Puppy Pre-School is a must for any owner wanting a well-behaved, sociable family pet. Our puppy school classes are held at all AdelaideVet clinics: Trinity Gardens, Prospect, Goodwood Road and Stirling for puppies aged 8-12 weeks. This is the critical learning stage when puppies gain important socialisation skills and learn the basics of being a well-behaved pet.
As veterinarians and pet lovers we believe it is much easier to give your puppy the best chance from day one rather than addressing behavioural issues at a later age.
- Why Puppy Pre-school?
- The critical socialisation period
- What do classes cover?
- Desired outcomes for your puppy
- Outcomes for a new pet parent
- Juvenile Puppy Pre-School
- About our instructors
- Enrol today - Submit an enrolment request form
Without socialisation skills and basic training your bundle of joy can quickly turn into a dog that is destructive, aggressive, shy or fearful or even obnoxious and bossy. Unfortunately, some dogs deteriorate to a point where their owners can no longer handle their behaviour, which is why we see thousands of dogs being destroyed or ending up in animal shelters due to behavioural problems. The great news is, this doesn't have to be your new family member with the right start in life.
At the age of 6-12 your puppy is at the optimal age to be exposed to as many things he or she is likely to encounter as an adult as possible. This means interactions with lots of people, other pets, places, noises, activities and experiences. This needs to be done safely, particularly when it comes to being socialised with other puppies and given the threat of virus and disease.
Puppy Pre-School 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.
During the five sessions your puppy will have a chance to interact with other puppies and you will learn important obedience exercises. We use rewards based training, so your puppy will receive treats, gifts and maybe even a prize for a job well done! We will also set aside some time to cover any individual problems you are experiencing or questions you would like answered.
Ideally at the completion of the program, your puppy will:
- Respond to his/her name
- Will sit on cue
- Greet family and visitors politely
- Come when called
- Lie down on cue
- Understand "leave it" and "take it"
- Be learning to walk on a lead without pulling
- Go to the toilet outdoors
- Travel safely in a vehicle
- Be socialised with dogs, children and adults
As a new pet parent you will have a practical understanding of:
- Reward-based training - background and methods
- A leadership program for your entire family
- How to handle and groom your puppy
- Effective toilet training
- Bite inhibition
- Health care and wellness so your puppy can live a long healthy life
- Preventing and solving simple behaviour problems. For example jumping up, barking, mouthing and digging
- And you will have expectations based on an appreciation of the age of your puppy.
Whilst the critical socialisation period for puppies is 6-12 weeks of age sometimes new pet parents aren’t able to adopt their new furkids until have already reached 12 weeks.
Obedience training can be a little daunting to start straight away and what new puppy parents really want to know are the basics – how to teach their pups not to toilet inside or chew on everything!!!
So for those puppies that are late bloomers or have just missed out on puppy pre-school because they couldn’t get into a class beforehand, Juvenile puppy class is available at Adelaide Vet Goodwood Road.
Sam enjoys all aspects of nursing - everything from emergency surgery through to nutrition - but she has a passion for dog training and running Puppy Pre-School classes. Sam believes that starting pet owners on the right foot with training can help build a beautiful bond between owner and puppy. Sam started her nursing career in 2000 and has spent 14 years working in various small animal practices around Adelaide. She has now settled in at the Adelaide Animal Hospital in a Veterinary Nursing and Puppy Class Trainer role.
Natalia is absolutely crazy about pets, including her cheeky Labrador Retriever Cross, Oskar. She is currently completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing studies. She has worked in an animal shelter for four years, as a nurse assistant for three years and as a dog behavioural trainer for four years. Her formal behaviour training has been completed with the Delta Society.
I joined the team at Prospect Road Veterinary Hospital in January 2010 as an Animal Caretaker and since have moved on to become a Trainee Veterinary Nurse. I am currently studying my final year of Veterinary Nursing. You'll often find me assisting Jasmine with running puppy pre-school and helping to co-ordinate the adoption cats.
I have been running Puppy PreSchool at Goodwood Rd Vet Clinic since 2008 and I still get excited about every class that I take. From first meeting your new little bundles of joy to watching them grow over the weeks until they graduate, I look forward to seeing them again when they are big boys and girls for their regular visits.
I enjoy learning new training techniques. Behaviour and nutrition have been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. Having a “special needs” furkid myself (my Dalmation Kallisto is deaf from birth), I understand just how important it is to start your puppy off on the right paws.
Our puppy school includes five (5) sessions with a maximum of eight participants (five participants if the puppies are larger size dogs). For pricing please contact reception on (08) 8169 9755.
Bookings are essential so we can keep classes to a minimum. Day courses may be available depending on demand. Individual consultations are available to discuss other behavioural issues. Please ask us for more information.
You can enrol your puppy by submitting the below Enrolment Request Form. (Please allow 24-48 business hours for a response).
Alternatively, contact your local practice or see our receptionist for course details, times and further details about enrolment.
Please note: All puppies must have their first vaccination before commencing their first class.