Puppy Classes and Training

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Highton Veterinary Clinic
88 Barrabool Rd
VIC 3216

03 52430077

Owning a puppy is a big commitment and it is important to start your puppy off on the right paw so it can become a well-adjusted and well behaved member of your family. Normal puppy behaviour includes all those behaviours that we consider a problem, such as biting, jumping up, chewing, digging, barking and inappropriate toileting. We need to teach our puppies that these behaviours are not appropriate.

When your puppy is young between 8-16 weeks is the important time to socialise and train them. Puppies learn very quickly with proper instruction, these first few weeks are extremely important for your puppy and the training it learns now will last a lifetime. A well trained dog will become a great family pet. Like children, dogs need to be taught manners and the rules of the house.

Dogs are pack animals, and as such they love hierarchy. This means it is important for you to let your dog know where they belong in this hierarchy (all human family members should be higher). Dogs love to please us and enjoy being set challenges, therefore, by training and teaching your dog tricks you will keep them happy. Their mind will be active and they will be a pleasure for you to have around the house and to take visiting.

So how do you know how and what to teach your dog? The best thing to do is to attend a puppy class with an experienced dog trainer. At the Highton Vet Clinic we run regular puppy classes that allow the puppies to socialise with other puppies, children and people in a positive way so they are not anxious or nervous when confronted with new dogs or people.

As well as socialising your puppy, we do basic obedience with Lisa Blackwell our qualified dog training instructor who is very enthusiastic about teaching puppies. We also have one of our veterinarians discuss health care for your puppy.

Our training is done using a reward system, so the puppy finds the experience fun and exciting.

The puppy class program runs weekly forĀ 6 weeks for puppies between 8-16 weeks old. We hold the classes at night for your convenience.

Although puppy training is extremely important we also realise that training does not stop when they are a puppy. As a result we also hold adolescent dog training for dogs between 4-12 months in age. This program is also run by Lisa our dog trainer in addition to one of our nurses. It involves more advanced training and further socialisation for your dog. The course is run weekly for 8 weeks.

We aim with our classes to produce a socially acceptable dog that is a pleasure to own. The reward of good puppy/dog training is a lovely adult dog that will give you pleasure for many years to come.

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