Contrary to popular belief, puppy classes are not free-for-all puppy play parties. This used to be how they were run, butwe've since learnt this isn't ideal.
Puppy classes divide time between socialization and environmental habituation, training,
and conditioned relaxation exercises
Socialization and Environmental Habituation
exercises aim to show new puppy parents how to effectively create a positive or neutral association with other living things, as well as potentially scary environmental stimulus. All puppies will have one or more things that they need extra work on, and a good puppy class instructor can identify that early and provide you with steps to overcome it before it becomes a problem.
exercises will provide owners an understanding of how, why and when they can use luring, free shaping and pressure to teach the common obedience behaviours. Our goal is to teach a man to fish vs. give a man a fish,
so extra attention is paid to those broad handler skills, with the actual teaching of skills being incidental.
exercises are short rest periods between the intense former steps. This is where we teach our puppies to chill out on cue, while the instructor has a chance to talk and answer questions.
Handouts and ongoing email/phone support are used to help new owners between classes. Follow-on classes and additional training programs can also available.