Over a course of six one-hour sessions (held weekly), we will aim to cover the basics of caring for and training your puppy so he/she becomes a happy and well behaved addition to your family. We will show you how to begin to teach your puppy:
- to pay attention to you
- the basic positions of sit, down and stand
- to wait and stay for short periods
- to walk on a loose lead
- to come back when called
- the rules of play, and some fun tricks and games
- to become accustomed to being handled
- general good manners and the boundaries you want to set in your household.
We will talk to you about how you can prevent problems, the importance of socialising your puppy and introducing him/her to new experiences. We will allow time for the puppies to play together where appropriate, carefully matching them in size and temperament so none of them are overwhelmed or frightened. In addition, we will highlight your duty of care and responsibility to your puppy, a small price to pay for all the fun and companionship you will get in return.
We will do all that – with your help – in a fun, informal way, in small structured classes with puppies of a similar age and ability. The whole family is very welcome to attend (although children must be supervised).
Cost: £95 for the six weeks – payable at the 1st class or before.
This is a follow-on course of six classes for those puppies and dogs that have completed the Ruff Cut Diamonds class or, if new to Ruff Diamonds, dogs at a similar stage in their training.
It is very likely that the younger dogs in this class will be in or approaching adolescence and we will help you to understand why their behaviour may change and what you can do to help them through this life stage.
These classes will build on the foundation skills learned previously, increasing the level of difficulty and, where possible, ‘taking it on the road’ for some real life practice. We will also start to develop impulse control and pay particular attention to developing a reliable recall. We will introduce new exercises and fun activities that will keep your dogs busy and interested.
All classes will take place in the same relaxed and safe environment, in small groups.
Cost: £95 for new starters; £85 for those who have completed the RD puppy course
Brilliant Diamonds – Fun for family dogs
For dogs that have completed the Ruff Cut Diamonds and Diamond Geezers classes (or are of a similar standard). An ongoing course, based around the needs or interests of the owners and dogs attending, aimed at learning new skills and having fun! There is no fixed syllabus for these classes but it is likely to include some off-lead work so dogs must be comfortable working in the company of others.
Cost: £95 for new starters; £85 for those who have completed the RD puppy or junior course
Not all dogs – for whatever reason – are happy in a class environment; they may get very stressed or excited which isn’t good for them, or for other dogs in the class.
We offer 1:1 training where appropriate, with the aim of enabling the dog to join a class if possible.
If you have any doubts at all about how your dog will cope in a class environment, please contact us. If we can’t help you, we will almost certainly know someone who can!
Cost: From £50 for first hour, £35 thereafter (depending on time needed and location)
If you would like to visit any of our classes (without your dog) to see what we do and how, you would be very welcome; please contact us via the contact page.