What You Need to Know About Puppy School Perth

What You Need to Know About Puppy School Perth

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Everything you need to know about puppy school

You’ve spent hours doing your research and you know that your new puppy is the perfect fit for you and your family.  The timing couldn’t be better - you have booked a couple of weeks off work to help your fur baby settle into your home.  So what’s the next thing you need to do? 

Book your puppy into the best puppy school you can find so that you can sky-rocket your training journey together!  Don’t know where to start?  Then use this handy checklist to help you understand what you should be looking for! 

Why Join Puppy Classes?

Puppy school is vital to help your puppy develop into a well-behaved canine companion that you can take anywhere with you.  Puppy school also helps you to be prepared for all those puppy issues that if not handled correctly, can cause frustration and lead to behaviour problems further down the track.  Plus, if you select the right puppy school, you’ll have an experienced and supportive trainer who can coach you through any other issues as they come up and you’ll have the opportunity to meet with other puppy owners who are in the same boat as you!   

But My Vet Said Not to Take My Puppy Out Until They Are Fully Vaccinated?

Puppies who are kept at home isolated from the outside world until after they are fully vaccinated are likely to develop behaviour problems through lack of adequate socialisation, even if they come from well socialised parents.  You can take your puppy out after their first vaccination to socialise, but it must be done safely – ensure the puppy class trainer has prepared the floors and surfaces to prevent the spread of disease, particularly parvo virus, and keep your puppy off the ground by carrying them, putting them on a blanket, putting them in a travel crate or pushing them in a trolley.  Your puppy can meet other vaccinated dogs or puppies in a safe environment such as your home or at puppy class, but don’t allow them to meet unvaccinated or unknown dogs until your puppy is fully vaccinated.

How Old Should My Puppy Be?

Most puppy schools accept puppies as young as 8 weeks of age up to around 16 weeks.  It’s important to take advantage of your puppy’s critical socialisation period which closes at around 12 weeks as during this time, their brains are like sponges and your puppy is forming their opinion about what is safe in their world.  So the answer to this question is start as early as possible!

What type of Training Methods should be used?

When researching which type of training methods the puppy school uses to train their dogs, look for words such as force free, rewards based, positive reinforcement and science based – this means that the training methods are humane and promote mutual trust and respect.  Avoid any form of punishment-based training methods to modify behaviour which include verbal or physical corrections, force, fear or intimidation.  Also steer clear of ‘balanced’ trainers who use a combination of rewards and punishment-based techniques – and run if you see any mention of equipment designed to cause pain such as prong collars, choke chains, electric collars, citronella collars or spray bottles.

Are the Trainers Experienced and Qualified?

Look for an experienced trainer with nationally or internationally recognised qualifications.  Find a trainer you can trust.  Call them to ask questions about their puppy school which will help you find out whether you will gel.  Check out their website and Facebook page for reviews from previous customers and watch videos which show them working with dogs to ensure you like their style.  Ask whether you can watch one of their puppy classes – they should be more than happy for you to observe and answer any follow-up questions after the class.

How Big Are the Classes?

Find out where the puppy classes are held and how many puppies are in each class.  As there are lots of distractions in puppy class including adults, children and other puppies, some puppies find it difficult to focus and can become overwhelmed.  Ensure that there is ample space in the class and that the class size is small enough to allow your puppy to focus on you so you can maximise both you and your puppy’s learning opportunities.  It’s not much fun if you are spending the whole class trying to control your highly distracted puppy!

What Will You Learn During the Classes?

Find out what’s covered in the puppy classes.  Your trainer should teach you how to handle the most important and urgent puppy issues, such as toilet training, puppy biting, jumping up and digging.  You should be guided through how to teach fundamental cues and vital life skills such as how to settle, come when called and loose leash walking.  The importance of socialisation, how to socialise safely and how to read and understand your puppy’s dog body language should be explained.  And your puppy should have the opportunity to participate in carefully supervised off-leash play with other puppies to help them grow their confidence.  Find puppy classes that are fun, informative, interactive and include your whole family so that when your puppy graduates, you are armed with as much information as possible to breeze through puppyhood.    

What Should I Search For to Find the Best Puppy Preschool?

When you search for ‘Puppy School Perth’, you will find many name variations for puppy training classes – puppy school, puppy preschool, puppy classes and puppy kindy, to name a few. 

However, to make things easy for you, Waggle Tails offers a fantastic Puppy Pre-School course which ticks all the boxes in our checklist!  A new course starts every two weeks which include four puppy classes with a qualified and experienced trainer, a puppy pack and online resources to support your learning so that you can refer to the information when you need to. 

To find out more about our classes and to book your spot, check out our Puppy Pre-School page or contact us at info@waggletails.com.au or 0452 280 662.  We’d love to chat with you about how we can help!