Puppy Training

Puppy relief today and a Canine Scholar tomorrow
Puppies are adorable and challenging in equal measure.
Our Scholars in Collars group puppy classes and private puppy programs are all designed to enhance the adorable while overcoming the challenges.
We recommend Puppy Promenades, Puppy Playgroups and Puppy Un-Chase!® for building an unflappable adult dog – one who can meet any situation with calmness and grace. Want to confidently move through the hustle and bustle of the main street? Got it. Visit a friends farm? No problem.
If you’ve got a specific puppy issue that you could use an extra measure of help with – house training, puppy biting, inappropriate chewing, and the like – a little private training is just the thing.
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Puppy Playgroup
Our drop-in playgroups are designed to help with building your puppy’s calmness and confidence through safe socialisation, and are the perfect complement to your veterinary clinic's puppy preschool class, or on their own. Instructed by our qualified trainers, we focus on appropriate puppy interactions including off-lead play and on leash greetings, building confidence and enjoying some exciting exploration with the world around us; it’s guaranteed to be the best 30minutes of your week!
For: Puppies between 8 and 16 weeks of age with at least one vaccination.
Where: Balhannah SA
When: Most Saturday mornings
Tuition: $36 incl GST per 30-minute playgroup
Includes: Our 'Puppy Start Right' e-book, puppy treats, personalised experience
Class size: Five puppies and their people with two qualified instructors
Is your pup ready to learn confidence and calmness? Spaces are limited, so register today!
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Puppy Un-Chase!®
You can always teach an adult dog to stop chasing cars, wildlife, and farm animals - but it's a lot easier to teach a puppy not to pick up these unwanted hobbies in the first place. If you've got a breed inclined to chase, or a puppy of any kind who you'll want to have around other animals as an adult, Puppy Un-Chase!® is a smart puppy raising investment. Plus it's an awful lot of good fun!
For: Fully vaccinated puppies between the ages of 3 to 8 months
Where: Balhannah SA
When: Saturdays; courses run 2-3 times a year
Tuition: 3 x 45 minute classes over 3 weeks at $265 incl GST;
Includes: A clicker, treat pouch and Puppy UnChase! e-book
Class size: Four puppies and their people with two qualified instructors
Ready to prevent unwanted chasing? Register today!
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Puppy Promenade
Looking forward to a dog you can take anywhere? This begins with early socialisation, and there's no better way to practice than a Puppy Promenade. Join fellow puppy owners and their pups for super socialisation and training, and safely introduce your puppy to the big, wide, busy world, setting early expectations for their public behaviour. A great addition to puppy preschool at your veterinary clinic, Puppy Promenade helps your puppy learn good manners outside the classroom too.
For: Fully vaccinated puppies between the ages of 3 to 6 months
Where: Various locations including Balhannah, Hahndorf and Stirling
When: Saturday's throughout the year
Tuition: $45 incl GST per 30 minute promenade
Includes: Puppy Promenade fact-sheet, treats, personalised training
Class size: Four puppies and their people with two qualified instructors
Ready to promenade with your pup? Space is limited to 2-4 puppies per outing, so register today!
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Puppy Private Training
If puppy antics have got you down, we've got you covered. We will travel to your home to help you tackle the puppy biting, conquer the house training and get your fluffy land shark settled down and chewing on things that actually belong to them. We can also help with behaviour concerns regarding socialisation, social skills and behaviours out in the real world.
For: Puppies up to 6 months of age and their people who could use a little personalised puppy assistance
Where:  In your home
When: At a time convenient to you and your family
Tuition: 1 x 90minute training session at $290 incl GST
Includes: A personalised Training and Management Plan, behaviour hand-outs, a clicker
Ready for some extra help? Contact us today!

The key to building your Canine Scholar

Early socialisation (8-16wks)

Canine behavioural science has come a long way in the last two decades, and that includes research on the connection between early puppy socialisation and adult dog behaviour. We know beyond a doubt that early socialisation, that is, exposing young puppies to positive experiences in the world we live in, is the most effective thing dog parents can do to enjoy a relaxed and social dog who they can be proud to take anywhere.

What does socialisation actually mean?

To have the best chance at growing into a well-rounded, calm, confident adult dog, your puppy needs to get out there during their core socialisation period; before they’re 16 weeks old.

If you're looking forward to a dog who your friends and neighbours love to have visit, start visiting them now while your puppy is soaking up their life experiences like a sponge. Want a dog who is relaxed and appropriate around wildlife or farm animals? Get practicing now so your puppy learns how to handle themselves around other species. Want a dog who can go to kid’s sport, on holidays and be trusted off lead? It’s best to think about starting these skills now.

But is it safe?

Done right, absolutely!

Creating positive experiences (rather than neutral or negative) and keeping your puppy’s physical health in mind, socialisation can be the most fun a pup can have!

For best peace of mind, follow the guidance of a certified professional dog trainer who works closely with local veterinarians to create a safe and wonderful experience for you and your puppy.

Positive training for positive results

Greeting every person and playing with every dog on the street is not what socialisation is; but rather teaching your young pup how to respond to these scenarios in the way you wish them to when they’re an adult. Our commitment to scientifically-sound, force-free training means we can help you help your puppy learn how to safely navigate the world around them.

We use only positive, reward-based training methods to ensure your puppy learns to love training while learning their manners too.

Ready to better enjoy your canine scholar?