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Westlakes Veterinary Hospital

Westlakes Veterinary Hospital

Best Care for Your Best Friend

Westlakes Waggers Puppy Preschool

Why is puppy preschool important for my family?

Puppy preschool is an important part of raising a healthy, well-adjusted adult dog. Whether you are new to having a dog as a companion animal or would like a refresher course in raising a happy healthy dog, this will be beneficial to you and your new puppy.

Puppies should have completed their puppy vaccination schedule before they are taken to public places i.e. parks, beaches etc.This class provides a safe, controlled environment for them to socialise from an early age. All puppies attending classes are up to date with vaccination.

Puppy preschool is a great way to socialise your puppy, gather important healthcare information and also bond with the newest member of the family.

What does it include?

  • Preventative health care measures for your puppy
  • Basic training tips
  • Nutritional information
  • Strategies for toilet training
  • Advice on skin types; bathing/shampoos
  • Flea/tick prevention information
  • Socialisation with other puppies and with people
  • Product samples and freebies
  • Access to purchase products after hours
  • Desensitizing to the clinic environment
  • A certificate when your pup graduates
  • Information booklets
  • Weekly handouts
  • Personalised advice for you and your puppy

Preventative Health Care

We’ve all heard that prevention is better than cure. This also applies to your puppies’ health. You need to follow vaccination/worming schedules to protect your puppy against harmful and sometimes life threatening diseases.

Training Tips

Training is a great way to keep your puppy stimulated and to prevent boredom. It is also important to be in control of your puppy. They will not stay cute little puppies forever. As they grow and reach sexual maturity (around 6 months of age) they will begin to test your boundaries, much like that of an adolescent/teenager.

The transition from puppy to adult can be a lot smoother if you use good training techniques and establish that you are the leader of the pack as soon as they arrive in your home.

Nutrition

A good quality, balanced diet is very important to your puppy’s overall health. We can provide valuable nutritional information to make sure your puppy is getting everything he needs from his diet.

Toilet Training

This is one of the main problem areas for most puppy owners. The main thing to remember is that when you get your puppy they are usually around 6-8 weeks of age, at this time they do not have good muscle control. Therefore you cannot be unrealistic, for example, expecting them to hold on all day while you are at work. It can take weeks to months for them to develop control and learn where it is appropriate to go in your home.

Socialisation

 This is very important for your puppy’s development. How well you socialize them at a young age can directly affect their future character. Poorly socialised puppies can grow up to be shy, fearful and even aggressive. These and many other behaviour problems can be avoided with effective socialization.

Puppies become more cautious as they get older, anything that they have not been exposed to before will be met with suspicion and fear. The more enjoyable experiences your puppy has with a variety of people, places and animals will help to ensure that they mature into a happy well-rounded adult.

Puppy preschool is a great way to start this socialisation process. We also offer a socialisation programme for you to follow.

More Information

  • Puppies from 6 - 16 weeks of age are welcome.
  • The course consists of a one hour class every week for 4 weeks.

Requirements

  • Puppies must have started and be up to date with their vaccination schedule.
  • Please bring a collar and lead along with your puppy.

If you have any further questions or are interested in a booking for the next class please contact Jenn or Heidi on (02) 4959 5766.

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