About Puppy Parenting and Puppy Preschool
Puppy Parenting is a free one-hour information session available to all clients with new puppies, designed to give knowledge and confidence on how to care for the new family member. Different aspects of puppy care will be discussed, including: toilet training; body language; weight and diet; dental health; grooming; parasite control; vaccinations and more. We may even have time to give clients a behind-the-scenes tour of the clinic.
Puppy Preschool is a low-cost series of hands-on classes that builds on from where Puppy Parenting finishes, providing a great opportunity to socialise puppies with both humans and other puppies. Puppies get to learn good social skills, and owners get to learn how to train and care for their puppies – all in a fun, supportive environment.
What happens in Puppy Preschool?
Puppy Preschool provides a safe, supervised environment where the puppies can interact with other puppies and with unfamiliar people, outside of their own family. It occurs over a series of weeks, with each session being an hour in duration. During this time puppies will be given the opportunity to learn good social skills by interacting and playing with each other. Owners will also learn positive reinforcement techniques for training their puppy and helping it to grow into the adult dog owners want it to be.
Common and specific puppy training concerns will be discussed, including: toileting; handling; chewing and mouthing; barking; and problem behaviours. Puppies will also learn basic obedience skills like sit, drop, and walking on a lead.
The Importance of Socialisation
Puppies have a peak socialisation period from 3 – 16 weeks of age. What they learn and experience during this critical time will have a profound effect on their behaviour as adult dogs. Puppies interact with adult dogs differently to what they do with puppies of their own age. In order to learn all the right social skills it is important they are socialised with other puppies and people during this period, and the best way to do it is through lots of play.
An added benefit is that the puppies associate the veterinary clinic with having fun. Years later, the puppies that came to Puppy Preschool are the same dogs who love their visits to the vet!
Our Puppy Parenting and Preschool classes are held on week nights from 7- 8 pm. If you are interested in attending, please contact us before your puppy turns 12 weeks old, to give us the best chance of matching a class to you and your puppy’s needs.
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