Puppy Preschool is an essential part in the development of your puppy. Vets First runs Puppy Preschool at both of our practices – Riverport Veterinary Hospital and Victor Central Veterinary Clinic.
Unlike a lot of other Puppy Preschool classes, our model was designed by the Australian Veterinary Behaviour Services and our qualified veterinary nurse instructors know the very latest in understanding and teaching about dog behaviour.
When can puppies go to puppy pre-school?
Vets First Puppy Preschool classes are intended for puppies aged between 8-16 weeks of age, which is a crucial age because during this time they go through a “socialisation period”.
All puppies need to have had at least their first puppy vaccinations to attend.
Why should we attend puppy pre-school?
The socialisation period determines a lot of their future behaviours as well as learning how they feel towards everything in their world. “Socialisation” is learning to tolerate and be calm in the presence of other dogs, and people in the same environment.
As it is so important that all experiences for your puppy are positive, we will also teach you how to introduce your puppy to other dogs, objects and experiences in a positive and non-threatening way and recognise any signs that they may be worried and how to approach these situations to help prevent future issues.
Puppy Pre-school is an important first step to complete before moving on to obedience classes.
This means that you will receive relevant and up-to-date information regarding everything from how to train basic manners to learning how to read your puppy’s body language and what they are trying to say to you.
We promote and teach positive reinforcement methods and will assist in training your puppy in basic manners including “sit”, “drop”, “roll over”, and “come”. Our trained instructors will discuss ways to combat common puppy problems including toilet training, biting, jumping, food guarding, handling, and grooming.
What does Puppy Preschool involve?
Each Puppy Preschool course is held over a 5 week period and involves weekly one hour sessions in the evening.
The first session of each class is for “puppy parents” only as this gives us the opportunity to get to know you and give you lots of information about a range of different topics while avoiding too much distraction from a pile of adorable puppies!
We encourage family attendance but strongly advise that any children who wish to attend are supervised by a second adult and are over 4 years of age.
Meet our Puppy Preschool Instructors
Our Puppy Preschool instructors are very passionate about providing your puppy with the best start to life and love to give them a cuddle at every veterinary visit thereafter!