Puppy School is in temporary hibernation through the COVID 19 emergency.
For all our new puppy owners we are offering a free service – PUPPY CLUB.
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1. When are your classes held?
Our classes run on Tuesday and Wednesday at 5:30pm and 7:00pm.
1a. Are classes continuing with the COVID 19 emergency?
Puppy School at Pittwater Animal Hospital is continuing on through the COVID 19 emergency.
To make our classes as safe as possible we are
- Thoroughly cleaning the room between classes and spraying with antiviral spray.
- Holding small classes: 3 puppies with only ONE HUMAN.
- Maintaining a distance of at least 1.5 meters between people at all times.
- Hand sanitizer is available throughout the class.
- Anyone who is unwell, has been in contact with anyone who is unwell or who has been asked to self isolated is asked not to attend the class.
2. How many dogs are in each class?
We have a maximum of 4 dogs per class. Keeping class sizes small creates a less stressful environment for the puppies and also allows some one-on-one time.
3. How much do your classes cost?
The classes run for an 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.
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.
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 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.
Classes run on Tuesday and Wednesday at 5:30pm and at 7pm. To enquire about availability please send us a message by filling our the contact form below.
Your place is not booked until payment is made. We receive many inquiries 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll slot you into the first available class.
7. How old does my puppy need to be?
Puppies need to be between 8 – 14 weeks of age. If your puppy is older than this we offer fantastic one-on-one behavioural training in our puppy school room.
8. What do you teach in your classes?
- Communication between dog and human
- How to teach puppy what you want 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. Nothing else happens in this room.
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. Please, no children under the age of four.
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.