Ask any puppy pre-school graduate and they will tell you how fun & exciting the vet can be!
Our puppy pre-school program has been in practice & continual development thanks to our wonderful head nurse Steph since 2010.
It is much easier to teach the right behaviours from the beginning, than trying to correct them later on. Puppy classes are mostly about socialisation for the puppies, but also include information and education about the health and wellbeing of your puppy, as well as basic training.
Brief run down of the class:
Socialisation based class - getting your puppy comfortable with other dogs, kids, people, new environments and the vet.
4 weeks every tuesday for 1 hour, 7.30pm - 8.30pm
Puppies must be aged between 7-14 weeks on the first night of pre-school
The course cost is $100 for 4 nights ($25 per night) and includes a goodie-bag on the final night, a graduation certificate, and a full booklet of the information covered in puppy classes
The Brudine puppy pre-school is a great socialisation and basic training class run by Steph, head nurse & qualified dog behaviour trainer & Chelsea, qualified veterinary nurse.
Beyond the basic training and puppy information the greatest part of puppy classes comes after graduation. Your dog will LOVE coming to the vet, they will continue to associate Brudine with fun and play. Our graduates have proven to be our greatest patients that come running in the front door.
Now isn't that a pet owners dream?
• Introduction to Puppy Classes – meeting your instructors and outlining class rules
• Nutrition – feeding schedules (how often and how much), potentially harmful foods, different types of foods and supplements
• Teaching “sit” – how to teach sit, tips and tricks
• Enrichment – picking the right toys, types of toys to avoid
• Hospital Tour – a behind the scenes tour of Brudine Veterinary Hospital
• Vaccinations – what vaccines cover, our clinic protocols
• Handling Your Puppy – how to introduce handling slowly, what signs to look for if they are not tolerating handling well, and what to do next time
• Home Puppy health checks – how to perform health checks on puppies, good vs bad, how to handle and check your puppy safely without struggle, and how this can help over the years of your puppies life
• Teaching your puppy to “stay” – how to teach this command, tips and tricks
• Teaching your puppy to “come” – how to teach this command, tips and tricks
• Toilet Training – facts on toilet training puppies, training tips and tricks
• Photo session – individual and group photos taken with owners and puppies
• Internal and external parasites – all about parasites and how to control them
• Walking on a lead – teaching pups how to walk on lead, walking in the correct place, training on how to stop pulling, tips and tricks
• Teaching you puppy to “drop” – how to teach this command, tips and tricks
• Crate Training – introducing the crate to your puppy, how to progress to sleeping in it
• Desexing – benefits of deseing, what happens when your dog gets desexed
• Microchipping and Registration – what it is, what are the benefits, where does it go
• Pet Insurance – benefits of getting pet insurance, when to get it, different companies
• Graduation! – time to party, graduation certificates and goodie bags, time to say goodbye to all the graduating puppies
Does my puppy come to all classes?
Yes, you and your puppy attend all classes
Can I bring the rest of my family along?
As the space in our waiting room is limited, we ask that 2 people per puppy attend the class. We do encourage young/small children to attend as it benefits their understanding of handling, interaction, and training too.
How often do you run the classes?
We start a new class every 4 weeks, depending on our availability for space in our puppy class.
What do I need to bring to the classes?
Yourself, your puppy on a lead or harness, and treats if you would like. Not all puppies get off-lead time at the same time as other pups in the beginning, and treats may help keep them occupied without getting restless
Should I feed my puppy before we come?
It is recommended not to as puppies tend to want to sleep after a meal and be less responsive during the class. This also makes food rewards undesirable which make positive reinforcement methods hard during the class. If you need to feed your puppy before class, we recommend feeding half a normal sized meal.