Puppy Preschool

Why should I join Puppy Preschool?

Puppy Preschool is a fun and interactive behaviour training program run by qualified puppy trainers. It is an excellent starting point for any pet owner wanting a well-mannered and socialised puppy.

Over the course of this program, you will be taught the best strategies to communicate with your new family member and learn to understand what they are saying to you. There will be plenty of time in each session to ask for advice and receive individualised feedback on you and your puppy’s progress.

Guide your puppy’s development and build a strong relationship with them as they grow into a lifetime member of your family.

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What you need to know about Puppy Preschool

Our puppy preschool is completed over 4-5 weeks, with each session lasting for 1 hour.

Classes are kept small with only 4-8 puppies per session, so the trainer can maximise their support of your puppy’s individual learning. Homework will be assigned each week, but don’t worry, it will be fun and help to reinforce the training you and your puppy have learnt in class.

The training area is completely disinfected before and after each session to ensure a clean and safe learning environment for your puppy.

Is my puppy eligible for Puppy Preschool?

Only puppies who are between 8-16 weeks old at the time of the first class can be enrolled into our Puppy Preschool as this is the crucial development phase for puppy training and socialisation.

All puppies are required to have had at least one vaccination 2 weeks before the first class. Book an appointment at your local Greencross Vets if your puppy has not been vaccinated.

Your puppy must be free of fleas, ticks and worms to safeguard their health as well as the health of the other puppies in class.

What you and your puppy will learn at our Puppy Preschool

Week 1

The first class is for pet parents only. This is a puppy-free session where you will learn theory to practice at home to get your puppy ready for preschool. It will also give you the opportunity to ask our expert trainers more questions to help your puppy. Topics we will cover are:

  • How to communicate with your puppy
  • How to understand puppy body language
  • Puppy health advice
  • Toilet & crate training
  • Following a lure
  • Calming on cue
  • Overcoming challenging behaviour

Week 2

  • Desensitisation to loud noises and strange weather
  • Learn how to be comfortable with being handled
  • How to interact with children
  • Socialisation with humans, other dogs, and other animals
  • Obedience and basic cues (sit and look)

Week 3

  • Obedience and training cues (down, come and wait)
  • Positive and safe socialisation with other dogs and people

Week 4

  • Walking on a loose lead
  • Clicker training
  • Positive and safe socialisation with other dogs and people

Week 5

  • Review and practice all basic cues
  • Group puppy socialisation session
  • Graduation

Like humans, puppies all learn at their own pace, and our Puppy Preschool helps to set a solid foundation for them to build on as they develop into confident and obedient adult dogs. They’ll be on their best behaviour in no time!

There are limited spots available at each session so contact your local Greencross Vets to enrol your puppy now.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST IN PUPPY PRESCHOOL

Greencross Vets Puppy Preschool is run in conjunction with Petbarn and classes may be held at selected Petbarn stores.

Fill out the form below and your nearest trainer will contact you to help you and your puppy find a class.

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