**Please note due to the Governments COVID-19 restrictions on group gatherings, face-to-face Puppy School classes will continue but are restricted to only ONE person attending classes due to social distancing**
Puppy School 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, social dog. Unlike traditional training classes, puppy schools are specifically designed for dogs 8 to 16 weeks of age. This time is the puppy’s critical socialisation period where nature intends pups to start exploring away from the litter.
Why Puppy Preschool?
Combining socialisation and obedience, our school lays down a learning foundation and prepares them for a lifetime of good behaviour and companionship.
Puppy Preschool has been running now at Eltham Veterinary Practice for several years, and it aims to teach puppies good manners, in a fun, safe and disease free environment. We currently have Ellyse from Patient Paws as our dedicated Puppy Preschool trainer!
What is Covered?
Each course consists of five 1 hour classes conducted over 5 weeks. Our trainer teaches “good behaviour shaping” using modern non-reward based techniques. The class size is a maximum of 10 puppies per class.
Who can join?
Puppy Preschool is open to all puppies aged between 8-16 weeks of age, who have had their first vaccination and have been wormed.
What Your Puppy Will Learn?
- Confidence and friendliness with people and dogs
- Bite inhibition
- Socialisation and controlled play
- Communication and handling
What You Will Learn?
- Your dogs natural instincts
- How to look after your puppy
- Toilet training 101
- How to read canine postures
- Ideas for “home alone” activities
- Leadership skills
- Basic training skills
- A good first step on the ladder of life
Upon completion of the course, each puppy will be awarded with a graduation pack complete with a hat and some goodies.
Classes are held on Monday nights at for 5 consecutive weeks with alternating groups at 5:30pm & 6:40pm. Booking is essential – please contact us on 9439 8650 to secure your place.
What People Are Saying About Patient Paws Puppy Classes
Patient Paws is a wonderful training course that has really helped us with Jasper. Such an obvious theory using simple consequence to help behaviour ! – Victoria
Loved it! Seeing my puppy grow and learn each week was the best and made my life easier at home and outside with the public! – Cara
Puppy pre-school should be mandatory for every owner. The classes are educational, fun and make such a difference to the behaviour of puppies! – Lynne
A very worthwhile learning experience for dog and owner – Rod
Having a large breed dog (GSP) can be challenging at Puppy Schools when puppies are mostly tiny, but this was a great mix of dogs and good safe interactions between the puppies! – Jane
Very productive and informative course for our pup! – Julie
Friendly atmosphere and lovely approach, great job – Brendan
Dr. Eden Clark
Eden is a Diamond Creek girl who knows and loves the Eltham area. Eden desired to become a vet from a very young age and spent much of her childhood caring for wildlife, including housing bees overnight in homemade enclosures and feeding them sugar syrup until they were recuperated! It was her strong compassion that drove her desire to become a veterinarian.
After 6 years of study, Eden graduated from the University of Melbourne with First Class Honours in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. She has been lucky enough to spend the last 3 months travelling abroad through Central and South America with her partner before joining our team.