To this end we have instigated a number of initiatives
i) Puppy Socialisation Class - for those pups have had their vaccination course done at our surgery we offer a puppy socialisation class. This class is usually run on Saturday mornings from 11.00am to 12 noon. Places are deliberately limited to allow maximum benefit to all paricipants. Booking is essential. Contact reception in person or by telephoning 01772 783327. These classes are run by our canine behaviourist - Dave Gilman www.skool4schoundrels.co.uk who charges £5 per session.
NB this is not a training class but solely a socialisation session. For those attending there is a short questionaire which would be helpful if completed
ii) The Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) publish a series of Advice Sheets for pet owners. These currently include - using an indoor kennel - puppy mouthing and biting - using a houseline - making walks more enjoyable for you and your dog - and more . These sheets are freely available to view or download from their website http://www.apbc.org.uk/info/APBC_Behaviour_Advice_Information_Sheets
iii) We are always pleased to offer free advice on slection of the type of breed and provide general dog owning information PRIOR to purchase
iv) Specialist behavioural referrals can also be arranged either to Dave Gilman or a member of the APBC.
v) 'Puppy contract' - information between Breeder and prospective purchaser see http://puppycontract.rspca.org.uk/home
vi) http://thepuppyplan.com - brilliant website to either view or down load information on socialisation of pups both for new dog owners and breeders
Please click on the links below to download some of the RSPCA and Kennel Club's Puppy Plan information: