Puppy Pre-school.

Zoe Hyde – Vet Nurse.

  • Have you recently welcomed a four legged friend into your family?
  • Would you like to know what to do when you’re puppy is fearful, confused, anxious…what the signs of anxiety in dogs are?
  • How to deal with common “puppy problems”?!
  • What to do when your puppy just won’t come when called?
  • What is the difference between a behaviour problem and a problem behaviour?


  • do you want to give your puppy a flying start to grow up into a happy, well-rounded and social dog?

Well…Willunga & Aldinga’s Puppy Preschool course is definitely for you!
Regardless of whether you’ve had dogs your whole life or are welcoming your first dog into your family, Puppy Pre-school is always recommended, as each puppy (just like us!) is an individual and will go through their own socialisation period.
Puppy Pre-school is all about socialising your puppy in a safe, positive and controlled environment and learning some helpful hints along the way! It’s also great to meet and talk with other new-puppy parents going through exactly what you are!
Puppies get to encounter other puppies at similar ages to them. Positive play sessions between pups are an integral part of socialisation; they teach puppies to read each other’s body language, determine appropriate interaction and encourage them to be confident, excited and social with other dogs lifelong!

But, back-tracking, what exactly is this socialisation period?

  • In dogs, the socialisation period, is from approximately 3-16 weeks of age.
  • During this time, there are many neural connections occurring in a puppy’s brain, resulting the brain having more neuroplasticity. This provides us with a HUGE biological window of opportunity to help shape the dog that they will grow up to become; their experiences and relationships that happen during this time can stay with them forever and be responsible for particular personality traits.

Therefore, it’s crucial we get them exposed to a lot of different things – people, environments, busy traffic, noises, different surfaces, all in a controlled and positive way!

Dogs learn by association, so with Puppy Pre-school, we will show you how to expose your puppies to a range of different stimuli in a non-threatening, fun way. With using a reward which pups love (commonly food or praise) we’re creating a positive association with that stimuli. But we also teach you steps on what to do when your puppy is scared of something new – no matter how non-threatening or fun it actually is!

We run puppy classes as both or Willunga and Aldinga clinics. If you are interested in starting your pup off on the right paw, give us a call and speak to one of our nurses about booking your pup in!