Rose's Puppy School

3 Egret Street, Helderrand, Somerset West, 7130 ,South Africa
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About Our School

My Puppy School has been going for 22 years. It takes place in our garden so there is a lovely shaded area and a garage to shelter in if it rains.  The vets in the Helderberg area have been fantastically supportive. With my own dog training experience and vet nurse training, it was a natural progression to running classes.  I’ve attended seminars and courses, including Ray Coppinger, Hills, and veterinary congresses with behaviour lectures. In 2010 I completed Thinking Pets’ Confi-Pup course to ensure I was offering the most up to date, informed classes possible and appreciate their ongoing training and support. I have completed online training courses with Absolute Dogs, UK and Susan Garrett, Canada. I am a member of the ThinkingPets Guild and the international force-free organisation The Pet Professional Guild.

Training Days

Training Times
Duration of Course:  6 weeks

App Number of pups in class: 4 - 6

Age of pups in class: 9 weeks to 4 months

Investment: Price on request


  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Schutzhund (dog working trials) national level
  • Breeder
  • Trainer at a dog club
  • Run puppy school for 20 years
  • Confi-Pup Trainer with ThinkingPets; Level 2 adolescent training with ThinkingPets
  • Member of the ThinkingPets Guild.
  • Member of The Pet Professional Guild for force-free practitioners worldwide.

Method of Training
Games-based positive reinforcement methods with reward markers. No aversive methods allowed (punishment, choke chains etc)

Course Content

  • Digital material and internet links provided
  • Handling; examination; grooming information
  • Basic obedience: name recognition, focus, sit, down, recall, lead work; the use of games to teach concepts such as calmness, attention, proximity etc.
  • Toilet training information
  • Management of basic behaviour concerns such as jumping up, nipping, chewing, etc
  • Off-lead socialisation for short periods. There is a separate fenced off area to divide the class, if necessary for better socialisation for timid pups, different ages or sizes
  • Clients receive information on habituating dogs to the vet to make this a fun & positive experience.
  • Basic TTouch explained and demonstrated in class.
  • Clicker/reward marker training methods explained, demonstrated and encouraged, but not compulsory. A clicker is provided as part of the course cost.
  • Groundwork (obstacles, different surfaces etc) every week to build confidence, optimism, balance and to encourage owners and pups to have fun!

* Proof Inoculation Required
 (1st vaccination minimum)
* Prior Booking Required


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Monday : 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Tuesday : 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Thursday : 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm