Puppy Pre-school

Puppy school is a series of 4 classes where our puppy trainers Jen or Jess help you to make the most of your new pup.  The focus of the class is to develop a good pup owner relationship, while starting your pup with some basic training skills such as sit, drop, come and stay.  It is also a great way to introduce your pup to other dogs, unusual environments, strange noises, and different people and reduce the chances of developing behavioural problems later in life.

Dogs develop their social skills from 6-16 weeks old, after this age it is difficult for a dog to develop new social behaviours. Puppy school is the perfect time to socialise your pup and avoid difficult social interactions in the future.

Kiama Veterinary Hospital has been running puppy school for over 20 years now, and nurses are continually revising/updating behaviour training techniques to keep inline with current research.

Class numbers are restricted to 6 to enable puppies to socialise within their normal social parameters, and to allow sufficient attention to be given to each pup by the trainer. Please call to make a booking, as classes will run on an as-need basis.

4 x 1 hour classes on at 7.00 pm 1 or 2 nights per week, (limit 1 person per pup due to current COVID guidelines

There are many benefits to teaching your puppy to be well behaved at an early age. Young puppies are quite able to learn obedience skills, toileting behaviour and social boundaries. All of these things help make your relationship with your dog more rewarding for the years to come.

We provide an effective puppy pre-school program for all of the puppies that visit our clinic. With our progressive and positive learning techniques you will:

  • Develop an understanding of normal puppy behaviour, learn how to read your puppy's body language and respond appropriately.
  • Develop effective techniques for positive behavioural development.
  • Understand the need for socialising your puppy.
  • Learn important tips about walking in public areas.
  • Find out how to protect your puppy against common parasites and diseases.
  • Understand important boundaries when playing together.
  • Develop strong bonds between you and your puppy

The most important thing about puppy pre-school is 'start early'. Waiting too long can allow behavioural problems to establish which then require more intensive training to overcome.