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Puppy Parenting Classes

Congratulations on your new puppy!

Researching and planning for the arrival of your new puppy is such a fun and exciting experience...

However, regardless of your preparations... As soon as your cute furry one arrives, you will be struck with a ton of questions.

You'll quickly discover that you do need professional support from day one, in order to avoid common mistakes and prevent problem behaviours.

Your puppy will grow very quickly and needs to learn a lot in a very short space of time, if he or she is to grow into a happy and confident, well-behaved dog.

The best way to set your puppy up for success is to enrol into puppy school, with a well-structured puppy training program, provided by a Certified Puppy Class Instructor.


Until further notice, all our in-person puppy classes and training services have been switched to online, LIVE interactive Zoom classes and virtual Zoom consultations.

Get the best of both worlds with our 5-week fusion learning Puppy School: "Puppy Priorities Program"

Week 1

Orientation class on Zoom on Tuesday (12:00 pm - Lunch 'n Learn) or Wednesdays (5:00 pm) (AEST),
preferably without your puppy - so you can focus on these important topics

Weeks 2 - 5 - Book your preferred option:

4 x in-person classes in Crows Nest on Sundays (suspended until further notice)

- OR -

4 x interactive LIVE Zoom classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Access to your 5-week video course

Access to your course notes and digital downloads

Invitation to join our "Puppy Priorities" support community

Weekly LIVE Q&A sessions on Zoom every Tuesday (7:00 pm AEST)

90 Days access to the Puppy Priorities program.
Why a time limit? Because this learning really needs to happen now, if you want to prevent problem behaviours. Preferably, before your puppy is 4 - 5 months old.

Digital certificate upon Graduation

And,… a little nudge to get it done in time:
Graduation grants you extended access to the entire Puppy Priorities program, including support services such as: weekly Q&A session and our online puppy school community.

Enjoy ultimate flexibility with open enrolment!
Once you have enrolled, you will see all the upcoming classes and can register for your preferred session date and time with one click.

Need to skip a week? No worries!
Want to join in while you’re away on holiday?
If you’ve got an internet connection, it’s a breeze!

With our fusion learning model you can mix and match classes, and don’t even need to to take the classes in chronological order.

This will ensure you can fit your puppy training around your family and work commitment.

Radica at work as puppy preschool trainer Training a dog to be calm and attentive
Training recall in puppy school Radica with a puppy at work in puppy class

Online Puppy School

Enrol into our Fusion Puppy Priorities Program and join us on Tuesdays or Wednesdays from anywhere in Australia... and beyond for our LIVE and interactive Zoom classes.

Various class time slots: time zone Sydney AEST

No risks. All the benefits.
Fun and functional learning for the whole family!

In-Person Puppy School

Suspended until further notice

In-Person Classes  
A$ 250

  5-week local puppy class

5 x 1 hour sessions

Puppies 8 - 16 weeks

Small group (max 8)

COVID-19 restrictions apply

Max. 1 attendee / puppy

Mask & social distancing required

Personal responsibility

Video course

Digital training resources

Digital certificate

Weekly Q&A sessions

Enrolment Suspended
Online Classes  
A$ 250

  5-week online puppy class

5 x 1 hour live Zoom class

Puppies 8 - 16 weeks

Small group (max 8)

No risks. All benefits

Family friendly

Class recordings

Video course

Digital training resources

Digital certificate

Weekly Q&A sessions

 

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Puppy Readiness
A$ 225

Zoom Call (90 minutes)

Video Consultation Recording

Puppies 8 -16 weeks

New Puppy Basics Course

Digital Training Resources,
relevant to your puppy's struggle, e.g.:
- puppy planner template
- fast-track toilet training
- puppy biting best practices
- sensible socialisation games
- separation training schedule
- real life skills

 

 

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Online Puppy School

Puppy Parenting Classes for puppies aged between 8 weeks and 16 weeks.

Advantages of our Online Puppy School

All the benefits. No risks.

  • No worries about where you are in Australia (and beyond!).
  • No worries about travelling to and from a training venue.
  • No worries about your risk profile.
  • No worries about your puppy's vaccination status or temperament.
  • No worries about COVID-19 and social distancing requirements.
  • In fact, the whole family can join in during these live online training sessions. All from the safety of your own home. Everyone is on the same page from day one.

  • Sensible socialisation starts at home.
  • Yes, you can start your puppy off right from the safety of your own home!
  • Online training classes are hosted live, via Zoom (Sydney AEST), by our certified, professional dog trainer and puppy class instructor, Radica Raeves CPDT-KA FDM.
  • During the live online class, your puppy trainer will coach you through the exercises, step-by-step, and give you live feedback while you practice — just like she would, if you were joining classes in-person.
  • You get access to your class recordings, as well as a video course. So, you can rewatch your efforts and continue to practice in a low distraction environment at home, to improve your training technique.

What You Will Learn

Over this 5 weeks course you will learn:

  • How puppies learn and communicate.
  • How to socialise your puppy safely and sensibly.
  • How to fast-track your puppy's toilet training.
  • How to teach your puppy to be careful with those teeth.
  • How to teach your puppy to be OK with being alone.
  • How to teach your puppy: calmness and self-settling, come when called, loose leash walking… and much more.
  • How to teach and apply concepts to enjoy real life skills.
  • Strategies to prevent or change unwanted behaviour.

Course Fees & Inclusions

The upfront course fee is A$250.00 and includes:

  • Flexible class scheduling
  • 5 x 1 hour LIVE Zoom Classes
  • Class recordings
  • Video course
  • Digital downloads
  • Class recordings
  • Weekly LIVE Q&A on Zoom (Tuesdays at 7:00 pm AEST)
  • Support Community
  • Digital certificate

Enquiries & Enrolment

Option 1: Click the Enrol Now button below to book your puppy's spot using our secure online enrolment form.

Option 2: Questions? Call Radica on 0423 623 302 or email woof@mindful.dog

Prerequisites (Online)

Your puppy is between 8 - 16 weeks old.

An internet connection and a device (phone/tablet/computer) with an up-to-date version of free Zoom installed.

Live online puppy class through conferencing app

When & Where

Our 5-week online puppy school classes are hosted LIVE on Zoom on the following days and times:
Tuesdays

  • 9:00 - 10:00 am
  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm - Orientation Class (Lunch 'n Learn)
  • 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Wednesdays
  • 5:00 - 6:00 pm
  • 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Check our class schedule for upcoming dates and times (AEST). Compare with your local time zone, to join our online puppy preschool

Your open enrolment entitles you to attend your 5 x 1 hour classes, when it best suits you. You can register to attend each session separately, in the order you wish, and at the available dates and times that best fit your schedule.

Upon enrolment, you will receive a confirmation email with all the necessary details to get access to your video course and how to register for your classes.

How to Get Ready

  • For training: always use a regular, flat buckle collar; and a regular, flat fabric leash (120 - 180 cm).
  • Your puppy's favourite soft treats (pinkie nail size pieces), in a treat pouch.
  • Your puppy's favourite chew and tug toys.
  • A 4 - 6 sq meter, low distraction training space at home and test your camera angle.
  • Make sure your devices are fully charged or you are able to plug them in.
  • Test your Zoom video and audio settings before the start of class.
  • Puppy has had a nap or a play.
  • Puppy has had a toilet break.

Puppy Parenting Classes 5-week Program

Puppy Parenting Classes: Week-by-Week Overview

Please note that weekly activities may vary, depending on group dynamics or urgent needs (e.g. a fearful puppy might require more individual attention during class).

Session1

FOCUS: "Puppy Priorities" - Online Orientation Session

A lot of theory during this first session, so perhaps best without your puppy today, so you can focus on your learning. Else, it provides a great opportunity for puppies to learn to settle and be rewarded for choosing calm behaviour. During your puppy's first week at home, keep their world small. Use confinement appropriately to prevent your puppy from making mistakes around the house. Focus your efforts on teaching puppy your house-rules and helping your puppy make sense of the world. And, of course, continue developing a healthy, happy relationship with your puppy.

Our main focus will be on the time-sensitive puppy priorities and relationship building:

  • "Where can I go toilet?" - Fast-track your puppy's toilet training, with this stress-free and mess-free approach.
  • "Teach me to be careful with my teeth" - How to effectively teach bite inhibition, in order to raise a safe dog.
  • "Help me make sense of the world" - Sensible and safe early puppy socialisation, is aimed at preventing behaviour issues. Puppies have big feelings and can easily overreact to things. Learn how to shape your puppy's brain to process sensory information and develop emotional regulation, to develop real confidence and calmness.
  • "What can I chew?" - Chew-toy training ans enrichment options to develop good "chew and chill" habits, and a positive outlook on life, as well as the added bonus: prevents problem barking.
  • "Teach me to chill out when you leave." - Confinement training to prepare puppy for inevitable separation, to cultivate calmness and self-settling and prevent separation anxiety, and to avoid puppy from making mistakes around the house.
  • "Teach me what TO DO".
  • Q&A

Session2

FOCUS: "Come When Called"

We're diving straight into training this week: teaching the all-important "Come" when called. Creating more value for you and developing that magical, invisible force-field of proximity. We'll also be introducing more basic dog training concepts and handling practice, to enable you to progress your puppy's training at home.

  • "Whenever you call, I'll come running."
  • "I love to come close and sit in front of you."
  • "I love it when you grab my collar!"
  • "I love to play Hide & Seek with you."
  • Body awareness and thinking amidst distractions: Sit - Down - Stand (lure + reward or hand signal only)
  • Q&A

Session3

FOCUS: "Loose Leash Walking" (level 1)

Enjoying time outdoors with your puppy dog is the best! By now most of our puppies will have received their 2nd vaccination. Now your puppy absolutely needs to get out and about, if you want your puppy to benefit from early puppy socialisation, in order to prevent problem behaviours from developing in the future. That's why we'll be introducing "Loose Leash Walking" and "Stay" today. And,… just for fun, we'll throw in "The Big Challenge": Can you call your puppy away from food?

  • “I can choose calmness and self-settle”
  • "I will come away from food - a primary resource - whenever you call me."
  • "Show me what to do, and I will follow you."
  • "Paying attention to you, is the best!"
  • Loose leash walking and leash handling best practice.
  • Can you "Stay"?
  • Q&A

Session4

FOCUS: "Loose Leash Walking" (level 2)

  • Can you "Wait"? (Wait vs Stay)
  • Can you "Go To" your mat?
  • Can you "Leave it"?
  • Toy Switch with Rules (Can you "Out" and "Get it"?)
  • Loose Leash Walking, Stop = Sit
  • Loose Leash Walking, Direction Changes
  • Loose Leash Walking, A to B Emergency Move
  • Can you "Come" away from play?
  • Body awareness and thinking amidst distractions: Sit - Down - Stand (hand signal or verbal cue only)
  • Q&A

Session5

FOCUS: "Real Life Skills" & "Graduation"

Let's celebrate and practice everything our puppy has learnt so far:

  • "I can disengage from distractions." - Show your puppy that you don't think it's important enough to warrant a response (social referencing).
  • "I can see a person and another dog without over-reacting." - Develop quiet confidence. A hyper puppy is not a happy puppy.
  • "I can leave that alone." - Introduce a "leave" cue, to help puppy make better choices.
  • "I can make good choices… and it's worth my while, because you notice." - Mark and reinforce every good choice your puppy makes, in order to develop and maintain these good habits.
  • "I can deal with frustration and challenging situations." - Develop a love for "delayed gratification" and a default choice to calmly, self-settle.
  • Q&A
  • What's next?

Not ready to commit to Puppy School yet?

Check out our Puppy Training Day Planner. This workbook template is a handy guide to creating your flexible puppy training plan. It focuses on the puppy priorities during the first 4 weeks of your new puppy parenting life.

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