Puppy Classes at Vet HQ

Animals deserve the best care we can possibly provide. Training should not be considered a luxury that is only provided if there is time; it is an essential part of good animal care.

Why do puppy class?

Puppy socialisation has been found to be critical to the psychological health of adult dogs. Our classes will help your puppy to become a well socialised, confident member of your family and provide you with all the skills and information required to raise a happy, behaviourally healthy dog.

The sensitive learning and socialisation period for puppies is approximately 4 to 16 weeks of age, due to the plasticity of your dog’s brain. Puppy preschool is designed for puppies 8-16 weeks of age. Studies have shown that puppies who are not carefully exposed to other dogs and people during critical phase will likely develop fearful and/or aggressive responses to novel situations, people and/or dogs later in life.

Our classes provide the experiences and opportunities for your puppy to develop interaction skills with other puppies, with people, and to cope with new environments in a safe, controlled and fun way. As well as training the most important cues, we cover problem behaviour prevention, and class provides the opportunity to identify any issues that may need extra attention with any individual puppy, enabling us to work on them during critical phase when the brain is most open for rapid, permanent behaviour change.

As well as training foundation behaviours, problem behaviour prevention and providing a safe, controlled environment in which to properly socialise, puppy class also sets owners up with a clear understanding of how dog learn and provides positive strategies to modify their dog’s behaviour. This reduces the likelihood of a breakdown in the human-canine relationship and sets them up for a happier, more harmonious life together, ensuring the dog will be an actively included member of the family.

What we cover:

Week 1

  • Toilet training
  • Independence training
  • Critical Phase of Development: whats important and how to prevent behaviour problems
  • Conditioned Reinforcers
  • Train: Sit, Touch, Eye Contact, Name Recognition
  • Nipping and Biting
  • Socialisation – Fear & Aggression Prevention
  • Auto relaxation exercises

Week 2

  • How Dogs Learn, Operant & Pavlovian Conditioning
  • Start Come, Drop, Hi five
  • Self Restraint / Impulse Control Exercises
  • Food Bowl, Jumping on people – Lunging is futile!
  • Food toys & enrichment
  • Preventing Food Guarding

Week 3

  • Attention work under distraction
  • Come Level 2, distance & add distractions
  • Leave it
  • Tug – Get it, Let go & Retrieve
  • Preparation and training for vet & grooming handling

Week 4

  • Progress Come When Called – Out of Sight Recall with Distractions
  • Stay, Progressing the 3 d’s Distance, Duration & Distraction, Tunnel & Confidence building
  • Revision, prep for outdoors & sit competition

Week 5: Optional Outdoor Class

  • Advancing Recall Outdoors with real life distractions
  • Introduction to Loose Leash Walking
  • Sit when excited
  • Sit Under Distraction

Day – Monday evenings (in order to accommodate new enrolments and prevent a long wait we frequently run new groups on Wednesday and Thursday nights) Book early to ensure a spot!
Time – 7:15pm – 8:15pm (we can run overtime, especially Week 1)
Duration – Four Monday Nights & One Optional Sunday Morning Outdoor Class
Location – VetHQ Double Bay, 389 New South Head Road
Cost – $260.00
Payment Options – Credit Card or Eftpos, Cheque, cash or bank EFT
Registration – VetHQ. Please register early to avoid disappointment

Ongoing training!

We provide ongoing casual training classes on Sunday Mornings at 10am during school term, weather permitting. Check the Sound Hound Dog Behaviour & Training Facebook Page for weather updates or call or text 0415 715 426. All you need is a hungry dog who has completed puppy class on collar and lead. If your dog has not completed a puppy class and is friendly with dogs and humans, please call the clinic to book into one of our monthly orientation classes which will prepare you to join the casual class.

** Please Note: If your dog has reactivity or aggression issues, please call for private training as group classes are not appropriate.