Puppy Training, Puppy Preschool, Puppy School
Puppy Preschool is run on Tuesday or Wednesday nights for 4 weeks all year round. Each puppy class runs for approximately one hour. All puppies must be at least 9 weeks of age, and have had their initial vaccinations and worming.
Sessions are aimed at socialisation, basic obedience, owner education on aspects of pet care, and helping make visits to the vet less frightening for the puppy. The first 4 - 6 weeks of a puppy's life are mainly about survival - getting enough food and warmth and competing with littermates. From 6 - 16 weeks of age, the puppies are learning to socialise - to interact with other dogs and people. Yet this is the age when puppies are removed from their mum and moved into an unfamiliar environment with their new family. Often there is no opportunity for interaction with other dogs, and this is risky when the vaccination programme is incomplete. To add salt to the wound, they are subjected to vet visits full of different smells, sounds, tablets and needles!
Just as pre-school teaches children to interact with each other and prepares them for school, puppy pre-school serves a similar tool. We aim to teach puppies how to cope with other people, young children, other dogs, loud noises and other important encounters. As the classes are held at the surgery, the puppies lose their fear, making regular visits enjoyable in a familiar environment.
We will teach you how to train your puppy in some basic obedience work, such as 'come', 'sit', 'stay', and 'heel'. Owners are taught further aspects of pet care such as nutrition, dentistry and grooming.
Thank you to those who have been involved in puppy classes and we look forward to seeing many more puppies and new faces.
Please contact the surgery for further information about Puppy Preschool Classes, including enrolment details. Bookings are essential as the classes fill up very quickly. We are more than happy to help you with any questions you may have about classes, puppy behaviour or any other puppy information. Don't forget our free puppy and kitten checks!
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