Our puppy day school option is designed for those owners who have busy lifestyles and are looking for a little more support in their training efforts. The sessions involve your puppy spending some positive time away from you to not only learn training basics, but also to grow their confidence and learn correct socialisation techniques. During the sessions, we focus on positive training using play to motivate them. Play is an often forgotten about essential when it comes to training. Usually, food rewards aren’t enough for puppies outside of the home. This is because they tend to find the new environments around them far more interesting than your treat! This can lead to some owners trying the negative training approach, where the dog feels threatened to listen to their owner. While this may work, it often results in a very poor relationship between dog and owner and an unhappy dog. We believe that positive training is the only effective way forward, but it MUST involve play to get the best results! Our puppy school sessions are designed to introduce this concept to your dog and you as their owner. It will help you to develop a great relationship with your dog, where they will trust and look up to you, which is the basis for all good training!
Here at Royvon, we speak to many owners with now-adult dogs. Many of them are experiencing similar issues, along the lines of, “my dog used to follow me everywhere as a puppy, they’d want to be with me all the time and follow all my directions! I worked so hard but now my adult dog doesn’t even pay attention to me on walks, so I’m really restricted with where I can take them because I can let them off the lead!” This is an emotional time for owners, but with the correct puppy training, it doesn’t have to be this way! This is an issue that we’ve been seeing for years. But, when the UK locked down in Spring 2020, we switched our puppy services to provide support over Zoom. It was a real eye-opener to learn exactly where puppy owners were going wrong! We found that many of them were being too strict and exercise-focused with their training. This meant that it was boring for the puppies and they lost interest quickly. This just cemented our opinion that play is absolutely crucial to motivate your puppy and ensure they follow your direction in adulthood too, which is why we focus so heavily on play in these sessions.
If you’re new to puppy training, the idea of involving play may seem unnecessary to aid the training process. However, it really is a crucial part of training! Our puppy school sessions are here to help your puppies engage with their training and learn the benefits that can come with following directions. Dogs usually come to our puppy day school for one day per week after their injections, but this can increase when they get older. They’ll be with us at Royvon for three to four hours. During this time, they’ll receive all of our great puppy training and motivations, including play of course! Also, they will get to play with dogs their own age and some suitable older dogs. Getting the opportunity to play with suitable older dogs, with proper management from us, will teach the puppies a different set of skills compared to playing with those their own age, so it’s always recommended!