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Puppy School

Puppy Preschool at Five Dock Veterinary Hospital is an important first step in socialising your puppy and ensuring they start out on the right track to becoming a well-adjusted and well-behaved member of your family.

Puppy classes are an effective and essential component of socialisation. Your dog will learn more than basic obedience behaviour — he will learn to feel comfortable out in the world! It helps build their self-confidence and strengthens their bond with you. It's really important that your puppy becomes confident within themselves.  Puppy Preschool can allow your puppy to experience things and make new friends in a safe environment.

The socialisation window for pups is usually 8 to 16 weeks of age. This window is the period when dogs learn how to socially interact with other dogs and with people other than immediate family members. It is widely accepted that if dogs are exposed to this experience, they are much less likely to suffer anxieties & phobias, inter-dog aggression and anti-social behaviour as adults.

The classes are held once a week on either a Tuesday or Wednesday in the evenings, for 4 weeks in a clean disinfected environment. Participating pups have all had at least 2 vaccinations.

Classes are run by our senior nurses who have undergone the Puppy Preschool training scheme and have excellent rapport with pups and their owners.

The pups have a fantastic time, everyone (puppies and humans alike) receives an education on general healthcare and basic behavioural training (sit, stay, come, drop) and we find that as dogs these pups love coming to the vet! (reducing your stress levels)

Call us and speak to reception for more information or class timetables.