We invite you to bring your puppy to our puppy preschool at Brandon Park Veterinary Hospital. This is an enjoyable way of encouraging early socialisation, introducing training and to help with educating both owners and puppies.
Many behavioural problems that we see in dogs can be due to lack of proper socialisation and learning basic manners in the first critical weeks of life. With this course you can feel confident that you are giving your puppy a good head start towards being a well-behaved and well-adjusted adult dog.
For best results, begin training your puppy when still a puppy. The “critical period” for socialisation, handling and training is between 3 and 14 weeks of age. At this time it is important to expose your puppy to as many novel things as possible in a non-threatening way. This early socialisation period is “critical” because even a small amount of experience at this age can have long lasting effects on the dog. Puppies learn dog language at this age. Those pups that are not exposed to other dogs during this socialisation period are more likely to develop unacceptable social behavious, such as aggression or fearful responses to other dogs, just as puppies that are not socialised to humans often develop behavioural problems.
Our aim is that the classes will be both informative and interactive.
The classes are run at the hospital in a relaxed and informal way, emphasising that learning is fun and should be stress free.
Puppies aged between 8 and 12 weeks, having had their first vaccination are eligible to commence the course.
Please bring your puppy before having had dinner and on a leash. Treats will be provided each week.
We look forward to getting to know the new member of your family!
When are puppy classes held?
Each course consists of one Zoom class and 3 evening training sessions, which are run on weekdays. Please call the clinic to find a class time that suits you.
How much are puppy classes?
The cost is $150 for one Zoom class and 3 training sessions.
This is payable prior to the commencement of the first lesson, to secure your spot.