Our experienced veterinarian, Dr Linda Gregory, runs our puppy preschool classes, which are a great step to ensuring your puppy grows into a happy, well-behaved dog. The most important aspect of puppy preschool is socialisation during the critical 3-16 week age period. This is a formative period, during which puppies develop behaviours which can last a lifetime.
You will ordinarily receive a puppy at around 8 weeks of age. This is the ideal time to begin training your dog to develop into a well-mannered member of the family. Puppy preschool provides a great start to your relationship and teaches you how to provide structure and leadership, and instil a sense of confidence in your puppy which allows it to interact peacefully and happily with other dogs.
Our classes use only positive reinforcement in a safe environment, designed to foster desired behaviours.
Foremost, your puppy will learn to socialise peacefully with other dogs and people, and minimise unwanted behaviour such as biting, chewing, jumping up, leash pulling, mounting, food and toy aggression, and barking. Your puppy will also learn commands such as “sit” , “stay”, “heel” and “drop”.
You will learn how to toilet train your puppy, and receive advice on diet, grooming, bathing, health care and responsible pet ownership.
The puppy preschool course consist of three one-hour classes, which are held at our clinic at 5pm on Saturdays.
The cost is $90 for the 3 week course.