To make having a new puppy as easy as possible for you, we run Puppy Pre-School classes here at the clinic! Puppy Pre-School consists of four sessions where you and any family members, including children, are encouraged to come and learn how best to train and care for the family’s newest addition!

Puppy Pre-School is important not just for you, but for your puppy as well. It allows them the opportunity to socialise with other puppies and also with other people outside of the home from a young age. Classes here at the clinic have a maximum of six puppies and are held inside, so rest assured that your puppy will be completely safe and often free to wander around the room with his or her classmates! Puppy Pre-School is crucial to your pup growing up to be a sociable, relaxed and obedient dog.

Classes currently run on a Wednesday evening here at the clinic however this is sometimes subject to change and we will verify the time and dates for each class with its participants before commencing. Our veterinary nurses Tina and Amanda run our classes at the clinic. The course consists of four one-hour session over four weeks where you will learn, practice and revisit basic commands, positive reinforcement strategies and behaviours to expect, encourage and discourage in your developing puppy. Parasite control, a healthy diet, toilet training, potential allergies and toxins and much more are also discussed during classes and you are encouraged to ask any, and as many, questions as you like! The most important thing is that you feel you and your pup are getting the most out of your time in class as possible.

Week 1

  • Importance of a good, premium diet for your developing puppy
  • Human foods and other toxins to keep away from your puppy, and why
  • Positive reinforcement training including basic hand signals and verbal cues
  • Chewing and biting: what to do and why it happens
  • Separation anxiety and how to prevent it

Week 2

  • Grooming and handling your puppy appropriately
  • Dental care and why it is so important for our pets
  • Discussion regarding bones and appropriate chew toys
  • Building on positive reinforcement and training commands from week 1
  • Successful dog walking and appropriate socialisation strategies

Week 3

  • Parasites seen in our dogs and how to spot them
  • Parasite control: what to use and how regularly it should be done
  • Allergies: what can cause them, the warning signs and what you can do
  • Other potential problems for our dogs such as heat stroke and obesity
  • Revisiting and building on positive reinforcement and training commands from previous weeks

Week 4

  • Pet insurance, why it is important and different levels of cover
  • Revisit and practice obedience training techniques from previous classes
  • Test your knowledge on dietary requirements, toxins, socialisation, training do’s and don’ts and other topics covered in previous classes
  • Receive your puppies graduation bag and certificate!
  • Opportunity to discuss further options for obedience training as your puppy grows

It is recommended that your puppy be at least 10 weeks old before beginning classes and MUST be up to date with vaccinations (they should have had their second puppy vaccinations, which include the kennel cough component) to be able to attend Puppy Pre-School both for their health and the health of other puppies in the class!

The classes we run at the clinic are aimed at young puppies, who are new to your family as it focuses on basic training techniques and important need-to-know information related to owning and raising a puppy. Often, your family and your puppy will require additional training as your puppy becomes a ‘teenager’. Please talk to our staff if you are interested in further training.