Puppy School the UK’s leading puppy training organisation

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About your tutor

Puppy School Oldham classes are run by Susan Lackenby

Puppy School Tutor Susan LackenbyHello and welcome to Puppy School Oldham

I am thrilled to be able to bring Puppy School to Oldham.

After having dogs all my adult life, after redundancy I made the decision to volunteer for Guide Dogs for the Blind as a puppy raiser. They ask for a 12-month commitment to socialise the pups. That was a life changing decision and at the end of that year I started my dog walking business and took on GD pup #2. I went on the raise 7 pups. Each pup taught me so much and it became my passion to pass on what I’d learnt to anyone bringing a puppy into their homes.

My dog walking business developed into a home boarding business in 2012 and a new marriage resulted in us now having 4 dogs of our own (a Black, Chocolate and Yellow Labrador and an Irish Setter) but when covid 19 struck work dried up as we all stayed at home.

When the opportunity to join Puppy School I jumped at the chance and I am thrilled to be part of the PS family helping families get the best out of their new family members and setting them up for success in the future.

Puppy School tutors come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Apart from running our puppy classes, many have thriving careers in rescue shelters and some work as veterinary nurses, dog walkers, dog groomers, dog training professionals or behaviourists. What they all have in common is a passion for training puppies and a keen interest in animal welfare and behaviour.

Our Puppy School tutors and associate tutors must undergo extensive training before teaching Puppy School classes. This includes an application and interview process, six days of comprehensive theory covering a range of topics from animal learning to lesson plans (taught by founder and director, Gwen Bailey, APBC registered behaviourist), as well as three days of supervised practical work and a comprehensive correspondence course.

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We monitor our Puppy School classes regularly to ensure the highest standards are consistently being maintained. Tutors are carefully overseen by Regional Managers to make sure they are using all the skills necessary to become excellent, positive, reward-based puppy trainers. Our tutors must uphold our Code of Conduct at all times and must complete a sufficient amount of continued professional development each year.

Puppy School is delighted to have been recognised as a Practitioner Organisation for the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC). The ABTC is the regulatory body that represents animal trainers and animal behaviour therapists to both the public and to legislative bodies. It is the only animal welfare charity that is primarily concerned with protecting the psychological welfare of animals undergoing training and behaviour activities. Susan Lackenby is working towards accreditation with the ABTC but is not yet qualified.