There’s something exciting about getting a new puppy isn’t there? But if you want your little bundle of fur to become a well-behaved and well-adjusted dog it’s worth investing in puppy training classes.
Our puppy training classes are great fun for you and your dog and they’ll help you to develop a happy and rewarding relationship with your puppy.
Our puppy training classes include:
- Puppy socialisation classes
- One on one puppy training
- Puppy behaviour consultations
- Preparing for a new puppy
- Puppy’s first ‘off the lead’ walk
- Getting off to a good start with your new puppy
- Puppy training packages
Our puppy training classes cover three main topics: socialisation (other puppies, children and noises etc.), puppy problems (biting, mouthing, jumping up and house training), and good manners (sit, down, come, stay, stand, lead walking etc.).
And our highly experienced puppy trainers only use up-to-date methods of training – such as rewards based training – that are kind and fair to puppies and are proven to work.
Where and when are our Puppy Training Classes?
Every Tuesday night at the St James’ Church and Hall, Martin Way, Raynes Park / Morden SM4 4AR.
Classes start at 7pm for puppies and 8.15pm for Adolescents, and run for 1 hour.
All of our classes use up to date reward based training techniques. Our class sizes are limited to ensure that each puppy gets the right amount of attention. We get booked up quickly so please call us now to book a space.
Puppy Basics (for puppies between 10 and 20 weeks of age)
A 4 week course covering the basics you need for your puppy’s development and good manners.
New Dates for Puppy Basics Classes (£95) – 7pm start time
- April 10th, 17th, 24th, May 1st
- May 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
- June 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
- July 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
Adolescent/Puppy Refresher Classes (for puppies over 5 months and adult dogs)
A 4 week course designed to refresh and progress from Puppy classes or for new/rescue dogs that have had no formal training already.
New Dates for Adolescent Classes (£95) – 8.15pm Start Time.
This course is for puppies from 5 months to two years old who have been on our Puppy Basics course or have had some formal puppy training. Your puppy should be confident doing his ‘sit, down and stay’.
- June 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
One to One Training for Your Puppy
Why not book individual training on a one to one basis to help you with anything from basic puppy training to recall and loose lead walking? Training takes place at your home where your dog is most able to concentrate and then continue outdoors to the park if required as training progresses.
Prices and options:
- Preparation for a New Puppy – One hour session (before new puppy arrives) covering puppy training and Care
- New Puppy – Get off to a good start with a two hour puppy training lesson for puppies under 14 weeks old
- Lead walking or Recall Package – Two one hour training sessions, to either teach your dog to walk nicely on the lead or to focus on building a reliable recall.
- One on one Puppy training package– (4 Week package) Four one hour puppy training sessions for puppies under 8 months old.
- One on One Puppy Training – Ideal as a refresher after puppy training classes or for recall, chewing, digging, jumping up, pulling on the lead and basic obedience. 1.5 hour initial assessment and additional one hour sessions available.
For our packages we recommend using each session approximately 1 week apart. This will allow you to practice in between and progress your training at each session.
NB: One to one training visits may be subject to extra travel costs of 45p/mile and any parking and congestion zone charges on top of the training fee.
Meet our Puppy Trainers
Heidi Zouroudis – Qualified Veterinary Nurse and Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers
Senior dog trainer, responsible for leading the dog training team and expanding our training schools
Heidi is a Qualified Veterinary Nurse and a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and has over 12 years experience in veterinary practice. While working in the veterinary world she developed an interest in canine and feline psychology and took her interest on to do a Companion Animal Behaviour course via Improve International in 2005 and passed with distinction. Heidi has been seeing both cats and dogs for one-to-one home visits since then and set up behaviour modification programs to assist in improving their various problems. Heidi has been running puppy socialisation and adolescent dog training classes for the last 4 years. She also sees these puppies for one-to-one home visits as well as adult dogs for both training and behavioural assistance.
Heidi is keen on using kind and effective positive training methods including clicker training. She most recently completed an advanced dog training instructors course with the Association of pet dog trainers and a 4 day trick training course with the renowned Nando Brown. She is also is studying towards becoming a certified BAT (Behaviour Adjustment Training) instructor working with anxious and reactive dogs to overcome their fears.
Heidi continues to keep herself up-to-date with the latest information about canine and feline behaviour regularly attending seminars and training courses.
Bea has worked with dogs and cats for a number of years. Currently she owns an Alaskan Malamute and four cats of her own and has a keen interest in all aspects of both feline and canine behaviour and training.
Bea finds it particularly rewarding inspiring owners to learn skills using kind and force free training methods. This enables owners to effectively communicate with their dogs to build a lasting bond based on trust and understanding. Every dog has its own unique personality and Bea enjoys adopting a flexible approach to bring out the best in each one.
Bea has qualifications which include Think Dog Certificate, Think Dog Intermediate and Think Dog Practical Course. She has just completed a Puppy Instructors Qualification and is about to start an advanced diploma in canine management and behaviour.
She regularly attends Practical Workshops, Seminars and Masterclasses to continue her professional development. Bea also recently completed Leading Behaviourist Sarah Whitehead’s Learn to Talk Dog Course which looks in depth at canine body language and facial expressions and The Secrets of Dog to Dog Communication Course which covers predict and prevent aggression and conflict.
Bea currently works alongside Heidi at Very Important Pets running our Puppy Basics and Adolescent Classes and she also does one to one training appointments and home visits.
Guidelines for Puppy Training Classes
We can accept puppies from their first vaccination, providing they are in good health and your vet gives your puppy the okay. Any puppy not fully vaccinated must be carried to and from the class. We also ask that you bring along your puppy’s vaccination certificate with you to class.
To find out more about puppy training classes or to book a class, get in touch.