Puppy Preschool is specifically designed behavior and training classes for dogs between 8 – 16 weeks of age. During this critical stage in your puppy’s life it is essential that he or she is exposed to a variety of experiences including different sounds, meeting lots of different people, and socializing with other puppies of all different sizes, shapes and behaviors. For some puppies, missing this “window of opportunity” can lead to a life of anxiety, fear and aggression
It is a common misconception that puppies shouldn’t have any association with other dogs or people until they have had their final vaccination. If the puppy is not socialized before his/her final vaccination, they will miss this critical period in their life. Puppy Preschool provides this opportunity but in a safe environment.
Our Puppy Preschool is held here at Sylvania Veterinary Hospital. Our hospital is cleaned twice daily with specifically designed disinfectants that kill infectious diseases.
Our puppy 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 more urgently than learning tricks.
Puppy Pre-school classes are held on premises at Sylvania Veterinary Hospital.
The address is 335 Princes Hwy, Sylvania.
The classes are held between 7:30-8:30pm on a Tuesday, or Thursday evening. The course consists of 4 classes which are held over 4 weeks.
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.
Puppy pre-school is a four-week course. Puppy Pre-school 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 friendly staff on 9522 7088 and they will book you into the next available class or enquire at reception today.