Puppy Preschool classes are a fun, convenient way to help you achieve a well behaved, friendly and sociable dog. We provide you with the tools to help you understand the correct learning path and healthy maintenance of your puppy.
Run over 4 Tuesday nights, our senior Veterinarian, Dr Renee Pigdon, will provide you with the most up to date veterinary advice and information available regarding the care, health and well being of your new puppy. Our program is a team approach giving you expert advice and information from Dr Renee, our friendly vet nurses and our dog trainer from Urban Canines, Gail Boyd.
Who can attend?
Our classes are designed for puppies between the age of 8 and 16 weeks and their carer. We have a limit of TWO people per puppy and although you are welcome to bring a child over 8 years of age these classes are designed for adults.
Please bring a collar and lead to class and a hungry puppy. We use treats for positive reinforcement so don’t feed your puppy for a few hours prior to class.
Why is Puppy Preschool so important for owners of new pups and their puppy’s?
Each Year thousands of dogs end up in pounds and rescue shelters (and are ultimately euthanised) due to behavourial problems. Puppy Preschool helps to educate you and your puppy and to begin the extremely important socialisation process, giving your puppy the best opportunity to become a happy, well-mannered member of your family.
- Background on a dogs’ natural “pack” behaviour and how this can help you to understand many of the behaviours displayed by your new puppy.
- Why socialisation is so important and how to go about ensuring your puppy is well socialised.
- Preventative medicines and their importance for a healthy happy puppy.
- Effective methods of toilet training.
- How to discipline your puppy.
- When, where and how often to feed your puppy.
- What is the best diet for my puppy and what shouldn’t he eat.
- Dental Care – how to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
- Grooming your new puppy. Brushing, bathing and nail clipping, when to start and the particular needs of your individual puppy.
- Fleas – What’s effective and what is not and how to avoid fleas explosions in your household
- Exercise and play and the importance of it.
- Training – The importance of training and the where, when and how.
- Problem behaviours – chewing, digging and jumping up. Why puppies do it and effective ways to discipline.
- Council Laws – What is required
- Missing dogs – What to do if your new puppy goes missing
- Puppy Day Care
- Expert presenters and guest speakers – such as our Vets and Vet Nurses, Dog Trainers and the Albury Border Kennel Club.
- Hospital and clinic tour & GRADUATION!
How do we train?
We use positive reinforcement methods and each class involves a training session. Time is spent with each puppy to ensure the training is relevant and effective.