Ah… Taking a mindful stroll with your puppy
This should be one of our most enjoyable, relaxing daily activities with our dog.
Unfortunately, leash walking is not a natural behaviour for our dogs. In fact, everything about this loose leash walking behaviour we expect, goes against a dog's nature. Dogs want to trot ahead. Sniffing and exploring their environment, at their pace.
It's actually a very challenging exercise for young puppies and adolescent young dogs. You can compare the complexity to learning to ride a bicycle or learning to drive a vehicle :
What side should I walk on?
What speed are we going?
Should I pay attention to that or simply walk passed?
Someone's approaching. What should I do?
As you can tell from the questions above, there are a lot of issues for both you and your puppy to navigate. Unfortunately, buying "no-pull" walking equipment will not solve leash walking struggles. There is a level of understanding and skill required, on both ends of the leash.
We need to split this complex, unnatural behaviour down into bite-size exercises, in order to help you and your puppy get to grips with this skill.
We start in a low distraction environment, to hone our leash handling and communication skills. Over the 4-week workshop, we gradually work our way up, to venturing out into more distracting environments, based on you and your puppy's acquired skill level.
Over this 4-week workshop we cover everything, from the most basic concepts, to more advanced skills, such as:
Puppy socialisation does not suddenly stop at 16 weeks of age. Help your puppy make sense of the world!
Loose Leash Walking
4 x in-person classes (45 min.)
Sundays at 2:00 pm or 3:00 pm
For dogs aged 5 - 12 months
All dogs: fully vaccinated (C5)
Small group (max. 6)
Homework video lessons
Weekly Q & A for 1 year
Course Community access for 1 year
Digital certificate upon Graduation
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Our 4-week in-person adolescent dog training classes are run in Crows Nest (Sydney's Lower North Shore) at Paw Republic, on the following days and times:
3:00 pm on Sundays: Loose Leash Walking Workshop
Duration per class session: 45 minutes
Maximum 2 persons per enrolled puppy can join our in-person classes.
This is not a dog obedience class.
The focus during our puppy school classes and workshops is to develop your dog literacy and practical skills, based on the most current, scientific understanding of dog behaviour and cognition.
In other words: We help you better understand why your dog does what s/he does, and what you can do, to help your dog make better choices. We teach you how to teach your puppy, so you can successfully, raise a confident, calm and considerate family dog.
Your dog is between 5 and 12 months old.
Your dog needs to be fully vaccinated (C5) to be able to attend these in-person classes.
Please bring a copy of your dog's vaccination certificate at the start of your first class (this can be a screenshot on your phone). On your first visit, your dog's vaccination certificate must be sighted by your instructor before you can join the class.
These group classes are not suitable for dogs who are easily overwhelmed, and over-react in the presence of unfamiliar people or dogs.
If your dog shows intense fearful or frustrated behaviours, such as repetitive barking and lunging at fellow students and their dogs, I will unfortunately need to ask you to leave the class, in order to prevent further disruption and distress.
Other arrangements can be made, to assist you and your dog.
A copy of your puppy's vaccination certificate. (Please present prior to entering the classroom, or email us a copy in advance.)
Required training equipment:
No aversive / deliberate discomfort / pain inducing training equipment is accepted!
We use food and toys as positive reinforcers for training and conditioning purposes.
You will not be able to fully participate during classes, unless you bring all the required, suitable equipment.