We teach owners how to train their puppies to become calm and confident in all situations, including vet visits, grooming, and how to behave calmly both at home and out-and-about. We are offering Virtual online Zoom classes to support owners during emergency measures from March 2020


We teach the following skills:

  • Social skills with dogs and people

  • Loose Lead walking

  • Polite greetings

  • Recall

  • Handling and grooming

  • Vet visits and new places

  • How to deal with puppy problems, such as nipping, jumping-up and chewing

  • Advice on neutering, vaccinations, nutrition, crate-training, toilet-training and exercise

We teach social skills rather than obedience tasks. This means that we don't teach "sit" or "stay" on cue because learning obedience tasks tends to teach puppies to sit for a moment and then stand up again until they’re told to sit, whereas learning social skills teaches them to settle quietly next to their owners for as long as they’re required to.

Our classes are not suitable for owners who would like their puppies/dogs to learn obedience training. Please also be aware that we do not use any form of force or pressure in class, which includes using ‘aha’ or ‘no’. Instead, we teach owners the skills to teach their dogs what to do instead of unwanted behaviour, such as settling quietly next to their owner instead of jumping up at people.


Classes are taught by Fern and Sandra together with our training assistants. We work with small groups of a maximum of 6 puppies, with two trainers in each group to ensure that puppies and owners get individual support.


The Thinking-puppy Social Skills Course is made up of six sessions and costs £75 payable by BACS upon telephone enrollment.

Payment is to be made within 24 hours of enrollment to ensure a place.

If you would like to sign-up, please call Fern on 07908427031

We generally have waiting lists for our classes up to 6 weeks ahead. Owners in this situation often sign-up to our Thinking-dog Puppy Programme to get started with teaching their puppies social skills. Please click here to see details about the Puppy Programme

Classes are held at:

Skellingthorpe Youth Hall

Skellingthorpe Community Centre

Lincoln Road 


LN6 5U


At 6.30pm or 7.30pm on Monday evenings.

Call FERN to sign-up: 07908427031 or email me:

© 2017 Created by Fern Ember with

Fern Ember Dog Behaviour

  • Facebook Clean Grey