Puppies joining socialisation classes learn basic obedience, but more importantly, benefit greatly from playing with pups of a different breed and size to themselves, and meeting many different people.

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Young puppies learn a tremendous amount through play.

  • This is how the pack hierarchy is established within a pack.

  • They learn about "bite inhibition"- that is the ability to control the biting instinct.

  • They discover how to manipulate each other.

  • They learn the all important calming signals of canine body language to ensure they avoid conflict and establish good relationships with the dogs they meet.

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The socialisation period through play only lasts from 3-12 weeks of age, therefore the window of opportunity is very short.

A trip to the vet is one of the first things you do when bringing a new pup home. In order that this becomes a pleasure not a painful memory, we hold our socialization classes at the clinic, and make this a fun time so your pup will enjoy coming to visit us.

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Our Puppy Preschool:

  • Is a four week course, running on Wednesday evenings at 7pm, designed to inform you on all puppy matters and most importantly socialising your puppy while you both have fun.

  • Puppies must be 8 weeks old and have had their first vaccination before commencing. (Puppies older than 14 weeks will need to attend an obedience class, as they will now act and play like a juvenile dog not a puppy and may not interact well with the younger pups.)

  • All puppies must be on lead on arrival.

  • Children are welcome to participate, but a limit of one child per family per session. (This is not just a play session, it is a structured class for pups to learn good manners.)

  • The course runs for 4 consecutive weeks with a minimum of 3 pups and a maximum of 8 pups per class.

  • You receive free samples, extensive notes, and our instructor is always on hand to offer advice on further training.

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To find out more, or to secure a place in the next Puppy Preschool Class, phone us on 3284 5133.