Puppy Preschool

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Murwillumbah Veterinary Clinic
8-10 Queen St
Murwillumbah
NSW 2484

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Puppy Preschool July 2019 - Dionne Evans

Congratulations to the puppies of the Murwillumbah Puppy Preschool Class of July 2019!

Students: Marley the Shih-Tzu x Maltese, Phoenix a Border Collie x, Luna another Shih-Tzu x Maltese, Widow the Labrador x, Lugia an Americian Staffy x and Ziggy a Kelpie x.

Our puppy class ran over 4 weeks, having a 1 hour class each Wednesday and despite it being cold outside we had a good turn out at each class. Well done parents!

Puppy preschool is a time to learn with your new puppy and discover what is best for them. In class we cover many topics and each class is filled with information regarding their health, dental care, de-sexing, nutrition, how to handle a puppy, grooming, enrichment, parasite prevention, vaccinations, council requirements, first aid basics, exercise, and toilet training tips.

We also learn about canine body language, puppy behaviour, what socialisation is, how puppies fit into your family and what most new parents want to know, what to do about unwanted behaviour.

Each class has time for reward based training, teaching owners how to teach their puppies: their name, look, calm on cue, sit, wait, come when called, walk on loose lead, touch, swap an item, leave it, drop, roll over and finish. To finish off we had a tour of the vet clinic.

At Murwillumbah Puppy Preschool we always have the opportunity to seek veterinarian advice or appointments when required for owners and their puppies if you have any concerns about your puppy's health, wellbeing or behaviour.

Feel free to pop into the clinic and say hi.

Yours Sincerely,
Dionne.

 

 


Puppy Preschool May 2019 - Dionne Evans

Congratulations to the five puppies of the Murwillumbah Puppy Preschool Class of May 2019!

Students: "Diesel" the American Bull Dog x, Siblings "Ito" and "Willow" Maltese x Lhasa Apso and siblings "Ted" and " Dusty" Border Collies.

At Murwillumbah Vet Clinic our Puppy Preschool is designed to be a safe and positive experience for all puppies and their family. It is a good introduction to the world of dogs and humans for your puppy.

A lot of topics are covered in the four weeks of class:

  • We discussed dog behaviour and what your puppy is telling you through their body language.
  • How your new puppy fits into your family and what to do about pesky behaviours.
  • Enrichment, play and socialisation and why they are important.
  • Health of your puppy, desexing, first aid, vaccination and parasite prevention.
  • Grooming and handling
  • Nutrition and exercise.
  • Plus reward based training with owners learning how to teach their puppy in a positive way: their name, to look, calm on cue, leave it, to wait/stay, how to walk on a loose leash, to drop/lie, touch, swap an item, come when called, roll over and finish.

We had a very special treat this course with a talk from Dr Nela Graham, from Calm Companions, giving up her time to talk about sibling puppies living together. A big thank you to Nela for a very informative talk.

It was a busy four weeks and I want to thank you all for making the effort for you new family members.

Feel free to pop in and say hi.

Yours Sincerely,

Dionne.


 

Puppy Preschool March 2019

Congratulations to the puppies of the Murwillumbah Puppy Preschool Class of February / March 2019!

Students: "Diesel" an English Staffy, "McKenzie" an Australian Shepard x Border Collie, "Ollie" a Dalmatian and "Frankie" the Toy Poodle.

We had a busy four weeks of learning with progress made by owners and puppies. It is always lovely to see the puppies grow in confidence over that period.

Puppy preschool is not just for the puppies but also owners, in the four weeks we covered the relevance of learning canine body language, how dogs learn, the importance of introducing socialisation and habituation in a positive way, how kids can be safe around dogs in the family, enrichment and why it is required, plus health and care of puppies and dogs: dental care, health checks, de-sexing, grooming, parasite prevention, vaccinations, council requirements, diet, exercise, tips on toilet training and pesky behaviours, basic first aid and a tour of the clinic.

Parents also learnt how to teach their puppies the following: be calm on cure, their name, to look, sit, to leave it, wait, loose leash walking, to drop, target touch, swap an item, come when called, roll over and finish.

At Murwillumbah Puppy Preschool we always have the opportunity to seek veterinarian advice or appointments when required for owners and their puppies if the unexpected arises.

Thank you all for a fantastic 4 weeks. I look forward to seeing you around town and in the clinic.

Feel free to pop in and say hi.

Yours Sincerely,

Dionne.

 


 

Puppy Preschool January 2019

Congratulations to the six puppies of the Murwillumbah Puppy Preschool Class of January 2019!

Students: Loki the Chihuahua, Arlow a Kelpie X, Eddy a Mini Fox Terrier, Winston the Labradoodle, Bonnie an English Staffy and Peach a Golden Retriever.

A class of six puppies was a fantastic way to start the new year. Well done to everyone for coming to class so early in the year.

A lot of learning happened over the 4 weeks of class, by the puppies and their new families. We started with talking about dogs and canine body language followed by discussing socialisation and habituation, family, kids and dogs, how dogs learn, then taught "look, "calm on cue" and "sit" all this in just the first class.

Owners were shown how to introduce settling and handling their puppy, which is useful for petting, grooming and vet checks. The importance of food and environmental enrichment were presented in class, with a new toy box to help with ideas.

Some of the other topics that were addressed were : The importance of vaccinations, intestinal worming, heart worming, flea and tick prevention, nutrition, dental care, de-sexing, council requirements, holidaying with your pet , first aid, toilet training, what to do about unwanted behaviour. Eacjh class finished with some training time learning how to leave it, wait, walk on loose lead, drop, touch, swap, come when called, roll over and finish.

Every one did very well. Thanks for a great start to 2019 puppy preschool.

Happy days ahead, see you soon,

Dionne.