Apple Tree

Dog and Puppy Training


Croydon, South Croydon, Purley, Selsdon, Sanderstead, Kenley, Warlingham, Caterham


Puppy School


Puppy School UK continues to go from strength to strength under the guidance of Gwen Bailey. Puppy School UK is expanding to train more puppies and owners in our kind, reward based, modern training methods.  We have 53 active tutors in the UK.  All tutors are hand picked and have to undertake training, including rigorous practical projects, before they pass the course and are allowed to run classes. We support each other, offering years of combined experience from behaviour, training and veterinary backgrounds. Over 25,000 puppies have benefited from the Puppy School courses since Puppy School began in 2002.



What will my puppy learn?

You will learn how to teach your puppy to:


Come when called

Sit, lie down, stand on command

Walk on a loose lead without pulling

Accept handling (including for vets and groomers)



'Leave when asked

Accept people near to food bowls, bones and chews

Stop play biting

Be sociable with humans and other puppies

Greet people without jumping up


The puppy training exercises gradually progress from easy to more complex, building up your puppy's understanding and reliability each week.


Reward-based puppy training

Only reward-based puppy training methods are used at Puppy School. Treats, toys and praise are used to encourage puppies to be well behaved. No bullying or rough handling is tolerated.


Is it fun?

Puppy School tutors are chosen for their people-skills as well as their puppy training abilities. Encouragement and praise are used to help you acquire the skills you need to train your puppy. No humiliation or shaming of owners will occur and all lessons are fun and sociable with a happy, friendly atmosphere.


Puppy play

Puppies will be allowed to play in carefully controlled small groups to ensure they learn good manners around other puppies, do not get scared, and do not learn to play roughly or aggressively. Puppies will be matched for size, age, and experience, and play will be carefully supervised to ensure that all puppies learn to be confident with others.


Please note that, in some classes, the mix of puppies may make it impossible to conduct puppy play sessions safely. Puppy play session will only be offered if they can be run without causing harm.


Behaviour advice

Throughout the course, your behaviour-trained Puppy School tutor will be on hand to help you with any behaviour problems.


Practice makes perfect

Although all the information you will need to train your puppy will be given to you in class, you will need to set aside time every day to practice the exercises at home to make the most of the ideas you have been given. Training at home will allow you to progress further in class and will result in a better trained puppy at the end of the 6 weeks.


Regular monitoring for Puppy School classes

Classes are monitored regularly to ensure high standards. All Puppy School Tutors are well trained in the latest training techniques, as well as in animal behaviour. Regular refresher courses and an email forum for tutors ensure they stay up-to-date.





The classes

Puppy School is a set of 6 puppy training classes lasting 1 hour. The comprehensive programme has been carefully designed to take you through all the obedience basics giving you a good foundation for life with your new puppy or for any dog training sport you choose to do later.