New Puppy Home Visits

Coronavirus - Service Update

National Lockdown from 5th Janauary 2021


New Puppy Home Visits are only being offered remotely via Zoom (or other video-calling platform) during the period of National Lockdown from 5th January 2021.

Welcome Home Puppy!

Puppies have a LOT of learning to do in a VERY short space of time. Developmentally, your dog’s critical learning period (when they learn to approach new things with curiosity rather than fear), starts when your puppy is about 2 weeks old and quickly tapers off after about 12 weeks of age (up to 16 weeks of age for larger breeds), which is often before most puppies arrive at their first training class.


By providing you with one-to-one advice and coaching prior to and / or soon after your puppy arrives in your home, I can help you to:


  • Prepare your home in advance of your puppy's arrival, for example, establishing an appropriate, safe and inviting area for your puppy to rest, sleep and spend time alone

  • Plan the 'handover' day to ensure that your puppy's transition from the breeder's / fosterer's home or rescue centre to your home is as stress-free as possible

  • Introduce your puppy successfully to other family members, including children, existing dogs in the home and any other pets

  • Create a structured routine for your puppy, and house rules for the whole family to follow, to promote clarity, calmness and confidence amongst everyone in the home

  • Implement a successful house-training plan

  • Develop your puppy's confidence when spending time alone

  • Avoid common pitfalls that can lead to your puppy developing undesirable / unsafe behaviours

  • Identify opportunities for providing your puppy with physical, psychological and social enrichment to meet their needs and ensure good welfare

  • Understand how to protect your puppy’s body with appropriate exercise and management of their daily physical activities

  • Create opportunities for socialising and habituating your puppy

  • Put together a shopping list of things that you and your puppy are likely to need for satisfying basic needs, enrichment, management and training

  • Embark on your shared journey of developing understanding and communication through basic training


Thoughtful planning and implementation of activities during your puppy’s first weeks, can help to ensure that your life together starts with minimal stress and maximum opportunity for you to develop a strong, secure bond with one another, and for your puppy to develop into a relaxed, confident and adaptable adult dog.

We are now offering our New Puppy Home Visits in both a virtual format (using either video or telephone call) and in-person (if the visit can take place in your garden - for Covid-security reasons). For both options, supporting documentation is provided to you by email, including your copy of our 80 page New Puppy Guide reference document.

For in-person visits, the 1 hour 30 minute consultation must be taken as a single session. For virtual visits, you have the option of taking the time all in one go, or, if you would like to chat with Sara both before and after your puppy’s arrival, you can split your consultation time into two 45 minute calls.



£50.00  -  1 hour 30 minute consultation + an emailed copy of our 'New Puppy Guide' reference document

To register your interest in booking a New Puppy Home Visit, please complete the Registration Form on the Booking Information page.

What clients say

“We engaged Sara very shortly after acquiring our new puppy, Grackle. It was one of the best decisions we ever made. Having last had a puppy twelve years ago we felt we needed a refresher course as so much has changed with training methods and we were frankly sceptical about ‘treat training’. We also wanted to give our puppy the best possible start in life.


From the moment we met Sara it was quite obvious that she has that very special gift of connecting with dogs. Her empathy and patience were balanced by her enthusiasm for training dogs and working with humans. We thoroughly enjoyed our sessions with her and have benefited so much from the advice she happily dispensed. Most of all, we loved (and were slightly envious!) of the way Grackle responded to Sara.”

Lesley, Sandy and Grackle the Catalan Sheepdog

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