Puppy Preschool is specifically designed behaviour and training classes for dogs between 8 – 16 weeks of age. During this important stage in your puppy’s life it is essential that he or she is exposed to a variety of experiences such as different environments, meeting lots of different people, and socialising with other dogs of all different sizes and with different behaviours.
Puppy Preschool provides an opportunity for owners to learn how to teach their puppies to be obedient and well-mannered dogs, in a safe and fun environment. Missing this window of opportunity when they’re young and adaptable, can lead to a life of anxiety, fear and aggression for some dogs.
It is a common misconception that puppies shouldn’t have any association with other dogs or people until they have had their final vaccination, but this is not correct and could cause them to miss this important socialisation step.
Our Puppy Preschool is held here at the hospital, which is cleaned twice-daily with specifically designed disinfectants that kill infectious diseases.
Our preschool instructors are qualified Veterinary Nurses, who have also completed additional dog behaviour training. Our classes are run in a relaxed and controlled environment.
During “play time” all puppies are monitored closely by the instructors to pick up and prevent any negative play before it happens. Our puppy preschool teachers use positive reinforcement for all of our training. Puppies need to learn social skills, basic commands and house manners, as a priority over learning tricks.
Classes are held on our premises at Sylvania Veterinary Hospital, 335 Princes Highway Sylvania.
Class schedules vary and the course consists of four classes which are held over four weeks. Please call the clinic on 9522 7088 to find out the schedule.
Puppies should be between 8 and 16 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 fun and safe environment which is appropriate for their age and size. If your puppy is older than 16-weeks, then please contact us for our recommendations on alternative training.
Please bring a lead to class, your puppy should also be suitably fitted with a collar, and a towel or mat for your puppy to sit on. If your puppy was not vaccinated at a Sylvania Veterinary Hospital, please bring your puppy’s current vaccination record.
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.
The four-week course is also a great way for both you and your puppy to become acquainted with our team. The cost of the course is $160.
Please call our team on 9522 7088 who will book you into the next available class. Alternatively, you can book at reception or complete the following online enrolment form.