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?
Hub Vets’ Puppy Preschool is here to help you socialize your puppy in a safe supervised environment, even in these physical distancing times. We provide 4 hands-on puppy socialisation lessons at the clinic, followed by 4 Zoom lessons for the owners. This helps create the right group environment for both puppies and humans to do their best learning.
During the 30 minute socialisation lessons, puppies will be managed by their owners under the supervision of a nurse to ensure a safe and inclusive experience. Puppies will be given the opportunity to learn good social skills by interacting and playing with each other. They will also be exposed to novel experiences to help them extend their comfort zones. Puppies will also learn basic obedience skills like sit, drop, and walking on a lead.
During the 30 minute Zoom lessons, family members can sit in with share with owners in learning positive reinforcement techniques for training their puppy and helping it to grow into the adult dog they want it to be. Issues identified during the socialisation lessons can be discussed, and common and specific puppy training concerns will be addressed, including: toileting; handling; chewing and mouthing; barking; and problem behaviours.
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 Preschool classes are held on week nights from 6.30 pm. If you are interested in attending, please register your interest online or call us on 8270 5155 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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