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"Take me to puppy class, please!"


From the litter to your best friend...

Relationship development with a focus structured on you - not on treats.

Puppy level lessons, manners, 'no sass' and montiored socializing, not a wild party.

Age appropriate hands-on obedience without clickers or remotes, praise is the reward!

Emphasis on keeping the 'retriever' in your puppy in a positive direction! Information for all breeds.


Shy Pup? Getting sass? Sign up for this class!!


Pawformance Puppy Class!

Fun and informative! Learn how to train with your puppy - not at it! Gentle leadership skills are emphasized. The majority of returning trainers with new pets choose to start their new pets at this level for good reason! My classes have been veternarian and breeder attended for decades.

Age: 8 Weeks to six months. Older puppies may be accepted...
to provide a better training foundation. An older puppy that may be shy, in need of confidence building or a less formal structure than our Obedience & Manners Level One Class may attend if it will not challenge other puppies in the class. Contact the training director before registering an older puppy if it is more than eight months old. The Stay exercise is taught next level as it requires a 'mature' puppy to grasp the meaning of the exercise. It is not taught with a food bribe.

The first class is training for you, your puppy does not attend! Household members that can sit and stay quietly through the entire offering with you are encouraged to attend! Attending on a regular basis to observe will help as consistency in handling your puppy is important to help ensure successful training.

For best Results - start your puppy early - before the four month learning window starts to close. As learning is never erased, giving your this class will help it learn - how to learn! It is smart as everything introduced at this level melds into our Results Obedience & Manners program and expedites training progression.


After reviewing the requirements, I have chosen not to participate in the AKC STAR Puppy program. While sections of the STAR program has many merits, and I applaud AKC for supporting the benefits of early training, I prefer to use the class time to cover other material that I consider to be more helpful.
In addition, I do not believe in 'luring' puppies into behaviors unless necessary due to a puppy's inability to respond and then only short term. As always, at session end, all participants receive a Results certificate and blue ribbon, and of course - healthy treats!

Let me help you to get the best start with your puppy so that the coming months (and years!) are more enjoyable, for you and your puppy. This is a class that I throughly enjoy teaching when trainers are following instruction!


Dress: Trainer to wear comfortable clothing and practical shoes - no high heels or high platform type shoes or boots.


Equipment will be discussed at the first class. A list here for your reference:
A soft cloth collar, and body harness for walking if your puppy is doing a lot of pulling. A 4' leash, and/or 6' for small toy breed pets. A size appropriate long line for home training.
Soft, non roll, quiet toy to be used when instructed or when your pup is bored during discussions. Until needed, keep this hidden please!
A non-skid rug or mat for your pet to rest on when not active on the tile floor. If you desire, bring one large enough to share with your pup.

Paper towels and plastic bags for cleanup if your pup is not yet trained.
A towel of appropriate size to use on wet days for drying your puppy before or after class.

Treats for polite treat taking. Treats are used for controlled leash walking in early stages of training. Please bring a small bag of easy to chew kibble or another healthy treat that can be eaten quickly. Do not bring messy, greasy or treats that crumble. Liittle pieces of carrot or your puppy's kibble may be suitable. Do keep treats hidden from your puppy until it is time to use.

Bring your training equipment to all classes as equipment is not available on loan.

For the safety and comfort of you and your pet: No chain leashes, choke collars, head halters, (un)gentle leaders or retractable leashes. These items are not allowed on the training grounds and are not suggested for home use!

Fee: The six week program price is for Brighton and Howell Parks & Rec residents: $118/Howell Non-Residents $128.

Private Lesson: If you need help until classes begin contact me.

A home private lesson to jump start your training or give new puppy help may be available. If you are in the Brighton-Hartland-Howell area the fee for a two hour private is $120. Travel may be charged if you are out of this area. No contract.

If you have attended the first two hour (without pets) class and are in need of extra help, in the areas noted above, the fee is $80 for one to one and a half hours at your home.

Note, if you are unknown to me, a reference is required from your vet or someone known to me. References will be checked - thank you for your understanding.

This puppy class gives an excellent start and may be repeated.


Questions? Email Training Director

or call the Bark Line (517) 548-4536 Mary T.


Pawformance Puppy Sports!

Terrific for busy puppies! If additional class time is desired or if your pup is too young for Obedience & Manners Level One!

Pre-requisite: The same trainer and same pet that are currently enrolled and comfortable in a week three or later Results Puppy class OR for Results puppy class graduates under one year of age.

Sign up for one or more... Each offering will have low and safe agility obstacles, a mini tunnel and stations for puppy level retrieving with manners - much fun! FIRST CLASS BRING: Your puppy, health record updates if any and your RDT folder, equipment from last class, several non-roll and non-squeak retrieve items, 10' - 20' long line.

See the Puppy class section on the Schedule page for dates, fees and times.

What Comes After Puppy Level:

Results Obedience & Manners (O&M) Levels One Class is highly recommended when your pup turns six months, if ready. Read more on the Program Information page. As issues usually change as puppies mature, taking this next level soon after your puppy class ends will optimize your pup's ability to develop into a well behaved companion.

Interested in Joining a Class?

Upcoming Classes are listed on the Schedule page - a link is below and at the top of this page.

   

Read this information:

When to Give Treats Treats are given but never in response for actual obedience commands such as come, watch, down or sit. I usually recommend them for housebreaking and crate training and treats are given on occasion 'just because'! Puppies should take them gently on command. This is introduced at class.

Treats are only used for a few weeks to introduce leash walking to the puppies in class. I do not recommend luring, so please wait for instruction if you have not trained with me in the past. I do not use them for long as the attention will be transferred to focus on you.

If you will be showing your puppy in the conformation breed ring and want to use bait, this will be helpful later. Please follow instruction - do not teach sitting for treats! The instructor has personal experience and this program is set up to teach when it is appropriate to sit in the obedience ring and stand in the conformation ring. Follow instruction and your pup will know the difference.

Confidence Building! Your puppy will benefit from increased doses of socialization and stimulation to build confidence and a "Hey - look at me" attitude, setting the groundwork for a successful versatility career as well as a happy and well-trained companion. The atmosphere here is relaxed and simple - so have fun! Please do not let training mechanics keep you from enjoying your puppy and your class!

Incorrect socializing teaches lessons you may not want your puppy to learn. Unmonitored play time or socializing with dogs and people that do not display manners and or respect when interacting with your puppy can be harmful. Exposing your puppy to rough play whether in the neighborhood, at a dog park, at a doggie day care visit or even in your home with a visiting pet or person can imprint your pup in a negative way. In a typical Obedience & Manners - Level One class I usually have two or three older puppies or dogs that have had poor experiences that have left an imprint. Be smart - do not expose your puppy to unnecessary situations that may be damaging.

A group play session where the puppies are all turned loose is - not a good idea, your puppy could be 'bullied' and possibly develop fear or 'self defense' aggressive tendencies. Plan smart - what will you allow your puppy to experience?

If you want respect and trust, no teasing, rough housing or tug games are allowed! At a later time, tug games and rough housing may be introduced if your pup develops well. In most cases, after Results Obedience & Manners Level Two graduation. What you allow your pup to do and experience, is what you are teaching either directly or indirectly. Remember - learning and experience are never erased or forgotten.


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