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Puppy Training & Socialisation Centres in Trafford Park, Manchester and Sale

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Puppy Training.

You will receive a puppy welcome pack for your fur baby which will include a socialisation tick list to keep you up to date on all the different environments and noises you can introduce your puppy to. Dogs and Divas will communicate your puppy’s progress at daycare through a ‘Puppy Report Card’ in which you can contact a member of staff with any questions or queries.

Probably the most fundamental part of what we do is toilet training! We take the pups out to the puppy garden every hour and praise when good. 

If you are struggling with any specific elements of your puppy’s development, let us know and we will try to concentrate on this. We know how hard it is to socialise your puppy in these times, therefore we will be offering small training sessions with the puppies in daycare throughout the day.

We have space at the moment in Daycare for New puppies and they are very welcome at either site.

For our heroes we are offering 10% for NHS workers.

Doggy Daycare is the future in pet care and this modern way of dog ownership is great for everyone involved. We hope the days of dogs being left in outdoor kennels or locked in the house for nine hours at a time during busy work hours are long gone. These days people want the absolute best for their furry family members and we want to provide them with a fun fulfilled day every single day.

It’s also extremely important to choose the right daycare and do your research. Make sure there is enough outdoor space for toilet training and natural scenting and you definitely want to make sure there is enough staff at the daycare.

Remember, your dog will spend a good amount of time at daycare participating in all kinds of activities such as; eating, sleeping, drinking, playing, making friends and learning manners. With that said, be very careful in choosing the right one.

Although our puppy rooms do a brilliant job of teaching puppies how to play gently, share toys and learning manners, all dogs are different and in our extensive experience, we’ve found that puppies do well to meet both older dogs and other puppies as long as they are under expert dog handler supervision. And at Dogs and Divas, we have the best staff for the job!

Of course, the percentage of time spent with each group is completely dependent on the individual dog and we always manage that carefully.

Daycare is a great environment for a developing puppy regardless of breed or size. In our experience, ALL dogs are different so its very important that we carefully introduce new experiences to them in a controlled environment, helping them to quickly learn key socialisation techniques. This will give your puppy the best start and really nurture and develop them.

We’ve lost count of the amount of dogs that come to our daycares with no previous experience with other dogs due to lockdown, who are now happy, confident, secure and well mannered dogs.

Unfortunately, vets and trainers are unable to hold puppy socialisation classes or indoor training at the moment, so it’s even more important to think of the best thing to do for your dog.

If you feel like you’d like some further information, you are welcome to direct message us or contact us via the website at www.dogsanddivas.co.uk and we’ll be happy to help further ❤️

Puppy Socialisation.

All puppies need puppy socialisation, they need to experience as many things as possible at an early age so they are not overwhelmed.

In simple terms, “socialisation” refers to the learning process that a puppy must undergo to learn key life skills which ensure that they are happy and confident in their environment, and can communicate effectively within their social group .

All dogs are different; different sizes, temperament, age, experiences and intelligence. The beauty of daycare is that we can introduce your dog to a group that would be beneficial for them as a starting point and then as they grow in confidence, they may be suited to one of the other groups we offer.

You will receive a puppy welcome pack for your fur baby which will include a socialisation tick list to keep you up to date on all the different environments and noises you can introduce your puppy to. Dogs and Divas will communicate your puppy’s progress at daycare through a ‘Puppy Report Card’ in which you can contact a member of staff with any questions or queries.

Probably the most fundamental part of what we do is toilet training! We take the pups out to the puppy garden every hour and praise when good.

ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOUR DAYCARE HAS OUTDOOR SPACE.

If you are struggling with any specific elements of your puppy’s development, let us know and we will try to concentrate on this. We know how hard it is to socialise your puppy in these times, therefore we will be offering small training sessions with the puppies in daycare throughout the day.

THE IMPORTANCE OF PUPPY SOCIALISATION

Not many things in life are as exciting as getting a new puppy! With dog friendly facilities on the rise and so many pet care options including doggy day care facilities offering excellent services for our dogs, there are a few things we need to do to help our puppies be able to handle going in to situations like these comfortably.

People often get puppies and don’t recognise the need to do training classes, which I can see the perspective behind. Perhaps you want to teach your dog yourself! But even if that is the case, I urge everyone to take their puppy to their local puppy socialisation classes or doggy daycare.

At home we can do our very best to socialise our new puppies to new surfaces, sounds, people & environments on our own, but it is difficult to get that safe appropriate puppy play regularly, without attending a socialisation class. Puppy play is so important because it teaches our puppies something that we call bite inhibition. We want our puppies playing and communicating in play, so they can learn what is too rough, and what hurts their friends. This teaches them to be gentle with their mouths and results in appropriate play! It also helps our dogs to enjoy having doggy friends because they get to meet many different types of dogs with different personalities!

We can’t always trust dogs that we meet on the street are dog friendly, and leash greetings are a tense situation even for a friendly dog. The option for our dogs to flee if startled or uncomfortable is taken away on that lead, so sometimes our dogs make mistakes on the lead because of this! I always suggest avoiding lead greetings unless you know the other dog is friendly, and that your dog will be comfortable in that situation. Socialisation classes also help to ensure puppy gets to meet lots of fun people who will deliver yummy treats and positive play and fun. Supervised by these dog crazy fun loving professionals your dog will thrive.

Let’s break things down even further though;

Why do we need our dogs meeting all sorts of people and dogs? Why do we need to socialise our dogs to new surfaces, sounds, environments etc.?

Our dogs go through what we call a socialisation period, as well as two fear imprint periods.

First Fear Phase: This starts when our puppies are very young. It goes from 8 to 12 weeks of age! During this time, puppies are more sensitive because they are learning what they need to be cautious of/what feels threatening to them! In this period, we want to avoid traumatic experiences. If something startles our dogs, we want to ensure we make the experience positive with lots of rewards and praise. To avoid things startling them, we want to slowly introduce them to life in short and positive sessions. Things that startle our dogs in this period can become life long fears, so we want to do our best to ensure traumatic experiences don’t happen, and if they do, we handle them in a positive way!

Socialisation Period: this period goes until our dogs are 16 to 18 weeks old. This period is essentially when our dogs are sponges, they take everything in and much like during their fear imprint periods, we want to slowly introduce our dogs to real life things, in super positive rewarding ways! Let them check out a bike that isn’t moving, and eat treats off of it and while they interact with it, have joggers give your puppy treats, listen to the sound of the train and feed your puppy treats the whole time!

Second Fear Phase: This period starts around 6 months, and goes until our dogs are around 14 months. Much like our first fear imprint period, dogs are more sensitive to everything because they are learning what they need to be cautious of, so try and avoid traumatic experiences, and make every new thing super positive for them.

This is another reason why we suggest using force free, positive training methods. Some harsher methods can startle our dogs and build negative associations even when that wasn’t the intention.

To ensure you can see what startles your pup, you will want to become very educated with dog body language and dog calming signals.

Essentially, we want you to ensure you stay educated and aware of the signals our dogs are giving us, so we can ensure we help them to have the most success with positive conditioning and socialising to this urban world we live in!

Due to the national lockdown restrictions, puppy training classes are not permitted at the moment. However, Dogs and Divas Doggy Daycare can and will stay open with Covid safe rules.

You will receive a puppy welcome pack for your fur baby which will include a socialisation tick list to keep you up to date on all the different environments and noises you can introduce your puppy to. Dogs and Divas will communicate your puppy’s progress at daycare through a ‘Puppy Report Card’ in which you can contact a member of staff with any questions or queries.

Probably the most fundamental part of what we do is toilet training! We take the pups out to the puppy garden every hour and praise when good.

Also with other worrying things in the news please always try and remember your dog will pick up on your feelings so try to make everything fun and positive and anxious owner will make an anxious dog.

Another thing to remember is if you send your dog to doggy day care ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOUR DAYCARE HAS OUTDOOR SPACE. We are proud to offer outdoor space at both of our sites to ensure your puppies have plenty of space to learn and grow.

We have space at the moment in Daycare for New puppies and they are very welcome at either site

For our heroes we are offering 10% for NHS workers.

Regarding the pet taxi service, we will have to cancel unless it is essential for you; this means you are unable to bring your dog and yourself to daycare as our rules are strict covid safe procedures.

This modern way of dog ownership is great for everyone involved. We hope the days of dogs being left in outdoor kennels or locked in the house for nine hours at a time during busy work hours are long gone. These days people want the absolute best for their furry family members and we want to provide them with a fun fulfilled day every single day.

It’s also extremely important to choose the right daycare and do your research. Make sure there is enough outdoor space for toilet training and natural scenting and you definitely want to make sure there is enough staff at the daycare.

Remember, your dog will spend a good amount of time at daycare participating in all kinds of activities such as; eating, sleeping, drinking, playing, making friends and learning manners. With that said, be very careful in choosing the right one.

Although our puppy rooms do a brilliant job of teaching puppies how to play gently, share toys and learning manners, all dogs are different and in our extensive experience, we’ve found that puppies do well to meet both older dogs and other puppies as long as they are under expert dog handler supervision. And at Dogs and Divas, we have the best staff for the job!

Of course, the percentage of time spent with each group is completely dependent on the individual dog and we always manage that carefully.

Daycare is a great environment for a developing puppy regardless of breed or size. In our experience, ALL dogs are different so its very important that we carefully introduce new experiences to them in a controlled environment, helping them to quickly learn key socialisation techniques. This will give your puppy the best start and really nurture and develop them.

We’ve lost count of the amount of dogs that come to our daycares with no previous experience with other dogs due to lockdown, who are now happy, confident, secure and well mannered dogs.

If you feel like you’d like some further information, you are welcome to direct message us or contact us via the website at www.dogsanddivas.co.uk and we’ll be happy to help further ❤️

“Don’t want to just repeat what everyone else says, but really couldn’t recommend Dawn highly enough. We searched for ages for a friendly, personal place for Henry to go both during the day and for occasional overnight stays, and he loves it! It’s very reassuring knowing he’s so well looked after and enjoying himself. And has made some doggy pals! Wouldn’t send him anywhere else.”

Mark Wood