Awesome! Loved everything and learned heaps!
Contrary to popular belief, you CAN teach an old dog new tricks – but it’s much easier to do when they’re a puppy!
At the Ark we can help you get your pup trained up through our certified training courses.
Our aim is for your dog to be a healthy, happy and well-behaved family member, and to enjoy socialising safely with other dogs in the community.
Why should I take my pup to preschool?
A puppy course has so many benefits both for your pup as well as your families. Puppies have a critical growth period between the ages of 4 and 16 weeks. Where the way they are nurtured, played with and their other experiences have a significant impact on their nature as an adult dog. It’s important during this time to expose your puppy to other dogs. Also to new people and different situations so that they are prepared for everything that life will throw at them.
With our busy lives, sometimes it can be hard to set aside time to do all this. Which is why puppy preschool can be a lifesaver. It brings together important training skills as well as socialisation techniques, and is run by experts who are able to help you with any behavioural questions you might have about your new pup.
If you want to book a puppy course or talk with our friendly staff lease call us at: 02-9416-1300
The Ark Veterinary Hospital is taking the worry out of owning a puppy or kitten with our puppy package, designed to give you a comprehensive puppy health service for the first 12 months; saving you stress, time and money.
When should I enrol in puppy preschool?
You should enrol your puppy into puppy preschool when they are between the age for 8 and 16 weeks. After they have had their first set of vaccinations. This is within a critical window of their development, and so the things they learn during this time are likely to remain with them throughout their adult life.
Basic training and teaching your dog to be well behaved when they are young has shown to prevent many behavioural problems in adult dogs.
Puppy Preschool at the Ark:
The puppy course at the Ark runs for 4 weeks on Tuesday evenings between 7.15 and 8.15pm. Provided the class has at least 3 puppies enrolled, a new course begins on the first Tuesday of the month.
The course is conveniently held at the Ark Veterinary hospital, and is run by experienced Delta CGC instructors.
By keeping the class size small (between 3 and 5 puppies), we are able to give your pup our full attention, as well as letting them socialise with other dogs in a controlled environment where they will not get overwhelmed.
What to expect in puppy preschool:
Puppy preschool covers basic behavioural training. We teach your puppy how to behave appropriately in home and social situations. It’s also an opportunity for you to learn techniques on how to encourage your dog to be well-behaved. As well as get to know other puppy owners to share your experiences, tips and tricks. The course covers many topics, including
- Basic commands: sit, stay, stop, lie down, and how to come when their name is called
- How to get your dog used to being handled, and how to handle them properly
- Good behaviour on walks and being on and off the lead
- House training
- Preventing biting and other bad behaviours
Our puppy trainers
Carolyn Brown and Alex Surplice are both accredited Delta Canine Good Citizen instructors and members of the Delta Institute. Between them, they have been training puppies and dogs for over 20 years, and are members of the Pet Professional Guild and teh Association of Pet Dog Owners in Australia.
We use Delta Institute Dog Trainers as they only use force-free and humane techniques that have been backed up withscientific research.
Using positive reinforcement training techniques and methods has shown to be much more effective in creating long-lasting good behaviours in dogs and a strong bond between puppy and owner.
This methodology is endorsed by the Australian Veterinary Behaviour Interest Group (AVBIG)
Testimonials from our customers:
I’d give a very positive recommendation to anyone who enquired about puppy training.
These courses are really good. Well behaved dogs are least likely to end up abandoned.
Really Great! Thoroughly enjoyed it, learned a lot and feel I can train Maisy easily. Loved these small classes too.