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Puppy Pre-School

We’re proud to offer Puppy Pre-School services here at My Vet Animal Hospital, learn more below. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us.

Overview

We understand that when you first bring your puppy home, it is a very exciting but busy time! Our Puppy Pre-School experience is second to none. It is carefully designed to get you and your puppy off to the best possible start.

We Offer:

  • A five-week comprehensive program run by our Delta Accredited instructor Kim Doran.
  • We use motivational training for both dogs and their owners.
  • We hold a Graduation Ceremony on the completion of the course. Your pup gets to dress up in our graduation outfit for some beautiful photos that will become wonderful mementos.

On completion of the course, you will also receive:

  • Your Puppy Pre-School graduation certificate,
  • A goodie bag full of fabulous freebies!
  • New doggy friends to meet up within the park.
  • A puppy with some excellent basic manners,
  • And a real sense of achievement.
Puppies can enroll from 11 – 16 weeks of age. Our positive reward-based training methods are designed to motivate your dog to work for you out of trust and respect rather than fear. Handouts and videos on what we cover are emailed after each lesson, and we are happy to give online and phone support.

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Where

Our classes are held through My Vet Animal Hospitals & My Vet Doggy Daycare

When

Puppy classes take place on weekend afternoons

Time

This depends on the program you book into

Cost

$30 to buy a graduation cloak and hat for keeps. Otherwise, they get to dress their pup up for free.

Theory & Practical Lessons

Our very first lesson is a pre-recorded webinar covering all the puppy theory topics you can imagine. It can be viewed in your own time when your puppy is sleeping. We find that if we talk at length about anything in a class situation – puppies become restless very quickly! You can’t skim over topics like toilet training. managing puppy play biting and alone time to name a few; hence we structure our course this way.

What your puppy will learn:

  • The basics
    Your pup will learn basic cues like sit, look, touch, down, relax on your mat and stay, to name a few. These foundational skills will help you negotiate our busy urban environment as a team.
  • Loose leash walking
    Prevent pulling on the lead before it even starts. We’ll help you teach your puppy how to walk nicely on lead from the very beginning.
  • Sit to greet
    The jumping may be cute when they’re small – not so much when your puppy grows up! We can show you how to teach your pup to sit to greet from an early age.
  • Recall
    A reliable recall is vital if you want to give your pup the freedom to be off-leash in the dog park and play with their friends.
  • Management
    Life in the city with a puppy has its challenges. As you know, literally everything goes into their mouths! We can help you teach cues like “drop it” and “leave it” so you can manage these challenges and more.
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What you (as a paw-parent) will learn:

  • How to “speak dog”
    Being able to read your puppy’s and other dogs’ body language is absolutely essential and allows you to determine how they are feeling. Then you are able to make better decisions based on what you see, and you will end up with a confident, well-balanced, and happy dog.
  • Toilet Training
    We can show you how to train your pup where the toilet is – in a positive way. You will learn the keys to success and have your puppy toilet trained in no time.
  • Socializing
    Puppies go through several (critical) socialization periods that can be pivotal in how they turn out as adults. We can show you what to expect and when and how to safely socialize your puppy at their pace.
  • Alone time
    Being able to leave your puppy alone at home is something we all should be able to do. However, pups need to be taught that our departures are safe. We can give you expert advice on how to avoid separation anxiety and raise a dog who is comfortable in its own company when left alone.
  • Problem-solving skills
    Like humans, dogs go through several different phases in their development. From fear periods to rebellious teenagers. We can give you the necessary skills to successfully navigate your way through these stages in their life.

What to expect

Week 1

Our first lesson is theory-based, covering all the important topics including toilet training, managing biting and chewing, alone time, sleeping arrangements, setting boundaries, and the importance of socialization.

Week 2-5

Our weekly practical lessons educate you on how to teach your puppies the basics and beyond. Once you learn from our puppy trainer expert, your puppy will follow, and you can work together as a team.

Homework

Each week, you’ll receive clear instructions on what you should be working on outside of class. Training puppies takes time, patience, and consistency, but it is SO worth it, and it’s fun!

Real life situations

We will give you the confidence to apply what you and your puppy have learned in classes to real-life situations. We will also teach you how to prevent problem behaviors from developing in the first place.