Have you recently welcomed a new paw pal to your family? Between puppy pads and sneaky snuggles, you think you’ve got this dog thing covered… but have you thought about puppy school? A foundation for further obedience training, Best Friends Pets puppy school introduces young dogs to the basics of being a very good boy or girl. Our trained staff help you and your puppy navigate positive socialisation and friendly dog-on-dog play while covering how to sit, stay and come at home, out and off-leash.
Set your dog up for success
Do I need to send my pup to puppy preschool?
Dogs go through a number of key developmental stages throughout their lives, including the imprinting phase from 0-4 months. It’s at this stage in particular that puppies are incredibly impressionable, making it an ideal time to start your puppy obedience training and socialising them with other dogs so they can learn how to be a confident canine.
Puppy school provides a safe and structured environment for your little doggo, supporting their needs as they learn valuable life skills alongside other puppies. We help to nurture a harmonious relationship between owner and puppy, ensuring pet owners understand why behaviours occur and how to address troublesome habits before they become established.
Prepping for puppy school
Getting started at puppy school
Puppy school is available to all puppies aged 8-16 weeks old, no matter the breed. Before getting started at puppy school, your new pup will need to have had their first vaccine. After your paw pal gets through their first jab, bring a copy of the vaccination certificate with you on the first day.
What will we learn at puppy school?
Our regular puppy school program runs for five weeks total and should take place anywhere between 8-16 weeks, which is a critical period of learning for your pup. During this phase, puppies don’t have a positive or negative association with things (except in extreme cases), which makes it the perfect time to establish the fundamentals of puppy training.
During your time at puppy school, you and your pooch will learn a whole range of nifty commands that cover basics like sit, stay, drop, recall, speak, quiet, listen, and leave it. They’ll be rolling over in no time, all for one low price!
Are there COVID-safe puppy school options?
Absolutely! We run a COVID-safe puppy school program during lockdowns and increased restrictions that run for 4 weeks instead of the regular 5-week in-store program. This program covers all of the basics from toilet training and barking, to biting, jumping, and everything in between.
Our COVID-safe puppy school program consists of 2x 1 hour online sessions with an experienced trainer as well as 4x 30-minute in-store puppy play dates that are designed to help with socialisation and basic puppy obedience training with 4-5 other pups. Read more about it here.
What happens after puppy school?
Once your puppy has successfully completed puppy school you will be presented with a signed and dated certificate of completion. By the end of your time with us, we hope you’ll have the skills and confidence to continue reinforcing the lessons you’ve learned from our Best Friends Pets teachers. Eager for more training? Consider looking into puppy obedience.
Help your dog conquer sit, stay and roll over today
Our Puppy School program combines the benefits of puppy socialisation with convenient and interactive, online pet parent education for a happy, healthy start for your puppy.
Our Covid-19 safe program incorporates puppy socialisation and interactive education sessions for you to help your new best friend become a well-adjusted member of the family.
Socialisation at an early age is an essential part of your puppy’s development. Their little minds are absorbing information and forming behaviours which will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
We provide a safe, clean, and positive space for puppies to socialise and learn with a supervised trainer. Our play dates will allow your puppy to interact with other puppies, develop confidence and learn some basic training with our instructor.
Welcoming a new puppy into the family is an exciting time, however it is also a big adjustment. Our instructors are here to support you through this transition by providing education and advice.
The interactive, online pet parent sessions will cover common puppy behavioural problems and help you to distinguish what is normal from abnormal. In addition, we are always available to answer any specific questions you may have.
There are three parts to the program:
Four puppy play dates
- Allowing your puppy to interact with other puppies, develop confidence and learn some basic training with our instructor
- Drop off service
- Weekly for 4 weeks
- 30-minute sessions
- Socialising & basic training with 4-5 other puppies
Two pet parent interactive online sessions
- Education covering common puppy behavioural problems and advice for pet parents
- 2 x 1-hour sessions
- Expert advice with experienced trainer
- Interactive Q & A
- Basic command short training videos available on our website.
Puppy Pre-School is just $99 or free for Complete Care members. Our program runs during the week and throughout the day on weekends. Your puppy must be 8-16 weeks old and have had at least one recent vaccination before attending the Puppy Play Dates.
Please note: Puppy School classes are not available at our Murrumbeena store.
Puppy Training Videos
Preparing for your puppy
How to teach a puppy to sit
How to reward your puppy
Teaching your puppy to drop
Teaching your puppy to stay
Keeping your pets happy at home
Handling your puppy
Fitting a harness