Puppy Course

To register for the Puppy Course – please contact us by using either the email address or the telephone number on the home page.  

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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.

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The Puppy 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 beginners obedience course once they reach 4 months of age if so desired.  If you do continue on to the beginners 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 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.

2018 Start Dates for Puppy Course:

The puppy classes are held on Sunday mornings from 9.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.  The course runs for 4 weeks unless otherwise stated.  First week please arrive by 9.00 a.m. to complete enrolment.

4th February                                                 1st July

4th March                                                     5th August

8th April                                                        2nd September

6th May                                                          7th October

3rd June – 3 week course                        4th November

Dogs should begin this 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 club is also conducting two 7 week twilight extended puppy/tweenies courses. This is for new puppies who have not already attended the club’s pre-school puppy course.

To be held on Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.  First week, please arrive by 6.00pm to enrol.  Starting dates are Wednesday 17th January 2018 and 10th October, 2018.

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 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 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

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