Does your mutt need some manners?
A new Puppy School is now accepting cuddly canine pupils for a five-week training course.
The Silly Hounds Puppy School is starting on September 17th in Glanmire GAA Football Hall.
Run by animal lover and dog behaviour expert Ciara Palmer, the course is suitable for anyone who has a puppy of any breed under five months of age.
“Early foundation training is the best way to stop any undesirable behaviours starting and the first 16 weeks of a puppy’s life is the most important time in development and socialisation.” Ciara told Yay Cork.
“I’ve always been an animal lover. I grew up surrounded by dogs (at one point our family had five dogs) and ended up studying Zoology in UCC. After college, I completed a Masters in Conservation Biology. These degrees allowed me to work with rescued chimpanzees, orangutans, gibbons and in a dog rescue centre in the UK.
“My partner and I made a move to Australia in 2017 in search of sunnier skies, where I completed my Dog Training and Behaviour Certification. I have also completed a certification in Separation Anxiety and I am one of the only Separation Anxiety specialists in Ireland.”
Ciara worked as a dog trainer in Melbourne for over five years before moving back to Ireland in April this year and starting her own business in June.
“A dog with behavioural issues can put a strain on their owner’s lives and relationships and giving these owners the skills to help change these behaviours is so rewarding,” she added.
Topics that will be covered include: biting, chewing, toilet training, basic obedience, leash walking and manners.
The cost is €159 for five face-to-face group training sessions and includes a free dog training pouch. You can book in here.