Well socialised and trained dogs can be taken anywhere, are friendly with new people and dogs and are well-behaved at home. Poorly socialised or trained dogs can be fearful or aggressive with other animals or people and exhibit problem behaviours like barking, biting, jumping up and running away. All dogs have the potential for both types of behaviour.
The difference is puppy school!-
- 5 Week Course
- 1 hour per class
- Held in the courtyard of Struggletown
- Start after 10 week vaccination
- Special Headstart Classes for under 10 weeks
Puppy School offers a safe pleasant environment to socialise your pup with others of a similar age. This is of great importance as it helps your pup learn how to behave with other dogs, people and children, an essential skill for everyday living.
We use positive reinforcement training which involves using food, toys and praise to teach simple commands such as; sit, stay, come, down, drop, leave and ‘off the furniture’!
Many dog behaviours, such as barking and chewing, may be unwanted but they are also natural dog behaviours. At puppy school you will be shown how these behaviours can be controlled and minimised.
Don’t wait to master the basics!
Our Headstart Classes are designed to provide owners with information on coping with a new puppy as soon as you bring your puppy home. They are attended by owners only, before the puppies are old enough to come along (under 12 weeks).
The classes cover toilet training, sleeping, biting and early socialisation. You can ask questions about any health care or behaviour problems you may have with your pup.
Who can come?
All members of the family are welcome to attend classes. In fact it is very important that everyone understands the basics of dog training so that your puppy receives consistent feedback. Children need to be supervised by an adult.
Most people and their dogs find puppy school not only informative but also an enjoyable experience. Who would not enjoy watching the playful antics of a group of cute puppies for an hour?
The puppies have an enjoyable time playing with other dogs and so are happy to come into the clinic when it is time for a check up or vaccination.
How do I book?
Please call the clinic on 9398 8000 to book a course of classes or to attend a Headstart class.