Lifeskills for Puppies

Active Paws puppy classes are an 8 week course.  Our flooring is perfect for training puppies without them sliding everywhere.  Our puppy expert, Jennie, has an assistant working with her and helping the 6 puppies (max) and their owners get to grips with training!
The first week is puppy free so we can talk about what is going on at home without distractions.
During the course, you will learn how to teach your puppy life skills, understand your puppy and we will cover all the polite behaviours:
     - Sit
     - Down (belly on the floor)
     - Stand
     - Stay and Wait
     - Walking on a loose lead
     - Recall (they will come to you when called)
     - Drop/give (will let go of something in their           mouth)
     - Leave (will not pick something up from the         floor)
     - Stopping mouthing
     - Meeting people and dogs, greeting people           and dogs
     - Games to play with your puppy
     - Puppy proprioception
You will get advice on what to expect with having a dog in your life now and as your puppy grows up!  We talk about all aspects of having a puppy in your life, not just training.  Our puppy graduates are part of the Active Paws family and we are always on hand to offer advice and support through adolescence and beyond.  We love seeing and hearing about their adventures in the world.
We have written an ebook to support our puppy training programme.  We realise it is hard to remember everything in class.  So this is full of tips and guidance to help you with your puppy.  Please Click Here to request a copy, this will open your local email client and prepare an email to us. All you need to do is press send and we'll send you out a copy.
All family members are welcome – children need to be 6 years old and above please.
Puppies need to be less than 18 weeks old for the initial puppy course and puppies must have had their first injection to join the course.  Call us on 01865 400408 to find out when the next course starts to book your place.
Due to popular demand, we are delighted to introduce our Lifeskills for Puppies Improvers course.
As your puppy continues to grow and enters new stages of development, this course will be the perfect next step for you.

This course focuses on the behaviours lots of owners say they need extra help with:
- Fitting Harnesses and addressing any issues
- Waiting to get out of the car/crate management
- Politeness through doorways/gates
- Manners around playing with toys including Drop and Leave
- Loose Lead Walking with distractions - being able to walk nicely by the side of you past people/other dogs etc.
- Keeping Focus on you
- Rewarding for calm behaviour
- Recall
- Waiting
- Jumping Up
- Managing your puppy at the front door (doorbells and knocking)
Call us on 01865 400408 to find out when the next course starts to book your place.
Our Courses


reactive dog, training is kind and positive, come on leaps and bounds

Kathy & Jenry

Doing brilliantly, no barking or acting fearfully, working towards going to the pub

Marcus, Justine & Harley

Wonderful team, thank you for helping

Joy, Dan & Sash

Ainsley has superb knowledge, Active Paws carries our strongest endorsement, recommended

S Martin

my dogs love their courses


Fab facility, well set up, 1:1 support & classes made a huge difference, continue with classes

Vicky & Otto

fantastic puppy training course, we have loved it, brilliant tips, lovely warm people

Katie and Martha

A Different Max, less anxious, much happier, gained confidence and trust, overcome thanks to Ainsley

Dee And Bob Burgess

Thank you, learnt so much, happy dogs, puppy training

Kaye, Rosie & Harley

A much happier and less anxious lurcher, new dog, recommend Active Paws

Nicola & Simon

Family Rescue! Come a long way, pride, can't thank Active Paws enough


Canine Physio noticing calm, focus after training helping her exercises

Nycky Edleston


Caroline And Carla

myotherapy definitely working...improvement in gait...jumping in car,on to things...done the trick

Gaby & Bertie

GSD X Beagle rescue, numerous issues, help from Ainsley, improved from day 1, I know how to help him

Sharon Ritchie

informative, huge benefits to every day life, he loves it

Carol Street

I can really recommend this course and Ainsley to everyone.


Great venue - Great Trainers - What else do you need?!

Caroline Shelford

Lots of tools and tips...huge improvement in only a couple of months...we travel 1½ hours

Mark & Gareth

I thoroughly recommend this place!

Sue Lane

Wow, lovely people, great venue and super class

Paula Topping

Highly recommended.

Rob Staves

What a great place!!

Sue Barlow

Such a lovely time

Carol Anne Street

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