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Puppy Training in
the Cotswolds
by Helen

Friendly, supportive group classes & 1-1 consultations where you will learn and laugh and come away knowing how to raise your perfect puppy. 

There are services for puppies at every stage of development, from group training 8 week olds with first vaccination, new puppy home visits, to adolescent classes and puppy agility training, plus home behaviour consultations.

20 Years full-time puppy training 

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Trained human counsellor 

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ABOUT

With 20 years of full-time puppy training experience, nothing surprises or perplexes Helen Morgan, who will gently guide you and your family, and your dog through this time. 

Helen is passionate about gentle and kind methods of behaviour and training, debunking old myths of force and 'only one owner can do the training'. 

She creates a warm, welcoming, fun environment where puppy parents can laugh, learn, play, and relax. 

Identifying the need for chews, treats, and toys in raising perfect puppies, Helen caters to these needs in the classes as well as in the online store here

Classes

Our Success Stories

Dog Owner

Rex

No More Aggression

Indie

You gave us the confidence to let Indie off her lead. She loves it!!

Giving a Hand

Ruth

Learnt Her Basics in Record Time

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Reviews

Autumn Forest

Debra Hackett

I went to Helen’s puppy classes with Jimmy my greyhound pup. Helen is easy to listen to and I felt comfortable to ask her any questions.

 

The classes are well structured and fun and you gain lots of extra tips that you may not know.

 

You can definitely tell Helen has many years experience and she is also very good with a mop!

 

The treat shop is an extra bonus.

 

Thank you Helen. Loved it and so did Jimmy 👏🤩

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Natalie Smith

This puppy course is absolutely fantastic. I have done both the puppy and junior courses and have learnt so much from Helen along the way - she has so much experience with dogs and I think she is pretty much a dog whisperer!

 

My puppy absolutely loves the class and is really on her way to becoming a well trained dog. We couldn’t be happier.

 

Don’t delay - book on to Helen’s course! It is also a great place to meet other owners going through the same thing as you and can be a great support network.

 

Helen gives you 150% in class and if you work with your puppy at home too you will reap the benefits.

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Jaime Kavanagh

Our Doberman pup has just completed her puppy course and we couldn’t be happier with her progress. Helen is warm and personable,  and expert (dog parent) trainer!

 

Her advice has made the world of difference to our behaviours, and her classes have offered a relaxed and sociable environment for our pup to meet other dogs and people.

Having the space to express frustrations; worries; and expectations, has meant that we have become more patient and relaxed, and the routine of the classes has helped us to keep up the consistency of our training.

The training isn’t just about commands but includes nutrition, grooming and natural doggy instincts - plus the shop is great, and far cheaper than anything else online.

Thanks Helen!

FAQS
  • What age should my puppy be to start classes?
    The short answer is young young young! As young as possible. Very outdated advice would have believe you should wait until your puppy is ‘a bit older’. This comes from a time when dog training was harsh and punitive, therefore it was considered too cruel for puppies. 20+ years ago veterinary advice was to ensure your puppy had both vaccinations and had waited one or two weeks after that before coming to training classes, research has shown that puppy immunity remains high from its mother and through the vaccination process, whilst other studies demonstrate the overwhelming benefits of early socialisation as well as training (see below for more). Consequently puppies may now start classes after their first vaccination, this policy was made in consultation with local veterinary surgeons and is vet-endorsed. (Remember that the classes are indoors, so no different from taking your puppy to the vet surgery, or a friend's house).
  • My puppy isn’t toilet trained - can I still come to class?
    All the pups in class are very young and still learning about where to go to the toilet. In a busy and exciting class they often get caught short, or maybe you don’t notice their signals because you are concentrating. So I absolutely expect a few puddles or piles! The floor is tiled, I have a mop and bucket on hand, and its a normal and expected part of having a room full of puppies so nothing to worry or be embarrassed about at all. My puppy has never been on a lead/out of my home/met other puppies It is my intention and hope that your puppy comes to classes nice and early in their life, so it is very common that the class is their first time on a lead, out of the house, meeting other dogs, etc. This is great! I can help you ensure it is a comfortable learning experience for them, and it will give you and them a massive head start in their training and socialising.
  • Is my puppy too old for training?
    You can definitely teach an old dog new tricks! So no puppy is ever to old to be trained, however my group puppy classes are for puppies up to maximum 6 months (on date of first class) so to help you with an older puppy we would work on a one to one basis. This usually works best as you will likely have some specific issues to work on and we can focus on those this way).
  • Why is early socialisation so important?
    You puppy may look very different from a wild dog, but his DNA is almost identical. This equips him with instinctive survival mechanisms. Being wary of the unfamiliar is a clever way to stay alive in the wild, it doesn’t help much when you are a living with a human family though. During the period of early development that a wild puppy would be with its mother, she will learn what her environment looks like, what she sees, hears and smells every day goes on an important list in her brain of ‘things that I don’t need to be afraid of’. Once weaned and independent she will uses it as a checklist, anything new is regarded as a potential threat. Raising a puppy in a human world means broadening a puppy’s definition of what is safe by introducing them to as many places, people, sights, sounds, dogs, as possible so they all make it on to the ‘safe list’. If we do a good job your puppy will also become much more accepting of novelty. It is much easier on your puppy, and you, to do this when they are very young, hence my recommendation to begin classes early. It is incredibly important to do this socialising carefully so your pup doesn’t get overwhelmed or scared, we cover how to get this right in class.
  • What if I am using homeopathic vaccinations?
    I am an enthusiastic advocate of natural and holistic puppy care, and am happy to accept homoeopathically vaccinated puppies, please do message me if you would like to discuss.
  • My puppy is great at home but in class he just wants to play with the other puppies
    Training at home in a quiet, distraction-free environment is a perfect way to help your puppy learn brand new exercises. But once they have the basics what really counts is teaching them to respond to you with distractions around them, so they will do ask you ask in real life situations which are often busy, noisy or filled with dogs and people. When you are asking something quite tricky of your puppy (eg. Listening to you in a busy class environment) its important to adjust your expectations, ask less of them, so they will more easily succeed, but don’t give up. Training in the class environment is definitely challenging but a great opportunity to train for real situations.
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