Puppy school or puppy playgroup?

In the first part of the blog article “Puppy PlayGroup or Puppy School” we looked at what you should focus on if you are looking for a puppy school: namely, what everyday life with your adult dog should look like. And here it goes on, with important clues for the choice of the puppy school for your dog.

Of course, social contact plays an important role in puppy age. corgi terrier mix it is particularly important to pay attention to how long, how much, and with whom the social contract takes place and what your dog learns. Because not every game with other puppies your dog learns well. For example, a balanced balance of power or an interplay of cautious, or rather researching puppies (here too, big and small can play together) must be ensured so that the little ones can leave the social game with many positive experiences. Puppies should also be able to experience when it becomes too much for the play partner, so he has to take a step back. Dog owners should always be close by so that they can offer their dog safety and protection so that he learns to rely on his people.

Theory is just as important in puppy school as practical exercises and social play. Especially when the dogs learn that they can fully engage with their humans in the training sessions and “forget” the other puppies around them. Because then the puppies learn something important: The first orientation to humans, despite distraction.

How many puppies should be in a group?

Of course, it’s insanely cute to watch as many puppies as possible play. But here, too, the following applies: quality over quantity. No more than 6 puppies per trainer should participate in a training session so that there is enough time to target each participant and puppy.

Important: Puppy school is not everything

Of course, not only hours at puppy school are decisive for how your dog will behave later. It depends a lot on these first encounters and learning situations that your dog makes in the socially sensitive phase. In addition, it is of course of great importance that you practice and consolidate what you have learned from training young rat terrier puppy school in everyday life with your dog. Likewise, your dog’s breed and genetics can influence behavior.


Think about how you want to live with your dog later. Pay attention to how the puppy group is structured.

Is there theory and practical exercises with your own puppy?

Is there free spins? Do the puppies fit together well in free play?

Does the trainer explain the dogs’ behaviors well?

Is the coach active during the game sequences and intervenes if necessary?

Will the questions of the participants be addressed?

How big is the puppy group?

If you are unsure whether the dog school you trust offers a suitable puppy lesson, just ask briefly if you can see a dog once at a training hour.

The puppy school is structured according to the points mentioned:

In puppy school, the focus is on the cooperation of man and dog. With regard to further dog life, I would like to lay an important foundation stone of attachment, peace, orientation, fun in cooperation with humans and species-appropriate employment, as well as the first important topics for basic education.

Puppy school consists of a mixture of theory, practical exercises and social play. This means that the dogs already learn in puppy school that other dogs not only mean play and fun, but that they can also ignore them and concentrate fully on their human. Because that’s what is important later in everyday life with your dog – that he orients himself to humans.

Of course, social play is just as important for the puppy to practice communication with other conspecifics and get to know himself – so there are also play phases. Here I make sure that the playing partners fit together. Not all dogs will always play with each other at the same time, because it is also part of being able to wait and stay calm while other puppies play.

The theoretical content and practical exercises in my puppy school are on the following topics:

  1. How to learn dogs/How do I teach my dog or how does he teach himself things?
  2. Getting and keeping my dog’s attention
  3. Basic recall
  4. Base running on a loose leash
  5. How your dog learns to go to a certain place and stay relaxed there.
  6. How your dog can pull himself down in exciting moments.
  7. Play behavior of dogs/communication among dogs/playing with the dog
  8. Motor skills training/getting to know different stimuli
  9. Preparation for treatment at the veterinarian

Trainers attach great importance to the fact that the “chemistry” between me and my customers is right. Because only in this way can the training be successful, so we start, before it starts in the puppy school, with a “school enrollment date” in the form of half an individual hour. On this training date we have time for all your questions. We discuss current hurdles in living together with your puppy and start the first training steps.

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