Baby Puppy Package

Our Baby Puppy package is for pups who are between 8 and 14 weeks at the time of enrolment. (We can extend the upper age limit to 18 weeks for very small pups)

It includes a private consultation and a training kit.

It is taught using positive reinforcement methods. We do not use pain, force or fear.

Before you enroll in baby puppy classes:

If you want to know more about our methods before enrolling, You might find it useful to check out our article on the basics of dog training. This article applies to pups & dogs of all ages. Otherwise, enrol now by filling in the form at the bottom of this page.

How the baby package is constructed

We start the basics of baby puppy training in your private consultation* soon after you submit your form to us. In this visit to you, we help you with needs specific to baby puppies such as toilet training, diet, and eliminating unwanted behaviours such as nipping, zoomies, etc.

We also get you started with some basic behaviours that form the groundwork for obedience training. When you come to socialisation classes we make these behaviours progressively harder. These basic activities also help keep dogs safe.

Number of baby puppies that make up a class

The optimun number of puppies to have in a class is 5. However, to ensure that your pup can start as early as possible, we will run a class with as few as 3 pups and as many as 6. We split classes as the numbers grow and according to the size of the pups. We are very aware of the delicacy of very small pups and never put them in danger of being injured by a much larger pup.

The baby puppy socialisation class.

In this class, the emphasis is on helping you build an excellent relationshipbetween you and your pup and between you pup and other dogs and people.

It is vital at this stage that baby puppies enjoy lots of closely supervised play with other pups of their own age. It is equivalent to children playing in a well run school playground; they learn as much from this about self control and good doggie social manners as they do from us.

Baby puppy play: what is good & what is not

Not all baby puppy play is good play or nice play. Some puppies are shy, some are overly exuberant and some are totally laid back. All are self obsessed. None want to be afraid.

So, in our baby puppy classes our trainers keep a very close eye on the behaviour of each puppy, ensuring that play is equal, that no puppy is afraid and that no puppy cna have all the play their own way.

Closely supervised is the key here. Your trainer watches all play closely. She will occasionally give a particular pup a short time out if that pup is being too boisterous ot too aggressive. If there is a shy pup in the class she will ask the other owners to keep their pup on lead, close to them while the shy pup makes their own way around the other pups without being set upon too enthusiastically.

Through all of this, your trainer will point out to you what the pups are saying to each other and will explain what is good healthy play & what is not. Pups who need to learn a little more self restraint will be given a supervised time out.

Other baby puppy activities

Along with play and strengthening the 4 basic activities that you learnt during your private visit, you will learn the basics of getting your pup to walk nicely beside you, on lead, without pulling. Getting your pup to come to you immediately when you call (instead when they are ready) is rehearsed at each session. Our trainers also address particular needs of each puppy as they arise. One of the most common is pups that chew their lead.

Your responsibilities

You get a minimum of 6 sequential puppy socialisation classes.

If, for any reason, you cannot attend a particular class you need to let your trainer know in advance. We need to know this to keep the classes balanced.

If, after 6 sessions you or we think that your pup needs extra socialisation time, they will get additional sessions at no extra cost.

Puppies need to learn obedience

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Puppies, like children, have different growth stages.  So, like children, they learn much more effectively if the training is suited to the stage they are in.
Between birth and 15 or 16 weeks of age, they are best suited to learning how to socialise, what is good canine etiquette and what is not, and how to have some self control. Once they have learnt their all important social skills, they are ready for formal training.
If your pup is more than 20 weeks of age,  s/he is most likely ready for formal obedience training, whether or not he has done Puppy socialisation.

In your Tails Up obedience course, you will learn how to increase your pup’s self control. You will also learn to communicate with your pup in canine language. You will train your dog using hand signals and facial expressions rather than words. This means you will be able to teach your pup:

  • to come when you call – not when he is ready;
  • walk nicely beside you on a loose lead without pulling and lunging towards people or dogs;
  • remain calm when visitors arrive or the doorbell rings;
  • go to his mat or bed when you ask & stay there while you eat or work ;
  • leave dangerous items (such as old bones she might find on a walk) or to drop items she already has in her mouth; and, of course;
  • Walk calmly & quietly past other dogs without lunging and barking;
  • Sit beside you automatically when you stop to talk to another person on a walk;
  • Stop suddenly if danger appears

At Tails Up, the work you put into your puppy is reinforced by us. The more effort and dedication you put in, the more additional help we give you.

A great source of sound, free information is also available for puppy owners at PPG Australia.

Payment in full of $375.00 is due at the time of the first private consultation. To ensure that you are enrolling in the course that is the most suitable for you and your dog, please contact us by phone (0447665200) to clarify any questions you have about fees, training times, or locations BEFORE FILLING IN YOUR FORM.

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