Posted on 03 Feb 2020 in Puppies, Behaviour, Darwin

Puppy Preschool

Puppy Preschool at All Pets!

Our puppy preschool consists of four 1 hour long classes which run over the course of four weeks. In puppy preschool your animal companions will have the opportunity to learn basic commands; such as sit, stay, and drop whilst in an environment with lots of delicious treats and other young puppies to socialise with. During puppy preschool we will also go through many different topics to help educate owners more on what they can do for their canine friends. Including learning about behavioural problems, vaccinations, worming and many other aspects to will cover them from being a puppy to a senior dog.

Why?

One of the most important things you can do to help your puppy grow up to be a friendly, confident, and happy family member is to socialise them during the “critical socialisation period”, which is considered to be between 3 and 12-14 weeks of age. The lessons they learn during this period will affect them for life. So it is important to teach puppies to accept and be comfortable with a variety of people, places, sights, sounds, and pets. It is also really important that this is done in a safe and controlled environment. Negative experiences during this period will also stay with them for life, and can lead to behavioural problems in the future. All Pets puppy classes help to socialise puppies in a safe and positive environment, so they may learn to handle stress and new situations, and are suitable for puppies aged between 8 and 14 weeks, who have had their first vaccination. Our puppy classes are run by Erin who can also provide education for owners on dog behaviour, including toilet training, puppy biting, and basic training, as well as essential health care advice. 

Where?

Your class will take place in the All Pets waiting room. This provides a clean, safe environment for your puppy to learn. It has the added bonus that if any questions arise about nutrition or veterinary care we have all the recommended products and information available to you. 

What?

Each week will focus on a different topic. You will learn to teach your puppy some basic commands like sit, drop and stay. The classes will also focus on behavioural issues like toilet training, puppy biting as well as playing with toys, and crate training. You and your puppy will learn what to do and how to behave when visiting the vet clinic, going to other dogs houses and having people and pets over to your house. Additionally the instructor will discuss nutrition, dental care, vaccinations and worming as well as any other topic you would like to know more about. Puppies must be between 8 and 14 weeks of age at the start of the course and must have had at least a C3 vaccination. Proof must be supplied. Puppies must not be walked outside the home for 2 weeks after their 16 week vaccination or they will not be able to attend. One adult per puppy must attend and children are welcome.

When?

Classes take place on Tuesday evenings and run for approximately 1 hour. Short regular training sessions are essential for a young puppy. They often can’t concentrate and wear out if required to perform for longer. The program runs for 4 weekly classes.

How?

Treats will be used as lures and rewards at puppy playgroup. Please do not feed your puppy before coming to class. The veterinary hospital has lots of happy healthy animals coming to the clinic but also some that are unwell. Please carry your puppy from the car to the clean waiting room. Accidents do happen and that is to be expected. Perhaps take your puppy for a toilet break at home before coming to class.

Call us to find out when the next class is commencing and book your place today!

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