Puppy Life Skills and Terrible Teens Classes



Puppy Life Skills and Terrible Teens life skills are training courses based in Brighton. They are designed to teach your puppy how to cope with life in a domestic environment. The classes are run by an experienced and  qualified veterinary nurse and a qualified pet behaviourist/dog trainer/veterinary nurse

What we do

Our aim is to educate new and previous dog owners on current and relevant information in the dog world to ensure you have a healthy and happy well balanced canine friend.

Puppy Life Skills Wednesday evenings

What does the course cover

The sessions will provide you with lots of information, including:

·    Socialisation and Habituation;

·    House Training;

·    Nutrition;

·    Neutering;

·    Relevant Legislation

·    General Healthcare

Why is it important? 

It is designed to teach your puppy how to cope with life in a domestic environment. Socialisation and habituation are essential for all pups under the age of 16-18 weeks, yet until they have their final inoculations they should not mix with other dogs who are not up to date with theirs. When done correctly it will help to prevent behavioural problems such as fear, anxiety and even aggression. 

The course consists of two classes which take place on the same weekday evening over two weeks. Each session starts at 7pm and is around an hour long. The classes take place at Coastway Vets Brighton Surgery. The cost of the course is £35.00 for both sessions which we ask to be paid at the time of booking. At the end of each class you will receive training information which is all included in the fee.

The puppies need to be between 8-16 weeks of age at the start of the course and have had at least their first vaccination.


In addition to building on the skills you and your puppy have already learnt,  Terrible Teens Life Skills are for older puppies, teenage and rescue dogs from 16 weeks to 1 year. If your dog needs to develop confidence or is over-zealous around other dogs, this course is for you. We aim to educate owners and teach your dog polite social skills resulting in a happy and confident canine friend for life. We also advise on important topics such as breed needs, handling, how to prevent behavioural problems, learning to speak “dog” and much more. 

2 x 1 hrs sessions
Tuesday evenings 7.30pm – 8.30pm
Age 16wks – 1yr
Cost – £35.00
Must be fully vaccinated
Maximum of 6 dogs per class

Please contact us for more information about what classes are available and to book.

Please note these classes fill up very quickly so call straight away if you and your new best friend are interested.

Contact either Jay Lisher or Trixie Howard at Coastway Vets on 01273 692257 and they will be able to answer any questions you may have.

You can come along to these classes even if you do not normally go to this practice.

Your Hosts.

Trixie has been a veterinary nurse for over 20 years and has been studying canine and feline behaviour since 2005. In 2009 she completed the COAPE advanced diploma in companion animal behaviour and training and is a member of the COAPE Association of Pet Behaviourists and Trainers. In 2010 Trixie completed the Association of Pet Dog Trainers foundation course. She has continually updated her skills and completed the COAPE higher level Behaviour and Training course in 2016, and is  a Tutor on the COAPE Nutrition courses. She runs her own Canine and Feline Behaviour business in Brighton and surrounding areas and offers Personal Dog Training courses.

Prior to co-founding Puppy Life Skills with Trixie in 2012, Jay was running puppy socialisation classes for over two years, and  has been working in the veterinary and dog training field for nearly ten  years. He qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2009 and has been deputy head nurse at Coastway Veterinary Group Hospital since 2012. Since then he has moved in a consultancy role at the Coastway Hospital. When not running Puppy Life Skills, Jay trains veterinary nurses and enjoys running dog shows with Trixie in the local community.



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