Puppy School


TUESDAY and THURSDAY evenings. We work through a Week 1 to Week 4 program.

Ideally it is best to start at Week 1 but you can join the course at any time.

You will need to read and sign a waiver form. This can be downloaded and brought along with you or you can do one on the night.

Puppy School waiver [click to download]

6.30-7.30pm – Class runs


FREE if your puppy is vaccinated with Foothills Animal Hospital.

If you have not yet had your puppy vaccinated with us but plan on doing so, we ask that you pre-pay the next vaccination ($99.50) to secure your spot.

If vaccinated elsewhere, the 4 week course is $80.

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Give your pup a flying start to life!

What to expect:

  • Comprehensive puppy classes with information on socialization, basic training, common puppy problems, diet, dental care, worming, desexing and much more.
  • Small classes held indoors at our hospital so your puppy will be kept as safe as possible until they have finished their full vaccination course.
  • Graduation certificate after the completion of four weeks of classes
  • Family-friendly environment – children are welcome and encouraged to come and help train their puppy (Note: one child per parent please).
  • Free puppy school health check– all puppies are eligible for a free health check with one of our qualified vet nurses before starting classes

All animals at the start of their lives experience what is known as the ‘sensitive development period’.During this time, they encounter the world for the first time – and learn to accept what they find. In puppies, the sensitive period starts from birth and lasts until about 14 weeks of age. Anything a puppy experiences during that time will become part of its natural order of things. After that age, unfamiliar objects and experiences can cause a fearful response (sometimes extremely fearful) and could ultimately lead to aggression.

Puppy school offers you a unique opportunity to introduce your puppy to many additional sights, sounds and experiences in a controlled and responsible way. They are a fun and informative way to help you begin the socialisation process in a safe environment and allow your puppy to meet others while it is still very young. Good socialisation is the best way to ensure a friendly, well-adjusted puppy.

Some topics covered include:puppy grad

  • Puppy socialisation with people
  • Puppy play
  • Sound behaviour problems
  • Play and exercise
  • Nutrition
  • Microchipping
  • Fleas and ticks
  • Worming
  • Vaccinations

Please call the clinic if you are interested in booking your new puppy into one of our puppy classes.