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Tasmanian Veterinary Hospitals Kingston

We understand that behavioural problems can cause frustration and exhaustion, affecting the relationship you have with your beloved pet. 

We offer professional behavioural assistance through consultations and training to help ensure your relationship with your pet is as strong as it can be.

Please complete the online questionnaire below and we will be in touch with the best recommendations, specific to your pet and needs.

Behaviour Questionnaire

Would you like to guide your puppy to become a safe, sociable and happy member of your family and the wider community?

Puppy School is very important first step to start socialising and training your puppy.

At Tasmanian Veterinary Hospitals, our Puppy School classes are run held in a secure, safe environment and consider your puppy’s temperament and confidence level.

Classes are run twice weekly at our Bellerive Clinic on weekday evenings from 7-8pm.

Puppies between 8-16 weeks of age are invited to attend once they have had their first vaccination. Optimum socialisation for puppies happens between 3-12 weeks of age, although this may vary from puppy to puppy and can be up to 16 weeks of age.

During puppy preschool sessions we encourage and guide the development of social skills, reinforce acceptable behaviour, and teach verbal cues as well as teach new owners about their new puppy.

10 reasons to choose Tasmanian Veterinary Hospitals for your Puppy School

  • Small classes. We have restricted numbers of 4-6 puppies so that you and your puppy can have individual attention.
  • Socilisation. We understand the importance of correct socilisation with other dogs, humans, and novelty in a controlled manner to ensure positive experiences to build confidence levels of each individual puppy.
  • Evidence based. Training methods are based on proven scientific methods (Operant and Classical Conditioning), focussing on positive reinforcement training.
  • Positive training. You will learn to use positive, reward-based training, rather than dominance or punishment. Positive reinforcement training is a technique that is used worldwide and is the most humane and effective way to train. Rewards based training focuses on teaching the dog what you DO want them to do in any given situation, instead of punishing them for doing anything and everything else.
  • Fundamental behaviours – Puppies will learn the most important cues such as sit, stay, come and heel, followed by a few “party tricks”. You will also learn how to continue training these behaviours at home, yes there is some ‘homework!’.
  • Problem prevention. Discuss how to prevent/manage/retrain problem behaviours like jumping up, barking or play biting through education of normal and abnormal puppy behaviour.
  • Densensitisation. We will start to desensitise puppies to new experiences such as having their nails trimmed or their teeth brushed, along with a variety of novel stimuli.
  • Health care tips. Important health care for your puppy such as worming, flea treatment and vaccinations will also be discussed, along with basic emergency response training by our trained team.
  • Written notes. Take-home information sheets are provided for you to share with the family or refer to later.
  • All welcome! Family members are encouraged to come along, including children.

If you have any further questions about puppy class, please feel free to call us! You are welcome to chat with the friendly staff at any of our clinics over the phone, via email or in person.

Places fill up very quickly, so please call to book your puppy in for Puppy Class as soon as possible.

We all look forward to meeting you, your puppy and family soon!

If you would like to enquire about Puppy classes by e-mail, please contact us.