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 6 to 12 weeks of age, as it is much easier to teach a puppy the correct behaviour at this young age than it is to correct bad behaviour later in life. If your puppy is older than 11 weeks see our Dog Training here.
Why Puppy Preschool?
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.
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.
What does it cover?
Each course consists of 4 one-hour per week classes. They are conducted over a four week period. Owners will learn positive reinforcement methods for training their puppy as well as an overview of socialisation, general health care, nutrition and more. Each course will also dedicate time to covering any individual problems and questions from owners.
- 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 your puppy's development. Where, when and how to train your puppy.
- Preventative medicine - An outline of the preventative medicines currently available and which ones are important for your puppy.
- Fleas - What's effective, what's not and how to avoid a flea explosion in your household.
- 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.
- Council Laws - Advice on what's legally required for your puppy and dog friendly exercise areas in your local district.
- Responsible dog ownership - Microchipping and desexing and the benefits for you and your puppy.
- Graduation! - Presentation of graduation certificates and farewell to fellow graduating puppies!
Training: All classes finish with a training session. Time is spent with each puppy individually, to ensure training is relevant and effective.
Exercises: Your puppy will learn to sit, drop, recall, lead work and stay.
Frequently asked questions about Vetwest Puppy Preschool
Where are the Puppy Preschool classes held?
Puppy Preschool classes are run at most of our Vetwest Animal Hospital practices.
When are classes held?
The classes are held on different days of the week. The day of the week depends on the hospital you visit. 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 7.15pm-8.15pm.
How old should my puppy be?
Puppies should be between 6 and 12 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 13 weeks then you can register for Vetwest Dog Training. Find out more information here or call us on 9404 1134.
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.
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?
Puppy Preschool is a four week course and includes a graduation certificate and treat. Our puppy pre-school trainers undertake the Vetwest Puppy Preschool accreditation course which provides them with vital knowledge on raising a well behaved pet. The cost of the course is $80 for the complete four week course.
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.