Puppy Pre-School

Next Class:

Tuesday 5th June 2018
6.30 - 7.30pm
(Runs for the first three (3) Tuesdays of the month)

Cost: 

$60

Age: 

11-16 weeks (Puppies must have had their first two vaccinations and it must be at least 10 days since their second (10wk) vaccination)

Please phone the clinic to secure your booking.

It gives puppies the opportunity to interact with people and other animals in a safe environment and since we encourage all the family
— Jodie Milton
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ABOUT OUR SCHOOL

     

 

 

Our puppy preschool teacher, Jodie Milton runs monthly classes at the clinic that has shown great results with graduates launching their social career on all four well-grounded feet. 

Jodie says Puppy Preschool doesn’t just enable pups to learn good social and behaviour skills, it also helps families to understand how puppies learn, develop and behave in general. 

“It gives puppies the opportunity to interact with people and other animals in a safe environment and since we encourage all the family (including the kids) to come along, we are able to update the whole family on the latest pet health info, background to basic good behaviour and talk about behavioural issues that are important to be aware of.”

“It also contributes to making the early experience of the clinic a positive one helping to reduce fear or anxiety for return trips.”

STUDENTS

Jodie’s students are between 11 and 16 weeks, a critical time in puppy development. 

“This is when you can have the most positive impact during a critical stage of their learning life. The influence of a positive learning experience at this age can set them up for the future.”

Classes are conducted under the philosophy of positive reinforcement. Encouragement and reward techniques are used with treats and praise within a fun atmosphere. Jodie’s teaching focuses on getting the pups to think through the tasks during learning in order to reach their goal.

“This gets the puppies to process what is required of them. This type of learning helps them learn more readily and respond more effectively to commands." 

"This is better than forcing the puppies to do their required tasks. It also encourages the bond between the puppy and the owners and it makes the process of correction for things like mouthing, jumping and other behaviours that may be an issue in later life easier to control.”

PRESCHOOL VACCINATIONS

Future students of Puppy Preschool must have had their second vaccination at least 10 days prior to the class and are required to come to class with a flat collar and a lead. Check chains (choker chains) are not used and there is a limit of 10 students per term to allow for a happy class structure that isn’t crowded.

“With this number of students per class, we are better able to work with each individual puppy’s personality and owner's needs.” 

“We have noticed that our techniques are well received among graduates and are able to have a positive impact during learning.”

PRESCHOOL GRADUATION

  • Upon completion, puppies should be capable of the "come", "sit" and "stay" commands, three very handy skills for their entire life. Students learn and practice these skills at home for an all round learning experience.
  • Graduates receive a certificate and a voucher for the clinic and there are always plenty of smiling faces for the class photograph.
  • Upon completion, puppies should be capable of the "come", "sit" and "stay" commands, three very handy skills for their entire life. Students learn and practice these skills at home for an all round learning experience.

 


Puppy of the Month - Chilli

Name: Hekarwe Hot Chilli Peppa  AKA Chilli

DOB: 25th December 2017

Sex: Female

Colour: Black & Tan

Breeder: D & B Mackay GUNNEDAH NSW

 

My Human Parents: Chrissy & Craig

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EDUCATION:

  • Puppy Preschool, Duncan McGinness Veterinary Hospital - Class of April 2018 

'I really enjoy attending the Class and meeting my new puppy mates. The best part was having a go at running in the agility tunnel ‘ Woof! Chilli.

  • Learners on Leads - Agility Class - work in progress

'Looks like this is going to be right up my alley and I can’t wait to go back next week' Woof!, Chilli.

 

The Havanese,is the national dog of Cuba. Sometimes referred to as "Havana Silk Dogs" 

The Havanese is small in size and sturdy in structure with a tail carried over its back and ears that drop and fold. The coat is abundant, long, and silky and comes in all colours. The Havanese has a spirited personality and a curious disposition, and is notable for its springy gait, a characteristic that distinguishes the breed from all others. The Havanese is considered an ideal family pet and a true companion dog. They are highly adaptable to almost any environment. Because of their strong social needs, Havanese will not thrive in an environment where they are isolated for several hours each day.

Size

While a toy dog, Havanese are sturdy and not overly delicate. Most are 4.5 to 7.3 kg and 22 to 29 cm.

Color and markings

Havanese are acceptable in all coat colours and patterns. Examples of coat colours are white, cream, fawn, red, chocolate brown, beige, gold, silver, blue, and black. The coat may be one solid colour or have markings in one or more other colours. For example, sable, brindle, black & tan, Tri-color, Irish pied, parti colored, belton, or piebald, black and white, beige black, and white.

Coat

The coat is long, soft, lightweight, and silky. The Havanese coat should be very soft, almost cool to the touch. This breed's fur grows very fast and without brushing it, the fur can become tangled easily. Also, even though this breed is hypoallergenic, Havanese have hair that doesn't shed but it still needs to be groomed.

Personality & Temperament

The Havanese is a toy dog. It is smart and can be easily trained.The Havanese is satisfied when their owner is satisfied. They are very friendly dogs, and do not typically bark at strangers, but some individuals are more shy than others. The Havanese has a great personality and temperament, and loves to play outside and be around people. They are not a dog that can live exclusively outside and prefer being inside with their owner. They love to perform in front of others and have a great need for affection. This breed is not afraid to show affection and loves getting attention. They manage well with people of all ages and can thrive in any size home.

Interesting Fact

As part of the Cuban Revolution, upper-class Cubans fled to the United States, but few were able to bring their dogs. When American breeders became interested in this rare and charming dog in the 1970s, the US gene pool was only 11 dogs.

(Sent in by Chilli's owners)

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