What if you had a proven plan to jumpstart your puppy training and ensure you avoid common mistakes?
All online where you need it, especially during coronavirus lockdown.
Getting a new puppy is an exciting time for the whole family.
This impossibly cute and energetic bundle of fun is destined to be your take-anywhere companion.
You're looking forward to future walks, games, maybe teaching your new BFF a few tricks, or just relaxing with a calm dog at your feet.
BUT you have a dawning sense that you're not at all sure how you're actually going to get from here to there ...
And you're beginning to worry about all problems and challenges along the way ...
On top of that, any plans you had for puppy classes or meeting friends with dogs have had to be set aside for the time being.
If you don't train your puppy now, your future self will not thank you as you spend hours chasing your dog round the park, embarrassed as you endlessly apologise for stolen picnics and muddy clothes — or worse.
It doesn't have to be like that. But if you don't start training your puppy right away, it will be so much harder to get rid of your older dog's bad habits — and it will cost you a great deal more in time and money.
Welcome, I'm Vicky Carne, The Dog Coach
I've run puppy classes, had many puppies to stay for residential training and coached hundreds of new puppy owners.
I want every new puppy owner to be prepared for the challenges and avoid the problems from the start. I want you to discover that training and having fun with your puppy can (indeed, should) be one and the same thing. That's why I created Puppy Home School.
In Puppy Home School you'll find everything you need to train your puppy — online where you need it now — and I'll be keeping you updated with additional advice for managing your puppy during the coronavirus crisis, so you're both ready to resume normal life as soon as we are able.
A training plan, so you'd know exactly what to do, day by day ...
A plan that's designed to help you fit a puppy into your busy life...
I'd love to welcome you to my online course which has already helped many puppy owners, just like you.
Even if you have little or no experience of puppies, with PUPPY HOME SCHOOL you'll learn simple and easy to implement modern training methods.
And don't worry, I designed it so that with only a few minutes a day, you'll quickly have the confidence and skills you need to train your puppy yourself.
Short videos accompanied by step-by-step guides tell you exactly what you need to know, when you need to know it.
If you've been feeling a little panicky, and you just want to get it right but you're not sure how ... you're in the right place.
We start with Pre-School Prep where you'll quickly learn how to manage both your puppy and the environment so that you're set up for rapid success.
In a few short videos Training 101 cracks the code on modern, positive training methods, so you'll know the best ways to train your puppy — and the mistakes the avoid!
Daily games and exercises put it all into practice, deepening your relationship and creating a lifelong bond with a dog who loves to play, learn and engage with you.
"This course is really easy to use ... funny, light and entertaining. It gives a very true insight into the reality of owning and training a puppy. I highly recommend it."
"Puppy Home School has been a great help in the early weeks of having a puppy. As a new owner, I didn't know anything about puppy training. It's helped me feel more confident."
"Vicky's training methods work and Simba is a very happy puppy who likes to please."
"I found Vicky’s materials and guidance exceptionally helpful... and the suggestions have all worked magic. Vicky’s methods are modern, sensible and easy to understand. I cannot recommend her highly enough."
Puppies are impossibly cute (yours in particular!). But they also pee and poo a lot, bite anything that looks like it might be fun or just chewy — including you — and are very demanding of attention.
I'll show you the secret to establishing good habits before your puppy can learn bad ones! You'll discover:
This is where you'll learn how the art and science of training (+ a little bit of magic and lots of love) will help you become the owner your puppy wants you to be.
Now Includes: how to socialise your puppy during lockdown
It's never too soon to start training.
This 14 day program is designed to give you and your puppy the best start.
Watch the videos, follow the step by step printable guides and see your puppy transform before your eyes (I think I mentioned magic earlier!)
Day 1 — The Name Game
Day 2 — Teaching Your Pup's First Word, Sit
Day 3 — Puppy Handling & Introducing a Collar
Day 4 — The Toy Box & Playing Tug (with rules)
Day 5 — Coming When Called
Day 6 — Find It
Day 7 — Stand & Down
Day 8 — Walking One: Baby Steps
Day 9 — Leave It (eg dropped food)
Day 10 — Problems & Solutions: Jumping Up & Barking
Day 11 — Walking Two: On Lead
Day 12 — Fetch
Day 13 — Teaching Your Puppy to 'Stay'
Day 14 — Hand Targeting (a simple game with many hidden benefits)
A printable shopping list ensuring you have everything you need to hand.
A printable daily chart to keep you and all the family on track so everyone knows when your puppy's toileted, eaten, slept or played. Especially valuable if a number of family members are sharing responsibility for the puppy — you can be sure nothing is missed or forgotten!
Daily reminders by email as well as a printable checklist of all the lessons. So, whether you strictly follow the games and exercises day by day, jump around the lessons or leave gaps (sometimes life just takes over) you won't lose track.
Puppy owners' daily schedules may vary, but this example will help you design your own, and ensure you're meeting all your puppy's needs.
Now easily accessible anywhere. Take your puppy training with your everywhere you go with your pup!
Yes, as soon as you buy the course you'll be able to login and access any and all of the lessons at any time.
Effectively, yes. You have 7 days to change your mind. I want to make buying the course and getting on with training your puppy as easy a decision as possible. If, within 7 days of buying it, you decide this course isn't for you, just email to ask for your money back and you'll be refunded. No questions asked. (Of course, you'll no longer be able to access Puppy Home School.)
This course is designed for new puppy owners with busy lives (these days, that's most of you!). The lessons focus on the essentials, so you can get on with enjoying your puppy.
Most of the videos are less than 5 minutes. I've kept them short and succinct because now's the time to be enjoying your puppy — not having to spend hours watching videos!
You can go through them at your own pace and, of course, at a time to suit you.
Every lessons has an audio version, so you can listen on the move, and printable transcripts so if you prefer to read off-line when training, you can do so.
No, not at all.
The games and training exercises have been arranged in an order that I think you and your puppy will find helpful to follow but, of course, you can skip around them if you prefer (unless they suggest otherwise: eg, Walking 1 and Walking 2 are best done in order!).
You will be practising all the new games and exercises with your puppy often over the coming weeks.
Many people like to introduce them daily but as with varying the order, this is very much up to you and your puppy. You'll probably want to begin teaching your puppy all those suggested at some point but you can take your time.
What's important is that you and your puppy enjoy the process!!
No, your puppy won't be fully trained in two weeks — but you will have learnt how to teach your puppy, your puppy will have discovered the fun of training with you, and you'll be developing a bond and an understanding that will last a lifetime.
I'm a big fan of learning online. I believe it offers so many advantages.
Obviously, it's available at a time and place to suit you. And you can repeat it as many times as you want.
Almost all early puppy training happens at home – so that's where access to training is going to be most helpful.
Good puppy classes certainly have their place but you're only there for 1 hour a week, and they're inevitably very distracting environments. It can be difficult to take information on board whilst managing your own puppy in a roomful of other cute puppies!
Possibly the only really comparable solution would be to have a lot of private training sessions but that is likely to be beyond the budget of many new owners.
Some of you will just prefer to learn on your own (with your puppy)! And, of course, all the family can follow the same training.