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Puppy Preschool

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First of all, congratulations on welcoming your new furry addition to the family!

Whether this is your first puppy, or an addition to an already established fur family, raising a puppy can sometimes be a very daunting task so we offer puppy school to all of our clients with a puppy aged between 8-16 weeks.

In puppy Pre-School, you will both learn lots of fun new things in a safe and secure environment.

Booking for the Classes

Four 1-hour classes are conducted on a selected week night at 7:30pm to 8:30pm for puppies aged between 8 to 16 weeks. Please call the clinic on 07-3381 0077 to book as bookings are essential as places are limited. Payment or a $50 deposit is required at the time of booking to confirm a place in class for your puppy either by in person in the clinic or by credit card over the phone.

**COVID-19 Update 2021** Due to social distancing restrictions we must adhere to, only one person per puppy can attend class. Thank you for your understanding on this matter.

What Will Be Covered?

At Northside Vet Care we are very lucky to have experienced veterinary nurses, who have a keen interest in animal behaviour, conducting the classes using the positive reinforcement method to cover the topics outlined below.


  • Respond to name

  • Begin socialising with dogs, children & adults

  • Learning dog body language

  • Sit for greeting

  • Sit when asked

  • Drop when asked

  • Begin lead walking

  • Begin recalls

   Owner Education

  • Positive reinforcement training

  • Handling and grooming

  • Toilet training

  • Bite inhibition

  • Preventing and solving simple behaviour problems

  • Nutrition

  • Dental hygiene

  • Preventative health care

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Who Should Attend?

The ideal age for puppies starting classes is 8-16 weeks. Pups are also of a similar behavioural development at this time. Puppies 8-16 weeks of age are in the critical period for socialisation in which a small amount of experience can lead to significant long lasting effects on behaviour. (Please see 2021 COVID update listed above as to who can attend).

What do you need to bring?

So, you have made the excellent decision to bring your puppy to pre-school. Along with your puppy on a good fitting collar with a lead, a bag of healthy training treats, and you will be required to bring their vaccination certificate (from their first vaccination) if they have not been vaccinated with us previously. It’s a good idea to refrain from feeding your companion a full meal prior to arrival. If you are unsure as to whether or not your puppy has been immunised, please ask reception for further advice.

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