Puppy Preschool is a must for all owners looking to give their puppy the very best start in life and the opportunity to grow into a well behaved, sociable dog. Classes are designed for puppies between 8 to 15 weeks* of age, as this is the critical learning stage when puppies gain important socialisation skills and learn the basics of being a good dog!
For The Best Start In Life
Why Puppy Preschool?
Your puppy needs you to teach them the rules of living in our human world and Vetwest Puppy Preschool gives you the tools to teach your puppy in a positive and effective way to help them grow into a confident and well-behaved dog.
Puppy Preschool provides a safe, controlled environment for puppies to socialise and classes are kept small so that time can be spent with each puppy and their owners. We are now able to offer one on one video training to allow you to work on your puppies training from the safety of your home. Read more below.
Each year thousands of dogs end up in pounds and shelters, due to behavioural problems developing in later life. This is often the result of a lack of proper socialisation and training in the important early developmental stage of a puppy's life.
Training at Vetwest is focused on positive reinforcement, where we reward the behaviours we want and ignore the ones we don’t want. This training approach helps to build a stronger bond with your dog and gives you the best start to a happy life with your new puppy.
Overview of Puppy Preschool
Classes are held on different days of the week across our different locations. In most cases, your class will be held on the same day each week with classes starting after 7pm on weekdays and in the afternoon on weekends. To check class times and locations, enquire online below.
The cost of our popular 4 week course is $95 and includes 4 x 1 hour training sessions, a comprehensive puppy training booklet, advice from our trainers and a graduation pack.
Interested in our one on one video puppy training? Scroll down to find out more!
Topics We'll Cover With You And Your Puppy
Dogs in nature: Background information about dogs' natural "pack" behaviour and how this can help you to understand many of the behaviours displayed by your new puppy.
Socialisation: Why socialisation is so important to your puppy's development and how to safely go about ensuring that your puppy is well socialised.
Toilet training: Effective techniques for toilet training your puppy at home.
Managing problem behaviours: Why they can occur and how to use positive reinforcement to minimise problem behaviours such as chewing, digging, jumping up etc.
Training: The importance of training. Where, when and how to train your puppy. Your puppy will learn to sit, drop, recall, lead work and stay.
Caring for your puppy: Vaccinations, parasite control (including fleas) and preventative medicine for your puppy.
Diet and feeding: Recommendations for when, where, how often and what to feed your new puppy.
Grooming: Brushing, bathing, nail clipping. When to start and what needs to be done for your individual puppy. How to introduce your puppy to being groomed without them becoming afraid.
Responsible dog ownership: Microchipping and desexing and the benefits for you and your puppy.
Council Laws: Advice on what's legally required for your puppy and dog friendly exercise areas in your local district.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where are the Puppy Preschool classes held?
- Armadale-Byford - 370 South Western Highway, Wungong
- Ballajura - 110 Illawarra Crescent
- Bibra Lake - 19 Port Kembla Drive, Bibra Lake
- Canning Vale - 5/888 Nicholson Road, Canning Vale
- Carine - 12 Davallia Road, Duncraig
- Clarkson - 2/4 Bergen Way, Mindarie
- Cockburn - 1/816 Beeliar Drive, Success
- Currambine - 7/4 Hobsons Gate, Currambine
- Ellenbrook - 11 Main Street, Ellenbrook (currently unavailable)
- Mandurah - 321 Mandurah Tce, Mandurah
- Midland - 231 Morrison Road, Midvale
- Rockingham - 3.9 Enterprise Way, Rockingham
- South Perth - 199 Canning Highway, South Perth
- Wanneroo - 5 San Rosa Road, Wanneroo
- Whitfords - 6/37 Endeavour Road, Hillarys
When are classes held?
Classes are held on different days of the week across our different locations across the Perth metro area. The course consists of 4 classes which are held over 4 weeks. In most cases, your class will be held on the same day each week between 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
How old should my puppy be?
Puppies should be between 6 and 15 weeks of age and have had their first vaccination. This is the optimal time for training and ensures all puppies in the class are socialised in a safe environment which is appropriate for their age and size. If your puppy is older than 15 weeks then we highly recommend Level 1 Dog Training with the RSPCA.
What do I need to bring to class?
Please bring a lead to class and your puppy should also be suitably fitted with a collar. We don't recommend the use of a harness for puppy school. If your puppy was not vaccinated at a Vetwest Animal Hospital please bring your puppy's current vaccination record. You'll also need to bring suitable treats and a kong for your puppy.
Should I feed my puppy before class?
Preferably not. Puppies like to sleep after a meal and they are less responsive to treats which are used as a form of positive reinforcement during class.
How much does Puppy Preschool cost?
The cost of the four week group course is $95.
How do I book my puppy into a class?
Please call your local Vetwest Animal Hospital and they will book you into the next available class or complete our online enquiry form below above.