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  1. What is puppy socialisation?

     Puppy socialisation in basic terms means introduction your new puppy to a variety of different things, this can be other dogs, people, animals and situations. The socialisation process should involve your puppy having many pleasant experiences with new encounters.

    Why is it important to socialise your puppy?

    It is important for the development of your puppy for them to encounter many new situations as this will help lead to owning a well-rounded happy adult dog. The experiences your dog has in the first few years of its’ life will help to structure their temperament and personality in their adult years, so it is important to keep each new experience a positive one so that they do not start to fear any particular situation.

    When should you start socialising your puppy?

     Normally puppies leave their mothers at 6-8weeks old, this is the perfect time to start socialising them. It’s easy to start socialising your puppy with new people, allow them to greet friends, family and other people on walks or out and about. Always allow your puppy to greet new people in their own time and not to force them to go near strangers as this can scare them, ask people to couch down to the puppy level so that they do not scare them.

    When introducing your puppy to other dogs you should monitor how they greet new dogs and their play. Most other dogs will give puppies signals for what is and isn’t okay when meeting them and during play however some dogs will be very tolerant. Think about how you want your dog to act as an adult dog as if they play very excited and physically as a puppy they will learn to expect to be able to play like this in their adult years too.

    Puppies under 12 weeks of age will be more outgoing and may not seem to fear many situations they’re faced with. After 12 weeks of age their brains are far more developed and new situations may now be approached with caution. It is important to continue to socialise your dog throughout it entire life by taking them out and about and allowing them to greet other animals and people.

    What we do at Noah’s Ark Dog Day School

    Here at Noah’s Ark we encourage puppy socialisation by offering a trial day in school for puppies under 6 months of age for the cost of £22.50. During their time here, our staff members will monitor their play and teach them appropriate play behaviours and how to listen to other dogs’ signals. We allow all our dog to mix together of all ages, breeds and sizes, this is important to ensure your puppy does not become fearful towards any certain group of dogs. We will also watch the signals your puppies showing and allow them breaks from play and the group if they need and make their time here an incredibly positive experience.

    To book in your puppy for a trial day give us a call or send us a message to 07957877948

  2. Meet Alfie, he is a 1 year old cockerpoo that has been using Noah’s Ark Day school service for a while now. This is an insight into what Alfie and all the other dogs get up to in a typical day at school. He loves playing with his friends and having big cuddles!


    Alfie’s morning!

    First things first! Alfie gets dropped off by his Mum in the capable hands of Noah’s Arks Staff. His mum gets asked how he has been since we last saw him and if there is anything we need to be aware of. We take his lunch and put it in a safe place so no one else can eat it on their way past. Alfie will sometimes give his mum a cuddle goodbye if he’s not too excited to get into school to kick-start his day.

    After saying goodbye to his Mum, Alfie makes his way up the ramp to meet one of his teachers who is stood waiting to welcome him with open arms. Getting Alfie into school takes no time at all, the only thing standing in the way are the doors. After a quick health check to make sure he’s okay he’s on his way through. Finally, Alfie is in school! What to do first?

    Alfie gets greeted at the door by the dogs that are already in school, has a sniff and runs about enjoying himself with his friends whilst he has the energy. Another dog arrived? It’s okay, this time it’s Alfie doing the greeting. After all the dogs have arrived in school the real fun begins! The teacher that greeted Alfie in reception goes up to join in the fun with the other teachers already in with him.

    Mornings are varied in school, some dogs come in and have a quick power nap after being woken up by Mum and Dad but not Alfie. Alfie spends the first part of his mornings playing with his friends and his favourite toys, enjoying bits of training either 1-2-1 or group training. Depending on weather, sometimes Alfie will enjoy some time outside with friends, playing with a ball or in the paddling pool. If not, he’s happy to play on the slide and the different levelled platforms dotted around school.  Alfie and his friends also taken out several times to allow him to toilet during the morning.


    Alfie’s turn comes after waiting so nicely while others eat. Alfie’s name is called and he heads on through to the food room where he patiently waits for his dinner to be served. After wolfing down his 5* cuisine (lovingly provided by Mum), Alfie gets another health check. His ears, eyes and nose along with body, feet and mouth are all checked carefully by our staff to ensure Alfie is still in fit condition as he was when he walked through the door. He is let outside for some fresh, cool air and another toilet time if he needs it. After this he is let back into school to continue playing. (All of our day schoolers get fed separately to ensure no one has any food they’re not meant to and allowed to the toilet by themselves just in case they are a bit shy)

    Time for Afternoon Classes!

    The afternoon lessons may consist of a group game of fetch or playing in the sun, no matter what lessons his teachers have planned, Alfie loves spending time in the school with our staff. A bit more training maybe? Alfie has a training plan that his teachers have made for him after his Mum told us what she would like him to learn while in school. (You can see what training is done with our dogs in next month’s blog).

     After all this learning and playing with friends, it’s time for Alfie to have his much beloved power nap. Alfie finds his favourite bed of the day and curls up for a good dream. Sometimes he even shares the bed with his friends.

    Alfie wakes himself up just before his friends go home. He says good bye to them just before they go and has some last minute fun and cuddles with his teachers of the day and his friends.

    Home Time for Alfie!

    Alfie’s name gets called down the radio and he knows that Mummy’s here to pick him up to take him home. After a quick goodbye to his friends and a goodbye to his teacher, he rushes down the ramp to see Mum. Alfie is always so excited to see his mum at the end of a long and tiring day. He meets the teacher on reception at the bottom of the ramp and dances about that much it’s hard to keep him still to put his harness on him. Finally it’s on and it’s time to reunite him with his Mum. She receives his report card and off they go until the next time Alfie comes to school!

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