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Magda Labushane

The Boss.

Magda Labushane, who has completed her thesis on animal behaviour runs the puppy socialisation club, which meets on the grounds of the Northern Transvaal Boxer club every Saturday morning. Puppy and Owner ;-) socialisation entails the following.


  1. General discussion / introduction
    This is an introduction to all the new puppies and their owners. It is also an explanation of what is to come in the classes and gives the instructor a chance to work out who it is who runs the home.
  2. Play
    This is the most important part as no matter how difficult the training becomes or how far you take your dog it must always be fun.
  3. Walk on lead on left side (command is "walkies") Puppies listen but their attention span is very short. Even more so with a half a dozen other puppies around to play with.
  4. Sit
    This is almost as effective as above on the first day for more or less the same reasons.
  5. Puppy Examination The puppy is put on a table summary="" and the owner examines the puppy like the vet would do checking its ears, eyes, mouth, feet, etc. This is not only for the dogs health but also it displays who is the top dog in the home. ( very often it is not who you think! )
  6. Walk on different surfaces: poles, A-frame, tunnel, sponge, cloth, etc.
    This is fun for the Puppy and builds up trust between it and its owner.
  7. Homework (15 minutes per day) This part is the one which defines how far these two will go in their training and what they will achieve together
  1. Discuss possible problems owners experienced at home
    This is a feedback session for those owners who did their homework.
  2. Play
  3. Walk on lead
    Most of the time being on the left.
  4. Sit & right about turn
    This is a lot easier for those who did their homework
  5. Pass the puppy
    Somebody else examines the puppy as was done in lesson 1. This is where dominance issues come to the fore and advice to cope with it is given.
  6. Noises - rattling cans, whistles, cap gun, etc
    After this the puppy will be aware of sudden noises around you but will not over react and run away.
  7. Dominance
    turn puppy on its back and hold gently. Lift puppy up.
  8. Tunnel & obstacles
    This is fun and builds trust.
  1. Discuss problems
  2. Every lesson learned produces unique problems when it is implemented. Puppies respond differently at home from the way they do at the club.
  3. Play
  4. Walk on lead
  5. Sit, down & stand
  6. Dominance:
    The puppy is turned on its back. It is then lifted off the ground this means it is totally at your mercy.
  7. Recall on lead while walking.
  1. Play
  2. Sit, down & stand
  3. Tunnel & various obstacles
  4. Owner recalls puppy, while puppy is held by trainer
  1. Play
  2. Obedience: same as previous week
  3. Start with "stay" command
  4. Obstacle course
  5. Retrieving of favourite toy
  1. Play
  2. Obedience work - sit, stand, down, stay
  3. Increase distance for recalls - owners can hide behind a tree / car
  4. Retrieving
  5. Obstacle course
  6. Scent work
  1. Play
  2. Obedience work - sit, stand, down, stay
  3. Increase distance for recalls - owners can hide behind a tree / car
  4. Retrieving
  5. Obstacle course
  6. Scent work
  7. Explain the use of the choke chain. Owners to bring a choke chain next week.
  1. Play
  2. Do obedience work with a choke chain
  3. Take puppies for a walk - shopping centre
  4. Tunnel


Lynwood Dog School
Obedience & Agility Classes
Magda Labuschagne 0832910867
Lynwood Dog School
Puppy Socialisation Classes
Magda Labuschagne 0832910867