Puppy Pre-School

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Owning a puppy is very exciting - they're sure to be a bundle of energy and lots of fun!  They also bring some responsibilities, and it's very important that they get off on the right paw.  As a new member of your family, they need to be taught the rules of the household right from the start.  That's why we have puppy preschools - to teach puppies good manners and socialisation from an early age and to educate owners on responsible pet ownership.  Teaching them good manners as a puppy enables them to grow into confident, friendly and socially acceptable adult dogs. 



Puppy Preschool aims to:

1)    Educate owners on the responsibility of socializing your puppy, and allow puppies to socialize in a safe and controlled environment.

2)    Teach puppies good manners, and some basic verbal cues using humane training methods.

3)    Educate owners on puppy development, normal and abnormal puppy behaviour and basic pet care, including advice on issues such as toilet training, mouthing, jumping and chewing.

4)    Be informative and to encourage your puppy to feel happy and comfortable when visiting the Veterinary Hospital.

Why do puppies need to go to preschool? 

Puppies have a sensitive period of development called the socialisation period.  It occurs from about 4 - 14 weeks of age, and any experiences the puppy has during this time can affect later behaviour. Dogs that are isolated during this time are more likely to become hyperactive, aggressive, difficult to train, antisocial and fearful.  To develop into normal, friendly and confident adults, puppies need to be regularly handled and need to socialise with other puppies & people, so that they learn how to communicate.  They need to be exposed to new experiences in a non-threatening way, whilst avoiding the disease risks of mixing with other dogs in public places.

Puppies (and their owners) also need to learn what acceptable sociable behaviour is. Something that’s “cute” now may not be when your dog is bigger!  It is important to start off on the right paw, as it is much easier to teach the puppy the correct behaviour first, rather than try and correct bad behaviour later, when the pup has had 6 months or more to learn it.  We can help you to recognise potential behaviour problems before they get out of control.

Puppy Preschool is a safe way to socialise your puppy, and start them off on the basics of training.  They will learn good manners, which includes basic verbal cues such as “Come”, “Sit”, “Drop”, “Stay” and how to walk on a lead. All training is reward-based or motivational.  There are also lots of play sessions.  Your puppy will actually want to come to the vet!   But Puppy Preschool is not simply an obedience course for young dogs.



The course will also cover such things as:

  • Dog behaviour
  • Handling your puppy, grooming, pill giving, nail clipping and dental care.
  • House-training
  • Behaviour problems: jumping, biting, mouthing, chewing, digging, barking.
  • Health care including nutrition, vaccinations, heartworm prevention, worming and flea control (information that is often too much for you to take in at your pup’s first visit to the vet!)

Our courses run for one hour each week for 5 weeks here at our hospital.  Only a small number of puppies will be admitted to each course, so there will be plenty of time for our instructors to give individual attention to each puppy.

It is essential to book in advance to ensure a place.

Puppies must be aged between 7 and 12 weeks to start the course.  They must of course be healthy, vaccinated and wormed. 

What do you need to bring?



  •    Current vaccination certificate
  •    A lead and flat collar or harness for your dog, (No choker chains please)
  •    We provide treats for use in training exercises but you can bring your own if you prefer.
  •    Make sure your dog is not fed before coming to the course each week (except for Staffies!)
  •    Children are welcome to come to the course but must be accompanied by an adult, however a maximum of 2 people per puppy is allowed.