Puppy Preschool 

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. Our classes are held undercover behind our practice so your puppy can continue to learn – rain, hail or shine!

We currently have Natalie from Leading The Hounds Dog Training 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
  •  Obedience
  •  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 Wednesday 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




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