Puppy Classes Northern Beaches
Our Puppy School runs on a very basic ethos, where all puppies are treated individually and are taught using positive training methods to help build their confidence and develop their skills.
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Puppy Classes Mona Vale
Puppy School at Mona Vale Vet Hospital – with Veronica’s Canine Concepts
The first 16 weeks of a puppy’s life are crucial and there is so much for your puppy to learn and discover. Our puppy classes will set your puppy up for success in becoming a happy and well adjusted member of the family. Time and effort spent in the early weeks with your puppy will pay dividends in the future and we are here to support you and answer all your questions as you navigate those early days.
In puppy class you will learn about socialisation, developing independence and preventing separation anxiety, preventing problem behaviours, enrichment, nipping and biting, toilet training, basic obedience skills (come, sit, drop, stay, leave), polite manners, grooming and much more!
Our aim is always to set your puppy up for success, by rewarding in small progressive steps the behaviours we want, while preventing the practice of unwanted behaviours.
Even before your puppy arrives home we recommend you book your FREE Puppy Consultation with our qualified Veterinary Nurses (within 48 hours of bringing your puppy home) and lock in your spot at Puppy School as spaces fill quickly!
What will your puppy learn?
During our program, puppies will meet new friends and owners learn new skills to teach when at home, on walks, around at a friends place or just general living with your newest furry friend.
Skills learnt will include Look at Me, Sit stay, Drop stay, Come to a Sit and some Heel work. We will also cover topics including effective communication with your dog, what are your dog’s needs, plus building a good relationship with your dog.
Our practical classes also go through best management for leash handling and walking, exploring texture through obstacle courses, exploring sound with the Sound Proof Puppy Training app, as well as practising appropriate best handling for vet visits and grooming.
Your puppy will also associate visits to our hospital as a fun, positive and social place, rather than being a place visited when they are sick or feeling unwell.
At what age should a puppy attend school?
In light of understanding canine leaning and development, the timing of puppy school is vital. The critical phase of learning for a dog is between the ages of 3-12 weeks. This extends to 16 weeks for some areas of learning. Dog breeds and individuals can also vary. We recommend that your puppy joins a good puppy school before they reach 12 weeks of age. Ideally, you would start a course when your puppy is between 8-10 weeks old
What will our puppy parents learn?
All of the above plus so much more!! We also hold a theory session, where new puppy owners attend without their new furry family member. The aim of our theory session is to help owners understand canine behavioural learning, what socialisation really means for dog, why dog parks may not be recommended, tips of preventing resource guarding and toileting training.
About your dog coach
Veronica holds a certificate in Dog Training & Behaviour (through renowned trainers Steve & Vicki Austin) and has completed Vicki Austin’s Puppy Class Instructors Course. She is a certified ProDog Trainer through AbsoluteDogs in the UK, and continually updates her knowledge through various courses, seminars and webinars.
She has been involved with dogs for over 20 years, and currently lives with two dogs, Georgie the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, and Chip the Border Collie.
Veronica has successfully competed in dog obedience and holds several obedience qualifications and titles, and has spent many years volunteering as an instructor at local obedience clubs. She is a full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia.
To book Puppy School go to veronicascanineconcepts.com/book and make sure you choose our Mona Vale location.
From Our Visitors
The girls (and guys now) have looked after our four legged kids for over 20 years. They have a very caring and patient approach, particularly with insecure dogs. They always put 100% into doing their best in ensuring that our animals get the best of care. We moved into the city in 2014, we tried a number of vets but did not receive the same level of care so returned to Mona Vale. We can’t recommend them enough.
As a pet owner it is such a comforting feeling knowing there is such a capable and friendly vet practice close by. Thanks for looking after Gina!