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Puppy Pre-school

Puppy Preschool

To develop a happy, well-behaved, and well-adjusted dog it is critical that a puppy begins the correct training and is socialised at an early age.  It has been shown that the key time for puppies to learn to socialise appropriately with other dogs is before 16 weeks of age.  The reason for this is that in the wild it is important that the pup develops a fear mechanism of strange animals and situations before it starts to spend more time away from its mother.  While important for survival in the wild this fear is not something we want in a happy family pet.  To further complicate this socialisation, at this age puppies are not fully vaccinated and are therefore quite restricted in the different places they can go.

The aim of puppy preschool is to expose puppies to as many new experiences in a safe and controlled environment as possible.  Additionally, all breeds of dog will have slightly different ways of communicating with each other so puppy preschool allows pups to learn to adjust and react accordingly.

Puppies should learn to be calm around other dogs, learning to balance excited play activities with calm, quiet activities.  Some puppies are naturally shy and need to learn to feel comfortable around other dogs with appropriate control of excited puppies when needed to avoid reinforcing their frightened, shy behaviour.

Our puppy preschool course aims to achieve the following puppy and owner education:


  • respond to name
  • begin socialising with dogs, children and adults
  • sit for greeting
  • sit when asked
  • drop when asked
  • begin lead walking
  • begin recalls

Owner education

  • positive reinforcement training
  • handling and grooming
  • toilet training
  • bite inhibition
  • preventing and solving simple behaviour problems
  • health care advice
  • nutrition advice

We accept puppies from 6 to 16 weeks of age as long as they have started their vaccination programme.

The course duration is 4 weeks and the class runs from 6:30pm to 7:30pm at the Carindale Vet Surgery. The class is hosted by one of our Senior nurses. Please call the clinic for more information.

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Cost for the course is $120.

For more information or to reserve a position in the next course please phone 3849 4912 and speak to one of our friendly nurses or send us an email at info@carindalevet.com