Puppy School Success Stories
Why not let everyone know how you and your puppy have benefited from Puppy School.
We will publish the best stories and give a prize for the most outstanding every 3 months.
Owner's name: Tanya
Tutor's name: Sam Price
Trixie loved her experience at Puppy School. She learnt the etiquette of puppy life and I learnt lots as her owner ! It was wonderful for socialising with puppies and people. She has since gone on to other classes as life was not the same without Sam being in our weekly schedule. She also learnt her 'meerkat' trick for graduation as seen in the picture. Trixie has grown into a placid little girl who without the dedication and expertise from Sam at school would not be like she is today. Thank you Sam for everything. You are a star in both mine and Trixies eyes.
Owner: Bev Hoddinott
Tutor: Cushla Lamen
Class: Rowde, Wilts
I would just like to say how much I have enjoyed taking Wilma to classes with Cushla Lamen at Rowde. I have had 3 Boxers previously, never a pug and she is quite a strong character.
Owner: Richard and Louise
Tutor: Michelle Davis
We just finished our Puppy School training last night, we attended the classes in Horsham run by Michelle Davis. The lessons were great, Eric our puppy and us got a lot out of it. The lessons were fun and enjoyable. Would highly recommend Michelle's puppy classes to anyone.
Owner's name: Steph Thompson
Tutor's name: Alice Crick
Class: Stone, Gloucestershire
Every puppy should go to Puppy School. It's been amazing watching Dylan change from a quiet, shy puppy into a confident, sociable puppy, and all thanks to our brilliant trainer Alice. The classes were small enough to not feel overwhelmed but big enough to provide a fun and social environment. Nothing was too much trouble for Alice and each week she would bring vetbed and kongs and a large variety of treats to help the puppies settle and keep them interested. The support we recieved from Alice, even from outside the classes was outstanding and she was always willing to help no matter how silly the question!
Owner: Andrea Collins
Tutor: Rachel Butler
Archie started puppy classes as soon as he had his inoculations. We found the training and advice to be excellent. Rachel worked with us to ensure that we helped Archie socialise and mix with others and at times much bigger dogs, something which would have ordinarily have terrified us. Archie has developed into such a well behaved, good mannered and good natured dog. We are so very proud of him. Archie went on to graduate from Puppy School and achieve his Kennel Club Bronze and Silver awards (his Bronze award was taken at Crufts live, this was very stressful..but he did it!) and at 10 months old he was successful in his assessment to be a Pets as Therapy dog. We highly recommend Rachel and Puppy School.
Breed: Patterdale Terrier
Owner: Beverley Kingsland
Tutor: Penaren Higgs
Class: North London
I attended Pen's classes with my Patterdale terrier, who is a lively bundle of fun, and I am so pleased with the progress he made. The classes were fun and very informative. I attended with both of my children and they learnt and participated in the classes too. Penaren is a fantastic teacher and Bailey is much more receptive about learning new tricks. I would recommend Penaren's classes to everyone as I believe she has a great talent in training and understanding dogs.
Owner's name: Louise Stewart-Murray
Tutor's name: Emily Mazon
We’ve just finished our 6 week course with Emily and I wanted to share just how thrilled we were. Binky is our first puppy and we knew that we had our hands full choosing a Beagle, but the skills we have learned at Puppy School have been absolutely invaluable. It was definitely as much about us learning, as Binky – and we had such fun doing it too. Binky started when she was 14 weeks old and really befitted from the socialisation with the other puppies. Although full of energy and confident around humans, Binky was more timid with other dogs and was very shy during the early weeks during socialisation sessions. On the last week it was so wonderful to see her rolling and bouncing around with the other puppies.
Breed: West Highland White Terrier
Owner: Helen Catterall
Tutor: Shelley Aspden
I have attended 6 puppy training classes with my Westie Molly. We thoroughly enjoyed the training classes each week and Shelley made them a lot of fun. This is the first dog I have owned and I lacked confidence with regards to training, but Shelley was very encouraging and made me realise I could achieve success with patience, kindness and positive rewards. She always had lots of tasty treats & Molly particularly enjoyed the venison paddywack! It was also really useful to have the notes to refer back to. Shelley also gave me lots of advice about dog treats and helping Molly to become independent.
Tutor: Claire Luscombe
Class: Watcombe, Torquay
Six weeks proactive puppy training has equipped Ginny to take on the world in an appropriate manner for human's to appreciate her properly. Great work, thanks.
Owner's name: Helen Fallowell
Tutor's name: Kirsty McQueen
Zico was our first dog and despite all the reading when he first arrived I went from so excited to completely overwhelmed with not knowing what do with a little furry tusnami in our life. Kirsty was there from the start with support through email and the puppy classes. As a result I have gone from wanting to send him back to the breeder to just completing his good companion award. Classes have helped to have a well behaved dog and owner. It was also good fun and helped me to bond with Zico and to become my best pal. I cannot recommend it enough. Thanks Kirsty
Tutor: Shaun Kenvyn
Louie enjoyed the whole 6 weeks, we learnt loads and had lots of awww's and laughs. The final lesson was such fun even though it was mayhem! Poor Louie is going to be very sad this Monday with no lesson to go to! We are definately going to sign up for the advance lessons. Thank you so much.
Owner: Holly Nunns
Tutor: Emily Mazon
Twinkle attended Emily's classes from the age of 14 weeks. I decided that puppy classes were essential as this was my first dog and with a 6 year old in the house, I wanted to ensure that Twinkle was trained properly and was a good family puppy. The training was easy to understand, and even clear enough for our 6 year old, who loved attending the course. Emily made the classes easy to understand by using steps each week to build on the activity. Twinkle adapted really well, and has completely calmed down and is well behaved now, in comparison to a very over excited puppy that she was at the beginning.
Owner's name: Caroline Dighton
Tutor's name: Faye Hasler
Class: Stoke Poges
I wanted to write you you to let you know how wonderful I thought puppy school was. We finished the 6 week course and I can honestly say we're going to be lost without it! Faye Hasler, was absolutely fantastic. I really can't express how wonderful she was. Not only is she a fantastic teacher and extremely knowledgeable, she is also such a lovely person. She always made class so much fun and always made sure everyone felt comfortable. Her teaching skills were exceptionally high, she was always very clear and concise ensuring we all understood her instructions. Sidney has really come on leaps and bounds since puppy school, we feel Faye has taught us so much and for that we are so grateful.
Owner: Kye Trim
Tutor: Jennie Smith
Ralph and I attended Puppy School with Jennie as our tutor. I would like to say how glad I am we went along. Ralph has benefited so much from the classes. Jennie is an excellent tutor with super patience. I would recommend Puppy School to anyone who has just got a new dog, or would like to improve on their behaviours. Ralph completed the first course in January and tonight received his bronze kennel club award. I would like to say a massive thanks to Jennie for all her help and support over the two courses and we are both looking forward to continuing in Ralph's success and move on to the silver award.
Owner: Sue Elvin
Tutor: Faye Hasler
Class: Stoke Poges
I thought that you might like to see how much Barney has grown, he is really beautiful still as bouncy but loves other dogs and people. He is very respectful of older dogs and he is so gentle. He met another Tibetian Terrier at his next class and we have been walking together practically every day for 3 months which is lovely. We were very proud of him as he came third at the end of the session and was the youngest by 3 years, so your lesson's gave him ahead start.
Owner's name: Natalie Lovegrove
Tutor's name: Cushla Lamen
We have owned Alaskan Malamutes for quite a few years now and they all have one thing in common, they only do something if there is something in it for them!! An extremely intelligent breed and not one that can be easily fooled, even as a puppy! We believe that socialisation in those early weeks is absolutely critical for a Malamute puppy both with humans and other dogs. We decided that Puppy School was the way to go with their positive reward based training which suits the Malamute. Leo, our newest addition to the tribe, attended the full 6 week course back in winter 2012 he absolutely loved it and even now when we walk past the village hall he wants to go in!
Owner: Thomas Family
Tutor: Michelle Davis
We all learnt in a very positive way at Michelle's classes. She was sensitive to all her dogs' and their owners'needs: lessons were fun as well as really informative.
Owner: Tracy Slade
Tutor: Cushla Lamen
Class: Rowde, Wilts
After attending with our first dog last year, there was no question of where I was going to take Bertie - labradoodle number 2. Bertie is very food driven and Cushlas classes are just perfect. It's fantastic socialising for the puppies, they all love it, and the transformation in 6 weeks is amazing, all down to Cushla, I can't recommend her enough!
Owner's name: Alison & Roddy Wiltshire
Tutor's name: Tina Griffiths
Billy's first night at Puppy School was hard work we couldn't even get him in through the door he was so shy and timid. Each week saw his confidence grow, and even though he was the smallest puppy in the class by the end of the course he was confident and happy to mix with the other puppies. Tina was an excellent tutor whose calm manner helped us all.
Owner's name: Zara & Debbie
Tutor's name: Delia Graham
I wanted to go to Puppy School with Alfie so I could learn how to do lots of tricks, also so he knew I was boss and he had to listen to me. I also wanted us to have some fun so we could bond with each other. Alfie is a very cheeky chap with lots of character. When he got to Puppy School he always got very excited. On the first few sessions he was very vocal and barking / yapping. But then he started to settle down and stop barking. By week 3 he was settled and he was listening to what I was telling him to do. This was good to have some peace and quiet for once from Alfie. Alfie and I have learnt lots over the past few weeks.