Puppy Pre-school Course

To register for the Puppy Pre-school Course – please contact us by using the email address on the home page.  


Pre-payment can be made to the club’s bank account - Bendigo Bank BSB 633000 Account number 113017743   Please enter your name as a reference on the payment and bring your payment receipt with you when enrolling.

The Puppy Pre-school course is for dogs aged 12 to 16 weeks. This course focuses on socialization activities so that puppies feel comfortable around a variety of people and dogs. They are also prepared for experiences such as visits to the vet and grooming.  Puppies are introduced to basic obedience that prepares them to move into the tweenies course once they reach 4 months of age then onto the basic obedience course once they reach 5 months of age, if so desired.  If you do continue on to the tweenies and/or basic obedience course (within the same membership year) it will be at a reduced cost as you have already paid the membership fee.

Dogs must have had the second vaccination.  Please bring the dog’s current vaccination certificate with you when enrolling.  Puppies must be under four months when they start the course.  Occasionally small, older pups may join the course for socialization.

The club promotes reward based positive reinforcement training so you will need to bring some small, soft, tasty treats for your puppy.   The treats must be something extra special that you will only use when training the pup.

In the first class, each owner is given a Puppy Pre-school Course Handbook that describes all the training and topics covered in the course and additional information that may help with other common puppy problems – e.g. digging, jumping, etc.


 2020 Start Dates for Puppy Pre-school Course:

The puppy pre-school classes are held on Sunday mornings from 9.30 a.m.  The course runs for 4 weeks unless otherwise stated.  First week please arrive by 9.00 a.m. to complete enrolment.

2nd February                                                 5th July
1st March                                                       2nd August
5th April - 3 week course                              6th September
3rd May                                                          4th October
7th June                                                        1st November



The club is also conducting a 4 week twilight puppy pre-school course commencing 8th January 2020. 

Held on Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm.  First week, please arrive by 6.00pm to enrol. 

Dogs should begin the course at week 1.  Occasionally, if there is a vacancy in a class a dog may be allowed to begin at week 2.  Dogs will not be allowed to join after week 2.


The main aims of the puppy pre-school course:

1.     Teach the new dog owner the responsibilities of owning a dog

2.     Emphasize the importance of socialization of puppies

3.     Introduce some very basic obedience during play sessions

4.     Discuss the general care of a young dog

 Puppy Pre-School Course Outline

·                     At least two off lead play times each session

·                     Introduction to very basic obedience

o         Sit

o         Watch

o         Recall

o         Drop/down

o         Give

·                     Several topics for discussion each week including:

o         Feeding

o         Vaccination and worming

o         General Hygiene

o         Sleeping (including use of crates)

o         Housetraining

        Crate Training

o         Collars and Leads

o         Puppies and Children

o         Puppies and other animals

o         Socialization

o         Grooming

o         Preparation for visiting vet

o         Signs of aggression and how to deal with it

o         Scary things such as storms, fireworks, lawnmowers, etc.

o         Exposing the puppy to a variety of situations

General training throughout the course

·                     Emphasis on the dog reacting immediately to the command or being assisted into position.

·                     Focus on just one skill at a time

·                     Choose an appropriate time to train (set the scene for success)

·                     Stopping unacceptable behaviour before it becomes a habit

·                     Tone of voice and posture