Puppy training classes in Melbourne's West designed to provide you with all the knowledge required to raise a puppy.
We have designed a very educational and fun puppy training program that provides the skills all new puppy parents require to ensure their pup has the best start in life. Our aim is to establish the basis for a confident, well adjusted, well socialised, and calm dog.
Our puppy training classes promote a connection between you and your puppy by focusing on building a vocabulary through training exercises. We only use force free training methods that will strengthen the connection you create with your puppy. It is very important to start developing a special bond with your puppy from the very beginning of their life with you.
We do not teach methods that include punishment in our puppy school. These methods are outdated and unnecessary and only damage the relationship you have with your puppy.
In each of our lessons you will learn how to teach your puppy foundation exercises. These are basic exercises that can be built on as your puppy grows. These skills are taught as the first steps to achieving general manners. Our focus is setting your puppy up to succeed within your home environment and beyond.
Puppy School Program Details
- Our Puppy Program runs for 6 weeks.
- Week one is a theory lesson and is dog free. This lesson runs for approximately 90mins.
- The following five lessons run for 60mins. They include 30mins of structured training and 30mins of play time.
- Classes are conducted on weeknights at 7pm.
- Prior to booking with us, ensure your puppy is between 8-16 weeks of age when the course begins.
Puppy Training Information
Puppy Training Information
Theory class is a puppy free lesson. This gives us the opportunity to welcome you to the venue and talk about all thing’s puppy.
- Class rules
- What you need to bring to class.
- Our training methodology
- How dogs learn
- How we train and the value of training.
- How and where your puppy is sleeping
- Toilet training
- Mouthing and biting
- Creating independence
- And more!
At the end of this lesson, we leave you with some homework, preparing you for your first class with your puppy.
Weeks Two – Six – Practical lessons
Training helps bridge the gap in communication that we have with our puppies and provides your puppy with words that they associate with actions. Teaching your puppy verbal and visual cues will help you guide and instruct your puppy in everyday real- life situations.
Training skills include but are not limited to –
- Focus – the cue your puppy learns to look at you. Used to avoid distractions and prevent unwanted behaviours.
- Go to your bed and settle – teaches your puppy where their safe place is to rest and promotes independence.
- Sit, drop and stand – the cues to either remain stationary, to relax, to prevent problem behaviours and to be examined or groomed.
- Stay and Wait – the cue for stillness, safety, and calm.
- Leave it – teaches puppies to not touch what is unsafe or unnecessary.
- Swap – teaches puppies to exchange high value items, preventing resource guarding.
What People Say ABOUT US
My husband and I had our 2 puppies in class and we had Lisa as our trainer. She was very helpful and gave us very specific tips with training our beagle and Dachshund at home and in class because being 2 very different breeds to train. Definitely worth it.
Pet ParentNikita Callaway
We took our puppy to Lisa’s class in West Footscray and it was fantastic! He learnt so much so quickly! Lisa was really good at showing you the training process and letting you practice while answering your questions. Great technique, really friendly and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her classes to anyone!
Pet ParentStephanie Austin
We completed puppy school with Lisa and Anthony, who really knew what they were talking about. Not only did our little guy learn a ton of new things but we also did as well! With so much information out there, it was nice to be able to ask questions to people that actually knew what they were talking about! The small classes and supervised play time rather than an all in play fest were a real nice introduction!
Pet ParentElizer Kate
Puppies can start classes at 9 weeks of age. Puppies are usually picked up from the breeder at 8 weeks, so they can start classes the next week.
Puppies older than 16 weeks cannot join Puppy School.
Please consider our Life Skills course for older puppies.
Puppies must have started their vaccination course to join the program but do not need to be fully vaccinated to participate.
Our program is a 6-weeek course. Each week you attend class for 60 minutes.
We will discuss everything you need to do to prepare yourself and your pup for Puppy School during your first class. This class is a theory lesson. No pups attend. During this class we discuss everything you need to bring to classes and give you homework to prepare your pup for the course.
Yes, puppies need to attend classes wearing a collar and lead or a harness and lead.
They must remain on lead during the training component of each class and are not allowed to interact onlead. On lead interaction can cause frustration and confusion in puppies and dogs.
Yes, pups are allowed to interact after training each week. Pups are paired up appropriately considering age and weight. Play is structured and well supervised. Play is consensual. Puppies are not forced to play. We allow them to choose to play when they are ready.
Yes. More than one handler can attend class with their puppy. Everyone that lives with the pup must be training and interacting with the pup in a consistent manner, so it’s important that everyone attends. One person must be allocated each class to instruct the puppy, to avoid confusing the pup. The primary handler must be over 16 years of age.
Find Us On Map
A great puppy program would not be possible without a great venue. Our puppy school is located inside the facility of Well Beings Holistic Petcare by VetCall in West Footscray that provides the perfect space for puppies to learn and play.