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Puppy School

A new puppy is a 15-year commitment. Pittwater Animal Hospital has been running Puppy School for over 20 years. 

Pittwater Animal Hospital now has a large dedicated Puppy School Facility with indoor and outdoor space. 

Junior Puppy School

For puppies starting from 8-13 weeks of age, we run a 4 week course at the cost of $190. The puppies are all little together and we limit the puppies to a maximum of four or five per class to give you individual attention. Learning aims include:

  • Toilet training
  • How to settle on a mat
  • Basic training – come, sit, lie down, roll over, separation training, body handling
  • Mental Exercise and Enrichment Ideas
  • Crate training
  • Playing with other puppies – good play versus bad play
  • Strategies for biting and jumping up
  • Trick training and games to play

As the puppies mature through the class and develop more challenging behaviour you will already have the tool kit to direct them to the behaviours you want.

  Puppy School Timetable and Booking

Senior Puppy School

For puppies starting from 14-20 weeks of age, we run a 4 week course at the cost of $190. The puppies are all juveniles together (and they all have developing brains). Classes are limit to a maximum of four or five puppies per class to give you individual attention. Learning aims include:

  • How to calm down
  • Consistent recall
  • Mat training
  • More advanced training – come, sit, lie down, wait, leave it
  • Loose lead walking
  • Mental Exercise and Enrichment Ideas
  • How to play nicely with other dogs
  • Strategies for biting, jumping up and greeting people
  • Trick training and games to play

Often juvenile dog behaviour can start to cause conflict within the family. Our aim is to embrace the developing brain and, as one of our excellent local trainers Barbara Hodel writes, “Love and Survive your Teenage Dog”.  They will all be teenagers soon!

The junior dogs love these classes and enjoy the interactions. Their owners can start embracing their joyous, changing behaviour and help them develop into teenage dogs who will be more confident and much more pleasant to live with.

  Senior Puppy School Timetable and Booking

Individual Puppy Training

Our qualified trainer Louise offers individual lessons for puppies from 6 weeks -12 months of age. These have been become very popular.  Sessions are one hour long in the puppy room at the cost of $90 for the hour. The advantages of individual training include:

  • Multiple family members can attend so you all learn  together
  • Puppies are often more focused as there are no other dogs
  • Individual issues can be problem solved over the hour

Learning aims include:

  • Toilet training
  • How to settle on a mat
  • Basic training – come, sit, lie down, roll over, separation training, body handling
  • Mental Exercise and Enrichment Ideas
  • Crate training
  • Strategies for biting and jumping up
  • Trick training and games to play
  • More advanced training – come, sit, lie down, wait, leave it
  • Loose lead walking
  • How to calm down
  • Consistent recall

Sessions can be booked online but we can also arrange for other times by emailing Louise at

puppyschool@pittwateranimalhospital.com.au

Individual Puppy Training cost $90 for one hour and can be booked directly at

  Book directly for Individual Puppy Training


Once your class is booked make sure you clear your own schedule to make time for the classes. Dogs are growing very quickly and we don’t do catch up classes.

If you are having troubles finding a space or using our booking system please email

puppyschool@pittwateranimalhospital.com.au or ring reception on 99137979.

The Aims of Puppy Training

The Pittwater Team wishes to help you have a calm, relaxed, confident companion that you will enjoy for many years. Our highly experience Puppy Trainer is Delta-trained using methods of positive reinforcement, environmental changes and distraction to encourage your dog down the right path. These methods reinforce the human animal bond rather than harming your relationship with your puppy. Punishment based training techniques will harm your relationship with your new pet.

All puppies attending are vaccinated and healthy. Puppies start classes as early as possible. This is very important as young puppies are much less distracted and have not learnt bad habits.

Our puppies learn to SETTLE and behave calmly in any situation. Pups are trained to sit and relax on their mats in class and then at home. They learn tolerance and settled behaviour around strange people and dogs.

Pittwater Puppy School will help you teach your puppy basic pet dog training cues such as Come, Sit, Drop, and Loose Lead Walking. Our trainers use the most current techniques for teaching dogs and their owners. This helps you manage common puppy behaviours such as mouthing, digging, toilet training and jumping up, without stress.

So, if you are looking for a life-long family pet that is a joy to have, Pittwater Animal Hospital Puppy School is the best place to start.

  Puppy School Timetable and Booking

  Senior Puppy School Timetable and Booking

  Book directly for Individual Puppy Training


Puppy School FAQs

Individual Puppy Training

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