Puppy Classes are designed to socialise and train puppies at the crucial stage of a dogs life - between 8 and 15 weeks of age. Anything a dog experiences during their socilisation period (between 8 and 16 weeks of age) will shape the puppy into the dog it will be for the rest of its life. During this time, a puppy is more likely to accept new experiences and be willing to explore new challenges. If the socialising the dog experiences during this time is fun, the puppy will become a happy, confident adult dog. However, if no socialising is done, or if the socialising is frightening or not fun, then the puppy may become a scared, unconfident adult dog which may lead to aggression. Therefore the more "good" socialising that is done with a puppy this early stage of its life will be of benefit to the dog and its owner for the rest of its life.
During our Puppy Class we aim to:
- Socialise puppies and enable them to learn natural dogs behaviours and body languages;
- Teach the pup basic manners using a positive fun method. We teach puppies to sit; come; lie down; stay; leave it; wait for food and walk nicely on the lead;
- Help owners with problems they may be having with their puppy, such as toilet training, chewing, play biting, jumping up and digging;
- Teach owners about dog behaviour and body language;
- Teach dogs to accept and enjoy being handled for Vet checks and grooming;
- Discuss responsible pet ownership;
- Give new owners some information about health care by one of the Vets at Snowy Vet Clinic
Our puppy classes run as a 5 week course with the first week being a 1 ½ hour session without dogs so we can teach owners about our training and socialisation techniques. Each class runs for 1-1.5 hours. Puppies must be between 8 weeks and 15 weeks of age of age during the class and bookings are essential as no more than 6 puppies are taken for a class
The cost for our 5 week Puppy class is $150 which includes a clicker for training and all training notes. Our Puppy Classes are held at the Snowy Vets in Cooma and at the Snowy Vets in Jindabyne on Saturdays. Please ensure you are able to attend all 5 sessions as refund are not given for missed classes (1 make up session per course can be organised in extenuating circumstances however this is only if there are times available).
PLEASE NOTE – Puppies must be up to date with their vaccinations for their age, however they do not need to have had all their puppy vaccinations. We hold our puppy classes at the Veterinary Clinic on a disinfectable surface therefore we are able to socialize puppies at the most important time in their life without the risk of them picking up something nasty. For more information on the importance of puppy socialisation please go to avsabonline.org/uploads/position_statements/puppy_socialization.pdf
If you dog is over 12 weeks of age then they can also join either our Senior Puppy Class (if there is one scheduled) (SENIOR PUPPY CLASS LINK) or if they are over 5 months of age then they can join our Junior Dog Training Class. Please click here to be redirected to our Junior Dog Training page JUNIOR DOGS
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