Puppy Pre-School

Puppy Pre-School!

Training your puppy is exciting and challenging! We are here to help! Puppy pre-school is an effective and fun way to get your puppy not only trained but socialised amongst other puppies and their owners!

If you have just bought home a new puppy, or are considering getting a puppy, our puppy pre-school program will give your furry best friend the skills and training needed to become a well behaved pup. Our group puppy classes are a fun and active way to spend time with your new puppy. We help give your puppy the best start at life through education on common puppy problems, providing socialisation opportunities with other pups and assisting with basic manners training.

Our Puppy Pre-School program is run by an expert Delta Qualified Puppy Behaviour Consultant, using science-based positive, rewards based training methods.

Examples of what can be covered include the following…

  • Appropriate socialisation - how to effectively  socialise your puppy during a pandemic
  • How to prepare for your new puppy (required equipment, how to set up your home)
  • Food enrichment – how to keep your puppy mentally stimulated
  • How to read your puppy’s body language
  • Preventing separation distress in puppies 
  • Training foundations 
  • Managing overexcitement
  • Mouthing & chewing
  • Toilet training
  • Jumping
  • Barking
  • Digging 
  • Teaching your puppy how to settle.
  • Managing puppies & children.
  • Managing multi-animal households.
  • Training equipment - finding the correct harness or collar for your puppy.
  • Teaching basic skills including sit, drop, stay/wait, name recognition/ recall, loose lead walking, look at me, leave it, swap, go to mat, fun tricks etc.


Our program runs weekly for 5 weeks and is available for puppies 8-20 weeks of age. The first session will be held on zoom as an information session with owners only.


Puppy Pre-school program - $180 for 5 week course.

About your Trainer

Nicole Kenning

My name is Nicole and I have always been passionate about (ok, maybe a little obsessed with!) dogs.

Since I began studying and working with dogs, I continue to update my skills and knowledge - using force-free, reward-based methods, as recommended by the Australian Veterinary Association - so that I can provide the latest and best training to dogs and advice to their humans.

A wonderful trainer once told me, ‘Treat every dog as an individual. Make it about the dog and their story.’

Every dog has a story, a tale to tell…just like we do. What’s your dog’s tale?

Private Behaviour Consultations

On top of our regular group sessions, we also offer private behavioural consultations. These can be tailored to you and your puppy’s individual needs.

To Book

For more information, or to book, please call Glen Iris Veterinary Hospital on (03) 9822 4952 or email behaviour@glenirisvethospital.com.au