What is Puppy Preschool and why do we need it?
The crucial early learning and socialisation period for dogs is 8 to 16 weeks of age. For pups in this age group Puppy Preschool gets life started on the right track. Please do Puppy Preschool even if you have previously owned a dog – every pup has different needs and personality and our trainers constantly review and improve the program.
With only 6 puppies in each class, our Puppy Preschool classes provide:
Socialisation/interaction - with people and other dogs
Toilet training advice - no more 'oops'!
Familiarisation with the hospital - making visits less stressful
Settling and calming techniques
Troubleshooting - addressing any issues such as mouthing/biting
Tricks and games
Understanding dog psychology
General health care advice - diet, exercise, grooming for puppies
Trainer - Nadia and
Puppies - Winston and Maisie
So what happens at Puppy Preschool?
Our Puppy Preschool course consists of five, one-hour classes held over 5 consecutive weeks. Classes focus on socialisation opportunities at different
WEEK 1 - Welcome to Puppy Class- Owners are asked to bring their puppy along on a secure harness and lead, with a treat pouch and a bed or mat for you puppy to sit on.
Owners receive a handy information pack with plenty of helpful training ideas you can work on at home.
WEEKS 2, 3 and 4 - Puppies to attend on-lead with owner(s). Puppy Training and Good Guardianship, dog psychology and body language, behaviour, diet,
exercise, toilet training, environmental enrichment, settling exercises, grooming, hospital familiarisation, positive reinforcement methods, socialisation, coaching, tricks and games.
WEEK 5 - Puppies to attend on-lead with owner(s) for GRADUATION! Similar to previous classes, plus a "Graduation Pack" and Certificate of Graduation.
When and where are they held?
Classes are held at our veterinary hospital on Saturday mornings and on selected weekday evenings.
How do I enrol?
The only pre-requisite for Puppy Preschool is that puppies must have had their first vaccination. We need proof of this, so please show us your pup's vaccination certificate before the first class.
To enrol, phone or visit our receptionist. Online bookings are not possible as we need to ensure the best mix of breeds for each class. Your enrolment will only be confirmed when you have paid in full. As classes fill quickly please make a booking as soon as you have acquired your new puppy.
How much does Puppy Preschool cost?
The 5 week course costs $245 (including GST)
This includes a gorgeous designer 'Doog' treat pouch, a new puppy info pack,
and an optional Adaptil Puppy collar, available to purchase at half the retail price - $40!
How will your puppy benefit from an ADAPTIL collar?
Mother dogs communicate with their puppies through natural chemical signals, or pheromones. These pheromones
are scientifically called Dog Appeasing Pheromones. These pheromones are odorless messages and are only perceived
by dogs, not cats or people.
ADAPTIL replicates these pheromones, providing comfort and security to dogs of all ages. This helps dogs and puppies
to feel reassured and relaxed in challenging situations, reducing signs of stress and anxiety. ADAPTIL helps puppies to
feel as comforted and secure with their new family as they did with their mother. ADAPTIL promotes better socialisation
and learning to help puppies develop into confident, well-adjusted adults.
About our trainer - Nadia
Nadia is our brilliant puppy preschool trainer. Animals have always played a big role in Nadia's life and she has worked in various animal-related roles including being a companion animal ranger, and working in greyhound welfare around NSW. Nadia began working with us as a puppy school assistant and has moved up the ranks to become our main trainer. Nadia has a detailed knowledge of animal behaviour and has recently started her own dog training business, Training Mutts, which a member of the Pet Professional Guild of Australia. She holds a Cert III in Dog Behaviour and Training, and a Cert IV in Companion Animal Services, and is always studying to further her behaviour knowledge. Nadia lives with two cats, her loving Priscilla and playful Greyson.
Find out more on her website >