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 newly restructured puppy pre-school program will help you get your new best friend the basic training needed. It’s a fun and active way to spend time with your pup.

What we offer

Private new puppy behaviour consultations

  • With one of our experienced Puppy Behaviour Consultants, which are tailored to you and your puppy’s individual needs.

Puppy playgroup sessions

  • Weekly fun puppy playgroup sessions incorporating supervised play, games, obstacle courses, calming exercises and socialisation activities.

We also offer a package of two private consultations, and one playgroup session for only $100!

Why an individualised program?

In traditional class environments some puppies can get overwhelmed, bored or restless sitting through multiple classes. Puppies often find it easier to relax during one on one consultations, and they can then be given the opportunity to go to the fun puppy playgroup sessions once they are ready.  

Due to personal commitments, some owners struggle to be able to make consecutive weekly classes and therefore miss out on vital information. Our individualised program fits in to your schedule.  

Everyone has different needs when going to a puppy pre-school class. In a group environment it can be difficult to reach everyone’s individual needs. Our goal is to tailor our program to every client as each new puppy owner encounters unique issues and concerns when they get their new puppy.

The purpose of our puppy behaviour consultations is to prevent unwanted problems from developing in the first place so that you can have a happy and well-adjusted family member. We help give your puppy the best start at life through education on common puppy problems, providing socialisation opportunities and assisting with basic manners training.

How do our private consultations run?

We offer 45-minute private behaviour consultations which are tailored to you and your puppy’s needs. The consultations are conveniently held at our veterinary hospital in Malvern. Before the consultation you will be asked to fill out a detailed questionnaire about your puppy so that we can get a full history and therefore help you get the most out of your consultation. Handouts are provided during every consultation and a summary of your visit and homework will be emailed afterwards.

Each consultation is completely individualised to you and your puppy. Examples of what can be covered include the following…

  • Common puppy problems including toilet training, mouthing/biting, jumping, barking, digging and separation anxiety.
  • Basic puppy obedience training techniques including sit, stay, drop, recall, swap, leave it, loose lead walking and mat training.
  • Teaching your puppy how to settle.
  • Managing multi-animal households.
  • Training equipment - finding the correct harness or collar for your puppy.
  • Managing puppies & children.
  • Appropriate socialisation - how to set your puppy up for success.
  • Gentle handling procedures including mock nail trims, grooming and vet exams.
  • Environmental enrichment, food puzzles and appropriate toy selection.

Weekly puppy playgroup sessions

Our fun and interactive puppy playgroups run as 45-minute sessions on weeknights and Saturday afternoons.

The purpose of these sessions is to socialise puppies in a controlled and enjoyable manner during their critical social developmental period (from 8-20 weeks of age).  

Each session is different but includes...

  • Controlled and supervised play with other puppies
  • Fun games for testing skills
  • Food puzzle activities
  • Teaching your puppy to settle
  • Obstacle courses and sensory enrichment activities
  • Socialisation, desensitisation exercises & more!


  • Private behaviour consultation (45 minutes) - $50 per session
  • Play group (45 minutes) - $15 per session
  • PACKAGE - 2 x private consultations, 1 x playgroup for only $100 (saving of $15!). Additional playgroup sessions and private consultations can be added on if needed.

Available for puppies aged 8-20 weeks of age.

More information

For further enquiries or to book, please contact us at Glen Iris Veterinary Hospital & Cattery.

We are conveniently in the City of Stonnington and Glen Eira. The pawfect location for pet parents living in Glen Iris, Malvern, Toorak, Kooyong, Armadale and surrounding areas!