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Puppy School FAQ

1. When are your classes held?

Puppy School for puppies starting at 8 -13 weeks runs on Tuesday at 10am,  5:30pm and 7pm and on Wednesday at 10am, 5:30pm and 7pm depending on interest at the time. Classes are booked in a 4 week block. (Cost $170). If you can’t find a time that suits ring reception on 9913 7979 as we often open up new classes.

  Puppy School Timetable and Booking

Senior Puppy School for puppies starting at 14 – 20 weeks is on Thursday at 10am, 5:30pm or 7pm also depending on interest at the time. Classes are booked in a 4 week block. (Cost $170). 

  Senior Puppy School Timetable and Booking

Puppy one-on-one sessions can be booked directly at

  Book directly for Individual Puppy Training

Or if these times do not suit please email puppyschool@pittwateranimalhospital.com.au

 

2. How many puppies are in each class?

We have a maximum of 5 puppies per class, (and need to control the number of people attending due to Covid 19 restrictions). Keeping class sizes small creates a less stressful environment for the puppies and also allows some one-on-one time.

 

Sometimes, if we have just opened up the time-slot, yours may be the only puppy in the class. This is a great opportunity to have one-on-one tuition.  We will always organise puppy socialization throughout the course so it is rare to have more than one single puppy session.

3. How much do your classes cost?

The classes run for one hour each week over four weeks. The cost is $170 for the four weeks and includes weekly emails with information in relation to the training and short videos to watch.

 

Full payment for the course is required at the time of booking. This is usually done through our payment page

4. What if I need to cancel before class begins?

Provided you give us 7 days notice, we will happily refund your course fee. Your course fee will be forfeited if notification is less than 7 days or it may be possible to convert it to a one-on-one session.

5. If I miss a class can I make it up?

Once booked, puppy school will be a consecutive 4 weeks. Puppies are growing very quickly. Missing a class is a problem as we don’t do catch up classes.

 

If missing a class is unavoidable please email puppyschool@pittwateranimalhospital.com.au or talk to reception as early as possible.

6. When is the next class starting?

We have lots of classes available to try to fit in with your busy lives. We can often get you started in a class within the week but remember if we find you a slot it is best to pay straight away to secure the place.

 

Puppy School for puppies starting at 8 -13 weeks runs on Tuesday at 10am,  5:30pm and 7pm and on Wednesday at 10am, 5:30pm and 7pm depending on interest at the time. Classes are booked in a 4 week block. (Cost $170). If you can’t find a time that suits ring reception on 9913 7979 as we often open up new classes.

  Puppy School Timetable and Booking

Senior Puppy School for puppies starting at 14 – 20 weeks is on Thursday at 10am, 5:30pm or 7pm also depending on interest at the time. Classes are booked in a 4 week block. (Cost $170). 

  Senior Puppy School Timetable and Booking

If you are having troubles booking into a class fill out the contact form below and reception will assist.

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Puppy 8-13 weeks old - which times would you be interested in? (Cost $170 for 4 weeks.)
Tuesday 10amTuesday 5:30pmTuesday 7pmWednesday 10amWednesday 5:30pmWednesday 7pm

Senior Puppy 14-20 weeks old - which times would you be interested in? (Cost $170 for 4 weeks.)
Thursday 10amThursday 5:30pmThursday 7pm

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Your place is not booked until payment is made. We receive many enquiries so it is best to book and pay if we find you a place.

Places can’t be held without payment.

If you find that too hard, simply give us a call on 99137979 or email us at puppyschool@pittwateranimalhospital.com.au  and we’ll slot you into the first available class.

Puppy one-on-one sessions can be booked directly at

  Book directly for Individual Puppy Training

Or if these times do not suit please email puppyschool@pittwateranimalhospital.com.au

7. How old does my puppy need to be?

Puppies need to start between 8 – 13 weeks of age.

 

If your puppy is older than this we now offer Senior Puppy School for puppies starting at 14 – 20 weeks.

 

Louise also offers fantastic one-on-one behavioural training in our puppy school room. These are great when you want to bring the whole family.

8. What do you teach in your classes?

We teach:

  • Communication between dog and human
  • How to teach puppy what you want it to know
  • What to do when things go wrong
  • How to use positive reinforcement effectively
  • Cues such as: Sit, Come, Drop, Wait, Mat Training and Loose Leash Walking
  • Puppy specifics such as: Toilet Training, Mouthing and Nipping Plan, Jumping, Play (learning what is appropriate play and what is not appropriate play)
  • Monitored off lead play two at a time (so owners can learn about body language)
  • Trick Training (to help build the bond, give puppy a job, and have fun)

9. My puppy has had only one vaccination, will it be alright?

Yes. All the puppies are in the same situation. Some have had one vaccine and some have had two. Our classes are held in a dedicated room which makes it very safe.

10. The breeder said that I should wait until the puppy is fully vaccinated before starting puppy school.

Unfortunately by waiting until then, your puppy will have missed their critical learning period which is between 4 – 15 weeks of age. (This period has been determined by scientific research into critical learning periods for puppies.)

11. Is the trainer qualified?

Yes. Our puppy school trainer is qualified with Delta Society Australia.

 

This qualification needs to be maintained constantly through continuing education. She is a member of the Delta Institute, Australian Pet Dog Trainers Association, American Pet Dog Trainers Association, Pet Professional Guild and holds a Bachelor of Education degree.

12. What happens if my puppy gets it right?

We only use positive reinforcement training. When you puppy gets something right, they will be rewarded with a food treat, praise, pats and attention.

13. What happens when my puppy gets it wrong?

Your puppy will not be reprimanded when they get something wrong. There is no use of the word ‘No’ or ‘Ah-Ah’ or any other aversive. Your puppy will be given the chance to try again or lured to succeed so that they can be rewarded and reinforced.

14. Can I bring my family to class?

Family members are welcome and encouraged to attend however with the COVID 19 restrictions it may only be possible to have one or two people attend. Please, no children under the age of four.

 

If you wish your whole family to attend it is best to book a Puppy one-on-one session in addition to puppy school to all learn together. 

 

  Book directly for Individual Puppy Training

15. This is my child’s puppy, can they handle the puppy in class?

Children can handle the puppy in the class but need to be accompanied by an adult at all times.

 

Louise also offers fantastic one-on-one behavioural training in our puppy school room. These are great when you want to bring the whole family.

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