Whatever your goals for your new arrival, Puppy Steps can start you off in the right direction.
After experiences raising two very different and challenging puppies, I began to realise how counter-intuitive bringing up a puppy can be. What you think is the right way often results in behaviour that you didn't expect or want. There is a lot of information and advice available, some of which relies on out-dated methods and can even be dangerous. Following my first distance learning “Think Dog!” courses with renowned trainer Sarah Whitehead & Alpha Education, I became ever so slightly addicted to learning about canine behaviour and training.
I am passionate about helping people understand their puppy's behaviour, and ensuring the very best early training and socialising for puppies from 8 weeks onwards.I use the most enjoyable, modern, effective and gentle techniques for reliable results. I hold OCN Level 3 qualifications in Canine Behaviour and Training, specifically in running Puppy Training Classes. I am a full member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (imdt.uk.com) and frequently improve and update my knowledge and skills through Continued Professional Development.
Whether this is your first puppy, or you have had dogs for many years, I am sure you'll find Puppy Steps enjoyable and informative. If you have already completed a short training course, perhaps through your local veterinary surgery, ongoing training and socialisation can make the most of this vital stage in your puppy's life. Your puppy's teenage stage can also be challenging, so if your puppy is aged over 20 weeks, consistent training can be especially helpful through either group classes or individual coaching.
Why travel further for professional and ethical puppy training and socialisation.
I welcome any questions you may have and hope to see you and your puppy at Puppy Steps soon.
Training and Achievements
Think Dog! – Alpha Education 2011-2014
Think Dog! Certificate
Think Dog! Intermediate
Think Dog! Training for the Future
Susan Garrett’s Puppy Peaks 2013
Susan Garrett’s Recallers 2014
Practical Instructor Training – IMDT – April 2014 – 4 day course
IMDT 2 days Assessment – IMDT – Nov 2014 – Achieved Full Membership
Pup Rescue, Spain – IMDT – Feb 2015. An intensive 5 days working with puppies from Spanish Rescues
Happy Puppy Instructor – IMDT – May 2015 – 5 day course focusing on running puppy classes
Happy Loose Leaders – IMDT – May 2015 – 1 day Workshop
Practical Puppy Instructor – Domesticated Manners – Aug 2015 – 5 day course focusing on running puppy classes
The Mechanics, Spain - IMDT – Feb 2016 – An intensive 4 day course in advanced training theory and practical working with dogs in a Spanish shelter
Practical Skills – Level 1 & 2 – Domesticated Manners – April/May 2016. Extending training and coaching skills to other animals, in particular some very unforgiving chickens
Focus Engagement and Impulse Control – Pawsatively Dogs – May 2016
IMDT Behaviour Conference 2016 – June 2016
Proprioception 1 Day Seminar with Sam Turner - IMDT - November 2016
Funk Up Your Classes - IMDT - March 2017
Happy Recalls & Happy Loose Leaders – IMDT – November 2017
The Puppy Conference – PACT – January 2018
Platform Training – Kay Attwood – January 2018
We are very pleased to recommend Lindsay as a highly professional and competent trainer who has shown us how to give Tyke the life he needs to live as a dog, but at the same time, within our domestic environment. Tyke is growing into a well behaved, gentle and friendly dog who is loved by all; as Lindsay usefully pointed out at our first meeting, Tyke doesn’t speak English, but we guess he too would recommend Lindsay very highly if he could: his wagging tail says it all.
Cannot recommend highly enough. We learn just as much as our Labrador Bess does it seems. We attended the puppy class and have now moved on to obedience classes. Cannot believe how much of a difference it makes each week.
Puppy Steps has been a perfect learning journey for our labradoodle Agnes. Lindsay has been; clear, understanding and patient with both Agnes and us. We always feel like no question is a silly question and always look forward to going each week, as it always has such a friendly, calm atmosphere. Highly recommend for both puppies and junior dogs.
Really enjoyed Puppy Steps puppy classes with our mini schnauzer puppy. Lindsay is very friendly and knowledgable, and the class was small and inclusive. She did a really good job of including my primary-aged children in the sessions and they learnt a lot too!