Puppy Pre-School

Virtual Puppy Pre-School!

If you have just brought home a new puppy or are considering getting a puppy, our puppy pre-school program will help set you and your new puppy up for success through education on common puppy problems and assisting with basic training.

During a puppy’s critical socialisation period (up to 16 weeks of age), it is important to establish routines and provide appropriate socialisation opportunities. The current restrictions have made it more difficult to provide traditional socialisation experiences, however there are still many ways to safely and effectively socialise your puppy during this time. 

Our program consists of two 45-minute private puppy behaviour consultations which are run by a Delta qualified Dog Behavioural Trainer, using science-based positive, rewards based training methods.  The consultations are run on Wednesdays and Saturdays through the online platform Zoom.  Handouts and follow up email support are provided. 

As the consultations are 1:1, each session can be personalised to your specific needs.

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.


Program cost: $150

All puppies enrolled in virtual Puppy School will receive the following bonus goodies

  • A 50% off voucher for any sized bag of Royal Canin puppy dry food
  • A free new puppy health check with one of our Veterinarians 
  • A voucher for $50 off your puppy’s desexing procedure
About your Trainer

About your Trainer

Our Puppy Behaviour Consultations are run by qualified Dog Behavioural Trainer, Elisha Lamont. 

Elisha has a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services (Dog Behaviour and Training) from the Delta Institute and has been running the puppy behaviour program at the clinic for the last four years.  Elisha is very passionate about positive reinforcement training and working with new puppy owners to help their puppies to become happy, well-adjusted family members. 

To Book

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


I would prefer to do in-person puppy training, should I hold off until restrictions ease?

Unfortunately with the current restrictions we are unable to offer in-person training and group classes. Although group puppy sessions with structured play are very beneficial for puppy socialisation, there are many other aspects to socialisation. Puppies have a critical socialisation period (up to 16 weeks of age) and it is very important during this time to gently expose puppies to a variety of experiences, handling, new people, other animals, sounds and objects in a safe and controlled manner. As well as having positive experiences, it is also important to set up routines and teach puppies to focus and be calm in these situations.  During our program we can provide support on strategies and training skills to begin the socialisation process at home while your puppy is still in their sensitive period.

How effective is training new skills virtually?

We have found the virtual training to be very effective, puppies are often more relaxed in their home environment and it can be easier to implement new training skills when they have been practiced at home. During your consultation, you will receive feedback while practicing all new skills and you will receive handouts afterwards with instructions so that you can continue to practice at home.

What age should my puppy be when we start?

The program is available for puppies aged between 8-20 weeks of age. Bringing a new puppy home can be overwhelming so most owners find it beneficial to start the program earlier on so that they can receive guidance on socialisation, setting up routines and behaviour/ training questions.  Some owners also find it beneficial to have an initial consultation prior to bringing their puppy home.