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Puppy Preschool

Training and socialisation is critical for any creature, and there is no better time to start than the moment you first bring your new family member home. Puppies go through a critical socialisation period between 3-17 weeks of age which is the most important socialisation period of their entire lives. Puppies who do not get adequate socialisation in this period tend to be fearful of unfamiliar dogs, humans, sounds, objects, and environments well into their adult lives and can develop anxieties, fear aggression, and other behavioural issues. ​

We run puppy training and socialisation classes on a regular basis on Thursday evenings from 7-8pm. Classes start as soon as there are enough pups enrolled for the next session, and given how many little fuzzballs we see for their first complimentary puppy check we almost always have a class running or about to start.

​Our trainers, Alex and Toni from Pooch Professionals, are both Delta Institute certified with a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services. The Delta Society, and all Delta Institute certified trainers, are totally committed to training companion dogs using only positive reinforcement methods.

​Our puppy classes cover the following topics:​

  • Toilet training
  • Bite Inhibition
  • Handling & Grooming
  • Good manners
  • Playing nicely
  • Barking, Jumping, Digging​
  • Learning to be a good leader
  • Sleeping arrangements
  • Basic commands including sit, stay, settle on a mat etc
  • Coming when called
  • Communicating with your pup
  • Having fun with your puppy

Class Information

You will receive a puppy handbook packed with information and homework each week to practice what has been covered in the class.

Classes run for four weeks, and the cost of the course is $150, payable at the first session by either cash or cheque. Unfortunately due to size restrictions only two family members per puppy can attend each class, but it does not have to be the same two people each time. Puppies need to have had their first C3 vaccination prior to attending the class. Puppies should be aged between 8 – 16 weeks at the start of the class.

​For more information please give us a call on 9982 9439, or head to www.poochprofessionals.com.

Puppy Preschool Testimonials

Please see some of our amazing testimonials below from many happy graduates of the Puppy Preschool.

Thoroughly enjoyed the class. Both Reef and I had fun seeing the dogs play, learnt a lot of new, helpful information. Thanks.

~ Amanda Keegan

Great course, very informative, pitched at the correct level, great interaction with instructors and puppies.

~ John Stratton

A great course for providing us with the right tools to move forward with training.

~ Alex W.

Thank you so much! Alex and Toni, you’ve made me feel like I can handle my crazy boy! Like anyone and anything it’s all patience and practice.

~ Becc

Onyx learnt and went well and has really developed over the last 4 weeks. Highly recommend it. The class was a great environment for my daughter to learn commands and develop her bond with Onyx.

~ Marc Freeman

It has been 12 years since I’ve had a puppy. This course was a fantastic reminder of how to train basic good manners for a puppy. My puppy and I thoroughly enjoyed the training and the socialising with other puppies. Thank you, Alex and Toni, for a great experience.

~ Jane Hemingway-Mohr

The classes for our puppy were brilliant, we loved every minute. I know our puppy Ripley loved socialising with the other puppies.

~ Amanda Harmer