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    Puppy school is what dogs have been begging for

    NewsGeneral Dog NewsThursday 29 March 2012
    UK Dogs & Puppies

    A new school is opening in Grimsby – but the classes are not for children.

    Following successful classes in South Kelsey, Puppy School North Lincolnshire will open its doors on Saturday, April 28 at St Augustine's Church Hall, in Farebrother Street, Grimsby.

    As the name suggests, the pupils at this school are of the four-legged variety and the curriculum aims to get students off to the "paw-fect" start.

    Classes are designed especially for puppies and to help owners teach their puppy basic obedience and social skills.

    Puppy School is a UK-wide network of professional dog trainers who have been taught by renowned trainer and behaviour expert Gwen Bailey.

    Class sizes are kept small and the emphasis is on learning in a fun, safe and controlled environment for both the puppies and their owners.

    This area's classes are run by Susan McKeon, who has been trained personally by Gwen. She is a qualified puppy class tutor, and a member of the International Association Of Pet Dog Trainers.

    Susan is also studying for a degree in canine behaviour and training. She has worked with a local greyhound charity, volunteered as a dog walker with dog rescues, and worked within kennels.

    She said: "Puppy School classes make training simple and fun for both owners and puppies. The classes really help put the foundations in place for puppies to grow into well behaved and socialised adult dogs and family pets.

    "They're also great at helping shy puppies build their confidence as well as learning how to focus on their owner, even with lots of distractions around them."

    Jo Keenan, who attended the most recent course in South Kelsey with her partner and puppies, said: "The training has been even better than we ever thought it could be.

    "We assumed we could teach Copper and Diesel good manners ourselves but we couldn't have been more wrong.

    "The support has been invaluable. The classes are packed full of knowledgeable training exercises, followed by detailed e-mails full of useful tips and resources to help us continue the training outside of class.

    "Our puppies are so much more confident around people, other dogs and new situations.

    "It's been a real joy to learn, while knowing we are giving our puppies the best possible start to their adult lives."

    The first course starts at 10am. Places can be booked by visiting or calling 07792 279279.

    Source: This is Grimsby

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