For puppies from 8 to 14 weeks age
Puppy Preschool Class
Dog obedience and appropriate training is essential for a happy relationship between the pet and the owner.
Appropriate puppy school training is a key element to ensuring your puppy is taught the correct way and will mature into a well-behaved dog. It is based on motivation and consistency.
The ideal start is Turramurra Vet’s Puppy Preschool as detailed below.
Puppies should be between 8 and 14 weeks at the start of the course.
Saturdays 2:30pm – 3:30pm and 4:00pm – 5:00pm
What you Receive
- 4 x 1 hour group classes
- 2 x 30 minute playgroup sessions (can be done at any time from booking until final group class).
- Includes puppy training manual (authored by the trainer and regularly updated), weekly summary sheets and a silent opening treat pouch.
- Each class focuses on reinforcing puppies for offering appropriate behaviour throughout class such as sit, down, calm, on mat, quiet instead of barking, all 4 paws on floor instead of jumping.
- Each class includes off-leash exploration and play, usually one pup at a time, occasionally 2 well matched puppies to play (includes frustration/impulse control and reward of calm behaviours for those puppies still in pens and recall practice for those out of pens).
Puppy Preschool Classes Content
The Calm Kitchen
- Resource Guarding Prevention (food and toys)
- Lure Recalls and Basic Recall Guidelines
- Automatic Leave It (frustration/impulse control)-(focusing on leaving food items alone).
- Managing any fears and anxieties to household noises and kitchen appliances in the home.
The Calm Living Room
- Jumping Up on people and furniture (focus on management and setting up environment for success) plus stranger socialisation (as appropriate).
- Managing any fears and anxieties to vacuum cleaners, brooms and mops. Teaching a calm response to vacuum cleaners, brooms and mops for puppies who like to chase and tug.
- Sit and settle.
Out and About
- Collar/Harness/Lead/Halter Positive Association and calm attachment.
- Managing puppies who refuse to walk on lead.
- Preventing a pulling habit developing.
- Managing any fears and anxieties to the outdoor world (including storms and fireworks, garbage bins/trucks, traffic, bikes/scooters/skateboards, people with different hats, hi-vis vests and more). Teaching a calm response for puppies who get overexcited.
Yeah! Let’s Go to the Vet
- Putting positive deposits into the vet/grooming visit bank account.
- Introducing Co-operative Vet Care
- Socialisation to handling of different body parts.
- Managing giving tablets, ear cleaning, nail trimming, brushing and baths at home.
- Vet Hospital Walk Through (if no patients at risk for puppies currently in hospital).
For dogs a little bit older (14 to 22 weeks – dog’s teenage years!), we offer Canine Kindergarten as the ideal follow-on to Puppy Preschool.