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Puppy Classes


Nothing beats the innocence of a new puppy. Through their bright eyes and fluffy tails, they keep us laughing as they explore and learn new things, finding their way through what is right and what is wrong. It is what they learn during now that paves the way to an easier managed and well-behaved adult. And, puppy classes are perfect to help you help your puppy put the right paw forward.


Why Join Puppy School?

Your puppy has a sensitive period of development known as the ‘socialisation period’. It occurs from three weeks to three months of age, and the experiences, teachings and learnings your puppy has during this time will impact their behaviour as an adult.

If your puppy is to develop into a relaxed, happy, friendly and confident adult, they need to be exposed to many new situations in a safe and non-threatening way.

Puppies that are not exposed to other dogs during the socialisation period or have unpleasant experiences are more likely to develop aggression or fearful responses to other dogs later in life.

Pups also need to have contact with people other than their family. This helps them develop into well-mannered members of the community.


Aims of Puppy Classes:

  • To teach you about pets in society
  • Celebrate the bond you share with your puppy
  • Explain normal canine behaviours
  • Teach appropriate training principals, enabling you to train your puppy
  • Provide information on nutrition, vaccinations, neutering, dental care, bathing, grooming, external and internal parasites and a whole lot more!
  • Give puppies the change to socialise in a safe and controlled situation
  • Teach puppies to accept gentle handling by different people
  • Educate you and your puppy on good puppy manners
  • Help resolve issues such as house-training, biting, jumping, chewing etc.
  • Encourage ongoing training.
  • During this course your puppy will:
  • Socialise with other puppies and people. (Socialisation is teaching puppies that other people and dogs exist and how to behave appropriately around them.)
  • Develop confidence and learn how to behave with different people, loud noises, other dogs, children and novel stimuli. This is presented in a fun and non-threatening manner. (Some puppies may need an individual program of exposure to these items.)
  • Learn to respond to verbal and visual cues such as sit, drop, stay and come.
  • Learn to settle (do nothing) and be rewarded for doing so.
  • Be taught to respond to you appropriately in a variety of settings.
So, if you have just adopted a new puppy, there is no better time than now to enrol in our puppy classes.


Puppy Class Details:

  • TIME: 7:30pm
  • DURATION: 1 hour each week for 4 weeks
  • WHEN: Call us to find out when the next class is running


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Pets Health is a full service animal hospital with clinics located in Hilton and O’Halloran Hill. We are dedicated to helping you keep your best mate happy and healthy through each stage of their life with compassionate and reassuring veterinary care.

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O’Halloran Hill Vet Centre

123 Main South Road
O’Halloran Hill, SA 5158

Hilton Vet Centre

142 Sir Donald Bradman Drive
Hilton, SA 5033