Puppy Preschool is a must for all owners looking to give their puppy the very best start in life and the opportunity to grow into a well behaved, sociable dog. Classes are designed for puppies between 8 to 12 weeks of age, as this is the critical learning stage when puppies gain important socialisation skills and learn the basics of being a well-behaved pet.
For The Best Start In Life
Why Puppy Preschool?
Your puppy needs you to teach them the rules of living in our human world and AdelaideVet Puppy Preschool gives you the tools to teach your puppy in a positive and effective way to help them grow into a confident and well-behaved dog.
Puppy Preschool provides a safe, controlled environment for puppies to socialise and classes are kept small so that time can be spent with each puppy and their owners.
Each year thousands of dogs end up in pounds and shelters, due to behavioural problems developing in later life. This is often the result of a lack of proper socialisation and training in the important early developmental stage of a puppy's life.
Training at AdelaideVet is focused on positive reinforcement, where we reward the behaviours we want and ignore the ones we don’t want. This training approach helps to build a stronger bond with your dog and gives you the best start to a happy life with your new puppy.
Overview of Puppy Preschool
Classes are held on different days of the week across our different locations. In most cases, your class will be held on the same day each week with classes starting after 7pm on weekdays and in the afternoon on weekends. To check class times and locations, enquire online below.
The cost of our popular 5 week course is $150 and includes 5 x 1 hour training sessions, a comprehensive puppy training booklet, advice from our trainers and a graduation pack.
What Will You Learn With Your Puppy?
- Respond to their name
- Sit on cue
- Greet family and visitors politely
- Come when called
- Lie down on cue
- Understand "leave it" and "take it"
- Learn to walk on a lead without pulling
- Go to the toilet outdoors
- Safe travel in a vehicle
- Appropriate socialisation with dogs, children and adults
The Critical Socialisation Period
Puppy Preschool provides a safe environment for your puppy to learn important socialisation skills. Classes are kept small so time can be spent with each puppy and their family. All puppies are vaccinated prior to class commencement.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Where are the Puppy Preschool classes held?
Puppy Preschool classes are run at all AdelaideVet practices.
- Goodwood Road - 446 Goodwood Road, Cumberland Park 5041
- Prospect - 318 Prospect Road, Prospect 5082
- Stirling - 77 Mt Barker Road, Stirling 5152
- Trinity Gardens - 301 Magill Road, Trinity Gardens 5068
When are classes held?
How old should my puppy be?
Puppies should be between 8 and 12 weeks of age and have had their first vaccination. This is the optimal time for training and ensures all puppies in the class are socialised in a safe environment which is appropriate for their age and size.
What do I need to bring to class?
Please bring a lead to class and your puppy should also be suitably fitted with a collar. We don't recommend the use of a harness for puppy school. If your puppy was not vaccinated at AdelaideVet please bring your puppy's current vaccination record. You'll also need to bring suitable treats and a kong for your puppy.
Should I feed my puppy before class?
Preferably not. Puppies like to sleep after a meal and they are less responsive to treats which are used as a form of positive reinforcement during class.
How much does Puppy Preschool cost?
The cost of the four week course is $150.
How do I book my puppy into a class?
Please call your local AdelaideVet and they will book you into the next available class or complete our online enquiry form below above.