is without Jenny's help and guidance!"
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Train and Socialise
Puppy is our most popular class. It is a specially designed infant school for puppies during their rapid learning stage of development.
Puppy teaches his lessons against a background of contact with friendly people and (all cute!) puppies of a similar age in a safe environment.
Puppy Class Outline
Coxlodge Community Association, Gosforth
Sunday afternoons or Tuesday evenings
Six hours of training over 5 weeks. 2 hours Big Brain Bit, 4 hours with puppy.
All puppies start under 18 weeks of age.
Pups need to have completed their vaccination programme have been advised by their vet that they're safe to mix with other dogs.
Maximum 10 pups, minimum 4.
All classes use clicker training and clickers are provided.
A mix of clear, kind, consistent, practical, varied, and fun training exercises.
Socialisation with people and other for pups of all breeds and all temperaments.
All the family are welcome.
And Online Support so we can pick up on you and your pup's individual needs.
Pups get to play off-lead with each other in a safe and supervised setting.
We're careful with how we allow them to play with each other. We want shy dogs to gain confidence and bolder pups to learn to control themselves. We don't allow simply a "free for all" where dog can pick up bad habits.
It's pretty vital that pups learn to come back to you even if their best pal is RIGHT THERE. So we practise catching them while they're loose and recall while they're loose. We want them to learn to listen to you and welcome your company more than the company of other dogs.
We work the polite greetings of strangers!
Pay attention and listen to you.
Sit, stand, down positions.
Puppy health check.
Not jumping up on people/other dogs.
Coming back to you in the park straight away and quickly and have the leash attached.
We're not fussed about them sitting straight in front of us, it's the speed of return we're after.
Loose Leash Walking
From the very first step on our dogwalk!
We aren't fussed if they sit straight at heel or not. We do want them to walk without pulling and pay attention to you.
Puppy Course Contents
In more detail.
Details of all the exercises we do in class and much more.
We can talk online about the particular needs of you, your family/friends, your dog. Get to know you and tailor training to each pup as an individual.
We may also be able to arrange a "Training Bubble" of owners who can talk online and meet up in the real world for social/training. This, of course, depends on enough owners being interested in Bubbles at any given point.
You can sign-up for online well before your pup is ready to come to class, even before you've chosen your new pup. Getting your training in place early gives your pup the very best start and can sort out any worries you may have and can un-confuse - Google just has so much to say, it can be hard to sort through without making new owner confusion worse. We can help.
The Big Brain Bit
The first session is 2 hours where we teach owners, no dogs allowed.
Separate handler training means people are learning about dog behaviour, what to train and how, puppy development without having to worry what their puppy is getting up to at their feet. Dogs get bored while people are learning.
It's best to do The Big Brain Bit at the start of your course, but if circumstances mean you book a course in session 2, you can pick up that session either during or after your puppy's course.
We'll review what you've found out online, make sure your Web Course is working for you.
Play "The Dolphin" Game which improves our timing when training and "The Training Game" which teaches us how to train an animal who doesn't speak English.
And there's time for questions and shares too.
One hour a week over 4 weeks.
Free play with permission.
General control, pay attention and positions.
Catch out of free play.
General control, puppy body check.
Recall out of free play.
General control, "Leave it!"
Start loose leash walking/heel.
Review and improve loose leash walking.
We don't like to leave keen owners to "just get on with it" after a single course. We want to be there before and after Puppy Class too.
If puppy is young enough to repeat his Puppy Weeks, he can book for two courses at once and there's a discount on the second one.
Owners report how easier it was the second time around and how they feel they learned more due to the repetition and being more familiar with the class environment.
Move-on training for puppies.
Taking him to the next level with exercises such as search, stop-on-recall, stays, and much, much more.
We move all the pups on together so they can stay with friends already made and make new ones.
And if you're after a longer term training career with your pup, we have Advanced, Super Advanced and Masterclass classes which can keep his skills up to scratch pretty much life-long!
We've helped Blythman & Partners Ltd run puppy parties at their veterinary surgery in Gosforth since 1998.
The free PreSchool Web Course is designed to accompany Puppy Party, although it's a great introduction to training for all.
Puppy Party is for younger pups who are between vaccinations so aren't yet mixing with other dogs. We discuss safe early socialising and starting him on his first training lessons. And there'll be a Blythman's nurse on hand to advise about healthcare matters.
Free play between pups
"Pass the Puppy"
Health Check demo by nurse
Training demo by Jenny
…We manage free play very carefully to make sure pups aren't learning the wrong lessons from each other. We do not do "free for all" play.
…"Pass the Puppy" lets everyone handle each other's pups to help puppies get used to being handled by unfamiliar people. For safety, we keep a special eye on pups who are very strong/wriggly - especially making sure children in the group can manage. To help increase their confidence, we make it easier for shier pups, for example by doing "Stroke the Puppy" instead.
…Q&A on subjects like house training, neutering, puppy biting, puppy safety.
Important stuff for you to check before you come to Puppy Party:
Puppies are welcome if they're customers of Blythman's or Positively Pets
If you're not a Blythman's customer you need to book a Positively Puppies Online or Puppy Class before you can book Puppy Party.
Pups need to have started their vaccinations as advised by their vet, and their own vet must be happy that puppy is healthy.
He needs not to have had his 12 week birthday and must not be out for his walks yet. Although it is okay if he's spent time with your own dogs, friend/family dogs.
Big Brain Bit
We don't run Classes on days next to a Bank Holidays, over Christmas, and occasionally take breaks for other reasons.
Puppy Support: £79.95
Puppy Classes with Support: £159.90
Two Puppy Classes with Support : £227.85
PreSchool Web Course: Free!
Puppy Party: Free!
If there's anything else you'd like the price of, please Contact.
Coxlodge Community Association
9 Jubilee Road, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne. NE3 3UR
We've been here since the 1990s and are very grateful to the Committee for their continued support of what we do.
There's a small room which is great for puppies and a larger room for adult dogs. There's a big field and a smaller lawn, the small lawn is lovely for pups to have a "sniff about and greet" before class. Plenty of off-road parking. Two minutes from Gosforth High Street, next to the Fire Station on Jubilee Road, it's central and easy to get to.
Ramp access and the doors can be opened wider if required.
1 Elsdon Road, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne. NE3 1JD
Just off Gosforth High Street. It's worth turning up early to make sure your parking is sorted, the surgery has permission sheets for parking, so it's worth asking reception if you can't find a non-resident space.
Phone Blythman 0191 284 1711 for details, they'll be delighted to help.