Frequently Asked Questions



Do I have to wait until my puppy is a bit older before going to training class?


Sooner the better really with todays reward based motivational methods. One week after their second vaccination they can safely come to class and start to learn.

Please note only vaccinated dogs can be accepted for training and you will be asked to produce your vaccination certificate on enrollment.



Can I start socialising my puppy before he's had all his vaccinations and if so how would I go about it?


The sooner you start socialising your puppy the better but obviously you have to exercise caution. If you have friends with gentle, well mannered dogs whose vaccinations are up to date you can allow your pup to meet them in your own or their garden. Care needs to be taken not to allow your puppy to walk in public places like parks before he is fully protected. You can of course carry your pup, he'll come to no harm in your arms. Get him used to car travel starting with very short journeys and with somewhere nice at the end.


I've been told my dog must wear a collar with a name tag, is this true?

Yes! The Control of Dogs Order 1992 states that 'any dog in a public place should wear the name and address of the owner either inscribed on the collar or a name plate or disc attached to it' You can be fined up to £5000 if your dog does not wear the correct identification! It is also necessary for your dog to be microchipped now and If you attend a class that follows the Kennel Club's Good Citizen Dog Scheme both tag and microchip will be checked by your Assessor or Examiner.


We would like to have two dogs, would it be better to get two puppies from the same litter?


NO! It is a common misconception but getting two puppies from the same litter (or indeed 2 puppies at the same time) will make life SO much harder for you. Please don't do it! Wait until your first puppy is at least 6 months of age and then get yourself a second puppy and enjoy both of them.