Puppy Pre-School

Training your puppy is exciting and challenging! We are here to help! Puppy pre-school is an effective and fun way to get your puppy not only trained but socialised amongst other puppies and their owners!

If you have just bought home a new puppy or are considering getting a puppy, our newly restructured puppy pre-school program will help you get your new best friend the basic training needed. It’s a fun and active way to spend time with your pup.

Puppy Pre-School Program

If you have just brought home a new puppy or are considering getting a puppy, our new puppy pre-school program will help you get your new best friend the basic training needed. We help give your puppy the best start at life through education on common puppy problems, providing socialisation opportunities and assisting with basic manners training.

Our program is run on Saturday’s and available for puppies aged 8-20 weeks of age. It is run by a qualified Puppy Behaviour Consultant, using science-based positive, rewards based training methods.

Why an individualised program?

Due to personal commitments, some owners struggle to be able to make consecutive weekly classes and therefore miss out on vital information. Our individualised program fits in to your schedule. 

In traditional class environments some puppies can get overwhelmed, bored or restless sitting through multiple classes. Puppies often find it easier to relax during one on one training sessions, and they can then be given the opportunity to go to the fun puppy playgroup sessions once they are ready. 

Bringing a new puppy home can be quite overwhelming and so our goal is to help set you and your puppy up for success. During a puppy’s critical socialisation period (up to 16 weeks of age), it is important to establish routines and provide appropriate socialisation opportunities. Through our program we will help you safely socialise your puppy, teach you and your puppy individualised training skills and provide information and strategies on common puppy behaviour concerns.  


Puppy Pre-school program - $100

  • 1 x 1-hour puppy behaviour information session
  • 2 x 30-minute 1:1 training skills sessions
  • 1 x 45-minute puppy playgroup session

*Please note that the information session, training sessions and playgroup sessions cannot be purchased individually, but additional sessions can be added on top of the program.

Additional Puppy Playgroup sessions $25

Additional 1:1 training skills sessions (30 minutes) - $50

What We Offer

Puppy behaviour information session (1 hour, owners only)

We run Puppy Behaviour Information sessions on Saturday mornings. These sessions cover the foundations of having a puppy and common behaviour concerns.  Handouts are provided with information on all topics discussed. 

Topics discussed include the following:

• Appropriate socialisation - how to set your puppy up for success 
• Puppy mouthing & chewing
• Toilet training
• Jumping 
• Food enrichment
• How to read your puppy’s body language
• Preventing separation distress in puppies 
• Training foundations

Private 30-minute 1:1 Training Sessions

During this session, you will be able to teach your puppy fun and helpful skills that are tailored to you and your puppy’s individual needs. Handouts are provided with instructions on each skill, so that you can easily practice at home. 

Skills taught can include the following:

  • Settling exercises
  • Sit
  • Drop
  • Stay/ wait
  • Name recognition & recall
  • Loose lead walking
  • Look
  • Leave it
  • Swap
  • Go to mat
  • Clicker training
  • Fun tricks including shake, rollover and spin

Weekly puppy playgroup sessions (for puppies aged 8-16 weeks)

Our fun and interactive puppy playgroups run as 45-minute sessions on Saturday afternoons.

The purpose of these sessions is to socialise puppies in a controlled and enjoyable manner during their critical social developmental period (from 8-6 weeks of age). 

Each session includes the following

  • Teaching your puppy to settle
  • Obstacle courses and sensory enrichment activities
  • Controlled and supervised play with other puppies (class dependent)
  • Fun games for testing skills
  • Food puzzle activities

Private 45-Minute Puppy Behaviour Consultations

On top of our puppy pre-school program, we also offer 45-minute private behaviour consultations which are tailored to you and your puppy’s needs.  They are more in depth than our information sessions and are a great option if you are experiencing specific behavioural concerns with your puppy and would prefer individualised advice and training programs.

Before the consultation you will be asked to fill out a detailed questionnaire about your puppy so that we can get a full history and therefore help you get the most out of your consultation. A summary of your visit and homework will be emailed afterwards and follow up support will also be provided.

Each consultation is completely individualised to you and your puppy. Examples of what can be covered include the following…

  • Mouthing & chewing
  • Toilet training
  • Jumping
  • Barking
  • digging
  • Separation distress
  • Teaching your puppy how to settle.
  • Managing puppies & children.
  • Managing multi-animal households.
  • Training equipment - finding the correct harness or collar for your puppy.

The cost for a consultation is $100 and can be purchased individually, or on top of a puppy pre-school program.

More information

For further enquiries or to book, please contact us at Glen Iris Veterinary Hospital & Cattery.

We are conveniently in the City of Stonnington and Glen Eira. The pawfect location for pet parents living in Glen Iris, Malvern, Toorak, Kooyong, Armadale and surrounding areas!