Dog School expansion is just in ‘Tyne’ for four-legged friends and families in Newcastle
Dogs Trust’s Dog School is expanding rapidly and recently opened its 31st school, located in Newcastle. The dog training team are hoping even more four-legged pupils all get an A star when they extend their classes to Gateshead and Cramlington.
The Dogs Trust Dog School Newcastle team will be holding classes on Thursdays at the Teams Life Centre in Gateshead and then every Saturday from 24th August at Seghill Community Centre; hoping to prove you can teach young and old dogs new tricks.
Head Coach Frank Taylor says:
“The team are really excited to get out into the community and help dog owners and their pets through our rewards-based training methods.
“Dog School is just as much about supporting the owner as it is about the training dog, which is why it is important for dog owners to understand the need to continue training at home to reinforce what their pet has learned in class; not just for the dog’s sake but also theirs too as it is beneficial for them to know the reasons why dogs behave in certain ways.
“We would recommend that anyone who has recently adopted, or is thinking about adopting a new dog or puppy, to consider signing up to their local Dog School. To find out where your local Dog School is, more information is available on our website.
“We have classes for puppies, adolescent dogs and adult dogs. The classes teach dogs all the basics including how to sit and lie down when asked, come back when called, to be comfortable around different noises, to settle down and relax, how to walk nicely on the lead, and how to interact with other dogs.”
Even if you aren’t able to join a local Dog School class, they have plenty of useful training tips you can use at home.
Training tips for new dog owners
Before the session starts, make sure your puppy's been to the toilet.
Consistency is Key
When you’re teaching your puppy new things, make sure you, and anyone else in your household are consistent with the training – for example, if your dog isn’t allowed on the sofa, make sure everyone teaches your puppy this.
Start your training sessions in a calm place you're both very familiar with, so you can both concentrate without too many distractions. Once your training is going well and your dog Is comfortable in these locations you can then start building up to areas with more distractions, remembering to give your dog regular breaks from training.
Motivate and Reward
Always have a variety of rewards your puppy will really want and enjoy; this will help to motivate them to find out what they need to do to earn it, and means they'll always really enjoy the session.
Short and Sweet
Keep sessions short and fun, ending with a game – this should avoid your puppy getting frustrated and bored.
Make a Record
Keep track of your dog’s day e.g. toilet habits, playing and feeding times, as these could give clues when tackling common training, such as house training.
The classes will be held at 17:30, 18:30 and 19:30 on Thursdays and from Saturday 24th August at 09:30, 10:30 and 11:30. To find out more you can go to www.dogstrustdogschool.org.uk or contact the team on 07979 102753 or 0191 493 7068 or e-mail [email protected].