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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 $190). If you can’t find a time that suits please email puppyschool@pittwateranimalhospital.com.au 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 $190). 

  Senior Puppy School Timetable and Booking

Individual Puppy Training for puppies aged 6 weeks – 12 months cost $90 for one hour and 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 $190 for the four weeks and includes weekly emails with information in relation to the training and short videos to watch.

 

Individual Puppy Training cost $90 for a one hour session in the Puppy Room. 

 

Full payment for the course is required at the time of booking.  

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 Individual Puppy Training.

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 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. You can often get  started in a class within the week but remember, if you find a slot it is best to book and pay straight away to secure the place.

 

Puppy School for puppies starting at 8 -13 weeks runs on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10am, 5:30pm and 7pm depending on interest at the time. Classes are booked in a 4 week block. (Cost $190). If you can’t find a time that suits please email puppyschool@pittwateranimalhospital.com.au 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 $190). 

  Senior Puppy School Timetable and Booking

If you are having troubles booking into a class please email puppyschool@pittwateranimalhospital.com.au or ring reception on 99137979.

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

Places can’t be held without payment.

 

If you find the booking system at all difficult, simply email us at puppyschool@pittwateranimalhospital.com.auor give us a call on 99137979 and we will try to help find a suitable class.

 

Individual Puppy Training sessions for puppies from 6 weeks -12 months of age are scheduled throughout the week and cost $90. 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?

Junior Puppies 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.

 

For any puppy under 12 months of age Individual Puppy Training in our puppy school room means people with older puppies or people who have troubles getting to classes can get really helpful training. These are great sessions 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 hygienically cleaned, dedicated training space 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.

 

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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 Individual Puppy Training. Many people enjoy these sessions 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 Individual Puppy Training in our puppy school room. These are great when you want to bring the whole family.

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