Puppy preschool classes

Category: Services

Why are puppy classes important?

Between the ages of 6 and 12 weeks in particular, but up to 16 weeks to a lesser degree, your puppy is at the most impressionable time of its life. In this short space of time, everything that it experiences is treated as “normal” and acceptable. Puppies learn their social skills best at this time of their lives. It is important for your puppy to be exposed to as many different life experiences as possible in this time period. This will lead to a more relaxed adult dog. If you like the idea of a Sunday morning, sipping latte at your local cafe while your dog sits contentedly under foot, puppy classes are an essential first step.

More information and booking requests can be made by phoning the clinic during business hours on (03) 9762 3177.

Who can come?

The Boronia Veterinary Clinic’s puppy preschool classes are open to all healthy pups that are younger than 14 weeks and have been owned for at least 10 days. There is no requirement to have completed the initial vaccination course.

Isn't there a risk having several not fully vaccinated puppies socialising?

Puppy preschool takes place before puppies have finished their course of vaccinations, so it is true that your puppy may not have a strong immunity when attending puppy classes. However, the prevalence of Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus these days is very low, so the risk of your puppy becoming sick from attending puppy classes is also extremely low. It is important that you don’t allow a fear of infectious diseases put your puppy’s temperament and happiness at risk by delaying socialisation.

What are the benefits of puppy classes?

Whilst at puppy preschool, your puppy will gain valuable socialisation with other puppies of all shapes and sizes and with all sorts of people. Basic training techniques, such as sit, drop, recall (coming when pup’s name is called) and waiting before eating will be taught. You will also learn about how to make your puppy a valued family member, handling techniques and about several aspects of nutrition and health care. Puppies that come to the clinic for their preschool classes also develop a fond relationship with the clinic itself, which is very positive when they return for health visits.

Experienced dog trainers make the best puppy class instructors

A dog obedience instructor runs the puppy classes, with talks given by a veterinary surgeon. Puppy numbers are limited to six puppies per session to ensure adequate supervision and attention to all puppies. Classes are held at the Boronia Veterinary Clinic and Animal Hospital. They are held for four consecutive weeks and are one-hour sessions on either Monday or Thursday evening.
Puppy numbers are limited to six puppies per session to ensure adequate supervision and attention to all puppies.

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How much and refund policy

The four sessions cost $60 (incl GST) payable at the first class. Please be aware that given that these classes are heavily discounted to encourage responsible pet ownership. If you unfortunately miss a class it can not be refunded.

OK I'm booked. What do I bring?

As positive reinforcement and reward based training is the basis of our puppy classes, you will need to bring some treats for use during the class. Some suggestions are small pieces of cooked chicken, freeze dried liver or small pieces of sausage or roast meat. It is a good idea to refrain from giving puppy a meal just before coming, as this will make your puppy more likely to carry out required exercises for food rewards. On the first night, you will be given a puppy class information book, which outlines what you will be taught, with notes being given to add to the book each week.