Home » Classes » Puppy skills for life classes

Puppy skills for life classes

“I first met Kate when my Cockerpoo puppy, Orla, was 10 weeks old. We had a 1 to 1 session at home. She was an absolute inspiration and taught me more in that hour than I would have thought possible!” Sara Taylor & Orla, Devon, UK


10.00 am – 11.00 am, Newton Poppleford

About the course

This 8-week course – taking your puppy through to adolescence – is suitable for puppies up to 24 weeks and will get you off to a flying start! Giving your puppy a solid foundation in everyday life skills, each class has a maximum of 6 puppies to ensure individual attention.  The class educates you about your puppy, giving you the skills to work with your specific breed, and focuses on problem prevention – with the premise that prevention is better than cure. 

The first class is a theory class WITHOUT DOGS. Come and learn about your puppy: how he thinks, how he learns and common challenges in puppyhood. There will a puppy pack handout for you to read, some ‘homework’ get to you and your puppy started, and an opportunity to ask questions. This class lasts 1.5 hours.

What we will cover

  • effective tools for managing your puppy
  • how to build foundation skills for a recall for life
  • basic grooming and handling
  • how to avoid common problems such as jumping up
  • husbandry and feeding
  • reliable response to cue (commands)
  • boredom busters – nose work and other games just for fun!
  • play and self-control
  • loose lead walking
  • meeting and greeting people and dogs
  • socialisation and habituation
  • reading your dog’s body language
  • relaxation and contentment when home alone
  • clicker training

Play time

Play time is strictly supervised to ensure suitable puppies are paired and play is mutually beneficial, with good social skills and body-language communication practised.

Joining the course

If you would like to join this course please complete the registration form (Word document download) and send to kate@contemplatingcanines.com or complete the online registration form. Classes fill up very quickly, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Still undecided? Look at our course curriculum showing the broad range of skills that your puppy will learn.


£100 for 1 x 1.5 hour class (first class – theory only – without your puppy) and 7 x 1 hour practical classes. Payment in full is required in advance. Please book early as places are limited. If you miss a session, you will be offered a free 15 minute chat and together with relevant course notes for the session.

If you have already had a one to one puppy consultation, the first class is free and the price will be amended accordingly.