Training your puppy is key
Our Puppy School
Has your puppy got you chasing your tail?
Do you want a well-behaved pooch? One who toilets outdoors, only chews their toys and leaves forbidden food and human possessions alone?
Do you want a sociable doggy pal who can be taken anywhere without a worry? To cafes, to the vet, to the groomer, to the dog park and to friends’ houses?
Do you want a calm canine who sits to greet people, walks nicely down the street and goes to a spot in the home to entertain themselves?
Yes, yes, yes and yes!
Then read further for more information on our range of puppy services.
All our puppy services are conducted by Katie Bedrossian our in-house qualified and experienced Canine Behaviour Consultant, Puppy Class Instructor and Puppy Daycare Manager. Read more about Katie’s credentials below.
Puppy Training Classes
Puppy Preschool (8 – 14 weeks age) – $279
Run on Saturdays for puppies from 8 to 14 weeks age (at the start of the 4 week course), puppy pre-school is strongly recommended to help socialise your puppy to many things they will encounter throughout their life.
The course encompasses dog to dog socialisation, appropriate dog to dog play, responding to you during play, frustration/impulse control, noise, object, surface, people socialisation, introduction to new environments and basic training in a distracting environment. Puppies can start any week as soon as a currently enrolled puppy graduates. Attendance is for 4 consecutive weeks and a 30 minute private consultation is included in the course fee. A second puppy from the same family costs $259. To book, please use our Contact Form (select reason of Puppy School) or ring us on (02) 9988-0198. (Please note the website book online button is for veterinary consultations only).
Canine Kindergarten (14 – 22 weeks age) – $279
Also run on Saturdays, Canine Kindergarten gives you the tools to guide you and your puppy through the troublesome teens (which for dogs begins from 4.5 months of age).
For puppies from 14 weeks up to 5 months of age, Canine Kindergarten helps your puppy transition into adolescence as a social, well behaved dog and helps you survive the canine teens. Puppy Pre-school Course prior to Canine Kindergarten is strongly recommended, but is not a prerequisite and we are happy to welcome any puppies in this age group. Puppies can start any week as soon as a currently enrolled puppy graduates. Attendance is for 4 consecutive weeks and a 30 minute private consultation is included in the course fee. Puppies previously enrolled in Pre-school are entitled to a discounted rate of $254. To book, please use our Contact Form (select reason of Puppy School) or ring us on (02) 9988-0198. (Please note the website book online button is for veterinary consultations only).
Puppy Behaviour Starter Consult (after 1st consultation)
This is a complimentary 15 minute phone consultation with Katie offered once for all new puppy owners to discuss a behaviour, training nor socialisation challenge you are having with your puppy.
Puppy Behaviour Consult (any age)
This consultation is designed for discussing behaviour, training and socialisation challenges in greater detail over a 30 minute in-person consultation. A written training plan is included. Usually one basic behaviour, training or socialisation challenge is discussed. More complex challenges are likely to require more time and a Behaviour Consult Package (1 x 1 hour initial consult and 2 x 30 minute follow ups) is more appropriate.
Puppy Day Training / Daycare (8 – 16 weeks age)
In-house training for your puppy up to 16 weeks of age. This is specifically designed to fast track your puppy’s socialisation and takes place in a puppy-safe environment with personalised attention and a maximum of 4 puppies. Once a puppy has learnt behaviour the first time with a trainer, it transfers to you, the owner much faster. We keep all puppies mentally, socially and physically stimulated, whilst educating, training and socialising them.
Puppy Daycare runs for 4 hours, the optimal length of time for young puppies. We can, by special arrangement, transfer puppies home after their session.
Puppy Playgroup (8 – 16 weeks age)
Held on Saturdays at 3.30pm, playgroup is a 30 minute positive, well managed play session with other puppies.
Our Trainer’s Qualifications
Katie Bedrossian – Vet Nurse Behaviourist
Katie is a fully certified and practising veterinary nurse (at Turramurra Vet) with extra qualifications in behaviour:
- Diploma in Advanced Canine Psychology
- Puppy Start Right Instructor Certification
- Fear Free Professional Certification
- Karen Pryor’s Better Veterinary Visits Course
- Membership of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)
Katie has attended the annual APDT conference each year since 2005 and has over 15 years experience in dog training and behaviour management. She has also fostered 10 dogs for Monika’s Doggie Rescue, all of whom have found perfect forever homes.
Katie has also run our puppy school on site at Turramurra Veterinary Hospital for almost 10 years.
Katie currently lives with two dogs, a Swedish Vallhund named Chase and a Cocker Spaniel named Skye along with her husband and 2 children.
She comes highly recommended by all of our vets and is very well-respected within the profession.