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By: Canine Concepts  12-08-2011
Keywords: Behaviour Modification, Puppy Socialisation Classes

Puppy Socialisation

Puppy Socialisation Courses

A puppy’s adult behaviour is shaped during early puppyhood. This course,  for puppies aged 8-16 weeks, teaches vital socialisation and life skills during their most impressionable age. What happens during this period imprints on your puppy's brain.

Dogs are so far removed from their original function of herding, hunting and ratting etc. They are living more in our homes and is seen as part of the family, therefore we expect more of them. It is then our responsibility to teach them how to live by human ‘rules’. And that is what puppy socialisation classes are for.

Behaviour Modification Consultations

Bobby Allchorn

Behaviour Modification Consultations

Behaviour Consultations are sessions that are geared toward solving more complex behavioural concerns. During the initial consultation we will explore every aspect of your dog’s life to determine the source of the unwanted behaviour. We will then prepare a training programme specific to the needs of you and your dog, and teach you how to help your dog overcome the areas of difficulty.

You will receive written training reports after each session and ongoing support to ensure progress.

Tellington Touch™

Tellington Touch™

The TTouch™ technique is an excellent way of bringing about positive behavioural, emotional and physical changes in your dog. It works with gentle, non-invasive stroking, lifting and manipulation of the dog’s skin, extremities and limbs, which we can teach you in a one-on-one session, or as part of a workshop.

Why we Don't use punishment on dogs

Why we Don't use physical & verbal punishment on dogs

We know that according to science, that correctly using above mentioned punishment works.. but the home environment is not a constantly supervised and controlled environment such as a laboratory, and this is usually the reason for the many fall outs of such punishment.

We choose to use and promote positive reinforcement based techniques, because since 1911 it has been proven to be more effective and kinder to your dog. Read here to learn about the danger to you and your family when using such punishment.

Individual Training Sessions

Individual Training Sessions

Individual trainings are one-on-one sessions with just you and your dog. We will start a series of lessons with an information gather sessions to determine your and your dog’s needs and a program will be designed accordingly.

These sessions are usually reserved for dogs that might have difficulty working in a group environment. If your work schedule does not allow to attend a group class then individual training sessions are for you.

Training for Deaf Dogs

Training for Deaf Dogs

Contrary to popular belief, deaf dogs do not have diminished mental capabilities. Deaf dogs are even competing in sports such as agility, fly-ball and obedience. They are still smart and can process cues and signals, make associations and connect behaviour with consequences.

Deaf dogs also experience emotions, form bonds and friendships and have needs and wants like any other dog does.

The principles behind training deaf dogs are the same as for dogs who can hear; the approach is just a little different. Just because your dog can’t hear does not mean he can’t be trained just as good as a hearing dog.

Short Courses, Talks & Workshops

Short Courses, Talks & Workshops

Eyes can speak a thousand words.

  • Recall Training
  • Loose lead walking
  • Improving body handling and making vet visits more pleasant
  • Mental stimulation and Tricks
  • Tellington Ttouch™
  • Babies, toddlers, kids and dogs - introductions and safety
  • Understanding canine body language
  • Caring for your older dog (including massage & stretching techniques presented by a veterinarian)
  • Ringcraft course for ALL breeds
  • Canine Good Citizen Training & Testing
  • Gun dog Judging & Course setting seminar
Play Groups

Play Groups

Playing and training go hand in hand. While training teaches acceptable behaviour, playing is a natural way for dogs to explore limits and develop interactive tolerances, affection, friendships and trust. These are all aspects that help to deflect social antagonism; allowing your dog to play is essential for the development of healthy social attitudes to other dogs and people.

Our play groups consist of small groups of dogs who want to play, and who enjoy socially interacting with other dogs.

Venue Hire

Our 450m2 wheel chair friendly indoor training centre is available for dog related events, seminars or courses that will positively affect the well being of dogs, and that is in accordance with Canine Concepts’ vision of using only non-confrontational techniques.

Please contact us for your venue requirements.

Gift Certificates

Gift Certificates

Gun Dog Training

Dwyka Bonthuys

You may wish to strive to win KUSA trials or you might only want to have fun in a non-competitive way by letting your dog do what he was bred to do. There are fun tests along the way that are set against a standard and not against one another.


Internship Programs

We have trainee positions for students studying canine behaviour. Contact us to find out if a position is available. We hope to have formal internships ready by end 2011.

Keywords: Behaviour Modification, Puppy Socialisation Classes

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