What is Puppy Preschool Express?
Puppy Preschool Express is everything you know and love about Puppy Preschool – in an express format. Perfect for those with a time and money budget.
Traditional puppy preschools meet once a week over a 4 to 6 week period. (And lets be honest, in those courses your puppy is going to be anywhere from 13 to 22 weeks old. And the power of early socialisation and training is totally lost. A normal preschool course at that point isn’t what you need).
In these uncertain times where we see snap lock downs – that is just not feasible. What we’ve also learned since the pandemic started is that online learning is convenient and effective too.
That’s why I have created the Puppy Preschool Express format for puppies who are 8 to 14 weeks old. This is a blended learning experience with online and face-to-face classes.
How long does it go for?
- This group class is run over a 3 week period only. You get 6 lessons.
- Tuesday nights are live online from the comfort of your own home.
- Saturday mornings are face to face together in Hebersham.
When can I start?
This is an open enrolment course. You can start any Tuesday subject to capacity. Scroll down the page to see the booking calendar with class start dates and availability.
You need to do some pre-coursework & Induction before your first lesson on Tuesday. It takes an hour.
What will I learn?
You are going to learn:
- How dogs learn so you know how best to train them. So you can get them to do what you want
- Dog communication – what your dog is trying to tell you. Dog language isn’t a secret known only to ‘dog whisperers’
- Prevention and problem solving methods for nuisance behaviours. Want to know how to deal with nipping, chewing & toilet training?
- Safe socialisation techniques and ideas. Plus you get to put it into practice on Saturdays.
Your puppy will learn:
- Go to place
- Lie down
- Lead walking
- Touch/Target (it’s super handy)
- Give/Take & leave items
What do I get?
- Canine behaviour expert instructor
- Access to our online learning platform for 6 weeks
- Extra how-to videos, written instructions and easy to understand handouts
- 6 lessons
- 10% off future dog training group classes
- All of this for just $169
When, where, how much is it?
Tuesday night 7.30pm – 8.30pm online in your home (zoom training focused Tuesdays),
and Saturday mornings 8.10am – 9:00am (Socialisation focused Saturdays) in Hebershem (Blacktown)
The total cost is just $169.
What are the benefits of blended learning?
You get the best of both worlds! You’re going to love it.
I have always offered online training options, even before COVID-19. What I discovered for puppies is that this online group was a really effective way to train. Due to the extent of restrictions for the past 2 years, we’ve now got a lot of proven results that online training works.
A lot of people struggle with knowing what to do with their puppy in the moment. Take nipping for example. But this is something that usually only happens in the home. If they come to face-to-face classes, the puppy isn’t nipping at that time.
When I see you online, in your home, I can give you instant feedback on what to do with your troublesome puppy! I can show you much easier what to do about these things. So you can stop it as soon as it starts.
Lets be honest, you’re not really going to be training your puppy in the hall all the time. You don’t live there. It’s best to train the puppy in the place where the puppy needs to be trained! It just makes sense.
- Having a training night at home is convenient. No extra travel. No running around stressing about getting all your stuff, dealing with a puppy in car, and getting some place in weekday Sydney traffic on time.
- Saves you some extra time and money
- Get help in home
- Training exactly where you need it
- Puppies learn better and perform their training better in home
- It’s less frustrating and you get better results sooner when training in home
- You get to see great real life video examples of dealing with pesky problems like chewing, and nipping. Not something we can review in traditional face to face classes.
You get to do it face-to-face. Whilst we did our socialisation on zoom during full lockdown, it’s definitely more fun when it’s face-to-face.
Enjoy a safe place to socialise your puppy. No sick dogs have been in the facility and it is cleaned and disinfected for your peace of mind.
Oh and there’s lots of space! You’re not going to be crammed into a small waiting room, or pen at a pet shop surrounded by shoppers.
You’ll get lots of positive exposure to give your puppy the best all-round socialisation experience.
There’s lots of tips and ideas of not only WHAT to socialise your puppy to, but HOW to do it efficiently and effectively. Get the most bang for your buck while your puppy is young. You’ll know how to keep socialising outside of the classes too.
The socialisation sessions are early Saturday morning. This is so you don’t have to deal with traffic. And it’s cool enough in Spring and Summer. Then you can get on with your day with a tired puppy afterwards.
ACCESSIBILITY & EQUIPMENT
Before you book, make sure this class is right for you.
The course is presented in English. Videos are in English and at this time are not captioned. Written handouts are in English.
There is ramp access to the facility for socialisation days.
If you have a physical or mental disability and would like to check if reasonable adjustments can be made to training exercises that will meet your needs do not hesitate to contact me
For online zoom training on Tuesdays you will need:
- A portable device. E.g. laptop, tablet or phone
- That device has a working camera and microphone
- And that device has fast, stable internet connection
- You may need a tripod, home made tripod, or something to lean your device on to get the right viewing angle
- A room where you have 2 metres space, and can be seen on camera standing or sitting down
- Chair, seat or lounge
- A large room, open plan space, or hallway with 5 metre line of sight
- If you do not have a large room or hallway: You can pick a space outside (e.g. verandah, patio, carport etc. Be mindful you’ll need appropriate lighting and shelter if it rains. Check your wifi or 4G/5G connection is good in that area.
General puppy training equipment you’ll need
- A collar or harness, with leash
- Towel, mat, or bed for your puppy to lie on
- A treat bag, or bum bag is recommended (you can purchase from me if you need to)
It is a current condition of entry that: *ALL ATTENDEES ARE AGED 16 YEARS OR OVER *ALL ATTENDEES MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19 *ALL ATTENDEES MUST WEAR A FACE MASK INDOORS
DON’T WAIT BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE SIGN UP NOW
This course is open enrolment. You can start on any Tuesday subject to capacity. That means there could be 1 to 6 puppies in your class but you don’t all start and finish at the same time. You might meet different dogs at different times.
You will be attending 3 Tuesday and 3 Saturday lessons in a row.
Dates in bold on the calendar below are available. Click on the date you want to get started on (Your puppy must be 8 to 14 weeks old on that date) then click continue to proceed to booking and payment.
New Year booking is now open. Start on 11th January.
Tuesday nights are 1 hour 7:30pm-8:30pm x 3 sessions 11/1, 18/1, 25/1
Saturday mornings are 50 mins 8:10am-9am x 3 sessions 15/1, 22/1, 29/1
Must book by Saturday 8th, 4:00pm
What’s the fuss? Is Puppy Preschool really that important?
YES attending a properly run puppy preschool with a canine behaviour expert is essential.
Puppies who are in their critical period of socialisation window at 8 to 14 weeks old need to be handled with care, therefore experiences during this phase can make or break a puppy. It’s the time to identify and get on top of abnormal or nuisance behaviours.
That’s why puppy preschool should only be run by canine behaviour experts. Not shop clerks, animal attendants, vets or nurses with no study, qualification or training in behaviour.
Time is of the essence. The critical window for socialisation isn’t open forever, it’s closing by 12 to 16 weeks of age. You need to enrol your puppy in preschool now to harness the power of early quality socialisation and foundation training under the guidance of an expert and set your puppy up for success.
Once your puppies socialisation window has closed – you can’t get it back.
Dogs are more likely to be euthanised for preventable behavioural problems than Parvovirus. You can prevent serious behavioural problems by attending a quality puppy preschool and participating in early training and socialisation.
Is it safe?
Safe for your puppy: Young puppies may have maternally derived antibodies that protect them or they may have received vaccinations that protect them.
Rest assured our premises are only visited by dogs whose vaccination status is known. No sick dogs have been there. It is on a hard surface that is cleaned beforehand with disinfectant that kills Parvovirus.
Class sizes are small. Your puppy will never be overwhelmed, picked on, bullied or forgotten about. Your expert instructor makes sure your puppy is behaviourally well and will not suffer from a detrimental experience most puppies suffer in poorly run preschools.
I see dog-reactive fearful/aggressive dogs who didn’t have a positive, safe socialisation experience as a puppy. Many unruly puppies went to a class that wasn’t run by a behaviour expert in a pet shop or vet practice.
Prevention is easier and cheaper than cure. That’s why I offer so many different puppy training classes!
Safety for you: We’re a COVID-SAFE business. Registered and insured.