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 Thursday 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 nurse Erin runs our classes at the clinic. The course consists of five 45 minute – 1 hour sessions over five 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.
It is recommended that your puppy be at least 9 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.