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New Puppy Home Visits

Welcome Home Puppy!

New Puppy Home Visits have been designed to support you in planning for your new puppy's arrival (if you're currently in excited / daunted anticipation of picking them up!), and to help you successfully settle them in within your unique household once / if they have already arrived.


Puppies have a LOT of learning to do in a VERY short space of time. A critical period for learning and social development in your puppy's life is between 3 and 12 weeks of age, which is often before most puppies arrive at their first training class. Your puppy’s life experiences during this early window of opportunity can have long-lasting influences on their confidence and expectations, and shape their behaviour well into adulthood, therefore it is crucial as the owner of a new puppy to know how to meet their developmental needs, and ensure that their physical, psychological, emotional and social demands are being met during this sensitive time, and beyond.


By providing you with one-to-one advice and coaching prior to, or soon after, your puppy arrives in your home, we 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, emotional and social enrichment to meet their needs and ensure well-being

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

  • Create opportunities for socialising your puppy, and for introducing them to the sights, sounds, smells etc of their new world (indoors and out) in ways which foster confidence rather than fear

  • 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.



In-person visit from Sara lasting up to 1 hour 30 minutes £60.00 (+ £10 for every additional 10 minutes)  including an emailed copy of our New Puppy Guide containing a wealth of practical management and training guidance in relation to a wide range of puppy topics.

The price above is applicable to home visits within 5 miles of RG9 1TE. A mileage fee of 50p per mile each way is applicable to any additional miles.

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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