Puppy Pre School

Enrol Your Pet in Our Puppy Preschool in the Penrith area

Orchard Hills Veterinary Hospital Puppy Preschool

Our Puppy Preschool aims to:

  • Socialise puppies with other dogs and people.
  • Start basic obedience training using positive reinforcement and reward.
  • Identify any potential behavioural problems early, so that measures can be introduced to modify that behaviour. For example, chewing, digging, biting, barking, stay, come, fear of loud noises, fear of strangers/visitors to the home and much more.
  • Educate owners on all aspects of puppy development, training and pet care.
  • Help make veterinary visits more enjoyable for dogs, owners and veterinary staff.
  • Get puppies off to a good start so they become well-controlled, well-behaved and socially acceptable adults.
  • Teach good manners to your puppy, so that you and your pet live happily ever after.
  • How to perform a health check on your puppy.
  • Teach children how to safely interact with puppies.


Age of Puppies Who Can Attend Puppy Preschool

Puppies from 6 weeks up to 14 weeks of age can attend the Puppy Preschool.

You puppy must have at least their first puppy vaccination in order to attend. Documentation via vaccination certificate will be required.


When does Puppy Preschool Commence?

Puppy Preschool is run monthly with classes starting the first week of every month.

The 5 classes usually run on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday night.

The classes start at 6pm and last approximately 1 to 1.5 hours.

Please contact us on 4736 2027 for the next available Puppy Preschool dates and to book your puppy in.


Cost of Puppy Preschool

Puppy Preschool costs $140.00 for the entire 5-week course.

Prepayment is required to reserve your place in the class.

To ensure that owners and puppies get lots of attention and time to practice, we restrict class numbers.


Location of Puppy Preschool

Puppy Preschool is held in an extra large training room at Orchard Hills Veterinary Hospital.

The floors are cleaned with disinfectant prior to Puppy Pre School commencing, to ensure the safest possible environment for your puppy.


Puppy Trainers

We have 3 puppy school trainers - Lizzie, Jessica and Lyn.

Lizzie and Jessica are both fully qualified Veterinary Nurses at Orchard Hills Veterinary Hospital.

Lizzie and Lyn have both completed the Delta Dog Training course.


What Happens During the Classes?

The first class is puppy free. So leave your puppy at home and just bring yourselves to the first class.

The puppy free class is theory based and is used to discuss puppy topics such as how dogs learn, toilet training, biting, etc. The first class sets you up for how the remainder of the course will run.

The following 4 practical classes are for you and your puppy to learn about training, socialisation and other puppy topics.

Training exercises that are covered in the course include On The Mat, Sit, Drop, Stay, Look (or Watch), and more.

Puppy topics that are covered in the course include Biting, Toilet Training, Enrichment, Alone time, Health & Nutrition, and more.


What to Do Before and What To Bring

Carry your puppy from your car to and from the veterinary hospital. You will then be directed to the Puppy Preschool Room where you are welcome to place your puppy on the floor and get ready for class!

All puppies must be on a collar and lead at all times unless otherwise instructed.

Do not feed close to the time of the class as we use a variety of treats for training. If your puppy is a fussy eater it is recommended that you bring some of their favourite treats, however treats will be supplied.

We recommend the use of a treat pouch – you will already have your hands full! A treat pouch attached to a waist strap will allow you easy access to treats while you are training your puppy.

A mat will be required for your puppy to use as a comfortable resting place during the class. The trainer will discuss puppy topics between play and training sessions, and it will be much easier to listen when your puppy is settled!

A chew item or food-related enrichment item will help keep your puppy settled as well. The trainer will share ideas for these items in the puppy-free lesson.

Clickers will be provided in the dog-free lesson, and the trainer will discuss the use of them and their benefits. The clicker is yours to keep and use at home, however you will need to bring this along to class as well.

Owning a new puppy can feel like an information overload! But don’t worry, you will be provided with extensive handouts covering all the topics discussed during the course, along with homework sheets after each class with step-by-step instructions for training exercises. 

Due to the COVID resctictions, we are allowing 1 adult per puppy to each class.

While training with the whole family can be great fun, overcrowding can distract the puppies. There will be plenty of opportunities to train your pups at home. If you have any questions or concerns, please ask the trainer prior to attending class.



Free Puppy Health Check

We offer all puppies a FREE health examination with the veterinarian, where we will examine the puppy and go over all of the basic health care needs.



Puppy Preschool Benefits

Bringing a new puppy home is a wonderful experience.

Puppies have a period of socialisation up to the age of 4 months old, during which time we encourage you to expose your puppy to as many new experiences as possible. But you must also protect them from exposure to disease. Puppy Preschool is an excellent and safe way to provide this social contact for your puppy.

Our experienced dog trainers have completed further education in dog training and behaviour, in order to provide up-to-date information, with a focus on using positive reinforcement and force-free methods of training. This means you can not only train your dog to be the best companion, but do so in a way that makes it enjoyable for both you and them!


Social Benefits

Orchard Hills Veterinary Hospital Puppy Preschool provides puppies with an opportunity to interact with other dogs before and during the training session. Dog-to-dog interaction is vital when it comes to ensuring that a puppy develops good social skills.

The trainers will observe the puppies closely in the training environment and carefully match playmates together, to ensure that every experience they have is as positive as possible.

By attending Puppy Preschool your puppy will also learn to associate the visit to the veterinary hospital with good times and treats, and will love coming to visit for vaccinations, desexing and annual check-ups.


Owner-Puppy Relationship Benefits

Enrolling a puppy in Puppy Preschool isn’t just a chance to teach new skills, it is also an opportunity to bond and improve communications between you and your new puppy.

Our experienced dog trainers provide owners with guidance and training methods that will best accommodate a particular puppy’s learning style.

Puppies also learn to experience what it is like to process and perform simple commands amidst distraction.

Why use Positive Reinforcement? This particular method of training involves rewarding your dog for good behaviour, so that it is more likely to occur again.

It is the most humane method of training, and has also been scientifically proven to be the most effective.

Using these methods will also strengthen the bond between you and your dog.





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